Physical organic chemistry

Web-site of Laboratory of Metal-Mediated Synthesis

Head of Physical Organic Chemistry

Vadim Yu. Kukushkin, RAS Corresponding Member, Full Professor, Dr.Sc.

Office: 4161; voice:+7 (812) 428-6890;e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Nadezhda A. Bokach, Dr. Sc., Associate Professor
  • Vadim P.Boyarskiy, Dr. Sc., Full Professor
  • Tatiana G. Chulkova, Ph. D., Associate Professor
  • Pavel V. Gushchin, Ph. D., Assistant Professor
  • Ivan I.Eliseev, Ph. D., Assistant Professor
  • Vladimir S.Karavan, Ph. D., Associate Professor
  • Sergey A. Miltsov, Ph. D., Associate Professor
  • Stanislav I.Selivanov, Ph. D., Associate Professor
  • Peter M. Tolstoy, Ph. D., Associate Professor

Research Staff

  • Evgenii V. Eliseenkov, Ph. D., Senior Research Fellow
  • Aleksander N. Kasatochkin, Ph. D., Senior Research Fellow
  • Aleksander A. Petrov, Ph. D., Senior Research Fellow

Technical Staff

  • Irina A. Baranova
  • Mikhail A. Kinzhalov
  • Konstantin A. Stepanov

Main Lecture Courses

  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis involving Metal Complexes
  • Organometallic Chemistry of Transition Metals
  • Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy
  • Application of NMR Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetic Methods in Organic Chemistry

Research Areas: organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, organic synthesis involving metal complexes, homogeneous catalysis, activation of small molecules, ligand reactivity.

Current Funded Research Projects

  1. Molecular design of new carbene platinum group metal complexes and their application formetal-catalyzed functionalization of aryl halides. It includes development of synthetic methods leading to metal speciesfeaturing acyclic diamino carbenes (ADCs), viz.coupling of metal-bound alkyl- and aryl isocyanides with various N-nucleophiles and studies of catalytic activity of these complexes in cross-coupling systems;
  2. Synthetic potential of cobalt-catalyzed carbonylation of aryl halides. Chemo-and regioselectivity of the carbonylation and inspection of driving forcesaffecting the conversion. Study of catalyst structures. Development of technologically and environmentally benignCo-catalyzed routesfor recycling persistent organic pollutants (PCBs);
  3. Dipolar cycloaddition to the activated CNtriple bond. Metal-activation of unreactive dipolarophiles (e.g., isocyanides, nitriles,or dialkylcyanamides) in dipolar cycloadditions, synthesis of new classes of heterocycles based on 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition involving transition metal speciesand/or Lewis acids;
  4. Copper-catalyzed C–N cross-coupling reactions;
  5. Synthesis of annulated pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines;
  6. Chemistry and photophysics of 1,3,5-triazapentadienesmetal complexes. Molecular design of d8-metal 1,3,5-triazapentadienesspeciesexhibiting efficient luminescent properties;
  7. Hydrogen bonding. Study of hydrogen bonding in biomolecules and relevant model systems by NMR spectroscopy;
  8. Weak interactions in organometallic chemistry. Non-covalent interactions of halides with the CH-donorshydrogen bond donors and H-bonding with HO-, HN-donors in the solid phase by X-ray diffraction method.New types of XBhalogen bonding.