Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



Major Professor

Konstantinos D. Vogiatzis

Committee Members

Konstantinos D. Vogiatzis, Sharani Roy, David M. Jenkins


Nitrous oxide (N2O) can undergo an oxygen atom transfer (OAT) reaction resulting in inert nitrogen gas (N2O) while transferring an oxygen atom to a molecular complex or material. This process is of catalytic importance since this OAT reaction can be leveraged to form iron(IV)-oxo sites, which are known to be catalytic intermediates. Here, an investigation of the ligand field effects on primarily iron(II) complexes for the formation of iron(IV)-oxo sites with nitrous oxide as the oxidant is reported. An initial database of sixty-four molecular complexes with ligand environments varying in field strength and coordination geometry was studied using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Additional structures were also studied to specifically interrogate a trend observed in the initial database while investigating potential predictive descriptors for the OAT reaction barrier. General design principles rooted in the performance of the ligand fields assessed are discussed and have potential applications in catalyst design for both molecular complexes and metal organic frameworks (MOFs).

N2O_Structures.txt (84 kB)
Nitrous Oxide Coordinated Structures

TS_Structures.txt (86 kB)
Transition State Structures

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