Date of Completion


Embargo Period


Major Advisor

Nicholas E. Leadbeater

Associate Advisor

Dr. Robert R. Birge

Associate Advisor

Dr. Jose A. Gascon

Associate Advisor

Dr. Jing Zhao

Associate Advisor

Dr. Ronald J. Wikholm

Field of Study



Doctor of Philosophy

Open Access

Open Access


The development of synthetic methodologies can be aided and improved upon by a critical understanding of the mechanistic pathways at play during a chemical reaction. Computational modeling has proven very valuable in this endeavor. My graduate research has focused on three areas in particular: (1) development of synthetic methodologies, (2) quantum chemical modeling, and (3) utilization of emerging technologies. These topics are highly relevant in the literature today and serve as a foundation to aid researchers in generations to come.