Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Bryan W. Boudouris

Committee Member 1

Jianguo Mei

Committee Member 2

Shelley Claridge


Polymers containing pendant radical groups have recently come into spotlight for implementation in organic electronic devices. With the synthesis and application of these materials comes many challenges centered around the reactive nature of the radical species. The 1,3diphenyl-1,4-dihydro-1,2,4-triazin-4-yl (i.e., Blatter’s) radical has been described in literature as a stable, conjugated, planar molecule. As such, it presents an excellent opportunity for further evaluation of charge transport mechanism in radical polymers. The essence of this work will focus on the synthesis and characterization of Blatter’s radical as well as plans consisting of synthetic schemes for the polymerization of this novel molecule.