Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, xxvii, 198 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Marina A Petrukhina

Committee Members

Evgeny V Dikarev, Paul J Toscano, Eric Block, Curtis Pulliam


Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Graphene, Fullerenes, Reduction (Chemistry)

Subject Categories

Inorganic Chemistry


To further advance energy storage materials research, the structural studies of carbonaceous compounds intercalated with alkali and alkaline earth metal ions are of great interest and importance. Structure-property relationships of electrode and superconductive materials can be better understood with the gained fundamental knowledge stemming from a synergistic use of solid state and solution studies. Due to the polymeric structures and insolubility in common solvent of intercalated carbonaceous materials, studies of structures and properties must be conducted on smaller subunits. Planar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can serve as models for the infinite π-carbon layers of graphite or graphene, while nonplanar PAHs have been utilized to explore the reactivity of carbon allotropes with curved π-surfaces. Therefore, we have focused our work on the structural investigation of multi-charged fragments of both graphite and fullerenes, using planar and curved PAHs with different topologies.