Department of Physical Organic Chemistry
Rooms 3186 (office), 3193 (lab)
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In the past decade, organocatalysis has been the focus of extensive studies owing to its significant advantages over catalysis by metal-containing species including lower toxicity, reduced environmental footprint, and low to negligible sensitivity to air and moisture. In general, organocatalysts can function either through a covalent or noncovalent bonding activation. A covalent activation mode involves the formation of covalent bond(s) between a substrate and catalyst, whereas a noncovalent mode involves the activation of substrates through noncovalent linkages to the catalyst. For noncovalent catalysis, an organic catalyst typically interacts with a substrate through hydrogen bonding, whereas catalytic reactions involving halogen or chalcogen bonding are far less explored.
Bolotin Dmitrii S.
Il’in Mikhail V.
Sysoeva Alexandra A.
Polonnikov Denis A.
Safinskaya Yana V.
Study of noncovalent oranocatalysis is a complex task requiring complementary research in the following scientific fields:
|Synthetic organic and organoelement chemistry. Our group is focused on rational design of organoelement species exhibiting high catalytic activity in transformations of organic and coordination compounds. Compounds of our general interest are cationic heterocycles featuring exo- and endocyclic halogen or chalcogen atoms, as well as urea and squaramide derivatives.|
|Physical organic chemistry. Study of catalytic activity includes determination of kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the studied model reactions. This research is performed using spectroscopic techniques (NMR, IR, UV-Vis) and thermal analyses. Determination of influence of electronic and steric factors on kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the reactions allows us to conclude plausible mechanisms of reactions and mechanisms of the catalysis.|
|Theoretical calculations. Plausible mechanisms of catalysis are typically confirmed (or rejected) by us using DFT calculations. Theoretical calculations are also performed before the synthetic work to shed light on the most promising compounds, which should exhibit the highest catalytic activity.|
Grant # 101746143 New Generation Organocatalysts as a Replacement for Metal-containing Lewis Acids for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries (Bolotin D.S.).
Grant #20-73-10013 Noncovalent Catalysis Based on Organic and Metal-complex Donors of Halogen Bonds as Instruments for Transition to Energy- and Resource-saving Processes (Bolotin D.S.).
Grant #23-23-00091 New Catalytic Systems Based on Bifunctional Complexes of Late 3d-metals Featuring Halogen Bond-Donating Ligands (Il'in M.V.).
Q1 Sysoeva A.A., Novikov A.S., Il'in M.V., Bolotin D.S., Solvent-modulated binding selectivity of reaction substrates to onium-based sigma-hole donors, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2023 in press. DOI: 10.1039/D3CY00071K.
The combination of experimental data and results of DFT calculations indicates that the catalytic activity of chalconium and halonium salts serving as sigma-hole donating organocatalysts cannot be clearly estimated via analysis of the electrostatic potential on the catalysts’ sigma-holes and values of the catalyst•••TS intermolecular interactions, such as polarization effects, charge transfer, or covalency of bonding. Moreover, the real catalytic effect might not correlate well with the values of Gibbs free energy of activation of the reactions, because solvation effects and other competitive binding processes play at least an equal or even more important role in the catalysis. It was shown in the present work that the solvation can either lead to the increase of equilibrium concentration of reactive catalyst•••electrophile associates, thus accelerating the reaction, or brings favorable generation of catalyst•••nucleophile species resulting in the suppression of the catalytic activity of the organocatalyst.
Q1 Novikov A.S., Bolotin D.S., Хеnon Derivatives as Aerogen Bond-Donating Catalysts for Organic Transformations: A Theoretical Study on the Metaphorical "Spherical Cow in a Vacuum" Provides Insights into Noncovalent Organocatalysis, J. Org. Chem., 2023, 88, 1936–1944. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.2c00680
Computations indicate that cationic and non-charged xenon derivatives should exhibit higher catalytic activity than their iodine-based noncovalent organocatalytic congeners. Perfluorophenyl xenonium(II) is expected to demonstrate the best balance between catalytic activity and chemical stability for use in organocatalysis. Comparing its catalytic activity with that of isoelectronic perfluoroiodobenzene indicates that the high catalytic activity of cationic noncovalent organocatalysts is predominantly attributed to the electrostatic interactions with the reaction substrates, which cause the polarization of the ligated species during the reaction progress. In contrast, the electron transfer and covalent contributions to the bonding between the catalyst and substrate have negligible effects. The dominant effect of the electrostatic interactions results in a strong negative correlation between the calculated Gibbs free energies of activation for the modeled reactions and the highest potentials of the σ-holes on the central atoms of the catalysts. No such correlation is observed for the non-charged catalysts.
Q1 Polonnikov D.A., Il'in M.V., Safinskay Ya.V., Aliyarova I.S., Novikov A.S., Bolotin D.S., (Pre)association as a Crucial Step for Computational Prediction and Analysis of the Catalytic Activity of Sigma-Hole Donating Organocatalysts, Org. Chem. Front., 2023, 10, 169–180. DOI: 10.1039/D2QO01648F
Based upon the experimentally obtained kinetic data on iodonium salt catalyzed nucleophilic addition of isocyanide to imine leading to imidazopyridine species, a reliable model for DFT calculations has been suggested. It was shown that preassociation of the catalysts with the reaction species might significantly affect the total energy profile of the reaction obtained by DFT. The associates of the organocatalysts featuring the solvent molecules ligated to its sigma-holes should be used as a starting point for calculations. Taking these reaction steps into consideration during the calculations leads to significantly more reliable theoretical results, which can be applied either for prediction of the catalytic activity of yet untested species or for justification of the catalytic paths based upon the experimental kinetic data as well.
Q1 Novikov A.S., Bolotin D.S., Halonium, Chalconium, and Pnictonium Salts as Noncovalent Organocatalysts: A Computational Study on Relative Catalytic Activity, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2022, 20, 7632–7639. DOI: 10.1039/D2OB01415G
This theoretical study sheds light on the relative catalytic activity of pnictonium, chalconium, and halonium salts in reactions involving elimination of chloride and electrophilic activation of a carbonyl group. DFT calculations indicate that for cationic aromatic onium salts, values of the electrostatic potential on heteroatom σ-holes gradually increase from pnictogen- to halogen-containing species. The higher values of the potential on the halogen atoms of halonium salts result in the overall higher catalytic activity of these species, but in the case of pnictonium and chalconium cations, weak interactions from the side groups provide an additional stabilization effect on the reaction transition states. Based upon quantum-chemical calculations, the catalytic activity of phosphonium(V) and arsenonium(V) salts is expected to be too low to obtain effective noncovalent organocatalytic compounds, whereas stibonium(V), telluronium(IV) and iodonium(III) salts exhibit higher potential in application as noncovalent organocatalysts.
Q1 Il'in M.V., Novikov A.S., Bolotin D.S., Sulfonium and Selenonium Salts as Noncovalent Organocatalysts for the Multicomponent Groebke–Blackburn–Bienaymé Reaction, J. Org. Chem., 2022, 87, 10199–10207. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.2c01141
Sulfonium and selenonium salts, represented by S-aryl dibenzothiophenium and Se-aryl dibenzoselenophenium triflates, were found to exhibit remarkable catalytic activity in the model Groebke–Blackburn–Bienaymé reaction. Kinetic analysis and density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicated that their catalytic effect is induced by the ligation of the reaction substrates to the σ-holes on the S or Se atom of the cations. The experimental data indicated that although 10-fold excess of the chloride totally inhibits the catalytic activity of the sulfonium salts, the selenonium salt remains catalytically active, which can be explained by the experimentally found lower binding constant of the selenonium derivative to chloride in comparison with the sulfonium analogue. Both types of salts exhibit lower catalytic activity in the model reaction than dibenziodolium species.
Q1 Il'in M.V., Sysoeva A.A., Novikov A.S., Bolotin D.S., Diaryliodoniums as Hybrid Hydrogen- and Halogen-Bond-Donating Organocatalysts for the Groebke–Blackburn–Bienaymé Reaction. J. Org. Chem., 2022, 87, 4569–4579. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c02885
Dibenziodolium and diphenyliodonium triflates display high catalytic activity for the multicomponent reaction that leads to a series of imidazopyridines. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that both the salts can play the role of hybrid hydrogen- and halogen-bond-donating organocatalysts, which electrophilically activate the carbonyl and imine groups during the reaction process. The ortho-H atoms in the vicinal position to the I atom play a dual role: forming additional noncovalent bonds with the ligated substrate and increasing the maximum electrostatic potential on the σ-hole at the iodine atom owing to the effects of polarization. Dibenziodolium triflate exhibits higher catalytic activity, and the results obtained from 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) titrations, in conjunction with those from DFT calculations, indicate that this could be explained in terms of the additional energy required for the rotation of the phenyl ring in the diphenyliodonium cation during ligation of the substrate.
Q1 Sysoeva A.A., Novikov A.S., Il'in M.V., Suslonov V.V., Bolotin D.S., Predicting the catalytic activity of azolium-based halogen bond donors: an experimentally-verified theoretical study. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2021, 19, 7611–7620. DOI: 10.1039/D1OB01158H
This report demonstrates the successful application of electrostatic surface potential distribution analysis for evaluating the relative catalytic activity of a series of azolium-based halogen bond donors. A strong correlation (R2 > 0.97) was observed between the positive electrostatic potential of the σ-hole on the halogen atom and the Gibbs free energy of activation of the model reactions (i.e., halogen abstraction and carbonyl activation). The predictive ability of the applied approach was confirmed experimentally. It was also determined that the catalytic activity of azolium-based halogen bond donors was generally governed by the structure of the azolium cycle, whereas the substituents on the heterocycle had a limited impact on the activity. Ultimately, this study highlighted four of the most promising azolium halogen bond donors, which are expected to exhibit high catalytic activity.
Q1 Yunusova S.N., Novikov A.S., Soldatova N.S., Vovk M.A., Bolotin D.S. Iodonium salts as efficient iodine(III)-based noncovalent organocatalysts for Knorr-type reactions. RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 4574–4583. DOI: 10.1039/d0ra09640g
Hypervalent iodine(III)-derivatives display higher catalytic activity than other aliphatic and aromatic iodine(I)– or bromine(I)-containing substrates for a Knorr-type reaction of N-acetyl hydrazides with acetyl acetone to give N-acyl pyrazoles. The highest activity was observed for dibenziodolium triflate, for which 10 mol% resulted in the generation of N-acyl pyrazole from acyl hydrazide and acetyl acetone typically at 50 C for 3.5–6 h with up to 99% isolated yields. 1H NMR titration data and DFT calculations indicate that the catalytic activity of the iodine(III) is caused by the binding with a ketone.
- Sysoeva A.A., Novikov A.S., Il'in M.V., Bolotin D.S., Solvent-modulated Binding Selectivity of Reaction Substrates to Onium-based Sigma-Hole Donors, ChemRxiv, 2023. DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-26vdk-v2
- Il'in M.V., Polonnikov D.A., Novikov A.S., Sysoeva A.A., Safinskaya Ya.V., Yunusova S.N., Bolotin D.S., Cooperativity between the Silver(I) and Iodine(III) Centers in Electrophilic Activation of Organic Substrates, ChemRxiv, 2023. DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2023-vwfnd