Synthesis of organic biaryl and aryl silyl ether linkers for surface functionalization of silicon semiconductors

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Konopka, Felicia T.

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Functional organic materials for use in inorganic semiconductor applications is of high scientific interest due to the need for flexible, conductive materials that can be utilized in solar energy applications. Herein is described a synthetic route for a new variant of biphenylene linker called 2Ldm-OTf-bpA, which can be used as a building block for future conductive oligophenylene materials in semiconductor devices. With unique ortho-functionalized dimethoxy handles and para-functionalization via triflate and bromo groups, this linker can be chemically modified at the bromo position to attach to silicon semiconductor surfaces. Additionally, a synthetic route for 1-LdSihex₃-OTf is presented which utilizes the modular synthon 1Ld-OH-OTf that can be synthetically modified to generate many variations of small molecules, which can be used to control the steric spacing of molecules on surfaces during functionalization. Conversely, the triflate group can be utilized as a synthetic modification point for future studies of molecular wire growth on silicon surfaces. These molecular wires will be the foundation of future studies for developing a hybrid molecular/materials (HMM) layer on Si(111). These surfaces can then act as anchor points for catalysts for the production of solar fuels conversion such as H₂ from water or the reduction of CO₂ to methanol



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