Chemistry, Department of


First Advisor

Gerard S. Harbison

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A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Chemistry, Under the Supervision of Professor Gerard S. Harbison. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 John D. Persons


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) has proven to be an excellent tool to probe the structure of molecules by gaining insight into nuclear interactions. Used in conjunction with theoretical calculations, NMR has the potential to elucidate these nuclear interactions and how they affect structure, bonding and dynamics on a molecular scale. The first two projects presented herein study the peroxide explosive hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD). In the first project, we use the characteristics of the solid-state NMR lineshape to determine the 14N quadrupole coupling constant (CQ). The second project uses multi-dimensional solution-state NMR and chiral shift reagents to show that there are two enantiomeric pairs of HMTD conformers. The third project introduces the new two-dimensional NMR technique Slow Turning Reveals Enormous Quadrupole Interactions (STREAQI) to find the nuclear electronic parameters in one experiment, when ordinarily the very large CQ requires multiple experiments to obtain the entire lineshape. The final project studies the biological analog dimethylthiourea copper (I) chloride, in which the CQ, chemical shift anisotropy (Δδ) and isotropic chemical shift (δi) are found using various experimental and theoretical methods.

Advisor: Gerard S. Harbison