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  • 1. Agasti, Soumitra
    et al.
    Maity, Soham
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Maiti, Debabrata
    Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of 2,3-Disubstituted Benzofurans: An Approach Towards the Synthesis of Deuterium Labeled Compounds2015In: Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, ISSN 1615-4150, E-ISSN 1615-4169, Vol. 357, no 10, p. 2331-2338Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Palladium-catalyzed oxidative annulations between phenols and alkenylcarboxylic acids produced a library of benzofuran compounds. Depending on the nature of the substitution of the phenol precursor, either 2,3-dialkylbenzofurans or 2-alkyl-3-methylene-2,3-dihydrobenzofurans can be synthesized with excellent regioselectivity. Reactions between conjugated 5-phenylpenta-2,4-dienoic acids and phenol gave 3-alkylidenedihydrobenzofuran alkaloid motifs while biologically active 7-arylbenzofuran derivatives were prepared by starting from 2-phenylphenols. More interestingly, selective incorporation of deuterium from D2O has been discovered, which offers an attractive one-step method to access deuterated compounds.

  • 2.
    Alam, Rauful
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Catalytic Regio- and Stereoselective Reactions for the Synthesis of Allylic and Homoallylic Compounds2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is focused on two main areas of organic synthesis, palladium-catalyzed functionalization of alkenes and allylic alcohols, as well as development of new allylboration reactions.

    We have developed a palladium-catalyzed selective allylic trifluoroacetoxylation reaction based on C−H functionalization. Allylic trifluoroacetates were synthesized from functionalized olefins under oxidative conditions. The reactions proceed under mild conditions with a high level of diastereoselectivity. Mechanistic studies of the allylic C−H trifluoroacetoxylation indicate that the reaction proceeds via (η3-allyl)palladium(IV) intermediate.

    Palladium-catalyzed regio- and stereoselective synthesis of allylboronic acids from allylic alcohols has been demonstrated. Diboronic acid B2(OH)4 was used as the boron source in this process.

    The reactivity of the allylboronic acids were studied in three types of allylboration reactions: allylboration of ketones, imines and acyl hydrazones. All three processes are conducted under mild conditions without any additives. The reactions proceeded with remarkably high regio- and stereoselectivity.

    An asymmetric version of the allylboration of ketones was also developed. In this process chiral BINOL derivatives were used as catalysts. The reaction using γ-disubstituted allylboronic acids and various aromatic and aliphatic ketones afforded homoallylic alcohols bearing two adjacent quaternary stereocenters with excellent regio-, diastereo- and enantioselectivity (up to 97:3 er) in high yield. The stereoselectivity in the allylboration reactions could be rationalized on the basis of the Zimmerman-Traxler TS model.

  • 3.
    Alam, Rauful
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Vollgraff, Tobias
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Synthesis of Adjacent Quaternary Stereocenters by Catalytic Asymmetric Allylboration2015In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 137, no 35, p. 11262-11265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Allylboration of ketones with gamma-disubstituted allylboronic acids is performed in the presence of chiral BINOL derivatives. The reaction is suitable for single-step creation of adjacent quaternary stereocenters with high selectivity. We show that, with an appropriate choice of the chiral catalyst and the stereoisomeric prenyl substrate, full control of the stereo- and enantioselectivity is possible in the reaction.

  • 4.
    Algarra, Andres G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Computational Insights into the Isomerism of Hexacoordinate Metal-Sarcophagine Complexes: The Relationship between Structure and Stability2015In: European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ISSN 1434-1948, E-ISSN 1099-1948, no 3, p. 503-511Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The hexacoordinate complexes that the macrobicyclic ligands {(NH3)(2)sar)(2+) and {NMe3)(2)sar}(2+) (sar = 3,6,10,13,16,19-hexaazabicyclo[6.6.6]icosane) form with transition metals such as Co-III, Co-II and Cu-II can adopt several isomeric structures. In this article, we have firstly employed DFT methods lo compute the relative stability of their Delta-ob(3), Delta-ob(2)lel, Delta-lel(2)ob and Delta-lel(3) isomers, as well as the activation barriers for their interconversion. In agreement with the experimental data, the results show that, in general, the different isomers of the Co-III and Co-II complexes present similar free energies, whereas the Cu-II complexes show a strong tendency towards the lel(3) form. In addition, the interplay between the structure and stability of these species has been studied by combining shape maps with a distortion/interaction energy analysis. In contrast to the geometries close to the ideal octahedron that all the studied Co complexes present, the le)3 structures of [Cu{(NH3)(2)sar}](4+) and [Cu{(NMe3)(2)sar](4+) are better described. as trigonal prisms. In such structures the ligand adopts a conformation significantly more stable than in the other isomers, and this drives the formation of lel(3)-[Cu{(NH3)(2)sar}](4+) and lel(3)-[Cu{(NNe3)(2)sar}](4+). Overall, the results show a clear relationship between the stability of a given isomer and its degree of distortion with respect to the ideal octahedron (or trigonal prism), with the latter being ultimately dependent on the transition metal and its radius.

  • 5.
    Angles d'Ortoli, Thibault
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Sjöberg, Nils A.
    Vasiljeva, Polina
    Lindman, Jonas
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bergenstråhle-Wohlert, Malin
    Wohlert, Jakob
    Temperature Dependence of Hydroxymethyl Group Rotamer Populations in Cellooligomers2015In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 119, no 30, p. 9559-9570Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Empirical force fields for computer simulations of carbohydrates are often implicitly assumed to be valid also at temperatures different from room temperature for which they were optimited: Herein, the temperature dependence of the hydroxymethyl group rotamer populations in short oligogaccharides is invegtigated using Molecular dynamics simulations and NMR spectroscopy. Two oligosaccharides, methyl beta-cellobioside and beta-cellotetraose were simulated using three different carbohydrate force fields (CHARMM C35, GLYCAM06, and GROMOS 56A(carbo)) in combination with different water models (SPC, SPC/E, and TIP3P) using replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations. For comparison, hydroxymethyl group rotamer populations were investigated for methyl beta-cellobioside and cellopentaose based- on measured NMR (3)J(H5,H6) coupling constants, in the latter case by using a chemical shift selective NMR-filter. Molecular dynamics simulations in combination with NMR spectroscopy show that the temperature dependence of the hydroxymethyl rotamer population in these short cellooligomers, in the range 263-344 K, generally becomes exaggerated in simulations when compared to experimental data, but also that it is dependent on simulation conditions, and most notably properties of the water model.

  • 6. Arukuusk, Piret
    et al.
    Pärnaste, Ly
    Hällbrink, Mattias
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
    Langel, Ülo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry. Tartu University, Estonia.
    PepFects and NickFects for the Intracellular Delivery of Nucleic Acids2015In: Cell-Penetrating Peptides: Methods and Protocols / [ed] Ülo Langel, New York: Springer, 2015, Vol. 1324, p. 303-315Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nucleic acids can be utilized in gene therapy to restore, alter, or silence gene functions. In order to reveal the biological activity nucleic acids have to reach their intracellular targets by passing through the plasma membrane, which is impermeable for these large and negatively charged molecules. Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) condense nucleic acids into nanoparticles using non-covalent complexation strategy and mediate their delivery into the cell, whereas the physicochemical parameters of the nanoparticles determine the interactions with the membranes, uptake mechanism, and subsequent intracellular fate. The nanoparticles are mostly internalized by endocytosis that leads to the entrapment of them in endosomal vesicles. Therefore design of new CPPs that are applicable for non-covalent complex formation strategy and harness endosomolytic properties is highly vital. Here we demonstrate that PepFects and NickFects are efficient vectors for the intracellular delivery of various nucleic acids.This chapter describes how to form CPP/pDNA nanoparticles, evaluate stable nanoparticles formation, and assess gene delivery efficacy.

  • 7.
    Bartoszewicz, Agnieszka
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    González Miera, Greco
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Marcos, Rocio
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Norrby, Per-Ola
    Martín-Matute, Belén
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mechanistic Studies on the Alkylation of Amines with Alcohols Catalyzed by a Bifunctional Iridium Complex2015In: ACS Catalysis, ISSN 2155-5435, E-ISSN 2155-5435, Vol. 5, no 6, p. 3704-3716Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mechanism of the N-alkylation of amines with alcohols catalyzed by an iridium complex containing an N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand with a tethered alcohol/alkoxide functionality was investigated by a combination of experimental and computational methods. The catalyst resting state is an iridium hydride species containing the amine substrate as a ligand, and decoordination of the amine, followed by coordination of the imine intermediate to the iridium center, constitute the rate-determining step (rds) of the catalytic process. The alcohol/alkoxide that is tethered to the NHC participates in every step of the catalytic cycle by accepting or releasing protons and forming hydrogen bonds with the reacting species. Thus, the iridium complex with the alcohol/alkoxide tethered to the N-heterocyclic carbene ligand acts as a bifunctional catalyst.

  • 8. Biosca, Maria
    et al.
    Paptchikhine, Alexander
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Pàmies, Oscar
    Andersson, Pher G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Diéguez, Montserrat
    Extending the Substrate Scope of Bicyclic P-Oxazoline/Thiazole Ligands for Ir-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Unfunctionalized Olefins by Introducing a Biaryl Phosphoroamidite Group2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 8, p. 3455-3464Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study identifies a series of Ir-bicyclic phosphoroamidite-oxazoline/thiazole catalytic systems that can hydrogenate a wide range of minimally functionalized olefins (including E-and Z-tri- and disubstituted substrates, vinylsilanes, enol phosphinates, tri- and disubstituted alkenylboronic esters, and alpha,beta-unsaturated enones) in high enantioselectivities (ee values up to 99%) and conversions. The design of the new phosphoroamidite-oxazoline/thiazole ligands derives from a previous successful generation of bicyclic N-phosphane-oxazoline/thiazole ligands, by replacing the N-phosphane group with a pi-acceptor biaryl phosphoroamidite moiety. A small but structurally important family of Ir-phosphoroamidite-oxazoline/thiazole precatalysts has thus been synthesized by changing the nature of the N-donor group (either oxazoline or thiazole) and the configuration at the biaryl phosphoroamidite moiety. The substitution of the N-phosphane by a phosphoroamidite group in the bicyclic N-phosphane-oxazoline/thiazole ligands extended the range of olefins that can be successfully hydrogenated.

  • 9.
    Blomberg, Margareta R. A.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    How cytochrome c oxidase can pump four protons per oxygen molecule at high electrochemical gradient2015In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, ISSN 0005-2728, E-ISSN 1879-2650, Vol. 1847, no 3, p. 364-376Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Experiments have shown that the A-family cytochrome c oxidases pump four protons per oxygen molecule, also at a high electrochemical gradient. This has been considered a puzzle, since two of the reduction potentials involved, Cu(II) and Fe(III), were estimated from experiments to be too low to afford proton pumping at a high gradient The present quantum mechanical study (using hybrid density functional theory) suggests a solution to this puzzle. First, the calculations show that the charge compensated Cu(II) potential for Cu-B is actually much higher than estimated from experiment, of the same order as the reduction potentials for the tyrosyl radical and the ferryl group, which are also involved in the catalytic cycle. The reason for the discrepancy between theory and experiment is the very large uncertainty in the experimental observations used to estimate the equilibrium potentials, mainly caused by the lack of methods for direct determination of reduced Cu-B. Second, the calculations show that a high energy metastable state, labeled E-H, is involved during catalytic turnover. The E-H state mixes the low reduction potential of Fe(III) in heme a(3) with another, higher potential, here suggested to be that of the tyrosyl radical, resulting in enough exergonicity to allow proton pumping at a high gradient In contrast, the corresponding metastable oxidized state, O-H, is not significantly higher in energy than the resting state, O. Finally, to secure the involvement of the high energy E-H state it is suggested that only one proton is taken up via the K-channel during catalytic turnover.

  • 10. Brown, Michael
    et al.
    Delorme, Marion
    Malmedy, Florence
    Malmgren, Joel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Wirth, Thomas
    Synthesis of New Chiral Diaryliodonium Salts2015In: Synlett: Accounts and Rapid Communications in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0936-5214, E-ISSN 1437-2096, Vol. 26, no 11, p. 1573-1577Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A structurally diverse range of chiral diaryliodonium salts have been synthesised which have potential application in metal-free stereoselective arylation reactions.

  • 11. Bunrit, Anon
    et al.
    Dahlstrand, Christian
    Olsson, Sandra K.
    Srifa, Pemikar
    Huang, Genping
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Orthaber, Andreas
    Sjöberg, Per J. R.
    Biswas, Srijit
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Samec, Joseph S. M.
    Brønsted Acid-Catalyzed Intramolecular Nucleophilic Substitution of the Hydroxyl Group in Stereogenic Alcohols with Chirality Transfer2015In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 137, no 14, p. 4646-4649Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The hydroxyl group of enantioenriched benzyl, propargyl, allyl, and alkyl alcohols has been intramolecularly displaced by uncharged O-, N-, and S-centered nucleophiles to yield enantioenriched tetrahydrofuran, pyrrolidine, and tetrahydrothiophene derivatives with phosphinic acid catalysis. The five-membered heterocyclic products are generated in good to excellent yields, with high degree of chirality transfer, and water as the only side-product. Racemization experiments show that phosphinic acid does not promote S(N)1 reactivity. Density functional theory calculations corroborate a reaction pathway where the phosphinic acid operates as a bifunctional catalyst in the intramolecular substitution reaction. In this mechanism, the acidic proton of the phosphinic acid protonates the hydroxyl group, enhancing the leaving group ability. Simultaneously, the oxo group of phosphinic acid operates as a base abstracting the nucleophilic proton and thus enhancing the nucleophilicity. This reaction will open up new atom efficient techniques that enable alcohols to be used as nucleofuges in substitution reactions in the future.

  • 12.
    Carson, Fabian
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Martínez-Castro, Elisa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Marcos, Rocio
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    González Miera, Greco
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Jansson, Kjell
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Zou, Xiaodong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Martin-Matute, Belén
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Effect of the functionalisation route on a Zr-MOF with an Ir-NHC complex for catalysis2015In: Chemical Communications, ISSN 1359-7345, E-ISSN 1364-548X, Vol. 51, no 54, p. 10864-10867Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new iridium N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) metallolinker has been synthesised and introduced into a metal-organic framework (MOF), for the first time, via two different routes: direct synthesis and postsynthetic exchange (PSE). The two materials were compared in terms of the Ir loading and distribution using X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), the local Ir structure using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and the catalytic activity. The materials showed good activity and recyclability as catalysts for the isomerisation of an allylic alcohol.

  • 13.
    Das, Arindam
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Wang, Dong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Belhomme, Marie-Charlotte
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Copper-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Allylboronic Acids with alpha-Diazoketones2015In: Organic Letters, ISSN 1523-7060, E-ISSN 1523-7052, Vol. 17, no 19, p. 4754-4757Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Copper-catalyzed cross-coupling of substituted allylboronic acids with alpha-diazoketones was studied. This allylation reaction is highly regioselective, providing the branched allylic product. The process involves creation of a new C(sp(3))-C(sp(3)) bond by retaining the keto functional group of the alpha-diazoketone precursor.

  • 14.
    Deng, Hong-Ping
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Wang, Dong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Direct Allylation of Quinones with Allylboronates2015In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 80, no 6, p. 3343-3348Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Allylboronates undergo C-H allylation of unsubstituted or monosubstituted benzoquinone and naphthoquinone substrates. In the case of 2,5- or 2,6-disubstituted quinones addition involving the substituted carbon takes place. Allylation with stereodefined allylboronates occurs with retention of the configuration.

  • 15.
    Dey, Chandan
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Lindstedt, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Wallenberg Research Centre at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
    Metal-Free C-Arylation of Nitro Compounds with Diaryliodonium Salts2015In: Organic Letters, ISSN 1523-7060, E-ISSN 1523-7052, Vol. 17, no 18, p. 4554-4557Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An efficient, mild, and metal-free arylation of nitro-alkanes with diaryliodonium salts has been developed, giving easy access to tertiary nitro compounds. The reaction proceeds in high yields without the need for excess reagents and can be extended to alpha-arylation of nitroesters. Nitroalkanes were selectively C-arylated in the presence of other easily arylated functional groups, such as phenols and aliphatic alcohols.

  • 16.
    Engelmark Cassimjee, Karim
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Manta, Bianca
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    A quantum chemical study of the ω-transaminase reaction mechanism2015In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 13, no 31, p. 8453-8464Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ω-Transaminases are valuable tools in biocatalysis due to their stereospecificity and their broad substrate range. In the present study, the reaction mechanism of Chromobacterium violaceum ω-transaminase is investigated by means of density functional theory calculations. A large active site model is designed based on the recent X-ray crystal structure. The detailed energy profile for the half-transamination of (S)-1-phenylethylamine to acetophenone is calculated and the involved transition states and intermediates are characterized. The model suggests that the amino substrate forms an external aldimine with the coenzyme pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP), through geminal diamine intermediates. The external aldimine is then deprotonated in the rate-determining step, forming a planar quinonoid intermediate. A ketimine is then formed, after which a hemiaminal is produced by the addition of water. Subsequently, the ketone product is obtained together with pyridoxamine-5′-phosphate (PMP). In the studied half-transamination reaction the ketone product is kinetically favored. The mechanism presented here will be valuable to enhance rational and semi-rational design of engineered enzyme variants in the development of ω-transaminase chemistry.

  • 17.
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Exploring the Molecular Behavior of Carbohydrates by NMR Spectroscopy: Shapes, motions and interactions2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbohydrates are essential biomolecules that decorate cell membranes and proteins in organisms. They are important both as structural elements and as identification markers. Many biological and pathogenic processes rely on the identification of carbohydrates by proteins, thereby making them attractive as molecular blueprints for drugs. This thesis describes how NMR spectroscopy can be utilized to study carbohydrates in solution at a molecular level. This versatile technique facilitates for investigations of (i) shapes, (ii) motions and (iii) interactions.

    A conformational study of an E. coli O-antigen was performed by calculating atomic distances from NMR NOESY experiments. The acquired data was utilized to validate MD simulations of the LPS embedded in a membrane. The agreement between experimental and calculated data was good and deviations were proven to arise from spin-diffusion. In another study presented herein, both the conformation and the dynamic behavior of amide side-chains linked to derivatives of D-Fucp3N, a sugar found in the O-antigen of bacteria, were investigated. J-couplings facilitated a conformational analysis and 13C saturation transfer NMR experiments were utilized to measure rate constants of amide cis-trans isomerizations.

    13C NMR relaxation and 1H PFG diffusion measurements were carried out to explore and describe the molecular motion of mannofullerenes. The dominating motions of the mannofullerene spectral density were found to be related to pulsating motions of the linkers rather than global rotational diffusion. The promising inhibition of Ebola viruses identified for a larger mannofullerene can thus be explained by an efficient rebinding mechanism that arises from the observed flexibility in the linker.

    Molecular interactions between sugars and caffeine in water were studied by monitoring chemical shift displacements in titrations. The magnitude of the chemical shift displacements indicate that the binding occurs by a face to face stacking of the aromatic plane of caffeine to the ring plane of the sugar, and that the interaction is at least partly driven by solvation effects. Also, the binding of a Shigella flexneri serotype Y octasaccharide to a bacteriophage Sf6 tail spike protein was investigated. This interaction was studied by 1H STD NMR and trNOESY experiments. A quantitative analysis of the STD data was performed employing a newly developed method, CORCEMA-ST-CSD, that is able to simulate STD data more accurately since the line broadening of protein resonances are accounted for in the calculations.

  • 18.
    Engström, Olof
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Muñoz, Antonio
    Illescas, Beatriz M.
    Martin, Nazario
    Ribeiro-Viana, Renato
    Rojo, Javier
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Investigation of glycofullerene dynamics by NMR spectroscopy2015In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 13, no 32, p. 8750-8755Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Glycofullerenes, in which carbohydrate molecules are attached via a linker to a [60]fullerene core, facilitate spherical presentation of glyco-based epitopes. We herein investigate the dynamics of two glycofullerenes, having 12 and 36 mannose residues at their periphery, by NMR translational diffusion and quantitative C-13 relaxation studies employing a model-free approach for their interpretation. The sugar residues are shown to be highly flexible entities with S-2 < 0.2 in both compounds. Notably, the larger glycofullerene with longer linkers shows faster internal dynamics and higher flexibility than its smaller counterpart. The dynamics and flexibility as well as the slower translational diffusion of the larger glycofullerene, thereby favoring rebinding to a receptor, may together with its spatial extension explain why it is better than the smaller one at blocking the DC-SIGN receptor and inhibiting the infection by pseudotyped Ebola virus particles.

  • 19.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Li, Shengyu
    Yang, Zhennai
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies of the exopolysaccharide from Lactobacillus plantarum C88 using NMR spectroscopy and the program CASPER2015In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 402, p. 87-94Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Some lactic acid bacteria, such as those of the Lactobacillus genus, have the ability to produce exopolysaccharides (EPSs) that confer favorable physicochemical properties to food and/or beneficial physiological effects on human health. In particular, the EPS of Lactobacillus plantarum C88 has recently demonstrated in vitro antioxidant activity and, herein, its structure has been investigated using NMR spectroscopy and the computer program CASPER (Computer Assisted Spectrum Evaluation of Regular polysaccharides). The pentasaccharide repeating unit of the O-deacetylated EPS consists of a trisaccharide backbone, -> 4)-alpha-DGalp-(1 -> 2)-alpha-D-Glcp-(1 -> 3)-beta-D-Glcp-(1 ->, with terminal D-Glc and D-Gal residues (1.0 and 0.8 equiv per repeating unit, respectively) extending from O3 and O6, respectively, of the -> 4)-alpha-D-Galp-(1 -> residue. In the native EPS an O-acetyl group is present, 0.85 equiv per repeating unit, at O2 of the alpha-linked galactose residue; thus the repeating unit of the EPS has the following structure: -> 4)[beta-D-Glcp-(1 -> 3)][beta-D-Galp-(1 -> 6)]alpha-D-Galp2Ac-(1 -> 2)-alpha-D-Glcp-(1 -> 3)-beta-D-Glcp-(1 ->. These structural features, and the chain length (similar to 10(3) repeating units on average, determined in a previous study), are expected to play an important role in defining the physicochemical properties of the polymer.

  • 20.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies and biosynthetic aspects of the O-antigen polysaccharide from Escherichia coli O422015In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 403, p. 174-181Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of the O-antigen polysaccharide (PS) from Escherichia coli O42 has been investigated by NMR spectroscopy as the main method, which was complemented with sugar analysis, mass spectrometry, and analysis of biosynthetic information. The O-specific chain of the O-deacylated lipopolysaccharide (LPS-OH) consists of branched tetrasaccharide-glycerol repeating units joined by phosphodiester linkages. The lipid-free polysaccharide contains 0.8 equiv of O-acetyl groups per repeating unit and has the following teichoic acid-like structure: Based on biosynthetic aspects, this should also be the biological repeating unit. This O-antigen structure is remarkably similar to that of E. coli O28ac, differing only in the presence or absence, respectively, of a glucose residue at the branching point. The structural similarity explains the serological cross-reactivity observed between strains of these two serogroups, and also their almost identical O-antigen gene cluster sequences. -> 2)-(R)-Gro-(1-P-4)-beta-D-GlcpNAc-(1 -> 3)-beta-D-Galf2Ac-(1 -> 3)-alpha-D-GlcpNAc-(1 -> vertical bar a-D-Glcp-(1 -> 3)

  • 21.
    Gigant, Nicolas
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Université Paris-Sud, France.
    Quintin, Francois
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Preparation of Tetrasubstituted Olefins Using Mono or Double Aerobic Direct C-H Functionalization Strategies: Importance of Steric Effects2015In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 80, no 5, p. 2796-2803Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel protocol for the synthesis of tetrasubstituted olefins through a biomimetic approach has been explored. Both mono- and diarylations were performed under ambient oxygen pressure, giving a range of highly hindered tetrasubstituted alkenes. For diarylation of disubstituted substrates, it was demonstrated that the second arylation is the rate-limiting step of the overall transformation.

  • 22. Girgis, Adel S.
    et al.
    Mabied, Ahmed F.
    Stawinski, Jacek
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Hegazy, Lamees
    George, Riham F.
    Farag, Hanaa
    Shalaby, ElSayed M.
    Farag, I. S. Ahmed
    Synthesis and DFT studies of an antitumor active spiro-oxindole2015In: New Journal of Chemistry, ISSN 1144-0546, E-ISSN 1369-9261, Vol. 39, no 10, p. 8017-8027Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An anti-oncological active spiro-oxindole 7 was synthesized regioselectively via a [3+2]-cycloaddition reaction of azomethine ylide to exocyclic olefinic linkage of 4-piperidone 6, exhibiting properties against diverse tumor cell lines including leukemia, melanoma and cancers of the lung, colon, brain, ovary, breast, prostate, and kidney. Compound 7 crystallizes in the monoclinic system and P21/c space group with four molecules in the unit cell. The structure was also studied by AM1, PM3 and DFT techniques. DFT studies support the stereochemical selectivity of the reaction and determine the molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbitals.

  • 23.
    Hamark, Christoffer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    The sweet side of molecular structure: NMR spectroscopic studies of glycans and their interactions with proteins2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis, within the topic of bioorganic chemistry, the molecular structure of carbohydrates has been studied. Carbohydrates, or glycans, are ubiquitous biomolecules exhibiting a wide range of biological roles. The specific functions of these molecules are largely determined by their interactions with proteins and molecular structure ultimately governs such specialized recognition events.

    Glycan-binding proteins, such as lectins or enzymes, often interact with their sweet ligands in a transient fashion and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) is a viable technique to probe these complexes. In particular, ligand-based NMR techniques have been employed, typically in combination with other biophysical as well as biochemical and computational methods. The aim of this work has been to gain new insights about specific biological systems, to develop methods and to devise protocols for their studies.

    The first two papers cover NMR-interaction studies of native ligands as well as inhibitor glycans with the enzyme hen egg-white lysozyme and the lectin botulinum neurotoxin type A. Screening experiments were performed to investigate ligand affinities and selectivities. Solution models in combination with X-ray crystal structures were compared in order to evaluate their agreement and the details of interactions.

    A method for application in carbohydrate ligand NMR-screening was developed in paper three. The heteronucleus selenium was exploited as a reporter of selenoglycosides binding to lectins. 77Se NMR spectroscopy proved sensitive to binding events and the presented approach should be useful in large screenings of glycomimetic inhibitors.  In order to obtain sufficient amounts of glycans for bioorganic studies their production often relies on chemical synthesis. In the last paper, the structure of some conformationally highly activated glycosyl donors was thoroughly investigated and related to their reactivity in synthetic glycosylation reactions.  

  • 24.
    Huang, Genping
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kalek, Marcin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Liao, Rong-Zhen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mechanism, reactivity, and selectivity of the iridium-catalyzed C(sp(3))-H borylation of chlorosilanes2015In: Chemical Science, ISSN 2041-6520, E-ISSN 2041-6539, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 1735-1746Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The iridium-catalyzed C(sp(3))-H borylation of methylchlorosilanes is investigated by means of density functional theory, using the B3LYP and M06 functionals. The calculations establish that the resting state of the catalyst is a seven-coordinate Ir(V) species that has to be converted into an Ir(III)tris(boryl) complex in order to effect the oxidative addition of the C-H bond. This is then followed by a C-B reductive elimination to yield the borylated product, and the catalytic cycle is finally completed by the regeneration of the active catalyst over two facile steps. The two employed functionals give somewhat different conclusions concerning the nature of the rate-determining step, and whether reductive elimination occurs directly or after a prior isomerization of the Ir(V) hydride intermediate complex. The calculations reproduce quite well the experimentally-observed trends in the reactivities of substrates with different substituents. It is demonstrated that the reactivity can be correlated to the Ir-C bond dissociation energies of the corresponding Ir(V) hydride intermediates. The effect of the chlorosilyl group is identified to originate from the alpha-carbanion-stabilizing effect of the silicon, which is further reinforced by the presence of an electron-withdrawing chlorine substituent. Furthermore, the source of selectivity for the borylation of primary over secondary C(sp(3))-H can be explained on a steric basis, by repulsion between the alkyl group and the Ir/ligand moiety. Finally, the difference in the reactivity between C(sp(3))-H and C(sp(2))-H borylation is investigated and rationalized in terms of distortion/interaction analysis.

  • 25.
    Janson, Pär G.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ilchenko, Nadia O.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Diez-Varga, Alberto
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Effects of B(2)pin(2) and PCy3 on copper-catalyzed trifluoromethylation of substituted alkenes and alkynes with the Togni reagent2015In: Tetrahedron, ISSN 0040-4020, E-ISSN 1464-5416, Vol. 71, no 6, p. 922-931Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The copper-catalyzed oxytrifluoromethylation of phenylacetylenes and C-H trifluoromethylation of quinones were studied. It was found that both reactions are accelerated by B(2)pin(2) and PCy3 additives. The two reactions have different substituent effects. The oxytrifluoromethylation is faster in the presence of electron-donating groups, while the C-H trifluoromethylation is faster with electron-withdrawing substituents. The Hammett plot for oxytrifluoromethylation gave a rho value of 0.76 indicating electron demand in the rate determining step of the reaction. According to the absolute value of rho the reaction probably does not proceed through a rate determining formation of a carbocation intermediate. The kinetic isotope effect measurements indicate that in C-H trifluoromethylation of quinones the cleavage of the C-H bond is not the rate determining step of the reaction.

  • 26.
    Jiang, Tuo
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bartholomeyzik, Teresa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mazuela, Javier
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Willersinn, Jochen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Palladium(II)/Bronsted Acid-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxidative Carbocyclization-Borylation of Enallenes2015In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 54, no 20, p. 6024-6027Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An enantioselective oxidative carbocyclization-borylation of enallenes that is catalyzed by palladium(II) and a Bronsted acid was developed. Biphenol-type chiral phosphoric acids were superior co-catalysts for inducing the enantioselective cyclization. A number of chiral borylated carbocycles were synthesized in high enantiomeric excess.

  • 27. Kabeshov, Mikhail A.
    et al.
    Kysilka, Ondřej
    Rulíšek, Lubomír
    Suleimanov, Yury V.
    Bella, Marco
    Malkov, Andrei V.
    Kočovský, Pavel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; Charles University Prague, Czech Republic.
    Cross-Aldol Reaction of Isatin with Acetone Catalyzed by Leucinol: A Mechanistic Investigation2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 34, p. 12026-12033Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Comprehensive mechanistic studies on the enantioselective aldol reaction between isatin (1a) and acetone, catalyzed by L-leucinol (3a), unraveled that isatin, apart from being a substrate, also plays an active catalytic role. Conversion of the intermediate oxazolidine 4 into the reactive syn-enamine 6, catalyzed by isatin, was identified as the rate-determining step by both the calculations (G=26.1kcalmol(-1) for the analogous L-alaninol, 3b) and the kinetic isotope effect (k(H)/k(D)=2.7 observed for the reaction using [D-6]acetone). The subsequent reaction of the syn-enamine 6 with isatin produces (S)-2a (calculated G=11.6kcalmol(-1)). The calculations suggest that the overall stereochemistry is controlled by two key events: 1)the isatin-catalyzed formation of the syn-enamine 6, which is thermodynamically favored over its anti-rotamer 7 by 2.3kcalmol(-1); and 2)the high preference of the syn-enamine 6 to produce (S)-2a on reaction with isatin (1a) rather than its enantiomer (G=2.6kcalmol(-1)).

  • 28.
    Kerdphon, Sutthichat
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Phosphine Iridium Catalyzed Alkylation Reactions and Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Ketones2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is focused on hydrogen transfer reactions using N-heterocyclic carbenephosphine iridium catalysts and is divided in two parts. The first part describes the use of achiral N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes catalyzing the methylation of ketones and alkylation of amides using alcohols as the electrophile. In Chapter 2, the N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes that have been developed in the Andersson group was employed as catalysts for the methylation of ketones. These reactions were found to take place under mild conditions with low catalyst loading (1.0 mol%) to furnish the desired methylated products in up to 98% isolated yield. The achiral N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes were also found to catalyze the N-alkylation of amides with alcohols, as presented in Chapter 3. It was discovered that the reactivity of the catalysts was highly dependent on the structure of the catalyst. At optimum reaction conditions, the best catalyst could be used with a wide range of substrates at low catalyst loading (0.5 mol%) to afford the desired product up to 98% isolated yield.

    The second part of this thesis details the preparation of chiral N-heterocyclic carbenephosphine iridium complexes and their use in the asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones (Chapter 4). These catalysts were successfully used in the asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones at room temperature under base-free conditions and led to full conversion of chiral alcohol products in 30 min with high enantiomeric excess (up to 96%).

  • 29.
    Kerdphon, Sutthichat
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Xu, Quan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Parihar, Vijay Singh
    Andersson, Pher G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    C-N Coupling of Amides with Alcohols Catalyzed by N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Phosphine Iridium Complexes2015In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 80, no 22, p. 11529-11537Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes (NHC-Ir) were developed/found to be a highly reactive catalyst for N-monoalkylation of amides with alcohols via hydrogen transfer. The reaction produced the desired product in high isolated yields using a wide range of substrates with low catalyst loading and short reaction times.

  • 30.
    Kocovsky, Pavel
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic; Charles University, Czech Republic.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    The syn/anti-Dichotomy in the Palladium-Catalyzed Addition of Nucleophiles to Alkenes2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 51, p. 36-56Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this review the stereochemistry of palladium-catalyzed addition of nucleophiles to alkenes is discussed, and examples of these reactions in organic synthesis are given. Most of the reactions discussed involve oxygen and nitrogen nucleophiles; the Wacker oxidation of ethylene has been reviewed in detail. An anti-hydroxypalladation in the Wacker oxidation has strong support from both experimental and computational studies. From the reviewed material it is clear that anti-addition of oxygen and nitrogen nucleophiles is strongly favored in intermolecular addition to olefin-palladium complexes even if the nucleophile is coordinated to the metal. On the other hand, syn-addition is common in the case of intramolecular oxy- and amidopalladation as a result of the initial coordination of the internal nucleophile to the metal.

  • 31.
    Kovalenko, Oleksandr O.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Adolfsson, Hans
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Highly Efficient and Chemoselective Zinc-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Esters under Mild Conditions2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 7, p. 2785-2788Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A mild and highly efficient catalytic hydrosilylation protocol for room-temperature ester reductions has been developed using diethylzinc as the catalyst. The methodology is operationally simple, displays high functional group tolerance and provides for a facile access to a broad range of different alcohols in excellent yields.

  • 32.
    Kovalenko, Oleksandr O.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Volkov, Alexey
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Adolfsson, Hans
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mild and Selective Et2Zn-Catalyzed Reduction of Tertiary Amides under Hydrosilylation Conditions2015In: Organic Letters, ISSN 1523-7060, E-ISSN 1523-7052, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 446-449Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Diethylzinc (Et2Zn) can be used as an efficient and chemoselective catalyst for the reduction of tertiary amides under mild reaction conditions employing cost-effective polymeric silane (PMHS) as the hydride source. Crucial for the catalytic activity was the addition of a substoichiometric amount of lithium chloride to the reaction mixture. A series of amides containing different additional functional groups were reduced to their corresponding amines, and the products were isolated in good-to-excellent yields.

  • 33.
    Laine, Tanja M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kärkäs, Markus D.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Liao, Rong-Zhen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Huazhong University of Science & Technology, People's Republic of China.
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Åkermark, Björn
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    A Dinuclear Ruthenium-Based Water Oxidation Catalyst: Use of Non-Innocent Ligand Frameworks for Promoting Multi-Electron Reactions2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 28, p. 10039-10048Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Insight into how H2O is oxidized to O-2 is envisioned to facilitate the rational design of artificial water oxidation catalysts, which is a vital component in solar-to-fuel conversion schemes. Herein, we report on the mechanistic features associated with a dinuclear Ru-based water oxidation catalyst. The catalytic action of the designed Ru complex was studied by the combined use of high-resolution mass spectrometry, electrochemistry, and quantum chemical calculations. Based on the obtained results, it is suggested that the designed ligand scaffold in Ru complex 1 has a non-innocent behavior, in which metal-ligand cooperation is an important part during the four-electron oxidation of H2O. This feature is vital for the observed catalytic efficiency and highlights that the preparation of catalysts housing non-innocent molecular frameworks could be a general strategy for accessing efficient catalysts for activation of H2O.

  • 34. Li, Xichen
    et al.
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ryde, Ulf
    Simulation of the isotropic EXAFS spectra for the S-2 and S-3 structures of the oxygen evolving complex in photosystem II2015In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 112, no 13, p. 3979-3984Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most of the main features of water oxidation in photosystem II are now well understood, including the mechanism for O-O bond formation. For the intermediate S-2 and S-3 structures there is also nearly complete agreement between quantum chemical modeling and experiments. Given the present high degree of consensus for these structures, it is of high interest to go back to previous suggestions concerning what happens in the S-2-S-3 transition. Analyses of extended X-ray adsorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments have indicated relatively large structural changes in this transition, with changes of distances sometimes larger than 0.3 angstrom and a change of topology. In contrast, our previous density functional theory (DFT)(B3LYP) calculations on a cluster model showed very small changes, less than 0.1 angstrom. It is here found that the DFT structures are also consistent with the EXAFS spectra for the S2 and S3 states within normal errors of DFT. The analysis suggests that there are severe problems in interpreting EXAFS spectra for these complicated systems.

  • 35. Liao, Rong-Zhen
    et al.
    Chen, Shi-Lu
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Which Oxidation State Initiates Dehalogenation in the B12-Dependent Enzyme NpRdhA: Co-II, COI or Co-0?2015In: ACS Catalysis, ISSN 2155-5435, E-ISSN 2155-5435, Vol. 5, no 12, p. 7350-7358Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The quantum chemical cluster approach was used to elucidate the reaction mechanism of debromination catalyzed by the B12-dependent reductive dehalogenase NpRdliA. Various pathways, involving different oxidation states of the cobalt ion and different protonation states of the model, have been analyzed in order to find the most favorable one. We find that the reductive C Br cleavage takes place exclusively at the Co' state via a heterolytic pathway in the singlet state. Importantly, the C-H bond formation and the C Br bond cleavage proceeds via a concerted transition state, as opposed to the stepwise pathway suggested before. C Br cleavage at the Coll state has a very high barrier, and the reduction of Co' to Co is associated with a very negative potential; thus, reductive dehalogenation at Coll and Co can be safely ruled out. Examination of substrate with different halogen substitutions (F, Cl, Br, I) shows that the dehalogenation reactivity follows the order C I > C Br > C-C1 > C-F, and the barrier for defluorination is so high that NpRdhA cannot catalyze that reaction.

  • 36.
    Liao, Rong-Zhen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kärkäs, Markus D.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Lee, Bao-Lin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Åkermark, Björn
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Photosystem II Like Water Oxidation Mechanism in a Bioinspired Tetranuclear Manganese Complex2015In: Inorganic Chemistry, ISSN 0020-1669, E-ISSN 1520-510X, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 342-351Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The synthesis of Mn-based catalysts to mimic the structural and catalytic properties of the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II is a long-standing goal for researchers. An interesting result in this field came with the synthesis of a Mn complex that enables water oxidation driven by the mild single-electron oxidant [Ru(bpy)(3)](3+). On the basis of hybrid density functional calculations, we herein propose a water oxidation mechanism for this bioinspired Mn catalyst, where the crucial O-O bond formation proceeds from the formal Mn-4(IV,IV,IV,V) state by direct coupling of a Mn-IV-bound terminal oxyl radical and a di-Mn bridging oxo group, a mechanism quite similar to the presently leading suggestion for the natural system. Of importance here is that the designed ligand is shown to be redox-active and can therefore store redox equivalents during the catalytic transitions, thereby alleviating the redox processes at the Mn centers.

  • 37.
    Liao, Rong-Zhen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Huazhong University of Science & Technology, People's Republic of China.
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mechanism for O-O bond formation in a biomimetic tetranuclear manganese cluster - A density functional theory study2015In: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B: Biology, ISSN 1011-1344, E-ISSN 1873-2682, Vol. 152, no Part A, p. 162-172Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Density functional theory calculations have been used to study the reaction mechanism of water oxidation catalyzed by a tetranuclear Mn-oxo cluster Mn4O4L6 (L = (C6H4)(2)PO4-). It is proposed that the O-O bond formation mechanism is different in the gas phase and in a water solution. In the gas phase, upon phosphate ligand dissociation triggered by light absorption, the O-O bond formation starting with both the Mn-4(III,III,IV,IV) and Mn-4(III,IV,IV,IV) oxidation states has to take place via direct coupling of two bridging oxo groups. The calculated barriers are 42.3 and 37.1 kcal/mol, respectively, and there is an endergonicity of more than 10 kcal/mol. Additional photons are needed to overcome these large barriers. In water solution, water binding to the two vacant sites of the Mn ions, again after phosphate dissociation triggered by light absorption, is thermodynamically and kinetically very favorable. The catalytic cycle is suggested to start from the Mn-4(III,III,III,IV) oxidation state. The removal of three electrons and three protons leads to the formation of a Mn-4(III,IV,IV,IV)-oxyl radical complex. The O-O bond formation then proceeds via a nucleophilic attack of water on the Mn-IV-oxyl radical assisted by a Mn-bound hydroxide that abstracts a proton during the attack. This step was calculated to be rate-limiting with a total barrier of 29.2 kcal/mol. This is followed by proton-coupled electron transfer, O-2 release, and water binding to start the next catalytic cycle.

  • 38.
    Liao, Rong-Zhen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Siegbahn, Per E. M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Phosphate Hydrolysis by the Fe-2-Ca-3-Dependent Alkaline Phosphatase PhoX: Mechanistic Insights from DFT calculations2015In: Inorganic Chemistry, ISSN 0020-1669, E-ISSN 1520-510X, Vol. 54, no 24, p. 11941-11947Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PhoX is a pentanudear metalloenzyme that employs two ferric ions and three calcium ions to catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters. On the basis of the X-ray structure of PhoX (Science 2014, 34S, 1170-1173), a model of the active site is designed, and quantum chemical calculations are used to investigate the reaction mechanism of this enzyme. The calculations support the experimental suggestion, in which the two high spin ferric ions interact in an antiferromagnetic fashion. The two step mechanism proposed by experimentalists has been investigated. The nudeophilic attack of a trinudear bridging oxo group on the phosphorus center was calculated to be the first step, which is concomitant with the departure of the phenolate, which is stabilized by a calcium ion. The second step is a reverse attack by a water molecule activated by a calciumbound hydroxide, leading to the regeneration of the bridging oxo group. The second step was calculated to have a barrier of 27.6 kcal/mol. The high barrier suggests that the alternative mechanism involving phosphate release directly from the active site seems to be more likely. All five metal ions are involved in the catalysis by stabilizing the pentacoordinated trigonal bipyramidal transition states.

  • 39.
    Lind, Maria E. S.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Quantum Chemical Modeling of Asymmetric Enzymatic Reactions2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Computational methods are very useful tools in the study of enzymatic reactions, as they can provide a detailed understanding of reaction mechanisms and the sources of various selectivities. In this thesis, density functional theory has been employed to examine four different enzymes of potential importance for biocatalytic applications. The enzymes considered are limonene epoxide hydrolase, soluble epoxide hydrolase, arylmalonate decarboxylase and phenolic acid decarboxylase. Besides the reaction mechanisms, the enantioselectivities in three of these enzymes have also been investigated in detail. In all studies, quite large quantum chemical cluster models of the active sites have been used. In particular, the models have to account for the chiral environment of the active site in order to reproduce and rationalize the experimentally observed selectivities.

    For both epoxide hydrolases, the calculated enantioselectivities are in good agreement with experiments. In addition, explanations for the change in stereochemical outcome for the mutants of limonene epoxide hydrolase, and for the observed enantioconvergency in the soluble epoxide hydrolase are presented.

    The reaction mechanisms of the two decarboxylases are found to involve the formation of an enediolate- or a quinone methide intermediate, supporting thus the main features of the proposed mechanisms in both cases. For arylmalonate decarboxylase, an explanation for the observed enantioselectivity is also presented.

    In addition to the obtained chemical insights, the results presented in this thesis demonstrate that the quantum chemical cluster approach is indeed a valuable tool in the field of asymmetric biocatalysis.

  • 40.
    Lindstedt, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Synthesis of Aryl Ethers: Metal-Free Arylation of Alcohols using Diaryliodonium Salts2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis contains two parts showing different metal-free methods to synthesize aryl ethers using hypervalent iodine reagents, more specifically diaryliodonium salts. The first part describes arylation of benzylic and allylic alcohols and phenols in water using the easily accessible base sodium hydroxide. Chemoselectivity of phenols in aqueous media is discussed and limitations of the reaction are presented.

    The second part describes an arylation of aliphatic alcohols at room temperature with short reaction time and no excess of reagents are required. The scope of the methodology was investigated and showed that electron-deficient iodonium salts worked efficiently, but unfortunately electron-rich was not compatible with the reaction conditions. The methodology was applied in a formal synthesis of Butoxycaine.

  • 41.
    Lundberg, Helena
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Group (IV) Metal-Catalyzed Direct Amidation: Synthesis and Mechanistic Considerations2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The amide unit constitutes the backbone of proteins, and it is present in a large number of pharmaceutically active molecules, polymeric materials such as nylon and Kevlar, as well as in food additives like aspartame. Amides are produced in enormous amounts every year, thus, environmentally friendly and selective methods for their formation are of great importance. This thesis deals with the direct formation of amides from non-activated carboxylic acids and amines with the aid of group (IV) metal complexes. Water is the only by-product of this environmentally benign process. This fact stands in contrast to the most common methods for amide formation to date, which involve the use of waste-intensive, expensive and often toxic coupling reagents. The catalytic protocols presented herein use titanium, zirconium and hafnium complexes under mild reaction conditions to produce amides in good to excellent yields. Furthermore, carbamates are demonstrated to be suitable sources of gaseous amines for the formation of primary and tertiary amides under catalytic conditions. In addition, preliminary results from on-going mechanistic investigations of the zirconium- and hafnium-catalyzed processes are presented.

  • 42.
    Lundberg, Helena
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Hans, Adolfsson
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Hafnium-Catalyzed Direct Amide Formation at Room Temperature2015In: ACS Catalysis, ISSN 2155-5435, E-ISSN 2155-5435, Vol. 5, no 6, p. 3271-3277Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Herein, the first example of a metal-catalyzed protocol for direct amidation of non-activated carboxylic acids at ambient temperature (26 °C) is presented. The mild reaction conditions give rise to high yields of a range of amides in reaction times as short as 90 minutes, employing a commercial hafnium complex, [Hf(Cp)2Cl2], as catalyst. Amino acids are transformed into their corresponding amides without racemization, and the catalyst displays full selectivity for the amidation of carboxylic acids over esters. Electronic properties of the carboxylic acids were found to have a strong influence on the rate of the amidation reaction, and the need for a balanced amount of molecular sieves was observed to be highly important for optimal reaction outcome.

  • 43.
    Mazuela, Javier
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Banerjee, Debasis
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Tandem Oxidative Acetoxylation/ortho C-H Activation/Carbocyclization of Arylallenes2015In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 137, no 30, p. 9559-9562Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Herein we report an example of tandem. oxidative acetoxylation/carbocyclization of arylallenes 1 using Pd(OAc)(2). The catalytic protocol is highly selective and provides access to new C-C and C-O bonds leading to a carbocyclization. The reaction proceeds via C-H activation by Pd. Mechanistic investigations show that the C-H activation is not the rate-limiting step and indicate that the reaction proceeds via acetoxylation of the allene.

  • 44.
    Nagendiran, Anuja
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Catalytic reactions with palladium supported on mesocellular foam: Applications in hydrogenation, isomerization, and C-C bond forming reactions2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The major part of this thesis concerns the development of catalytic methodologies based on palladium nanoparticles immobilized on aminopropyl-functionalized siliceous mesocellular foam (Pd0-AmP-MCF). The catalytic activity of the precursor to the nanocatalyst, PdII-AmP-MCF is also covered by this work.

    In the first part the application of Pd0-AmP-MCF in Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions and transfer hydrogenation of alkenes under microwave irradiation is described. Excellent reactivity was observed and a broad range of substrates were tolerated for both transformations. The Pd0-AmP-MCF exhibited high recyclability as well as low metal leaching in both cases.

    The aim of the second part was to evaluate the catalytic efficiency of the closely related PdII-AmP-MCF for cycloisomerization of various acetylenic acids. The catalyst was able to promote formation of lactones under mild conditions using catalyst loadings of 0.3 - 0.5 mol% at temperatures of up to 50 oC in the presence of Et3N. By adding 1,4-benzoquinone to the reaction, the catalyst could be recycled four times without any observable decrease in the activity.

    The selective arylation of indoles at the C-2 position using Pd-AmP-MCF and symmetric diaryliodonium salts is presented in the third part. These studies revealed that Pd0-AmP-MCF was more effective than PdII-AmP-MCF for this transformation. Variously substituted indoles as well as diaryliodonium salts were tolerated, giving arylated indoles in high yields within 15 h at 20 - 50 oC in H2O. Only very small amounts of Pd leaching were observed and in this case the catalyst exhibited moderate recyclability.

    The final part of the thesis describes the selective hydrogenation of the C=C in different α,β-unsaturated systems. The double bond was efficiently hydrogenated in high yields both under batch and continuous-flow conditions. High recyclability and low metal leaching were observed in both cases.

  • 45. Perepelov, Andrei V.
    et al.
    Wang, Quan
    Filatov, Andrei V.
    Xia, Xianghong
    Shashkov, Alexander S.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Wang, Lei
    Knirel, Yuriy A.
    Structures and gene clusters of the closely related O-antigens of Escherichia coli O46 and O134, both containing D-glucuronoyl-D-allothreonine2015In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 409, p. 20-24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The O-polysaccharides (O-antigens) were isolated by mild acid degradation of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Escherichia coli O46 and O134. The structures of their linear tetrasaccharide repeating units were established by sugar analysis along with 1D and 2D H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopy: [GRAPHICS] where D-aThr indicates D-allothreonine and R indicates O-acetyl substitution (similar to 70% on aThr and similar to 15% on GalNAc) in E. coli O46 whereas the O-acetylation is absent in E. coli O134. Functions of genes in the essentially identical O-antigen gene clusters of E. coli O46 and O134 were tentatively assigned by a comparison with sequences in available databases and found to be in agreement with the O-polysaccharide structures established.

  • 46.
    Peters, Byron
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Iridium Catalysed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Olefins and Isomerisation of Allylic Alcohols2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The work described in this thesis is focused on exploring the efficacy of asymmetric iridium catalysis in the hydrogenation of challenging substrates, including precursors to chiral sulfones and chiral cyclohexanes. Furthermore, iridium catalysis was used to isomerise allylic alcohols to aldehydes, and in a formal total synthesis of Aliskiren (a renin inhibitor). A large variety of unsaturated sulfones (cyclic, acyclic, vinylic, allylic and homoallylic) were prepared and screened in the iridium catalysed hydrogenation reaction using a series of previously developed N,P-ligated Ir-catalysts. The outcome was a highly enantioselective (>90% ee) protocol to prepare sulfones bearing chiral carbon scaffolds, sometimes having purely aliphatic substituents at the stereogenic centre. Furthermore, performing the Ramberg-Bäcklund reaction on the chiral products, under optimised conditions, produced cyclic and acyclic unsaturated derivatives without erosion of enantiomeric excess. This hydrogenation protocol was also successful in the hydrogenation of a number of cyclohexene-containing compounds. Minimally functionalised, functionalised and heterocycle-containing cyclohexenes were hydrogenated in up to 99% ee. Hitherto, both chiral sulfones and chiral cyclohexanes have been challenging targets for most catalytic asymmetric methodologies. Although the preparation of aldehydes and ketones by isomerisation of the corresponding allylic alcohol is well established, there has been limited success in the development of good enantioselective protocols. For the isomerisation of a number γ,γ-allylic alcohols to the corresponding chiral aldehydes, high enantioselectivities (up to >99% ee) and modest yields were achieved using an N,P-iridium catalyst. Noteworthy is the high selectivity obtained for isomerisation of and dialkyl γ,γ-allylic alcohols, which prior to this study had been difficult to isomerise in high enantioselectivity. Preparation of a key intermediate used in the synthesis of Aliskiren, a renin inhibitor drug was also accomplished. Using a convergent synthesis strategy, two allylic alcohol fragments were hydrogenated with high enantiomeric excess (>92% ee). These fragments were then joined using a Julia-Kocienski reaction, providing >95% geometry around the C=C bond, which was crucial for the subsequent steps in the synthesis.

  • 47.
    Peters, Byron K.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Liu, Jianguo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Margarita, Cristiana
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Andersson, Pher G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Formal Total Synthesis of Aliskiren2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 19, p. 7292-7296Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The efficient and selective formal total synthesis of aliskiren is described. Aliskiren, a renin inhibitor drug, has received considerable attention, primarily because it is the first of the renin inhibitor drugs to be approved by the FDA. Herein, the formal synthesis of aliskiren by iridium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of two allylic alcohol fragments is reported. Screening a number of N,P-ligated iridium catalysts yielded two catalysts that gave the highest enantioselectivity in the hydrogenation, which gave the saturated alcohols in 97 and 93% ee. In only four steps after hydrogenation, the fragments were combined by using the Julia-Kocienski reaction to produce late-stage intermediate in an overall yield of 18%.

  • 48. Pino-Chamorro, Jose Ángel
    et al.
    Gushchin, Artem L.
    Fernandez-Trujillo, M. Jesus
    Hernandez-Molina, Rita
    Vicent, Cristian
    Algarra, Andres G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Basallote, Manuel G.
    Mechanism of [3+2] Cycloaddition of Alkynes to the [Mo3S4(acac)(3)(py)(3)][PF6] Cluster2015In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 21, no 7, p. 2835-2844Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A study, involving kinetic measurements on the stopped-flow and conventional UV/Vis timescales, ESI-MS, NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations, has been carried out to understand the mechanism of the reaction of [Mo3S4(acac)(3)(py)(3)][PF6] ([1]PF6; acac = acetylacetonate, py = pyridine) with two RC equivalent to CR alkynes (R = CH2OH (btd), COOH (adc)) in CH3CN. Both reactions show polyphasic kinetics, but experimental and computational data indicate that alkyne activation occurs in a single kinetic step through a concerted mechanism similar to that of organic [3+2] cycloaddition reactions, in this case through the interaction with one Mo(mu-S)(2) moiety of [1](+). The rate of this step is three orders of magnitude faster for adc than that for btd, and the products initially formed evolve in subsequent steps into compounds that result from substitution of py ligands or from reorganization to give species with different structures. Activation strain analysis of the [3+2] cycloaddition step reveals that the deformation of the two reactants has a small contribution to the difference in the computed activation barriers, which is mainly associated with the change in the extent of their interaction at the transition-state structures. Subsequent frontier molecular orbital analysis shows that the carboxylic acid substituents on adc stabilize its HOMO and LUMO orbitals with respect to those on btd due to better electron-withdrawing properties. As a result, the frontier molecular orbitals of the cluster and alkyne become closer in energy; this allows a stronger interaction.

  • 49.
    Pu, Maoping
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Molecular Motion in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry: insights from modelling2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Mechanisms of reactions of the frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) with carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) are studied by using quantum chemical modelling. FLPs are relatively novel chemical systems in which steric effects prevent a Lewis base (LB) from donating its electron pair to a Lewis acid (LA). From the main group of the periodic table, a variety of the electron pair donors and acceptors can create an FLP and the scope of the FLP chemistry is rapidly expanding at present. Representative intermolecular FLPs are phosphines and boranes with bulky electron-donating groups on phosphorus and bulky electron-withdrawing groups on boron – e.g., the tBu3P/B(C6F5)3 pair. The intramolecular FLPs feature linked LB and LA centers in one molecule.

    Investigations of the FLP reaction mechanisms were carried out using the transition state (TS) and the potential energy surface (PES) calculations plus the Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD) as an efficient and robust implementation of general ab initio molecular dynamics scheme. In BOMD simulations, quantum and classical mechanics are combined. The electronic structure calculations are fully quantum via the density functional theory (DFT). Molecular motion at finite (non-zero) temperature is explicitly accounted for at non-quantized level via Newton’s equations. Due to recent advancements of computers and algorithms, one can treat fairly large macromolecular systems with BOMD and even include significant portion of the first solvation shell surrounding a large reacting complex in the molecular model.

    Main results are as follows. It is shown that dynamics is significant for understanding of FLP chemistry. The multiscale nature of motion – i.e., light molecules such as CO2 or H2 versus a pair of heavy LB and LA molecules – affects the evolution of interactions in the reacting complex. Motion which is perpendicular to the reaction coordinate was found to play a role in the transit of the activated complex through the TS-region. Regarding the heterolytic cleavage of H2 by tBu3P/B(C6F5)3 FLP simulated in gas phase and with explicit solvent, it was found that (i) the reaction path includes shallow quasi-minima “imbedded” in the TS-region, and (ii) tBu3P/B(C6F5)3 are almost stationary while proton- and hydride-like fragments of H2 move toward phosphorous and boron respectively. For binding of CO2 by tBu3P/B(C6F5)3 FLP, it was found that (i) the reacting complex can “wander” along the “potential energy wall” that temporarily blocks the path to the product, and (ii) the mechanism can combine the concerted and two-step reaction paths in solution. The discovered two-step binding of CO2 by tBu3P/B(C6F5)3 FLP involves solvent-stabilized phosphorus-carbon interactions (dative bonding). These and other presented results are corroborated and explained using TS and PES calculations. With computations of observable characteristics of reactions, it is pointed out how it could be possible to attain experimental proof of the results.

  • 50.
    Pu, Maoping
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Privalov, Timofei
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Chemistry of Intermolecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs in Motion: Emerging Perspectives and Prospects2015In: Israel Journal of Chemistry, ISSN 0021-2148, Vol. 55, no 2, p. 179-195Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This feature article describes the chemistry in motion of frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs). With state-of-the-art ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations supplemented by minimum energy path (MEP) and potential energy surface (PES) calculations, we examine the binding of CO2 and the heterolytic cleavage of H-2 by a Lewis base (LB), tBu(3)P, and a Lewis acid (LA), B(C6F5)(3). We strive to uncover and understand mechanistic implications of the physical laws that govern the behavior of a LB and a LA when they react with a third species (e.g., CO2 or H-2) at finite temperature. The approximation that we necessarily must make at present is to forgo the quantization of the movement of atoms in favor of the Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD), which unfold according to the classical (Newton's) laws of motion. However, strict quantum chemical theory is used to compute all of the forces that govern the dynamics of the macromolecular FLP system. Using physical reasoning and innovative computer simulations, we show that multi-scale motion is the predominant mechanistic aspect in reactions of the tBu(3)P/B(C6F5)(3) FLP, as well as, conceivably, those of other similar intermolecular FLPs. Insight achieved thus far leads to a novel activity model for intermolecular FLPs and specific predictions, which could be useful for future experimental and theoretical studies of FLP and other chemistries.

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