On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 during the conference “Mendeleev-2014″ there will take place an open day in our Center. A tour around the Center is scheduled to start at 15:00 to 16:30 for all interested conference participants.


Alena S. Pankova, Mikhail A. Kuznetsov

«Synthesis and thermal transformations of spiro-fused N-phthalimidoaziridines»

Tetrahedron Letters, 2014, In Press

DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2014.03.014


Oxidation of N-aminophthalimide in the presence of 2-arylideneinden-1,3-diones with electron-withdrawing substituents gives the corresponding 3-aryl-1-phthalimidospiro[aziridine-2,2’-indene]-1’,3’-diones in good yields. Heating these aziridines with standard dipolarophiles (N-phenylmaleimide, dimethyl acetylenedicarboxylate, maleate and fumarate) leads, in most cases, to spiro[inden-2,2’-pyrrole] derivatives as products of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of the intermediate azomethine ylides with up to 70-95% yields in the case of N-phenylmaleimide. As is typical for 2-acylaziridines, the competing rearrangement into 2-aryl-4H-indeno[2,1-d][1,3]oxazol-4-ones prevails for less active dipolarophiles. Increasing the electron-releasing properties of the 3-aryl ring allows the observation of the push-pull effect of electron-donating and electron-withdrawing substituents on the ease of the three-membered ring-opening.

Representatives of the Council of Rectors of the North-West Region have visited our Center with an introductory tour. The guests got acquainted with the equipment and learned the principles of Center’s work.
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Julia R. Shakirova, Elena V. Grachova, Antti J. Karttunen, Vladislav V. Gurzhiy, Sergey P. Tunik and Igor O. Koshevoy

«Metallophilicity-assisted assembly of phosphine-based cage molecules»

Dalton Trans., 2014, Advance Article

DOI: 10.1039/c3dt53645a


A family of supramolecular cage molecules has been obtained via self-assembly of the phosphine–gold coordination complexes following an aurophilicity-driven aggregation approach. Use of the di- (PP) or tridentate (PPP) phosphine ligands Pn (n = 2, 3) with rigid polyaromatic backbones leads to clean formation of the coordination Pn(Au(tht))nn+ species, sequential treatment of which with H2O/NEt3 and excess of H2NBut gives the finite 3D structures of two major types. The cylindrical-like hexametallic cages [(PPAu2)33-NBut)2]2+ are based on the diphosphines PP = 1,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)benzene (1), 4,4′-bis(diphenylphosphino)biphenyl (2), 4,4′′-bis(diphenylphosphino)terphenyl (3), while the triphosphine PPP (1,3,5-tris(diphenylphosphinophenyl)benzene) produces a tetrahedral dodecagold complex [(PPPAu3)43-NBut)4]4+ (4). The cages 1–4 have been studied using the ESI-MS and 1H, 31P NMR spectroscopy, and the crystal structures of 1 and 4 were determined by an X-ray diffraction study. The NMR spectroscopic investigations showed that cylindrical complexes 1–3 undergo twisting-like interconversion of the helical PM isomers in solution, while 4 is a stereochemically rigid compound retaining its axially chiral architecture. The difference in dynamic behaviour was rationalized using computational studies with density functional methods.

M. A. Kuznetsov, A. Ya. Bespalov

«One-pot, Three-component Synthesis of [1,3]thiazolo[4,3-b][1,3,4]thiadiazoles: Correct Structure of the Products»

Chem. Heterocycl. Compd., 2014, 49, 1458-1463

DOI: 10.1007/s10593-014-1396-4



The products of the one-pot, three-component synthesis of [1,3]thiazolo-[4,3-b][1, 3, 4]thiadiazoles from aromatic aldehydes, thioglycolic acid, and compounds containing a C(=S)–N–NH2 fragment (thiosemicarbazide or 4-amino-2,4-dihydro-3H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiones) are not condensed hetero-cycles (as reported by several researchers), but are thiosemicarbazones or triazolylimines of the aldehydes used.