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Bidentate ligands are important components of coordination complexes used for catalysis, self-assembly, and in light-emitting materials. Acetylacentonate derivatives and nitrogen atom-containing heterocycles serve as the most widely used ligand scaffolds. I report the synthesis of N,O bidentate ligands via the Cu(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycoaddition (CuAAC), reported by Sharpless et al, and an oxidative functionalization of a C-H arene bond, reported by Sanford et al. I subsequently attempted to complex metals or metalloids, and the complexation of Zn(II) resulted in spectroscopically active complexes that provided promising insight in the synthesis of metal complexes used in catalysis and as fluorescent markers.



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