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NAME: Benjamin Coleman

PROJECT TITLE:1,4-Dicyclopentadienylbutane

[4]Ferrocenophane is of interest due to its use in creating ionic charge-transfer salts. In order to study this compound and its ability to form such salts, an efficient, high yield synthesis of 1,4-bis-(2,3,4,5-tetramethyl-1,3-cylopentadienyl)butane ligand precusor must be determined and optimized. This proposal focuses on the synthesis of 1,4-bis-(1,3-cyclopentadienyl)butane from three substitution pathways utilizing mesylate and tosylate derivatives of 1,4-butanediol and higher order cyclopentadienyl cuprates. Once the reaction conditions are perfected, the synthetic pathway that produces the highest yield under the optimal conditions can be utilized to produce the tetramethyl derivative of the ligand precursor.