2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Science

Synthesis of N-Confused Porphyrins
Gabriel B. Hall* and Andrew K. Maerz
Dawood Afzal, Faculty Mentor

Porphyrin complexes have many uses particularly in the field of medicine. An interesting sub-category of porphyrins which little is known about is N-confused porphyrins. N-confused porphyrins are identical to regular porphyrins except one of the pyrrole rings has been bonded in a fashion so that the nitrogen atom points to the outside of the porphyrin structure rather than in. This changes the conjugation of the porphyrin ring, and thus changes the manner in which it complexes with metals. Due to a lack of knowledge about this class of compounds little is known about the potential uses. Our hope is that the synthesis of an N-confused porphyrin that is substituted with 3,5-dicarboxy phenyl groups will allow us to better understand this little known class of compounds. Once synthesis is complete the structure will be analyzed using NMR, IR spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction if crystals of sufficient quality can be produced.

Keywords: Porphyrin

Topic(s):Chemistry

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 30-2
Location: VH 1212
Time: 10:00 am

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