A Study of the Uncommon Oxidation States of Transition Metal in Reaction with a NaOH/KOH Eutectic mixture

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dhia A. Habboush, Ph.D.


Oxidation of metals is a common occurrence in daily life with multitudes of properties between oxidation states. Although some metals are widely available at varies oxidation states, uncommon oxidation states of transition metals are very difficult to observe post reaction due to structural instabilities, atmospheric moisture and difficulties creating dry controlled environments to run and extract product samples. Our interest lie in the higher oxidation states of transition metals and attempting to both producing these higher oxidative states as well as identify and record it's individual signatures via UV Reflectance spectroscopy and RAMAN Spectroscopy.


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of Sacred Heart University's Chemistry Program in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Chemistry.