|dc.description.abstract||This dissertation concerns the use of bicyclic guanidinate ligands to prepare new
dimetal paddlewheel compounds. Specifically, Ru_2^6+, Re_2^6+, Re_2^7+, and Os_2^7+ compounds will be examined to observe any changes brought about by using bicyclic
guanidinate ligands with varying ring sizes. In the Ru_2^6+
compounds, different ligand
ring sizes cause a change in the electronic configuration and magnetic properties.
Bicyclic guanidinate ligands allow the preparation of Re_2^7+ compounds from Re_2^6+
compounds, both of which are examined structurally and electrochemically.
[Os2(hpp)4]^+ is examined to improve upon earlier studies, yielding a model of the g-tensor
components with respect to the compound structure.
An additional project included in the dissertation involves the study of an
asymmetric trinickel extended metal atom chain. The structural effects of the
asymmetry are examined to help elucidate the magnetic behavior that differs
significantly from symmetric trinickel extended metal atom chains.||