Organometallic precursors for novel material design
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As part of a broad program directed toward the discovery of inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that exhibit interesting and/or useful properties (e.g. electronic, photonic, magnetic, etc.), several distinct projects dealing with the identification and synthesis of novel organometallic complexes have arisen. The unveiling of such metal-complexes or new applications for existing complexes adds to the repertoire of candidates that may be incorporated into or used to generate new materials. The research conducted addresses (1) the design of precursors for the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of amorphous metallic alloys, (2) the design, synthesis, and study of a novel class of polymerizable organometallic precursors for heterocomposite photovoltaic materials and (3) the preparation of triazolato ruthenium complexes vis-à-vis "click" cycloaddition chemistry.