Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Jason G. Parsons

Second Advisor

Dr. Erik Plata

Third Advisor

Dr. Arnulfo Mar


The photocatalytic activity of meso-Tetraphenyl Metalloporphyrins with different metal centers was investigated. The synthesized metalloporphyrin photocatalysts was performed and analyzed using FT-IR spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy, and powder X-Ray Diffraction analysis. The synthesized TPP crystals were determined to be tetragonal crystal structure and the structure was observed in all synthesized metalloporphyrin catalysts. The Soret (B) bands, Q bands, FT-IR functional groups were identified. Reaction progress was investigated by sampling at intervals of one hour and analysis of the samples was performed using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. GC-MS analysis was used to identify the products of the photochemical catalytic redox reactions performed under purple light.


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