Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Professor R.J. Gillespie
Novel synthetic pathways for the production of infinite mercury chain materials (Hg₃₋δMF₆) were investigated and some of the physical properties of the materials were studied. The solution chemistry of the homopolyatomic cation system (Hg₂²⁺, Hg₃²⁺, Hg₄²⁺) from which either Hg₃₋δAsF₆ or Hg₃₋δSbF₆ are formed was probed using ¹⁹⁹Hg NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance).
Both O₂⁺ and NO+ salts of the ASF¯₆ or SbF¯₆ ions oxidized metallic mercury to produce the known materials Hg₃₋δMF₆.
Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) was used to study both low and high temperature phase transitions in the conducting materials. A phase transition at approximately 235 K has been associated with the reversible anisotropic extrusion of mercury from the crystals.
The thermal and hydrolytic decomposition pathways for Hg₃₋δAsF₆ were characterized and the absolute reflectance was also measured.
Chartier, Duane Robert, "The Synthesis and Physical Properties of Infinite Mercury Chain Conducting Materials" (1982). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1565.