Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2014

School

School of Health Sciences

Major

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Keywords

Organic Semiconductors, HOMO, LUMO, Solubility

Disciplines

Organic Chemistry

Abstract

Organic semiconductors are currently being researched for various uses, both electronic and biologic. They are less expensive than current inorganic semiconductors and do not require doping. They are useful in many areas including thin film transistors, photovoltaic cells, and Light Emitting Diodes (LED). However, synthesizing soluble organic semiconductors has been difficult. As a result, this study undertakes the synthesis of a specific organic semiconductor aiming at increased solubility following an adapted literature protocol. Tests for solubility, fluorescence, and conductivity potential will be used to assess the potential of this molecule as a semiconductor. Synthesis of anthraquinone-1,8-bisthioglycoliccarboxylic acid as an intermediate to thiopheneanthrone-1-thioglycoliccarboxylic acid was successful; however, results for the target molecule, thiopheneanthrone-1-thioglycoliccarboxylic acid, were inconclusive.

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