Peter M. Tolstoy

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Department of Physical Organic Chemistry (Institute of Chemistry), Room 2150

Phone: (office) 007-812-3636899, (cell) 007-921-4308191

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Postal address: Institute of Chemistry, Universitetskiy pr. 26, 198504 Peterhof, Russia

2019–... — Professor, Physical Chemistry Department, Institute of Chemistry (St. Petersburg State University)

2018–2019 — Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry Department, Institute of Chemistry (St. Petersburg State University)

2012–2018 — Associate Professor, Physical Organic Chemistry Department, Institute of Chemistry (St. Petersburg State University)

2011–2018 — Director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance (St. Petersburg State University Research Park)

2010–2011 — Researcher, Max Born Institute of Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (Berlin, Germany)

2008–2010 — Research Group Leader, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin (Germany)

2004–2008 — Postdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. H.-H. Limbach, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin (Germany)

2000–2004 — Ph.D. studies in Molecular Spectroscopy Department, St.Petersburg State University, and Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin, under the joint supervision of Prof. Dr. G.S. Denisov and Prof. Dr. H.-H. Limbach. PhD thesis titled “Location of the Proton in Strong Hydrogen Bonds Using H/D Isotope Effects in 13C NMR Spectra in Solution”

1994–2000 — Studies at the Physical Faculty at St. Petersburg State University

Fields of Interest

NMR spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, hydrogen bonding, intermolecular interactions and complexes, structure elucidation in solution

Scientific indexes

(August 2017): number of citations 1300+, h-index 22

Scholarships and grants

Leonard Euler Scholarship (2000), Kekule Scholarship (2001), RFBR personal grants (2001, 2003), DAAD fellowship within the Research Training Group (2004), FU Berlin pilot projects (2005, 2005), DFG grant (2007), RFBR research grants (2011, 2014, 2017)


  • Magnetic Resonance (Bachelor studies, 28 h, in Russian)
  • Magnetic Resonance and its Applications in Chemistry (Master studies, 16 h, in English)

Selected publications

  • P. Schah-Mohammedi, I.G. Shenderovich, C. Detering, H.-H. Limbach, P.M. Tolstoy, S.N. Smirnov, G.S. Denisov, N.S. Golubev, "Hydrogen/Deuterium Isotope Effects on NMR Chemical Shifts of Formally Symmetric Complexes with a Strong Intermolecular Hydrogen Bond in Liquid Solutions at 100-150K", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2000, 122, 12878-12879.
  • I.G. Shenderovich, P.M. Tolstoy, N.S. Golubev, S.N. Smirnov, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, "Low-Temperature NMR Studies of the Structure and Dynamics of a Novel Series of Acid-Base Complexes of HF with Collidine Exhibiting Scalar Couplings Across Hydrogen Bonds", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 11710-11720.
  • P.M. Tolstoy, P. Schah-Mohammedi, S.N. Smirnov, N.S. Golubev, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, „Characterization of Fluxional Hydrogen-Bonded Complexes of Acetic Acid and Acetate by NMR: Geometries and Isotope and Solvent Effects”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 5621-5634.
  • S. Sharif, E. Fogle, M.D. Toney, G.S. Denisov, I.G. Shenderovich, G. Buntkowsky, P.M. Tolstoy, M. Chan Huot, H.-H. Limbach, “NMR Localization of Protons in Critical Enzyme Hydrogen Bonds”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129(31), 9558-9559.
  • P.M. Tolstoy, B. Koeppe, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, “Combined NMR/UV-Vis Spectroscopy in the Liquid State: Study of the Geometries of Strong OHO Hydrogen Bonds of Phenols with Carboxylic Acids”, Ang. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 5745-5747.
  • N.S. Golubev, C.Detering, S.N. Smirnov, I.G. Shenderovich, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, P.M. Tolstoy, “H/D Isotope Effects on NMR Chemical Shifts of Nuclei Involved in a Hydrogen Bridge of Hydrogen Iso-cyanide Complexes with Fluoride Anion”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 5154-5159.
  • M. Pietrzak, J.P. Wehling, S. Kong, P.M. Tolstoy, I.G. Shenderovich, C. Lopez, R.M. Claramunt, J. Elguero, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, “Symmetrization of Cationic Hydrogen Bridges of Protonated Sponges Induced by Solvent and Counteranion Interactions as Revealed by NMR Spectroscopy”, Chem. Eur. J., 2010, 16, 1679-1690.
  • L. Szyc, J. Guo, M. Yang, J. Dreyer, P.M. Tolstoy, E.T.J. Nibbering, B. Czarnik-Matusewicz, T. Elsaesser, H.-H. Limbach, “The Hydrogen-Bonded 2-Pyridone Dimer Model System. I. Combined NMR and FT-IR Study”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 7749-7760.
  • S.B. Lesnichin, P.M. Tolstoy, H.H. Limbach, I.G. Shenderovich, “Counteranion-dependent mechanisms of intramolecular proton transfer in aprotic solution”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 10373-10379.
  • P.M. Tolstoy, J. Guo, B. Koeppe, N.S. Golubev, G.S. Denisov, S.N. Smirnov, H.-H. Limbach, “Geometries and Tautomerism of OHN Hydrogen Bonds in Aprotic Solution Probed by H/D Isotope Effects on 13C NMR Chemical Shifts”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 10775-10782.
  • M. Chan-Huot, S. Sharif, P.M. Tolstoy, M.D. Toney, H.-H. Limbach, “NMR Studies of the Stability, Protonation States and Tautomerism of 13C and 15N Labeled Aldimines of the Coenzyme Pyridoxal 5’-phosphate in Water”, Biochemistry, 2010, 49, 10818-10830.
  • D. Ajami, P.M. Tolstoy, H. Dube, S. Odermatt, B. Koeppe, J. Guo, H.-H. Limbach, J. Rebek Jr., “Compressed Hydrogen Bonds Isolated in Encapsulation Complexes”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 528-531.
  • J. Guo, B. Koeppe, P.M. Tolstoy, “Trimethylglycine Complexes with Carboxylic Acids and HF: Solvation by Polar Aprotic Solvent”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 2335-2341.
  • B. Koeppe, P.M. Tolstoy, E.T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser, “Two-dimensional UV-vis/NMR Correlational Spectroscopy: A Heterospectral Signal Assignment of Hydrogen-Bonded Complexes”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2011, 2, 1106-1110.
  • B. Koeppe, P.M. Tolstoy, H.-H. Limbach, “Reaction Pathways of Proton Transfer in Hydrogen bonded Phenol-Carboxylate Complexes explored by UVNMR”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 7897-7908.
  • J. Guo, P.M. Tolstoy, B. Koeppe, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, “NMR Study of Conformational Exchange and Geometries of Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonds in Monoanions of Succinic Acid and Derivatives”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115, 9828-9836.
  • J. Guo, P.M. Tolstoy, B. Koeppe, N.S. Golubev, G.S. Denisov, S.N. Smirnov, H.-H. Limbach, “Hydrogen Bond Geometries and Proton Tautomerism of Homo-Conjugated Anions of Carboxylic Acids Studied via H/D Isotope Effects on 13C NMR Chemical Shifts”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2012, 116, 11180-11188.
  • G.A. Silantyev, O.A. Filippov, P.M. Tolstoy, N.V. Belkova, L.M. Epstein, K. Weisz, E.S. Shubina, „Hydrogen bonding and proton transfer to ruthenium hydride complex CpRuH(dppe): metal and hydride dichotomy”, Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 1787-1797.
  • B. Koeppe, J. Guo, P.M. Tolstoy, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, “Solvent and H/D Isotope Effects on the Proton Transfer Pathways in Heteroconjugated Hydrogen-Bonded Phenol-Carboxylic Acid Anions Observed by Combined UV–vis and NMR Spectroscopy”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 7553-7566.
  • M. Chan-Huot, A. Dos, R. Zander, S. Sharif, P.M. Tolstoy, S. Compton, E. Fogle, M.D. Toney, I.G. Shenderovich, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, “NMR Studies of Protonation and Hydrogen Bond States of Internal Aldimines of Pyridoxal 5’-Phosphate Acid-Base in Alanine Racemase, Aspartate Aminotransferase, and Poly-L-lysine”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 18160-18175.
  • E.Yu. Tupikina, G.S. Denisov, P.M. Tolstoy, “NMR study of CHN hydrogen bond and proton transfer in 1,1-dinitroethane complex with 2,4,6-trimethylpyridine”, J. Phys. Chem. A. 2015, 119, 659-668.
  • S. Pylaeva, C. Allolio, B. Koeppe, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, D. Sebastiani, P.M. Tolstoy, “Proton transfer in a short hydrogen bonded complex caused by solvation shell fluctuations: an ab initio MD and NMR/UV study of an (OHO)-bonded system”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 4634-4644.
  • Antonov, A. Pozharskii, V. Ozeranskii, A. Filarowski, K. Suponitsky, P. Tolstoy, “Ring Lithiation of 1,8-Bis(dimethylamino)naphthalene: Another Side of the ‘Proton Sponge Coin’”, Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 17756-17766.
  • H.-H. Limbach, G.S. Denisov, I.G. Shenderovich, P.M. Tolstoy, “Proton Tautomerism in Systems of Increasing Complexity: Examples from Organic Molecules to Enzymes” in “Tautomerism: Concepts and Applications in Science and Technology”, Edited by Liudmil Antonov, 2016, John Wiley and Sons.
  • T.V. Serebryanskaya, A.S. Novikov, P.V. Gushchin, M. Haukka, R.E. Asfin, P.M. Tolstoy, V.Yu. Kukushkin, “Combined structural, theoretical and spectroscopic study of C–H···Cl− interactions of haloalkanes with chloride anion in solid state”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 14104-14112.
  • M. Sigalov, S.A. Pylaeva, P.M. Tolstoy, “Hydrogen bonding in bis-(6-amino-1,3-dimethyluracil-5-yl)-methane derivatives: dynamic NMR and DFT evaluation”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120(17), 2737-2748.
  • L. Sobczyk, D. Chudoba, P.M. Tolstoy, A. Filarowski, “Some Brief Notes on Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding”, Molecules 2016, 21, 1657-1/19.
  • Koeppe, S.A. Pylaeva, C. Allolio, D. Sebastiani, E.T.J. Nibbering, G.S. Denisov, H.-H. Limbach, P.M. Tolstoy, “Polar solvent fluctuations drive proton transfer in hydrogen bonded complexes of carboxylic acid with pyridines: NMR, IR and ab initio MD study”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 1010-1028.
  • N.G. Voron’ko, S.R. Derkach, M.A. Vovk, P.M. Tolstoy, «Complexation of κ-carrageenan with gelatin in the aqueous phase analyzed by 1H NMR kinetics and relaxation», Carbohydr. Polym. 2017, 169, 117-126.
  • S.A. Pylaeva, H. Elgabarty, D. Sebastiani, P.M. Tolstoy, “Symmetry and dynamics of FHF– anion in vacuum, in CD2Cl2 and in CCl4. Ab initio MD study of fluctuating solvent-solute hydrogen and halogen bonds”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, accepted.