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  • 1.
    Erbing, Elis
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Sanz-Marco, Amparo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Vazquez-Romero, Ana
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Malmberg, Jesper
    Johansson, Magnus J.
    Gomez-Bengoa, Enrique
    Martín-Matute, Belén
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Base- and Additive-Free Ir-Catalyzed ortho-Iodination of Benzoic Acids: Scope and Mechanistic Investigations2018In: ACS Catalysis, ISSN 2155-5435, E-ISSN 2155-5435, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 920-925Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A protocol for the C-H activation/iodination of benzoic acids catalyzed by a simple iridium complex has been developed. The method described in this paper allows the ortho-selective iodination of a variety of benzoic acids under extraordinarily mild conditions in the absence of any additive or base in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropanol as the solvent. The iridium catalyst used tolerates air and moisture, and selectively gives ortho-iodobenzoic acids with high conversions. Mechanistic investigations revealed that an Ir(III)/Ir(V) catalytic cycle operates, and that the unique properties of HFIP enables the C-H iodination using the carboxylic moiety as a directing group.

  • 2.
    Gustafson, Karl P. J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Studies on Metalloenzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolutions and Iron-Catalyzed Reactions of Allenes2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The main focus of this thesis lies in the development of new transition metal-catalyzed chemoenzymatic dynamic kinetic resolutions (DKR) of both alcohols and amines. The first part of the thesis deals with the development of new heterogeneous systems for the DKR of amines. The racemization catalysts in these different systems are all composed of palladium nanoparticles supported on either mesoporous silica or incorporated in a biocomposite that is composed of a bioactive cross-linked enzyme aggregate. 

    The second part of the thesis deals with the development of a homogeneous iron catalyst in the racemization of sec-alcohols for the implementation in a chemoenzymatic DKR. Two protocols for the racemization of sec-alcohols are reported. The first one could not be combined with a chemoenzymatic kinetic resolution, although this was overcome in the second iron based protocol. 

    Following the successful iron catalyzed chemoenzymatic DKR of sec-alcohols, the iron catalyst was used in the cyclization of α-allenic alcohols and N-protected amines to furnish 2,3-dihydrofurans and 2,3-dihydropyrroles, respectively. The cyclization is proceeding in a diastereoselective manner.

    The last part of the thesis deals with attempts to further elucidate the mechanism of activation of a known ruthenium racemization catalyst. X-ray absorption spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation was used for this purpose.

  • 3.
    Görbe, Tamás
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Heterogeneous catalysis in racemization and kinetic resolution along a journey in protein engineering2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The first part of my thesis concerns the use of heterogeneous acidic resins for racemization of tert-alcohols without any side-product formation. The focus was to develop a system which can be further extended to a DKR protocol consisting of an enzymatic KR reaction. Based on our knowledge of the resins, an unexpected migratory DKR protocol turned out to be an efficient method for the synthesis of carbocyclic allylic carbinols.

    The development of enzyme and metal catalyst hybrids was already an ongoing theme in our group. A supporter-free biohybrid catalyst was developed which can be used in several different types of reactions. The Pd(0)-CalB CLEA catalyst was applied in a two-step-cascade transformation and in the DKR of benzylic primary amines. The catalyst was characterized by different analytical techniques, to understand its composition and structure.

    The enzymes have always been the main focus of the studies and therefore wild type enzymes were initially utilized. However, these natural biocatalysts are associated with certain limitations. In contrast, protein engineering allows for enzymes to be modified and optimized. We have used the technique to create a subtilisin Carlsberg mutant, which was studied both by modeling and in vitro. The mutant was found to catalyze the (S)-selective transesterification of sec-alcohols containing long aliphatic carbon chains, and it also exhibited higher performance in organic solvent.

    The last project concerned the protein engineering of CalA enzyme towards tert-alcohols. The kinetic resolution of tert-alcohols with this enzyme is very slow but it occurs with good enantioselectivity. The aim was therefore to improve the activity of CalA via protein engineering. Seven amino acids were mutated close to the active site and a library was created based on our prediction. Throughout the screening, a few variants showed higher activity, which were sequenced and further analyzed in the transesterification of tert-alcohols.

  • 4.
    Kerdphon, Sutthichat
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    NHC,P- and N,P-Iridium Catalysts for Hydrogenations and Hydrogen Transfer Reactions2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The work described in this thesis is focused on hydrogenation and hydrogen transfer reactions using iridium catalysts. The first part concerns the use of N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes in alkylation reactions (Chapters 2 and 3) and the hydrogenation of ketones (Chapter 4). A number of N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes have been prepared and evaluated as catalysts for C-N bond formation of amides using alcohols as the electrophile. This catalytic system can be used with a wide range of substrates at low catalyst loading (only 0.5 mol%) to furnish the desired products in up to 98% isolated yield. The achiral N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes were also found to catalyze the methylation of ketones with methanol under mild conditions to afford the mono-methylated products in up to 98% isolated yield with low catalyst loading (1.0 mol%). Additionally, several chiral N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine iridium complexes were synthesized and evaluated in asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones. The reactions were carried out at room temperature under base-free conditions to obtain the chiral alcohols in up to 96% ee in 30 minutes.

    The second part of this thesis (Chapter 5) details the preparation of new N,P-iridium complexes which were found to be highly efficient catalysts for the asymmetric hydrogenation of challenging tetrasubstituted olefins. This catalytic system results in optically active compounds of high enantiomeric excess (up to 98% ee) as the single diasteroisomer.

  • 5.
    Mobarak, Hani
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Synthesis and analysis of carbohydrates related to bacterial polysaccharides2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The outer surface of bacteria is composed of around 75% carbohydrates, which are vital for the bacteria to survive and communicate with the host biological system. The thesis discusses different properties of carbohydrates that are essential for understanding the bacterial behavior in biological systems. The first three chapters give an overview of carbohydrates.

    The fourth chapter discusses the synthesis of four amide-substituted 3,6-dideoxy-α-D-galactopyranosides, namely, methyl α-3,6-dideoxy-3-formamido-, acetamido-, (R)-3-hydroxybutyramido-, and (4-hydroxybutyramido)-D-galactopyranoside. These sugars were found as components of some bacterial O-antigens; the study is a step toward the synthesis of oligosaccharides that contain them. The fifth chapter describes the exchange kinetics of the formyl and acetyl derivatives that were synthesized. Both of them have two conformational states for the amide side-chain. 13C-NMR saturation transfer experiments are utilized for these measurements to reveal more about their properties in solution.

    In chaptr six, NMR and conformational analysis of oligosaccharides related to the O-antigen of Yersinia enterocolitica O:3 bacteria were carried out to obtain more information regarding their 3D structure.

    Chapter seven is focusing on the development of CASPER, a program for rapid assignment of 1H- and 13C-NMR chemical shifts of bacterial lipopolysaccharides, by adding more sugars into its database and testing it for naturally occurring LPS as well as extending the scope for synthetic carbohydrates, which is planned to be developed further in the future.

  • 6.
    Rabten, Wangchuk
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    The Use of N,P-Iridium and N,P-Palladium Complexes in Asymmetric Synthesis2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The work presented in this thesis concerns asymmetric catalysis using chiral N,P-ligands and iridium or palladium transition metals. The first part  (Chapters 2 and 3) highlights the N,P-iridium catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of 1,4-cyclohexadienes having functionalized or unfunctionalized substituents, including allylsilane side chains. A series of N,P-iridium catalysts were synthesized and screened on a number of cyclohexadienes. The developed N,P-iridium catalysts have provided excellent chemo-, regio- and enantioselectivity for most of the products obtained. For substrates having an allylsilane sidechain, the chiral cyclic allylsilane products were used to induce stereocontrol in a subsequent Hosomi-Sakurai reaction using TiCl4 as Lewis acid and aldehydes as electrophiles. The corresponding homoallylic alcohols were obtained in good to excellent diastereoselectivity. 

    The second part (Chapter 4) describes the N,P-iridium catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of various vinyl fluorides. A number of tri- and tetrasubstituted vinyl fluorides were synthesized and evaluated for the asymmetric hydrogenation. The corresponding saturated chiral fluoro compounds were obtained in very high enantioselectivity (up to 99% ee). The defluorination, usually known to occur under the catalytic hydrogenation conditions, were not observed for the majority of the substrates. 

    Finally, Chapter 5 describes the application of N,P-ligands in the asymmetric cycloisomerization of 1,6-enynes using a palladium precatalyst. The enantioselectivities for the products were found to depend both on the substrate as well as the hydrogen source. These developed catalytic reactions provide attractive methods to create multiple stereogenic centers in a molecule in relatively few steps from readily available starting materials.

  • 7.
    Rabten, Wangchuk
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Margarita, Margarita
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Andersson, Pher G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ir-Catalyzed Asymmetric and Regioselective Hydrogenation of Cyclic Allylsilanes and Generation of Quaternary Stereocenters via the Hosomi-Sakurai Allylation2018In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 24, no 7, p. 1681-1685Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A number of cyclic dienes containing the allylsilane moiety were prepared via Birch reduction and subjected to iridium-catalyzed regioselective and asymmetric hydrogenation, which provided chiral allylsilanes in high conversion and enantiomeric excess (up to 99 % ee). The compounds were successively used in the Hosomi-Sakurai allylation with various aldehydes employing TiCl4 as Lewis acid, providing adducts with two additional stereogenic centers in excellent diastereoselectivity.

  • 8. Tutkowski, Brandon
    et al.
    Kerdphon, Sutthichat
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Limé, Elaine
    Helquist, Paul
    Andersson, Pher G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Wiest, Olaf
    Norrby, Per-Ola
    Revisiting the Stereodetermining Step in Enantioselective Iridium-Catalyzed Imine Hydrogenation2018In: ACS Catalysis, ISSN 2155-5435, E-ISSN 2155-5435, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 615-623Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mechanism for the iridium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of prochiral imines has been investigated for an experimentally relevant ligand substrate combination using DFT calculations. The possible stereoisomers of the stereodetermining hydride transfer transition state were considered for four possible hydrogenation mechanisms starting from the recently disclosed active catalyst consisting of iridium phosphine-oxazoline with cyclometalated imine substrate. The hydrogenation was found to proceed via an outer sphere pathway. The transition state accurately describes the experimental observations of the active catalyst and provides a structural rationale for the high stereoinduction despite the lack of direct interaction points in the outer-sphere mechanism. The predicted enantioselectivity was consistent with experimental observations. Experimental studies support the hypothesis that the iridacycle forms spontaneously and functions as the active catalyst in the hydrogenation.

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