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Section II: chemistry Bailey Science Center, room 1024 Zewdu Gebeyehu, presiding.

3:15 PHOTOCURRENT PRODUCTION OF ENHANCED IRON OXIDE FILMS **, R.G. Fontanez and L. de la Garza. Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698. Iron (III) Oxide ([Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]) nanocrystalline films are being pursued as materials in solar cell fabrication because of the high efficiency in energy conversion in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum and their potential for the splitting of water for hydrogen gas production. Iron (III) oxide films were obtained by dip-coating deposition of iron (III) oxide nanoparticles colloidal solution mixed with 20% pluronic to increase the porosity of the films onto indium-tin oxide (ITO) slides. The [Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]-ITO slides were annealed under oxygen at 450[degrees]C for 1 hr. The absorbance of the slides before and after annealing was recorded. The annealead [Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]-ITO slides photocurrents were measured in a three-electrode photoelectrochemical cell under irradiation with a Xenon lamp before and after modification with enediol ligands baring different pendant chemical groups. Experiments were carried out in buffer electrolyte solution containing hydroquinone as the redox carrier at several pHs. Results on the effect of the pendant-chemical group, either -COOH or -N[H.sub.2] in the efficiency of photocurrent production will be presented. Authors acknowledge the support from the Faculty Seed Research Grant from Valdosta State University for the materials used in this project.

3:30 SYNTHESIS OF CHIRAL [MINES AND AMINES ON SILICA SURFACES, R. Tomlinson *, J. Baker. S. Booth. J. Brock. M. Patel, C. Perryman and J.T. Barbas. Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698. Recently we have been investigating "greener-methods for the synthesis of aromatic benzodiazines, chiral imines and chiral amines. We have discovered that we can synthesize these compounds in tandem, in one pot, at ambient temperatures, in quantitative yields. Furthermore, our syntheses take place in minutes, use little solvent, and are economical. Typically, 2 g of activated silica, are added to an anhydrous solution of equimolar quantities (2 x [10.sup.3] mol) of an aldehyde and a primary chiral amine. The reaction is monitored by GC-MS and takes only a few minutes for the complete formation of the imine. To this solution, 0.15 g of sodium borohydride are added and stirred briefly. The solution is cooled in an ice bath and a few drops of water are added periodically to complete the reduction of the imine. In turn, the mixture is filtered, the silica washed several times with anhydrous ether, and the extracts combined and dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate. The ether is removed under vacuum to yield pure chiral amines. The products are analyzed by IR. GC-MS, and proton and C-13 NMR, and polarimetry.

3:45 LEWIS ACID CATALYZED 2.3-REARRANGMENTS OF O-ALLYLHY-DROXYLAMINES **. J. C. Lord *, H. F. Lee *, J. M. Baxter Vu, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698. While chiral carbinamines are common pharmacophores, a green, rapid. and economical construction of these small molecules remains a challenge to the synthetic chemist. This work focuses on the formation of tertiary carbinamine centers via a 2,3-rearrangement of hydroxylamine allyl ethers. After screening a variety of Lewis and Bronsted acids, we have developed a silver trifluromethanesulfonate promoted 2,3-rearrangement of O-a Ilyihydroxylamines. This Lewis acid catalyzed rearrangement offers several advantages over current technology: 1) it lends itself towards developing an asymmetric variant of this transformation via the use of a chiral Lewis acid or a metal salt with chiral ligand additives, 2) the exclusion of n-BuLi to promote the reaction will result in a broader substrate scope by allowing acidic or electrophilic functional groups to be present in the molecule, and 3) this rearrangement is an environmentally friendly alternative to the Overman rearrangement.
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Publication:Georgia Journal of Science
Article Type:Conference notes
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Mar 22, 2013
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