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  1. Enantioselective Synthesis of (-)-Dysiherbaine.

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    Do, Ha; Kang, Chang Won; Cho, Joon Hyung; Gilbertson, Scott R

    2015-08-21

    Dysiherbaine, a natural product isolated from the Marine sponge Dysidea herbacea, has been shown to be a selective agonist of non-NMDA type glutamate receptors, kainate receptors. An enantioselective synthesis of dysiherbaine is reported. Metathesis of the diene followed by conversion of the resulting alkene to the amino alcohol and addition of the amino acid provides the natural product. This synthesis differs from previous approaches to the molecule in that the functionality on the tetrahydropyran ring is installed late in the route. PMID:26258884

  2. Enantioselective synthesis of helical polydiacetylene by application of linearly polarized light and magnetic field

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    Xu, Yangyang; Yang, Guang; Xia, Hongyan; Zou, Gang; Zhang, Qijin; Gao, Jiangang

    2014-09-01

    Magnetic optical activity, which can occur in all media and is induced by longitudinal magnetic field, causes the difference in absorption coefficients of left and right circularly polarized light and has the potential for magnetically induced enantioselectivity in chemical reactions. Compared with the well-established technique with circularly polarized light, there are few reports on the production of helical conjugated polymers in a photochemical reaction based on above magnetochiral anisotropy mechanism. Herein, we demonstrate experimentally that the enantioselective polymerization of diacetylene derivative can be achieved in the liquid crystal phase by application of linearly polarized light under a parallel or antiparallel magnetic field. The screw direction of predominant helical polydiacetylene chain can be rigorously controlled with the relative orientation of linearly polarized light and the magnetic field. Moreover, the prepared helical polydiacetylene assemblies can serve as a direct visual probe for the enantioselective recognition of D- or L-lysine.

  3. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (+)-Reserpine

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    Rajapaksa, Naomi S.; McGowan, Meredeth A.; Rienzo, Matthew

    2013-01-01

    A catalytic, enantioselective synthesis of (+)-reserpine is reported. The route features a highly diastereoselective, chiral catalyst-controlled formal aza-Diels–Alder reaction between a 6-methoxytryptamine-derived dihydro-?-carboline and an enantioenriched ?-substituted enone to form a key tetracyclic intermediate. This approach addresses the challenge of setting the C3 stereogenic center by using catalyst control. Elaboration of the tetracycle to (+)-reserpine includes an intramolecular aldol cyclization and a highly diastereoselective hydrogenation of a sterically hindered enoate. PMID:23331099

  4. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (?)-Acylfulvene and (?)- Irofulven

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    Movassaghi, Mohammad

    We report our full account of the enantioselective total synthesis of (?)-acylfulvene (1) and (?)-irofulven (2), which features metathesis reactions for the rapid assembly of the molecular framework of these antitumor ...

  5. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Secalonic Acid E.

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    Ganapathy, Dhandapani; Reiner, Johannes R; Löffler, Lorenz E; Ma, Ling; Gnanaprakasam, Boopathy; Niepötter, Benedikt; Koehne, Ingo; Tietze, Lutz F

    2015-11-16

    The first enantioselective synthesis of a secalonic acid containing a dimeric tetrahydroxanthenone skeleton is described, using a Wacker-type cyclization of a methoxyphenolic compound to form a chiral chroman with a quaternary carbon stereogenic center with >99?% ee. Further steps are a Sharpless dihydroxylation and a Dieckmann condensation to give a tetrahydroxanthenone. A late-stage one-pot palladium-catalyzed Suzuki-dimerization reaction leads to the 2,2'-biphenol linkage to complete the enantioselective total synthesis of secalonic acid E in 18?steps with 8?% overall yield. PMID:26447631

  6. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Tricyclic Myrmicarin Alkaloids

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    Movassaghi, Mohammad; Ondrus, Alison E.

    2010-01-01

    An enantioselective gram-scale synthesis of a key dihydroindolizine intermediate for the preparation of myrmicarin alkaloids is described. Key transformations in this convergent approach include a stereospecific palladium–catalyzed N-vinylation of a pyrrole with a vinyl triflate, a copper–catalyzed enantioselective conjugate reduction of a ?-pyrrolyl enoate, and a regioselective Friedel-Crafts reaction. The synthesis of optically active and isomerically pure samples of (4aR)-myrmicarins 215A, 215B, and 217 in addition to their respective C4a-epimers is presented. PMID:16178549

  7. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (-)-Pironetin: Iterative Aldol Reactions

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    Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (-)-Pironetin: Iterative Aldol Reactions of Thiazolidinethiones titanium mediated iterative aldol reactions. Key steps in this synthesis include an acetal aldol reaction the ability to execute iterative propionate aldol reactions for the synthesis of complex polypropionates

  8. Scalable, enantioselective taxane total synthesis

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    Mendoza, Abraham; Ishihara, Yoshihiro; Baran, Phil S.

    2011-01-01

    Taxanes are a large family of terpenes comprising over 350 members, the most famous of which is Taxol (paclitaxel) — a billion-dollar anticancer drug. Here, we describe the first practical and scalable synthetic entry to these natural products via a concise preparation of (+)-taxa-4(5),11(12)-dien-2-one, which possesses a suitable functional handle to access more oxidised members of its family. This route enabled a gram-scale preparation of the ”parent” taxane, taxadiene, representing the largest quantity of this naturally occurring terpene ever isolated or prepared in pure form. The taxane family’s characteristic 6-8-6 tricyclic system containing a bridgehead alkene is forged via a vicinal difunctionalisation/Diels–Alder strategy. Asymmetry is introduced by means of an enantioselective conjugate addition that forms an all-carbon quaternary centre, from which all other stereocentres are fixed via substrate control. This study lays a critical foundation for a planned access to minimally oxidised taxane analogs and a scalable laboratory preparation of Taxol itself. PMID:22169867

  9. Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of quaternary carbon stereocentres

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    Quasdorf, Kyle W.; Overman, Larry E.

    2014-12-01

    Quaternary carbon stereocentres--carbon atoms to which four distinct carbon substituents are attached--are common features of molecules found in nature. However, before recent advances in chemical catalysis, there were few methods of constructing single stereoisomers of this important structural motif. Here we discuss the many catalytic enantioselective reactions developed during the past decade for the synthesis of single stereoisomers of such organic molecules. This progress now makes it possible to incorporate quaternary stereocentres selectively in many organic molecules that are useful in medicine, agriculture and potentially other areas such as flavouring, fragrances and materials.

  10. 11-Step enantioselective synthesis of (-)-lomaiviticin aglycon.

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    Herzon, Seth B; Lu, Liang; Woo, Christina M; Gholap, Shivajirao L

    2011-05-18

    Lomaiviticins A and B are complex antitumor antibiotics that were isolated from a strain of Micromonospora. A confluence of several unusual structural features renders the lomaiviticins exceedingly challenging targets for chemical synthesis. We report an 11-step, enantioselective synthetic route to lomaiviticin aglycon. Our route proceeds by late-stage, stereoselective dimerization of two equivalent monomeric intermediates, a transformation that may share parallels with the natural products' biosyntheses. The route we describe is scalable and convergent, and it lays the foundation for determination of the mode of action of these natural products. PMID:21280607

  11. Application of 3-Methyl-2-vinylindoles in Catalytic Asymmetric Povarov Reaction: Diastereo- and Enantioselective Synthesis of Indole-Derived Tetrahydroquinolines.

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    Dai, Wei; Jiang, Xiao-Li; Tao, Ji-Yu; Shi, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The first application of 3-methyl-2-vinylindoles in catalytic asymmetric Povarov reactions has been established via the three-component reactions of 3-methyl-2-vinylindoles, aldehydes, and anilines in the presence of chiral phosphoric acid, providing easy access to chiral indole-derived tetrahydroquinolines with three contiguous stereogenic centers at high yields (up to 99%) and with excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivities (all >95:5 dr, up to 96% ee). This mode of catalytic asymmetric three-component reaction offers a step-economic and atom-economic strategy for accessing enantioenriched indole-derived tetrahydroquinolines with structural diversity and complexity. PMID:26652222

  12. Design and Stereoselective Preparation of a New Class of Chiral Olefin Metathesis Catalysts and Application to Enantioselective Synthesis of Quebrachamine: Catalyst Development Inspired by Natural Product Synthesis

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    Sattely, Elizabeth S.; Meek, Simon J.; Malcolmson, Steven J.; Schrock, Richard R.; Hoveyda, Amir H.

    2010-01-01

    A total synthesis of the Aspidosperma alkaloid quebrachamine in racemic form is first described. A key catalytic ring-closing metathesis of an achiral triene is used to establish the all-carbon quaternary stereogenic center and the tetracyclic structure of the natural product; the catalytic transformation proceeds with reasonable efficiency through the use of existing achiral Ru or Mo catalysts. Ru- or Mo-based chiral olefin metathesis catalysts have proven to be inefficient and entirely nonselective in cases where the desired product is observed. In the present study, the synthesis route thus serves as a platform for the discovery of new olefin metathesis catalysts that allow for efficient completion of an enantioselective synthesis of quebrachamine. Accordingly, on the basis of mechanistic principles, stereogenic-at-Mo complexes bearing only monodentate ligands have been designed. The new catalysts provide significantly higher levels of activity than observed with the previously reported Ru- or Mo-based complexes. Enantiomerically enriched chiral alkylidenes are generated through diastereoselective reactions involving achiral Mo-based bispyrrolides and enantiomerically pure silyl-protected binaphthols. Such chiral catalysts initiate the key enantioselective ring-closing metathesis step in the total synthesis of quebrachamine efficiently (1 mol % loading, 22 °C, 1 h, >98% conversion, 84% yield) and with high selectivity (98:2 er, 96% ee). PMID:19113867

  13. On the Traces of Absolute Enantioselective Synthesis

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    Barabás, Béla; Caglioti, Luciano; Faglioni, Francesco; Florini, Nicola; Lazzeretti, Paolo; Maioli, Marco; Micskei, Károly; Rábai, Gyula; Taddei, Ferdinando; Zucchi, Claudia; Pályi, Gyula

    2007-12-01

    The main goal of this communication is to show the utility of empirical approaches combined with mathematical methods in the research regarding the molecular basis of biological chirality. Preparative results (enantiomeric excesses, e.e.) obtained in asymmetric autocatalysis with (AAC) and without (AES) chiral additive were analyzed. Statistical calculations show, that AES (absolute enantioselective synthesis) experiments yield two independent groups of results with prevalence of the R- or S-enantiomer. These are distributed asymmetrically in a second-order beta distribution. Empirical calculations both on AAC and EAS enable to identify the very low (statistical) e.e.-s amplified by AES. These initial e.e.-s show normal distribution. Possible molecular-level reasons of these results were controlled by quantum chemical MO calculations and compatible mechanism(s) are discussed.

  14. Protecting-Group-Free Enantioselective Synthesis of (-)-Pallavicinin and (+)-Neopallavicinin.

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    Huang, Bin; Guo, Lei; Jia, Yanxing

    2015-11-01

    The first enantioselective synthesis of (-)-pallavicinin and (+)-neopallavicinin has been achieved in 15 steps. The described synthesis avoids protecting-group manipulations by synthesis designs predicated on highly chemo- and stereoselective transformations. Highlights of the synthesis include a palladium-catalyzed enantioselective decarboxylative allylation to form the chiral all-carbon quaternary stereocenter, a palladium-catalyzed oxidative cyclization to assemble the [3.2.1]-bicyclic moiety, and an unprecedented LiBHEt3 -induced fragmentation/protonation of an ?-hydroxy epoxide to form the ?-furan ketone with the desired configuration. PMID:26366640

  15. Development of an Enantioselective Route towards the Lycopodium Alkaloids: Total Synthesis of Lycopodine

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    Yang, Hua; Carter, Rich G.

    2010-01-01

    Synthesis of a C15-desmethyl tricycle core of lycopodine has been accomplished. Key steps in the synthetic sequence include organocatalytic, intramolecular Michael addition of a keto sulfone and a tandem 1,3-sulfonyl shift / Mannich cyclization to construct the tricyclic core ring system. Synthetic work towards this natural product family led to the development of N-(p-dodecylphenylsulfonyl)-2-pyrrolidinecarboxamide – an organocatalyst which facilitiates enantioselective, intramolecular Michael additions. A detailed mechanistic discussion is provided for both the intramolecular Michael addition and the sulfone rearrangement. Finally, the application of these discoveries to the enantioselective total synthesis of alkaloid lycopodine is described. PMID:20586477

  16. Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of 2-aryl-chromenes†

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    Zeng, Bi-Shun; Yu, Xinyi; Siu, Paul W.

    2015-01-01

    An enantioselective Pd-catalyzed 6-endo-trig reaction for the synthesis of 2-aryl-chromenes has been developed. A systematic optimization of a TADDOL-derived ligand set resulted in the identification of a novel monodentate phosphoramidite–palladium catalyst that accesses 2-aryl-2H-chromenes with high yield and enantioselectivity under mild conditions. The products obtained from this method can be transformed into biologically active compounds through functionalization of the chromene alkene. PMID:25705366

  17. Biomimetic synthesis and studies toward enantioselective synthesis of flindersial alkaloids.

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    Vallakati, Ravikrishna; Lundy, Brian J; Jansone-Popova, Santa; May, Jeremy A

    2015-01-01

    A strategy allowing both stereocontrol and control over structural isomer formation has been defined for the antimalarial flindersial alkaloids. The recently reported flinderoles were demonstrated to be derived from the natural product borrerine. The structural isomers of flinderoles, the borreverines, were also produced in vitro along with the flinderoles through the dimerization of borrerine in acidic conditions. This result is thought to replicate the biosynthesis of these compounds. Flinderoles A, B, and C, desmethylflinderole C, isoborreverine, and dimethylisoborreverine can each be synthesized in three steps from tryptamine. Furthermore, progress toward a concise enantioselective synthesis of flinderoles A, B, and C is described. This work includes enantioselective conjugate addition to an unprotected indole-appended enone. PMID:23529894

  18. Design, synthesis, and application of a chiral sulfinamide phosphine catalyst for the enantioselective intramolecular Rauhut-Currier reaction.

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    Su, Xiao; Zhou, Wei; Li, Yangyan; Zhang, Junliang

    2015-06-01

    A novel class of chiral sulfinamide phosphine catalysts (Xiao-Phos) are reported, which can be easily prepared from inexpensive commercially available starting materials. The Xiao-Phos catalysts showed good performance in enantioselective intramolecular Rauhut-Currier reactions, generating ?-methylene-?-butyrolactones in high yields with up to 99% ee under mild conditions. Moreover, kinetic resolution and parallel kinetic resolution were also observed with the use of two different substituted racemic precursors. PMID:25907710

  19. Catalytic Enantioselective 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions of Azomethine Ylides for Biology-Oriented Synthesis

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    2014-01-01

    Conspectus Cycloaddition reactions are among the most powerful methods for the synthesis of complex compounds. In particular, the development and application of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition, an important member of this reaction class, has grown immensely due to its powerful ability to efficiently build various five-membered heterocycles. Azomethine ylides are commonly used as dipoles for the synthesis of the pyrrolidine scaffold, which is an important motif in natural products, pharmaceuticals, and biological probes. The reaction between azomethine ylides and cyclic dipolarophiles allows access to polycyclic products with considerable complexity. The extensive application of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition is based on the fact that the desired products can be obtained with high yield in a regio- and stereocontrolled manner. The most attractive feature of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azomethine ylides is the possibility to generate pyrrolidines with multiple stereocenters in a single step. The development of enantioselective cycloadditions became a subject of intensive and impressive studies in recent years. Among many modes of stereoinduction, the application of chiral metal–ligand complexes has emerged as the most viable option for control of enantioselectivity. In chemical biology research based on the principle of biology-oriented synthesis (BIOS), compound collections are prepared inspired by natural product scaffolds. In BIOS, biological relevance is employed as the key criterion to generate hypotheses for the design and synthesis of focused compound libraries. In particular, the underlying scaffolds of natural product classes provide inspiration for BIOS because they define the areas of chemical space explored by nature, and therefore, they can be regarded as “privileged”. The scaffolds of natural products are frequently complex and rich in stereocenters, which necessitates the development of efficient enantioselective methodologies. This Account highlights examples, mostly from our work, of the application of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions of azomethine ylides for the catalytic enantioselective synthesis of complex products. We successfully applied the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition in the synthesis of spiro-compounds such as spirooxindoles, for kinetic resolution of racemic compounds in the synthesis of an iridoid inspired compound collection and in the synthesis of a nitrogen-bridged bicyclic tropane scaffold by application of 1,3-fused azomethine ylides. Furthermore, we performed the synthesis of complex molecules with eight stereocenters using tandem cycloadditions. In a programmable sequential double cycloaddition, we demonstrated the synthesis of both enantiomers of complex products by simple changes in the order of addition of chemicals. Complex products were obtained using enantioselective higher order [6 + 3] cycloaddition of azomethine ylides with fulvenes followed by Diels–Alder reaction. The bioactivity of these compound collections is also discussed. PMID:24730692

  20. A Nine-Step Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (?)-Vincorine

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    Horning, Benjamin D.

    2013-01-01

    A concise and highly enantioselective total synthesis of the akuammiline alkaloid (?)-vincorine has been accomplished. A key element of the synthesis is a stereoselective organocatalytic Diels–Alder, iminium cyclization cascade sequence, which serves to construct the tetracyclic alkaloid core architecture in one step from simple achiral precursors. The challenging seven-membered, azepanyl ring system is installed by way of a single electron-mediated cyclization event initiated from an acyl telluride precursor. The total synthesis of (?)-vincorine is achieved in nine steps and 9% overall yield from commercially available starting materials. PMID:23586842

  1. Enantioselective Synthesis and Application to the Allylic Imidate Rearrangement of Amine-Coordinated Palladacycle Catalysts of Cobalt Sandwich Complexes

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    Cassar, Doyle J; Ilyashenko, Gennadiy; Ismail, Muhammad; Woods, James; Hughes, David L; Richards, Christopher J

    2013-01-01

    The reaction of (?5-(N,N-dimethylaminomethyl)cyclopentadien-yl)(?4-tetraphenylcyclobutadiene)cobalt with sodium tetrachloropalladate and (R)-N-acetylphenylalanine gave planar chiral palladacycle di-?-chloridebis[(?5-(Sp)-2-(N,N-dimethylaminomethyl)cyclopentadienyl,1-C,3?-N)(?4-tetraphenylcyclobutadiene)cobalt]dipalladium [(Sp)-Me2-CAP-Cl] in 92 % ee and 64 % yield. Enantiopurity (>98 % ee) was achieved by purification of the monomeric (R)-proline adducts and conversion back to the chloride dimer. Treatment with AgOAc gave (Sp)-Me2-CAP-OAc which was applied to asymmetric transcyclopalladation (up to 78 % ee). The (R)-N-acetylphenylalanine mediated palladation methodology was applicable also to the corresponding N,N-diethyl (82 % ee, 39 % yield) and pyrrolidinyl (>98 % ee, 43 % yield) cobalt sandwich complexes. A combination of 5 mol % of the latter [(Sp)-Pyrr-CAP-Cl] and AgNO3 (3.8 equiv) is a catalyst for the allylic imidate rearrangement of an (E)-N-aryltrifluoroacetimidate (up to 83 % ee), and this catalyst system is also applicable to the rearrangement of a range of (E)-trichloroacetimidates (up to 99 % ee). This asymmetric efficiency combined with the simplicity of catalyst synthesis provides accessible solutions to the generation of non-racemic allylic amine derivatives. PMID:24264943

  2. Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Quaternary Carbon Stereocenters

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    Quasdorf, Kyle W.; Overman, Larry E.

    2015-01-01

    Preface Quaternary carbon stereocenters–carbon atoms to which four distinct carbon substituents are attached–are common features of molecules found in nature. However, prior to recent advances in chemical catalysis, there were few methods available for constructing single stereoisomers of this important structural motif. Here we discuss the many catalytic enantioselective reactions developed during the past decade for synthesizing organic molecules containing such carbon atoms. This progress now makes it possible to selectively incorporate quaternary stereocenters in many high-value organic molecules for use in medicine, agriculture, and other areas. PMID:25503231

  3. Scalable enantioselective total synthesis of taxanes

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    Mendoza, Abraham; Ishihara, Yoshihiro; Baran, Phil S.

    2012-01-01

    Taxanes form a large family of terpenes comprising over 350 members, the most famous of which is Taxol (paclitaxel), a billion-dollar anticancer drug. Here, we describe the first practical and scalable synthetic entry to these natural products via a concise preparation of (+)-taxa-4(5),11(12)-dien-2-one, which has a suitable functional handle with which to access more oxidized members of its family. This route enables a gram-scale preparation of the ‘parent’ taxane—taxadiene—which is the largest quantity of this naturally occurring terpene ever isolated or prepared in pure form. The characteristic 6-8-6 tricyclic system of the taxane family, containing a bridgehead alkene, is forged via a vicinal difunctionalization/Diels-Alder strategy. Asymmetry is introduced by means of an enantioselective conjugate addition that forms an all-carbon quaternary centre, from which all other stereocentres are fixed through substrate control. This study lays a critical foundation for a planned access to minimally oxidized taxane analogues and a scalable laboratory preparation of Taxol itself.

  4. Enantioselective synthesis of spliceostatin E and evaluation of biological activity.

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    Ghosh, Arun K; Veitschegger, Anne M; Sheri, Venkata Reddy; Effenberger, Kerstin A; Prichard, Beth E; Jurica, Melissa S

    2014-12-01

    An enantioselective total synthesis of spliceostatin E has been accomplished. The ?-lactone unit A was constructed from readily available (R)-glycidyl alcohol using a ring-closing olefin metathesis as the key reaction. A cross-metathesis of ring A containing ?-lactone and the functionalized tetrahydropyran B-ring provided spliceostatin E. Our biological evaluation of synthetic spliceostatin E revealed that it does not inhibit splicing in vitro and does not impact speckle morphology in cells. Spliceostatin E was reported to possess potent antitumor activity. PMID:25423085

  5. Enantioselective Synthesis of Spliceostatin E and Evaluation of Biological Activity

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    2015-01-01

    An enantioselective total synthesis of spliceostatin E has been accomplished. The ?-lactone unit A was constructed from readily available (R)-glycidyl alcohol using a ring-closing olefin metathesis as the key reaction. A cross-metathesis of ring A containing ?-lactone and the functionalized tetrahydropyran B-ring provided spliceostatin E. Our biological evaluation of synthetic spliceostatin E revealed that it does not inhibit splicing in vitro and does not impact speckle morphology in cells. Spliceostatin E was reported to possess potent antitumor activity. PMID:25423085

  6. Enantioselective synthesis of arylglycine derivatives by direct C-H oxidative cross-coupling.

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    Wei, Xiao-Hong; Wang, Gang-Wei; Yang, Shang-Dong

    2015-01-18

    A new method for the synthesis of chiral ?-amino acid derivatives by enantioselective C-H arylation of N-aryl glycine esters with aryl boric acids in the presence of a chiral Pd(II)-catalyst has been developed. This work successfully integrates the direct C-H oxidation with asymmetric arylation and exhibits excellent enantioselectivity. PMID:25348347

  7. Development of Ruthenium Catalysts for the Enantioselective Synthesis of P-Stereogenic Phosphines via Nucleophilic

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    Toste, Dean

    Development of Ruthenium Catalysts for the Enantioselective Synthesis of P-Stereogenic Phosphines the development of ruthenium(II) catalysts for the enantioselective alkylation of chiral racemic secondary asymmetric environment around the ruthenium center. The (R)-MeO- BiPHEP/dmpe (dmpe ) 1,2-bis

  8. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Ustiloxin D Hiroko Tanaka, Andrew M. Sawayama, and Thomas J. Wandless*

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    Wandless, Tom

    in their synthesis include the use of a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction to construct the chiral tertiary reactions in the context of a total synthesis. A requirement for our synthesis was to develop a strategyEnantioselective Total Synthesis of Ustiloxin D Hiroko Tanaka, Andrew M. Sawayama, and Thomas J

  9. Organocatalytic Michael and Friedel-Crafts reactions in enantioselective synthesis of biologically active compounds

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    Maltsev, O. V.; Beletskaya, Irina P.; Zlotin, Sergei G.

    2011-11-01

    Recent applications of organocatalytic Michael and Friedel-Crafts reactions in enantioselective synthesis of biologically active compounds: natural products, pharmaceutical agents and plant protection agents are reviewed. The key mechanisms of stereoinduction, types of organocatalysts and reagents used in these reactions are considered. The material is classified according to the type of newly formed bonds incorporating the asymmetric carbon atom, and the information for the most numerous C-C coupling reactions is systematized according to the natures of the electrophile and the nucleophile. The bibliography includes 433 references. Dedicated to Academician O M Nefedov on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

  10. Enantioselective Synthesis of Tetrahydroprotoberberines and Bisbenzylisoquinoline Alkaloids from a Deprotonated -Aminonitrile

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    Lawson, Catherine L.

    Enantioselective Synthesis of Tetrahydroprotoberberines and Bisbenzylisoquinoline Alkaloids from for the preparation of various alkaloids. Here, the preparation of the benzylisoquinolines (+)-laudanidine and (-)-tetrahydropseudoepiberberine using Noyori's asymmetric transfer hydrogenation are described. The dimeric alkaloids (+)-O

  11. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (+)-Lyngbyabellin M

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    Pirovani, Rodrigo V.; Brito, Gilmar A.; Barcelos, Rosimeire C.; Pilli, Ronaldo A.

    2015-01-01

    Lyngbyabellin M is a non-ribosomal peptide synthetase/polyketide synthase derived metabolite isolated from the cyanobacterium M. bouillonii displaying thiazole rings and a distinct chlorinated octanoic acid chain. Its absolute configuration was proposed based on the comparison of its spectroscopic data with those of other representatives of this family of marine natural products, as well as degradation and derivatization studies. Here the first total synthesis of (+)-lyngbyabellin M is described based on the coupling of three key intermediates: two chiral thiazole moieties and an anti hydroxycarboxylic acid prepared stereoselectively via a boron enolate mediated aldol reaction directed by Masamune’s chiral auxiliary. PMID:26023838

  12. Mo-catalyzed asymmetric olefin metathesis in target-oriented synthesis: Enantioselective synthesis of (+)-africanol

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    Weatherhead, Gabriel S.; Cortez, G. A.; Schrock, Richard R.; Hoveyda, Amir H.

    2004-01-01

    Catalytic asymmetric ring-opening metathesis (AROM) provides an efficient method for the synthesis of a variety of optically enriched small organic molecules that cannot be easily prepared by alternative methods. The development of Mo-catalyzed AROM transformations that occur in tandem with ring-closing metathesis are described. The utility of the Mo-catalyzed AROM/ring-closing metathesis is demonstrated through an enantioselective approach to the synthesis of (+)-africanol. PMID:15056762

  13. Enantioselective synthesis of triarylmethanes by chiral imidodiphosphoric acids catalyzed Friedel-Crafts reactions.

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    Zhuo, Ming-Hua; Jiang, Yi-Jun; Fan, Yan-Sen; Gao, Yang; Liu, Song; Zhang, Suoqin

    2014-02-21

    The first enantioselective synthesis of pyrrolyl-substituted triarylmethanes has been accomplished using a novel imidodiphosphoric acid catalyst, which is derived from two (R)-BINOL frameworks with different 3,3'-substituents. This strategy was also expanded to the synthesis of bis(indolyl)-substituted triarylmethanes with high enantioselectivities, which could only be obtained with moderate ee values in previous reports. These two efficient Friedel-Crafts alkylation processes feature low catalyst loading, broad functional group compatibilities, and the potential to provide practical pathways for the synthesis of enantioenriched bioactive triarylmethanes. PMID:24490630

  14. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (?)-Nardoaristolone B via a Gold(I)-Catalyzed Oxidative Cyclization

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    2015-01-01

    The first enantioselective total synthesis of (?)-nardoaristolone B is accomplished by the implementation of an enantio- and diastereoselective copper(I)-catalyzed conjugate addition/enolate trapping sequence and a gold(I)-catalyzed oxidative cyclization (intermolecular oxidant), employed for the first time in total synthesis. PMID:25563976

  15. Enantioselective Synthesis of Carbo- and Heterocycles through a CuH-Catalyzed Hydroalkylation Approach.

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    Wang, Yi-Ming; Bruno, Nicholas C; Placeres, Ángel L; Zhu, Shaolin; Buchwald, Stephen L

    2015-08-26

    The enantioselective, intramolecular hydroalkylation of halide-tethered styrenes has been achieved through a copper hydride-catalyzed process. This approach allowed for the synthesis of enantioenriched cyclobutanes, cyclopentanes, indanes, and six-membered N- and O-heterocycles. This protocol was applied to the synthesis of the commercial serotonin reuptake inhibitor (-)-paroxetine. PMID:26256576

  16. Enantioselective synthesis of pladienolide B and truncated analogues as new anticancer agents.

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    Kumar, Vemula Praveen; Chandrasekhar, Srivari

    2013-07-19

    An enantioselective synthesis of natural anticancer macrolide pladienolide B is described. The synthetic highlights include Sharpless asymmetric epoxidation, ring closing metathesis (RCM), Ireland-Claisen rearrangement, Shi epoxidation, and Pd-catalyzed Stille coupling as key steps. The synthetic route also allowed the synthesis of the truncated analogues (41a-d) of pladienolide B. PMID:23822896

  17. A broadly applicable and practical oligomeric (salen) Co catalyst for enantioselective epoxide ring-opening reactions

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    White, David E.; Tadross, Pamela M.; Lu, Zhe

    2014-01-01

    The (salen) Co catalyst (4a) can be prepared as a mixture of cyclic oligomers in a short, chromatography-free synthesis from inexpensive, commercially available precursors. This catalyst displays remarkable enhancements in reactivity and enantioselectivity relative to monomeric and other multimeric (salen) Co catalysts in a wide variety of enantioselective epoxide ring-opening reactions. The application of catalyst 4a is illustrated in the kinetic resolution of terminal epoxides by nucleophilic ring-opening with water, phenols, and primary alcohols; the desymmetrization of meso epoxides by addition of water and carbamates; and the desymmetrization of oxetanes by intramolecular ring opening with alcohols and phenols. The favorable solubility properties of complex 4a under the catalytic conditions facilitated mechanistic studies, allowing elucidation of the basis for the beneficial effect of oligomerization. Finally, a catalyst selection guide is provided to delineate the specific advantages of oligomeric catalyst 4a relative to (salen) Co monomer 1 for each reaction class. PMID:25045188

  18. Rhodium(II)-catalyzed enantioselective synthesis of troponoids.

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    Murarka, Sandip; Jia, Zhi-Jun; Merten, Christian; Daniliuc, Constantin-G; Antonchick, Andrey P; Waldmann, Herbert

    2015-06-22

    We report a rhodium(II)-catalyzed highly enantioselective 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between the carbonyl moiety of tropone and carbonyl ylides to afford troponoids in good to high yields with excellent enantioselectivity. We demonstrate that ?-diazoketone-derived carbonyl ylides, in contrast to carbonyl ylides derived from diazodiketoesters, undergo [6+3] cycloaddition reactions with tropone to yield the corresponding bridged heterocycles with excellent stereoselectivity. PMID:25959033

  19. Enantioselective Synthesis of Highly Substituted Chromans via the Oxa-Michael-Michael Cascade Reaction with a Bifunctional Organocatalyst.

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    Saha, Prasenjit; Biswas, Arnab; Molleti, Nagaraju; Singh, Vinod K

    2015-11-01

    A highly enantioselective synthesis of chiral chroman derivatives via an oxa-Michael-Michael cascade reaction has been developed using a bifunctional thiourea organocatalyst. The products were obtained with excellent enantioselectivities (up to >99%), good yields (up to 95%), and diastereoselectivities (up to 5:1). PMID:26470031

  20. Silver(I)-Ferrophox Catalyzed Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Cyclopentenedione: Synthesis of Highly Substituted Bicyclic Pyrrolidines.

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    Das, Tapas; Saha, Prasenjit; Singh, Vinod K

    2015-10-16

    A highly enantioselective desymmetrization of prochiral cyclopentene-1,3-dione via [3 + 2] cycloaddition of azomethine ylide using a silver(I)-ferrophox complex has been demonstrated. The method has been utilized in the synthesis of highly functionalized enantioenriched 5,5-fused bicyclic pyrrolidine derivatives under mild reaction conditions. PMID:26439369

  1. Asymmetric epoxidation of cis-alkenes mediated by iminium salts: highly enantioselective synthesis of levcromakalim.

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    Page, Philip C Bulman; Buckley, Benjamin R; Heaney, Harry; Blacker, A John

    2005-02-01

    [reaction: see text] A range of cis-substituted olefins has been epoxidized with a new dihydroisoquinolinium salt catalyst, using tetraphenylphosphonium monoperoxysulfate as the stoichiometric oxidant, giving ee's of up to 97%. The reaction has been used as the key step in an enantioselective synthesis of the antihypertensive agent levcromakalim. PMID:15673243

  2. Stereospecific nickel-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of alkyl ethers: enantioselective synthesis of diarylethanes.

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    Taylor, Buck L H; Swift, Elizabeth C; Waetzig, Joshua D; Jarvo, Elizabeth R

    2011-01-26

    Secondary benzylic ethers undergo stereospecific substitution reactions with Grignard reagents in the presence of nickel catalysts. Reactions proceed with inversion of configuration and high stereochemical fidelity. This reaction allows for facile enantioselective synthesis of biologically active diarylethanes from readily available optically enriched carbinols. PMID:21155567

  3. A Green, Enantioselective Synthesis of Warfarin for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory

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    Wong, Terence C.; Sultana, Camille M.; Vosburg, David A.

    2010-01-01

    The enantioselective synthesis of drugs is of fundamental importance in the pharmaceutical industry. In this experiment, students synthesize either enantiomer of warfarin, a widely used anticoagulant, in a single step from inexpensive starting materials. Stereoselectivity is induced by a commercial organocatalyst, ("R","R")- or…

  4. Enantioselective small molecule synthesis by carbon dioxide fixation using a dual Brønsted acid/base organocatalyst.

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    Vara, Brandon A; Struble, Thomas J; Wang, Weiwei; Dobish, Mark C; Johnston, Jeffrey N

    2015-06-17

    Carbon dioxide exhibits many of the qualities of an ideal reagent: it is nontoxic, plentiful, and inexpensive. Unlike other gaseous reagents, however, it has found limited use in enantioselective synthesis. Moreover, unprecedented is a tool that merges one of the simplest biological approaches to catalysis-Brønsted acid/base activation-with this abundant reagent. We describe a metal-free small molecule catalyst that achieves the three component reaction between a homoallylic alcohol, carbon dioxide, and an electrophilic source of iodine. Cyclic carbonates are formed enantioselectively. PMID:26039818

  5. Asymmetric synthesis of N-allylic indoles via regio- and enantioselective allylation of aryl hydrazines

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    Xu, Kun; Gilles, Thomas; Breit, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    The asymmetric synthesis of N-allylic indoles is important for natural product synthesis and pharmaceutical research. The regio- and enantioselective N-allylation of indoles is a true challenge due to the favourable C3-allylation. We develop here a new strategy to the asymmetric synthesis of N-allylic indoles via rhodium-catalysed N-selective coupling of aryl hydrazines with allenes followed by Fischer indolization. The exclusive N-selectivities and good to excellent enantioselectivities are achieved applying a rhodium(I)/DTBM-Segphos or rhodium(I)/DTBM-Binap catalyst. This method permits the practical synthesis of valuable chiral N-allylated indoles, and avoids the N- or C-selectivity issue. PMID:26137886

  6. Improved synthesis and application of planar-chiral nucleophilic catalysts in asymmetric reactions and copper-catalyzed enantioselective N-H insertion reactions

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    Lee, Elaine C

    2007-01-01

    The development of an improved synthesis of nucleophilic planar-chiral catalysts is described in Chapter 1. This route is amenable to scale-up and preparative chiral HPLC is unnecessary to resolve the racemic catalysts. ...

  7. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Guanacastepene N Using an Uncommon 7-Endo Heck Cyclization as a Pivotal Step

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    Iimura, Shin; Paulini, Ralph; Zakarian, Armen

    2013-01-01

    A convergent, enantioselective total synthesis of (+)-guanacastepene N was developed that features a 7-endo Heck cyclization as the key step. In the course of this synthesis, short syntheses of the enantiomerically pure cyclopentenone and cyclohexene building blocks 5 and 6, which constitute A and C ring fragments of guanacastepene N, were developed. These fragments were linked by a challenging conjugate addition reaction that also generated the C11 quaternary carbon stereocenter. Regioselective 7-endo Heck cyclization gave rise to a tricyclic intermediate, which was elaborated to complete the first total synthesis of guanacastepene N and the second enantioselective total synthesis of a guanacastepene natural product. PMID:17017789

  8. Enantioselective hydrogenation of ?-aminomethylacrylates containing a free NH group for the synthesis of ?-amino acid derivatives

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    Qiu, Liqin; Prashad, Mahavir; Hu, Bin; Prasad, Kapa; Repi?, Oljan; Blacklock, Thomas J.; Kwong, Fuk Yee; Kok, Stanton H. L.; Lee, Hang Wai; Chan, Albert S. C.

    2007-01-01

    We describe highly enantioselective synthesis of ?-amino acid derivatives (1a-c) using asymmetric hydrogenation of ?-aminomethylacrylates (2a-c), which contain a free basic NH group, as the key step. The ?-aminomethylacrylates (2a-c) were prepared using the Baylis–Hillman reaction of an appropriate aldehyde with methyl acrylate followed by acetylation of the resulting allylic alcohols (4a-b) and SN2?-type amination of the allylic acetates (3a-b). PMID:17942689

  9. A combined continuous microflow photochemistry and asymmetric organocatalysis approach for the enantioselective synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines

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    2013-01-01

    Summary A continuous-flow asymmetric organocatalytic photocyclization–transfer hydrogenation cascade reaction has been developed. The new protocol allows the synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines from readily available 2-aminochalcones using a combination of photochemistry and asymmetric Brønsted acid catalysis. The photocylization and subsequent reduction was performed with catalytic amount of chiral BINOL derived phosphoric acid diester and Hantzsch dihydropyridine as hydrogen source providing the desired products in good yields and with excellent enantioselectivities. PMID:24367413

  10. Catalytic, Enantioselective Synthesis of 1,2-anti Diols via Asymmetric Ring Opening/Cross Metathesis

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    Hartung, John

    2014-01-01

    An enantioselective method for the synthesis of 1,2-anti diols has been developed. A cyclometallated chiral-at-Ru complex catalyzes the asymmetric ring opening/cross metathesis of di–oxygenated cyclobutenes, resulting in functionally rich synthetic building blocks. Syntheses of the insect pheromone (+)-endo brevicomin and monosaccharide ribose demonstrate the synthetic utility of the 1,2-anti diol fragments generated in the title reaction. PMID:24554613

  11. H8-BINOL chiral imidodiphosphoric acids catalyzed enantioselective synthesis of dihydroindolo-/-pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxalines.

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    Fan, Yan-Sen; Jiang, Yi-Jun; An, Dong; Sha, Di; Antilla, Jon C; Zhang, Suoqin

    2014-12-01

    The first enantioselective synthesis of 5,6-dihydroindolo[1,2-a]quinoxalines is achieved by using a newly developed H8-BINOL-type imidodiphosphoric acid catalyst with low catalyst loading through efficient Pictet-Spengler-type reactions of indolyl anilines with ketones. This methodology also generates phenyl-4,5-dihydropyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxalines with high yields and excellent enantioselectivities. Moreover, this method was utilized to synthesize an HIV-1 inhibitor with high yield and good enantioselectivity through a one-step procedure. PMID:25415871

  12. Enantioselective total syntheses of acylfulvene, irofulven, and the agelastatins

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    Siegel, Dustin S. (Dustin Scott), 1980-

    2010-01-01

    I. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (-)-Acylfulvene, and (-)-Irofulven We report the enantioselective total synthesis of (-)-acylfulvene and (-)-irofulven, which features metathesis reactions for the rapid assembly of ...

  13. Gram-scale enantioselective formal synthesis of morphine through an ortho-para oxidative phenolic coupling strategy.

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    Tissot, Matthieu; Phipps, Robert J; Lucas, Catherine; Leon, Rafael M; Pace, Robert D M; Ngouansavanh, Tifelle; Gaunt, Matthew J

    2014-12-01

    A gram-scale catalytic enantioselective formal synthesis of morphine is described. The key steps of the synthesis involve an ortho-para oxidative phenolic coupling and a highly diastereoselective "desymmetrization" of the resulting cyclohexadienone that generates three of the four morphinan ring junction stereocenters in one step. The stereochemistry is controlled from a single carbinol center installed through catalytic enantioselective hydrogenation. These transformations enabled the preparation of large quantities of key intermediates and could support a practical and scalable synthesis of morphine and related derivatives. PMID:25288124

  14. Catalytic aerobic oxidation and tandem enantioselective cycloaddition in cascade multicomponent synthesis.

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    Potowski, Marco; Merten, Christian; Antonchick, Andrey P; Waldmann, Herbert

    2015-03-23

    An efficient multicomponent cascade transformation for the highly diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of complex natural product inspired polycyclic products from simple starting materials is described. The cascade is initiated by copper-catalyzed aerobic C?H oxidation of cyclopentadiene to cyclopentadienone followed by double catalytic asymmetric 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azomethine ylides. The cascade synthesis efficiently yields structurally complex 5,5,5-tricyclic products with eight stereocenters with good yields and excellent diastereo- and enantiocontrol using one catalyst. PMID:25676025

  15. Pd(II)-SDP-catalyzed enantioselective 5-exo-dig cyclization of ?-alkynoic acids: application to the synthesis of functionalized dihydofuran-2(3H)-ones containing a chiral quaternary carbon center.

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    Sridharan, Vellaisamy; Fan, Lulu; Takizawa, Shinobu; Suzuki, Takeyuki; Sasai, Hiroaki

    2013-09-21

    The Pd(II)-SDP-catalyzed first enantioselective intramolecular cyclization of ?,?-disubstituted ?-alkynoic acids is described. This 5-exo-dig cyclization afforded dihydrofuran-2(3H)-ones bearing a chiral quaternary carbon center in excellent yields with enantioselectivities up to 71%. A mechanism involving palladium(II) species is proposed to rationalize the outcome of the reaction. PMID:23903490

  16. Enantioselective total synthesis of isoedunol and beta-araneosene featuring unconventional strategy and methodology.

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    Kingsbury, Jason S; Corey, E J

    2005-10-12

    A new synthetic strategy for the enantioselective synthesis of members of the dolabellane family of marine natural products has been demonstrated for the specific examples beta-araneosene and isoedunol (1 and 2, respectively) by the pathway outlined in Scheme 1. Key steps include (1) diastereoselective alkylation of Seebach's chiral lactate acetal (6) by the iodide derived from 5; (2) Kulinkovich ethylenation of ester 9 to form the cyclopropanol 10; (3) ring expansion of 10 to form 11; (4) pinacol cyclization of keto aldehyde 12 to form 13a; (5) rearrangement of 13b to 14; (6) propenylation of 14 to 2; and (7) reductive pi-transposition to form 1. PMID:16201801

  17. Enantioselective Synthesis of Homoallylic Azides and Nitriles via Palladium-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Allylation.

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    Vita, Maria Victoria; Caramenti, Paola; Waser, Jerome

    2015-12-01

    Azides and nitriles are important building blocks for the synthesis of nitrogen-containing bioactive compounds. The first example of enantioselective palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative allylation of ?-azido and cyano ?-ketoesters is reported. Indanone derivatives were obtained in 50-88% yield/77-97% ee and 46-98% yield/78-93% ee for azide and nitrile substituents, respectively. The required starting materials were synthesized in one step from ketoesters via electrophilic azidation and cyanation using benziodoxole hypervalent iodine reagents. The products could be easily converted into useful nitrogen-containing building blocks, such as triazoles, amides, or ?- and ?- amino ketones. PMID:26580714

  18. Enantioselective total Synthesis of the agelastatin and trigonoliimine alkaloids

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    Han, Sunkyu, 1982-

    2012-01-01

    I. Total Synthesis of the (-)-Agelastatin Alkaloids The pyrrole-imidazole family of marine alkaloids, derived from linear clathrodin-like precursors, constitutes a diverse array of structurally complex natural products. ...

  19. Enantioselective Synthesis of Chromanones Bearing Quaternary Substituted Stereocenters Catalyzed by (1R)-Camphor-Derived N-Heterocyclic Carbenes.

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    Rafi?ski, Zbigniew; Kozakiewicz, Anna

    2015-08-01

    A catalytic asymmetric intramolecular crossed-benzoin reaction for the synthesis of chromanones by novel camphor-derived N-heterocyclic carbenes is described. The corresponding chromanones bearing quaternary stereogenic centers were isolated in high yields with high to excellent enantioselectivity. PMID:26161638

  20. Enantioselective Synthesis of 3-Methyleneindan-1-ols via a One-Pot Allylboration-Heck Reaction of 2-Bromobenzaldehydes.

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    Calder, Ewen D D; Sutherland, Andrew

    2015-05-15

    A novel, one-pot allylboration-Heck reaction of 2-bromobenzaldehydes has been developed for the general and efficient synthesis of 3-methyleneindan-1-ols. Modification of the one-pot procedure to include chiral Brønsted acid catalyzed allylation has allowed the preparation of these building blocks in high enantioselectivity and excellent yields. PMID:25933177

  1. A general procedure for the enantioselective synthesis of the minor tobacco alkaloids nornicotine, anabasine, and anatabine.

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    Ayers, Joshua T; Xu, Rui; Dwoskin, Linda P; Crooks, Peter A

    2005-01-01

    The minor tobacco alkaloids nornicotine, anabasine, and anatabine from Nicotiana tobacum are known to possess nicotinic receptor agonist activity, although they are relatively less potent than S-(-)-nicotine, the principal tobacco alkaloid. Previous pharmacological investigations and structure-activity studies have been limited owing to the lack of availability of the optically pure forms of these minor alkaloids. We now report a 2-step synthetic procedure for the enantioselective synthesis of the optical isomers of nornicotine and anabasine, and a modified procedure for the synthesis of anatabine enantiomers. These procedures involve initial formation of the chiral ketimine resulting from the condensation of either 1R, 2R, 5R-(+)- or 1S, 2S, 5S-(-)-2-hydroxy-3-pinanone with 3-(aminomethyl)pyridine followed by enantioselective C-alkylation with an appropriate halogenoalkane or halogenoalkene species, N-deprotection, and base-catalyzed intramolecular ring closure, to form the appropriate, chirally pure minor tobacco alkaloid. Using this approach, the R-(+)- and S-(-)-enantiomers of the above minor tobacco alkaloids were obtained in good overall chemical yield and excellent enantomeric excess. PMID:16353951

  2. Enantioselective Synthesis of N-PMP-1,2-dihydropyridines via Formal [4 + 2] Cycloaddition between Aqueous Glutaraldehyde and Imines.

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    Ramaraju, Panduga; Mir, Nisar A; Singh, Deepika; Gupta, Vivek K; Kant, Rajni; Kumar, Indresh

    2015-11-20

    A simple and highly practical one-pot formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition approach for the enantioselective synthesis of N-PMP-1,2-dihydropyridines (DHPs) is described. This chemistry involves an amino-catalytic direct Mannich reaction/cyclization followed by IBX-mediated chemo- and regioselective oxidation sequence between readily available aqueous glutaraldehyde and imines under very mild conditions. A series of N-PMP-1,2-DHPs have been prepared in high yields and excellent enantioselectivity. This method also gives access to both enantiomers of 1,2-DHPs in surplus amount by shifting the catalyst configuration. PMID:26516787

  3. Enantioselective synthesis of (R)-tolterodine using lithiation/borylation–protodeboronation methodology

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    Roesner, Stefan; Aggarwal, Varinder K.

    2013-01-01

    The synthesis of the pharmaceutical (R)-tolterodine is reported using lithiation/borylation–protodeboronation of a homoallyl carbamate as the key step. This step was tested with two permutations: an electron-neutral aryl Li-carbamate reacting with an electron-rich boronic ester and an electron-rich aryl Li-carbamate reacting with an electron-neutral boronic ester. It was found that the latter arrangement was considerably better than the former. Further improvements were achieved using magnesium bromide in methanol leading to a process that gave high yield and high enantioselectivity in the lithiation/borylation reaction. The key step was used in an efficient synthesis of (R)-tolterodine in a total of eight steps in a 30% overall yield and 90% ee. PMID:23750041

  4. Stereoselective synthesis of 4-dehydroxydiversonol employing enantioselective palladium-catalysed domino reactions.

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    Tietze, Lutz F; Spiegl, Dirk A; Stecker, Florian; Major, Julia; Raith, Christian; Grosse, Christian

    2008-01-01

    The stereoselective synthesis of 4-dehydroxydiversonol (4) employing enantioselective palladium-catalysed domino processes such as the domino Wacker-Heck and the domino Wacker-carbonylation reaction for the formation of the central chroman moiety is described. Thus, reaction of 8 with palladium(II) trifluoroacetate [Pd(OTFA)2] in the presence of carbon monoxide, methanol and the 2,2'- bis(oxazolin-2-yl)-1,1'-binaphthyl (BOXAX) ligand 17 led to 19 in 80% yield and 96% ee. Similarly, the chroman 7 was prepared using 8 and methyl acrylate (9) as starting material. Hydrogenation of the double bond, oxidation of the benzylic methylene group and intramolecular acylation of chromanone 6 provided the tetrahydroxanthenone core 5, from which the synthesis of 4 was completed. The relative configuration of 4 could be established by crystal structure analysis. PMID:18698572

  5. Enantioselective Synthesis of (?)-Maoecrystal V by Enantiodetermining C–H Functionalization

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    2015-01-01

    The evolution of a program directed at the enantioselective total synthesis of maoecrystal V, a highly modified ent-kauranoid, is described. An early stage chiral auxiliary-directed asymmetric C–H functionalization for the construction of a key benzofuran intermediate enabled the first asymmetric synthesis of the natural enantiomer of maoecrystal V, confirming the assigned stereochemistry. A divergent course of the central intramolecular Diels–Alder reaction, which is dependent on the nature of the dienophile, initially led to the development of an unanticipated and previously unknown isomer of maoecrystal V, which we named maoecrystal ZG. In light of the reported selective and potent cytotoxic activity of maoecrystal V, the cytotoxic properties of maoecrystal ZG were also investigated. PMID:25409033

  6. A greener enantioselective synthesis of the antiviral agent North-methanocarbathymidine (N-MCT) from 2-deoxy-d-ribose

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    Ludek, Olaf R.; Marquez, Victor E.

    2009-01-01

    An enantioselective synthesis of suitably protected (1R,2S,4S,5S)-4-amino-1-(hydroxymethyl)bicyclo[3.1.0]hexan-2-ol, a key starting material for the synthesis of conformationally locked carbocyclic nucleosides, including the antiviral active North-methanocarba thymidine, is reported. Starting from 2-deoxyribose the target Boc-protected amine was prepared in 33% overall yield under condition that are ecologically friendlier than previous methods. PMID:20625519

  7. Enantioselective nickel-catalyzed reductive coupling reactions of alkynes and aldehydes. Synthesis of amphidinolides T1 and T4 via catalytic, stereoselective macrocyclizations

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    Colby Davie, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Anne)

    2005-01-01

    I. Enantioselective Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Couplings of Alkynes and Aldehydes Allylic alcohol synthesis via a nickel-catalyzed reductive coupling reaction of alkylsubstituted alkynes and aldehydes was studied for ligand ...

  8. Highly enantioselective synthesis and cellular evaluation of spirooxindoles inspired by natural products

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    Antonchick, Andrey P.; Gerding-Reimers, Claas; Catarinella, Mario; Schürmann, Markus; Preut, Hans; Ziegler, Slava; Rauh, Daniel; Waldmann, Herbert

    2010-09-01

    In biology-oriented synthesis the underlying scaffold classes of natural products selected in evolution are used to define biologically relevant starting points in chemical structure space for the synthesis of compound collections with focused structural diversity. Here we describe a highly enantioselective synthesis of natural-product-inspired 3,3'-pyrrolidinyl spirooxindoles-which contain an all-carbon quaternary centre and three tertiary stereocentres. This synthesis takes place by means of an asymmetric Lewis acid-catalysed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of an azomethine ylide to a substituted 3-methylene-2-oxindole using 1-3 mol% of a chiral catalyst formed from a N,P-ferrocenyl ligand and CuPF6(CH3CN)4. Cellular evaluation has identified a molecule that arrests mitosis, induces multiple microtubule organizing centres and multipolar spindles, causes chromosome congression defects during mitosis and inhibits tubulin regrowth in cells. Our findings support the concept that compound collections based on natural-product-inspired scaffolds constructed with complex stereochemistry will be a rich source of compounds with diverse bioactivity.

  9. Application of a New Family of P,N Ligands to the Highly Enantioselective Hydrosilylation of

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    Fu, Gregory C.

    Application of a New Family of P,N Ligands to the Highly Enantioselective Hydrosilylation of Aryl of enantiomerically enriched alcohols and their selectively O-protected derivatives, con- siderable energy has been, the first highly effective bis(oxazoline)-based ligand.[2,3] During the past few years, we have been

  10. Enantioselective iridium-catalyzed allylic arylation.

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    Polet, Damien; Rathgeb, Xavier; Falciola, Caroline A; Langlois, Jean-Baptiste; El Hajjaji, Samir; Alexakis, Alexandre

    2009-01-01

    We describe herein the development of the first iridium-catalyzed allylic substitution using arylzinc nucleophiles. High enantioselectivities were obtained from the reactions, which used commercially available Grignard reagents as the starting materials. This methodology was also shown to be compatible with halogen/metal exchange reactions. Its synthetic potential is demonstrated by its application towards the formal synthesis of (+)-sertraline. PMID:19072966

  11. Direct, Enantioselective Synthesis of Pyrroloindolines and Indolines From Simple Indole Derivatives

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    Ni, Jane; Wang, Haoxuan; Reisman, Sarah E.

    2013-01-01

    The (R)-BINOL•SnCl4-catalyzed formal (3 + 2) cycloaddition between 3-substituted indoles and benzyl 2-trifluoroacetamidoacrylate is a direct, enantioselective method to prepare pyrroloindolines from simple starting materials. However, under the originally disclosed conditions, the pyrroloindolines are formed as mixtures of diastereomers, typically in the range of 3:1 to 5:1 favoring the exo-product. The poor diastereoselectivity detracts from the synthetic utility of the reaction. We report here that use of methyl 2-trifluoroacetamidoacrylate in conjunction with (R)-3,3'-dichloro-BINOL•SnCl4 provides the corresponding pyrroloindolines with improved diastereoselectivity (typically ?10:1). Guided by mechanistic studies, a one-flask synthesis of enantioenriched indolines by in situ reduction of a persistent iminium ion is also described. PMID:24039305

  12. Enantioselective Synthesis of Various Cyanohydrins Using Covalently Immobilized Preparations of Hydroxynitrile Lyase from Prunus dulcis.

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    Alagöz, Dilek; Tükel, S Seyhan; Yildirim, Deniz

    2015-11-01

    The carrier-based and carrier-free (cross-linked enzyme aggregate) covalent immobilizations of Prunus dulcis hydroxynitrile lyase were investigated. The immobilized preparations were tested for enantioselective carbon-carbon bond formation activity in the biphasic medium. Of the tested preparations, only cross-linked enzyme aggregate of P. dulcis hydroxynitrile lyase (PdHNL-CLEA) achieved the synthesis of (R)-mandelonitrile with 93 % yield and 99 % enantiopurity. PdHNL-CLEA was also used in the synthesis of various (R)-cyanohydrins from corresponding aldehydes/ketones and hydrocyanic acid. When 4-methoxybenzaldehyde, 4-methyl benzaldehyde, and 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde were used as substrates, the yield-enantiomeric excess of corresponding (R)-cyanohydrins were obtained as 95-95, 85-79, and 2-25 %, respectively, after 96 h at pH 4.0 and 5 °C. For acetophenone, 4-fluoroacetophenone, 4-chloroacetophenone, 4-bromoacetophenone, and 4-iodoacetophenone, the yield-enantiomeric excess of corresponding (R)-cyanohydrins were 1-99, 20-84, 11-95, 5-99, and 3-24 %, respectively at the same conditions. The results demonstrate PdHNL-CLEA can be effectively used in the synthesis of (R)-mandelonitrile. PMID:26310798

  13. Development of ProPhenol Ligands for the Diastereo- and Enantioselective Synthesis of ?-Hydroxy-?-amino Esters

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    2015-01-01

    A zinc–ProPhenol-catalyzed direct asymmetric aldol reaction between glycine Schiff bases and aldehydes is reported. The design and synthesis of new ProPhenol ligands bearing 2,5-trans-disubstituted pyrrolidines was essential for the success of this process. The transformation operates at room temperature and affords syn ?-hydroxy-?-amino esters in high yields with good to excellent levels of diastereo- and enantioselectivity. PMID:24502188

  14. A Concise Enantioselective Synthesis and Cytotoxic Evaluation of the Anticancer Rotenoid Deguelin Enabled by a Tandem Knoevenagel/Conjugate Addition/Decarboxylation Sequence

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    Farmer, Rebecca L.

    2013-01-01

    (?)-Deguelin is a rotenoid natural product that possesses significant potential as a chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agent. While several racemic syntheses of deguelin have been reported, a formal evaluation of the anticancer activity of both the natural and unnatural enantiomers remains lacking. We describe herein the successful application of a flexible and selective thiourea-catalyzed cyclization strategy toward the enantioselective total synthesis of deguelin, which allows access to either stereoisomer for biological studies. The synthesis was completed in six steps (longest linear) with no protecting groups. The evaluation of both enantiomers of the natural product demonstrated potent inhibition of several cancer cell lines by these compounds, but interestingly showed that the unnatural (+)-deguelin preferentially inhibited the growth of MCF-7 breast cancer and HepG2 liver carcinoma cells when compared to the natural product. PMID:24101971

  15. A Concise Enantioselective Synthesis and Cytotoxic Evaluation of the Anticancer Rotenoid Deguelin Enabled by a Tandem Knoevenagel/Conjugate Addition/Decarboxylation Sequence.

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    Farmer, Rebecca L; Scheidt, Karl A

    2013-08-01

    (-)-Deguelin is a rotenoid natural product that possesses significant potential as a chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agent. While several racemic syntheses of deguelin have been reported, a formal evaluation of the anticancer activity of both the natural and unnatural enantiomers remains lacking. We describe herein the successful application of a flexible and selective thiourea-catalyzed cyclization strategy toward the enantioselective total synthesis of deguelin, which allows access to either stereoisomer for biological studies. The synthesis was completed in six steps (longest linear) with no protecting groups. The evaluation of both enantiomers of the natural product demonstrated potent inhibition of several cancer cell lines by these compounds, but interestingly showed that the unnatural (+)-deguelin preferentially inhibited the growth of MCF-7 breast cancer and HepG2 liver carcinoma cells when compared to the natural product. PMID:24101971

  16. Enantioselective Synthesis of Angularly Substituted 1-Azabicylic Rings: Coupled Dynamic Kinetic Epimerization and Chirality Transfer

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    Aron, Zachary D.; Ito, Tatsuya; May, Tricia L.; Overman, Larry E.; Wang, Jocelyn

    2013-01-01

    A new strategy for enantioselective synthesis of azacyclic molecules in which dynamic kinetic equilibration of diastereomeric iminium ions precedes a stereochemistry-determining sigmatropic rearrangement is reported. The method is illustrated by the synthesis in high enantiomeric purity (generally 95–99% ee) of a variety of 1-azabicyclic molecules containing angular allyl or 3-substituted 2-propenyl side chains adjacent to nitrogen and up to three stereogenic centers. In these products, the size of the carbocyclic ring is varied widely (5–12 membered), however useful yields are obtained in forming 1-azabicyclic products containing only fused pyrrolidine and piperidine rings. Chi-rality transfer from substituents at carbons 1 and 2 of the 3-butenylamine fragment of the starting material is investigated, with methyl and phenyl substituents at the allylic position shown to provide exquisite stereocontrol (generally 98–99% chirality transfer). An attractive feature of the method is the ability to carry out the key transformation in the absence of solvent. Illustrated also is the high yielding conversion of four such products to a new family of bicyclic ?-amino acids of high enantiomeric purity. PMID:24090405

  17. Enantioselective synthesis of tatanans A-C and reinvestigation of their glucokinase-activating properties

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    Xiao, Qing; Jackson, Jeffrey J.; Basak, Ashok; Bowler, Joseph M.; Miller, Brian G.; Zakarian, Armen

    2013-05-01

    The tatanans are members of a novel class of complex sesquilignan natural products recently isolated from the rhizomes of Acorus tatarinowii Schott plants. Tatanans A, B and C have previously been reported to have potent glucokinase-activating properties that exceed the in vitro activity of known synthetic antidiabetic agents. Here, using a series of sequential [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangements, we report the total synthesis of tatanan A in 13 steps and 13% overall yield. We also complete a concise enantioselective total synthesis of more complex, atropisomeric tatanans B and C via a distinct convergent strategy based on a palladium-catalysed diastereotopic aromatic group differentiation (12 steps, 4% and 8% overall yield, respectively). A plausible biosynthetic relationship between acyclic tatanan A and spirocyclic tatanans B and C is proposed and probed experimentally. With sufficient quantities of the natural products in hand, we undertake a detailed functional characterization of the biological activities of tatanans A-C. Contrary to previous reports, our assays utilizing pure recombinant human enzyme demonstrate that tatanans do not function as allosteric activators of glucokinase.

  18. Catalytic Enantioselective Olefin Metathesis in Natural Product Synthesis. Chiral Metal-Based Complexes that Deliver High Enantioselectivity and More

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    Malcolmson, Steven J.; Meek, Simon J.; Zhugralin, Adil R.

    2012-01-01

    Chiral olefin metathesis catalysts enable chemists to access enantiomerically enriched small molecules with high efficiency; synthesis schemes involving such complexes can be substantially more concise than those that would involve enantiomerically pure substrates and achiral Mo alkylidenes or Ru-based carbenes. The scope of research towards design and development of chiral catalysts is not limited to discovery of complexes that are merely the chiral versions of the related achiral variants. A chiral olefin metathesis catalyst, in addition to furnishing products of high enantiomeric purity, can offer levels of efficiency, product selectivity and/or olefin stereoselectivity that are unavailable through the achiral variants. Such positive attributes of chiral catalysts (whether utilized in racemic or enantiomerically enriched form) should be considered as general, applicable to other classes of transformations. PMID:19967680

  19. Enantioselective sp(3) C-H alkylation of ?-butyrolactam by a chiral Ir(i) catalyst for the synthesis of 4-substituted ?-amino acids.

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    Tahara, Yu-Ki; Michino, Masamichi; Ito, Mamoru; Kanyiva, Kyalo Stephen; Shibata, Takanori

    2015-12-01

    Ir-catalyzed sp(3) C-H alkylation of ?-butyrolactam with alkenes was used for the highly enantioselective synthesis of 5-substituted ?-lactams, which were readily converted into chiral 4-substituted ?-amino acids. A broad scope of alkenes was amenable as coupling partners, and the alkylated product using acrylate could be transformed into the key intermediate of pyrrolam A synthesis. PMID:26426546

  20. Core-structure-inspired asymmetric addition reactions: enantioselective synthesis of dihydrobenzoxazinone- and dihydroquinazolinone-based anti-HIV agents.

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    Li, Shen; Ma, Jun-An

    2015-11-01

    Dihydrobenzoxazinones and dihydroquinazolinones are the core units present in many anti-HIV agents, such as Efavirenz, DPC 961, DPC 963, and DPC 083. All these molecules contain a trifluoromethyl moiety at the quaternary stereogenic carbon center with S configuration. The enantioselective addition of carbon nucleophiles to ketones or cyclic ketimines could serve as a key step to access these molecules. This tutorial review provides an overview of significant advances in the synthesis of dihydrobenzoxazinone- and dihydroquinazolinone-based anti-HIV agents and relative analogues, with an emphasis on asymmetric addition reactions for the establishment of the CF3-containing quaternary carbon centers. PMID:26177889

  1. Asymmetric synthesis of amines by the catalytic enantioselective additions of hydrazoic acid to ketenes

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    Nakai, Takashi, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2007-01-01

    The development of a planar-chiral catalyst for the enantioselective additions of HN3 to hindered ketenes was investigated. It was demonstrated that a new planar-chiral catalyst (1.5) is an excellent catalyst for the ...

  2. Enantioselective nucleophile-catalyzed cycloadditions

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    Wilson, Jonathan E., Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2007-01-01

    Chapter 1 describes the development of an asymmetric nucleophile-catalyzed [2+2] cycloaddition of ketenes with aldehydes. This is the first report of a catalytic enantioselective synthesis of trisubstituted [beta]-lactones. ...

  3. Enantioselective synthesis of highly functionalized dihydrofurans through copper-catalyzed asymmetric formal [3+2] cycloaddition of ?-ketoesters with propargylic esters.

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    Zhu, Fu-Lin; Wang, Ya-Hui; Zhang, De-Yang; Xu, Jie; Hu, Xiang-Ping

    2014-09-15

    An enantioselective synthesis of highly functionalized dihydrofurans through a copper-catalyzed asymmetric [3+2] cycloaddition of ?-ketoesters with propargylic esters has been developed. With a combination of Cu(OTf)2 and a chiral tridentate P,N,N ligand as the catalyst, a variety of 2,3-dihydrofurans bearing an exocyclic double bond at the 2?position were obtained in good chemical yields and with good to high enantioselectivities. The exocyclic double bond can be hydrogenated in a highly diastereoselective fashion to give unusual cis-2,3-dihydrofuran derivatives, thus further enhancing the scope of this transformation. PMID:25088662

  4. Brønsted acid catalyzed, conjugate addition of ?-dicarbonyls to in situ generated ortho-quinone methides--enantioselective synthesis of 4-aryl-4H-chromenes.

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    El-Sepelgy, Osama; Haseloff, Stefan; Alamsetti, Santosh Kumar; Schneider, Christoph

    2014-07-21

    We describe herein a catalytic, enantioselective process for the synthesis of 4H-chromenes which are important structural elements of many natural products and biologically active compounds. A sequence comprising a conjugate addition of ?-diketones to in situ generated ortho-quinone methides followed by a cyclodehydration reaction furnished 4-aryl-4H-chromenes in generally excellent yields and high optical purity. A BINOL-based chiral phosphoric acid was employed as a Brønsted acid catalyst which converted ortho-hydroxy benzhydryl alcohols into hydrogen-bonded ortho-quinone methides and effected the carbon-carbon bond-forming event with high enantioselectivity. PMID:24938645

  5. 3D chiral nanoplasmonics: fabrication, chiroptic engineering, mechanism, and application in enantioselection (Presentation Recording)

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    Huang, Zhifeng

    2015-09-01

    Chirality does naturally exist, and the building blocks of life (e.g. DNA, proteins, peptides and sugars) are usually chiral. Chirality inherently imposes chemical/biological selectivity on functional molecules; hence the discrimination in molecular chirality from an enantiomer to the other mirror image (i.e. enantioselection) has fundamental and application significance. Enantiomers interact with left and right handed circularly polarized light in a different manner with respect to optical extinction; hence, electronic circular dichroism (ECD) has been widely used for enantioselection. However, enantiomers usually have remarkably low ECD intensity, mainly owing to the small electric transition dipole moment induced by molecular sizes compared to the ECD-active wavelength in the UV-visible-near IR region. To enhance ECD magnitude, recently it has being developed 3D chiral nanoplasmonic structures having a helical path, and the dimensions are comparable to the ECD wavelength. However, it is still ambiguous the origin of 3D chiroplasmonics, and there is a lack of studying the interaction of 3D chiroplasmoncs with enantiomers for the application of enantioselection. Herein, we will present a one-step fabrication of 3D silver nanospirals (AgNSs) via low-substrate-temperature glancing angle deposition. AgNSs can be deposited on a wide range of substrates (including transparent and flexible substrates), in an area on the order of cm2. A set of spiral dimensions (such as spiral pitches, number of turns and handedness) have been easily engineered to tune the chiroptic properties, leading to studying the chiroplasmonic principles together with finite element simulation and the LC model. At the end, it will be demonstrated that 3D chiroplasmonics can differentiate molecular chirality of enantiomers with dramatic enhancement in the anisotropy g factor. This study opens a door to sensitively discriminate enantiomer chirality.

  6. Cation-Controlled Enantioselective and Diastereoselective Synthesis of Indolines: An Autoinductive Phase-Transfer Initiated 5-endo-trig Process.

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    Sharma, Krishna; Wolstenhulme, Jamie R; Painter, Phillip P; Yeo, David; Grande-Carmona, Francisca; Johnston, Craig P; Tantillo, Dean J; Smith, Martin D

    2015-10-21

    A catalytic enantioselective approach to the synthesis of indolines bearing two asymmetric centers, one of which is all-carbon and quaternary, is described. This reaction proceeds with high levels of diastereoselectivity (>20:1) and high levels of enantioselectivity (up to 99.5:0.5 er) in the presence of CsOH·H2O and a quinine-derived ammonium salt. The reaction most likely proceeds via a delocalized 2-aza-pentadienyl anion that cyclizes either by a suprafacial electrocyclic mechanism, or through a kinetically controlled 5-endo-trig Mannich process. Density functional theory calculations are used to probe these two mechanistic pathways and lead to the conclusion that a nonpericyclic mechanism is most probable. The base-catalyzed interconversion of diastereoisomeric indolines in the presence of certain quaternary ammonium catalysts is observed; this may be rationalized as a cycloreversion-cyclization process. Mechanistic investigations have demonstrated that the reaction is initiated via a M?kosza-like interfacial process, and kinetic analysis has shown that the reaction possesses a significant induction period consistent with autoinduction. A zwitterionic quinine-derived entity generated by deprotonation of an ammonium salt with the anionic reaction product is identified as a key catalytic species and the role that protonation plays in the enantioselective process outlined. We also propose that the reaction subsequently occurs entirely within the organic phase. Consequently, the reaction may be better described as a phase-transfer-initiated rather than a phase-transfer-catalyzed process; this observation may have implications for mechanistic pathways followed by other phase-transfer-mediated reactions. PMID:26397716

  7. Phosphoric acid catalyzed diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of substituted 1,3-diaminotetralins.

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    Dagousset, Guillaume; Erb, William; Zhu, Jieping; Masson, Géraldine

    2014-05-01

    The reaction of anilines and phenylacetaldehydes in the presence of chiral phosphoric acid afforded optically active 1,2-trans, 2,3-cis 1,3-diaminotetralins in high yields with excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivities. The trans/cis product was readily isomerized to a trans/trans stereoisomer with no significant loss of enantiomeric purity. PMID:24762190

  8. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (?)-Lansai B and (+)- Nocardioazines A and B **

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    Wang, Haoxuan; Reisman, Sarah E.

    2014-01-01

    The concise total syntheses of the bis(pyrroloindolines) (?)-lansai B and (+)- nocardioazines A and B are reported. The key pyrroloindoline building blocks are rapidly prepared by enantioselective formal (3 + 2) cycloaddition reactions. The macrocycle of (+)-nocardioazine A is constructed by an unusual intramolecular diketopiperazine formation. PMID:24777757

  9. Divergent synthesis of chiral heterocycles via sequencing of enantioselective three-component reactions and one-pot subsequent cyclization reactions.

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    Tang, Min; Xing, Dong; Huang, Haoxi; Hu, Wenhao

    2015-07-01

    A highly efficient sequencing of catalytic asymmetric three-component reactions of alcohols, diazo compounds and aldimines/aldehydes with one-pot subsequent cyclization reactions was reported. The development of a robust and versatile Rh(ii)/Zr(iv)-BINOL co-catalytic system not only gives high diastereo- and enantioselective controls of the three-component reaction, but also shows excellent functionality tolerances that allow a wide range of functionalities to be pre-installed in each component and readily undergo one-pot subsequent cyclization reactions, thus providing rapid and diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) of different types of chiral nitrogen- and/or oxygen-containing polyfunctional heterocycles. PMID:25864421

  10. Recent applications of molecular imprinted polymers for enantio-selective recognition.

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    Cheong, Won Jo; Ali, Faiz; Choi, Ji Ho; Lee, Jin OoK; Yune Sung, Kim

    2013-03-15

    Molecular imprinted polymer (MIP) techniques have been increasingly used in a variety of fields including chromatography, sample pretreatment, purification, sensors, drug delivery, and catalysts, etc. MIP is a specific artificial receptor that shows favored affinity to the template molecule. The cavities of the template are produced by carrying out polymerization of a reaction mixture followed by eliminating the template molecules by washing. Various forms of MIP materials have been prepared for diverse applications including irregularly ground particles, regular spherical particles, nanoparticles, monoliths in a stainless steel or capillary column, open tubular layers in capillaries, membranes, surface attached thin layers, and composites, etc. When an enantiomer is used as the template, then the resulting MIP can show capability of enantiomeric recognition between the pair of enantiomers. In this review, progresses in applications of enantio-selective recognition by MIPs will be critically reviewed for the recent period since 2007. PMID:23598094

  11. Synergistic Cu-amine catalysis for the enantioselective synthesis of chiral cyclohexenones.

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    Quintard, A; Rodriguez, J

    2015-06-11

    An unprecedented utilization of 1,3-acetonedicarboxylic acid as a 1,3-bis-pro-nucleophile and a reactive acetone surrogate in enantioselective catalysis has been reported. By synergistically activating the ketodiacid by copper catalysis and an ?,?-unsaturated aldehyde by amine catalysis, an efficient domino di-decarboxylative Michael/aldol/dehydration sequence takes place leading to valuable chiral cyclohexenones in one single operation in 94 to 99% ee. PMID:25968341

  12. Chiral gold(I) vs chiral silver complexes as catalysts for the enantioselective synthesis of the second generation GSK-hepatitis C virus inhibitor

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    Martín-Rodríguez, María; de Cózar, Abel

    2011-01-01

    Summary The synthesis of a GSK 2nd generation inhibitor of the hepatitis C virus, by enantioselective 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between a leucine derived iminoester and tert-butyl acrylate, was studied. The comparison between silver(I) and gold(I) catalysts in this reaction was established by working with chiral phosphoramidites or with chiral BINAP. The best reaction conditions were used for the total synthesis of the hepatitis C virus inhibitor by a four step procedure affording this product in 99% ee and in 63% overall yield. The origin of the enantioselectivity of the chiral gold(I) catalyst was justified according to DFT calculations, the stabilizing coulombic interaction between the nitrogen atom of the thiazole moiety and one of the gold atoms being crucial. PMID:21915198

  13. Synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of potent and enantioselective sigma 1, and sigma 2 ligands.

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    Marrazzo, A; Prezzavento, O; Pasquinucci, L; Vittorio, F; Ronsisvalle, G

    2001-03-01

    In a previous study we found that substitutions of the (+)-cis-N-normetazocine nucleus of (+)-MPCB with 1-adamantanamine provide the compound (+/-)-10 with high affinity and selectivity for sigma receptors. Starting with this result we have synthesized a new series of eight 1-phenyl-2-cyclopropylmethylamines structurally related to (+/-)-10, and binding affinities, with respect to sigma 1, sigma 2, opioid and dopaminergic D2 receptors, have been reported. All compounds showed a negligible opioid and dopaminergic affinity and high selectivity for sigma receptors. Modifications on the amino moiety and methylcarboxyester group of 10 provide compounds with different sigma 1 and sigma 2 binding affinity and selectivity. Moreover, we have also synthesized the respective enantiomers of componds (+/-)-10 and (+/-)-18 in order to evaluate the enantioselectivity for sigma 1 and sigma 2 receptors. The binding data showed that carboxymethylester on the cyclopropane ring was more critical for enantioselectivity than the hydroxymethylenic group. In fact, the (-)-10 enantiomer showed a preference for sigma 1 whereas (+)-10 showed a preference for sigma 2. PMID:11409325

  14. Anionic cyclodextrins as versatile hosts for pharmaceutical nanotechnology: Synthesis, drug delivery, enantioselectivity, contrast agents for MRI.

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    Mavridis, Irene M; Yannakopoulou, Konstantina

    2015-08-15

    The review presents a full library of single-isomer primary rim per-carboxylate- and per-sulfate-?-, -?- and -?-cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives and their potential for pharmaceutical nanotechnology. Recent advances in cyclodextrin chemistry have enabled robust methods for the synthesis of single-isomer anionic CDs. Numerous nanobio-applications have been already reported for these negatively charged derivatives, which alone or in combination with other biodegradable molecular platforms can become important carriers for targeted drug delivery and release. Specialized applications are also discussed, such as chiral separations, as well as the ability of per-6-carboxylated-cyclodextrins to coordinate with metal cations and especially with lanthanide cations that makes them candidates as contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. PMID:26168706

  15. Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of chiral organic compounds of ultra-high purity of >99% ee.

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    Negishi, Ei-Ichi; Xu, Shiqing

    2015-01-01

    Shortly after the discovery of Zr-catalyzed carboalumination of alkynes in 1978, we sought expansion of the scope of this reaction so as to develop its alkene version for catalytic asymmetric C-C bond formation, namely the ZACA (Zr-catalyzed asymmetric carboalumination of alkenes). However, this seemingly easy task proved to be quite challenging. The ZACA reaction was finally discovered in 1995 by suppressing three competitive side reactions, i.e., (i) cyclic carbometalation, (ii) ?-H transfer hydrometalation, and (iii) alkene polymerization. The ZACA reaction has been used to significantly modernize and improve syntheses of various natural products including deoxypolypropionates and isoprenoids. This review focuses on our recent progress on the development of ZACA-lipase-catalyzed acetylation-transition metal-catalyzed cross-coupling processes for highly efficient and enantioselective syntheses of a wide range of chiral organic compounds with ultra-high enantiomeric purities. PMID:26460317

  16. Novel Chiral Bifunctional L-Thiazoline-Thiourea Derivatives: Design and Application in Enantioselective Michael Reactions.

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    Lai, Qi; Li, Yang; Gong, Zhiyong; Liu, Qingwen; Wei, Chiyu; Song, Zhiguang

    2015-12-01

    Several novel chiral bifunctional L-thiazoline-thiourea derivatives were easily synthesized from commercially available L-cysteine in high yield. These catalysts were subsequently applied to the enantioselective Michael addition of acetylacetone to ?-nitrostyrenes. The products with S configuration were obtained in 98% enantiomeric excess (ee) when the L-thiazoline-thiourea derivatives were used. A plausible transition state model is proposed to explain the observed enantioselectivities. Chirality 27:979-988, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26427336

  17. Enantioselective synthesis of chiral isotopomers of 1-alkanols by a ZACA-Cu-catalyzed cross-coupling protocol.

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    Xu, Shiqing; Oda, Akimichi; Negishi, Ei-ichi

    2014-12-01

    Chiral compounds arising from the replacement of hydrogen atoms by deuterium are very important in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Some of these chiral compounds have a non-measurable specific rotation, owing to very small differences between the isotopomeric groups, and exhibit cryptochirality. This particular class of compounds is difficult to synthesize and characterize. Herein, we present a catalytic and highly enantioselective conversion of terminal alkenes to various ? and more remote chiral isotopomers of 1-alkanols, with ?99?% enantiomeric excess (ee), by the Zr-catalyzed asymmetric carboalumination of alkenes (ZACA) and Cu-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. ZACA-in?situ iodinolysis of allyl alcohol and ZACA-in?situ oxidation of TBS-protected ?-alkene-1-ols protocols were applied to the synthesis of both (R)- and (S)-difunctional intermediates with 80-90?% ee. These intermediates were readily purified to provide enantiomerically pure (?99?% ee) compounds by lipase-catalyzed acetylation. These functionally rich intermediates serve as very useful synthons for the construction of various chiral isotopomers of 1-alkanols in excellent enantiomeric purity (?99?% ee) by introducing deuterium-labeled groups by Cu-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions without epimerization. PMID:25351794

  18. Simple Organic Molecules as Catalysts for Enantioselective Synthesis of Amines and Alcohols

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    Silverio, Daniel L.; Torker, Sebastian; Pilyugina, Tatiana; Vieira, Erika M.; Snapper, Marc L.; Haeffner, Fredrik; Hoveyda, Amir H.

    2012-01-01

    The discovery of new catalysts that can generate complex organic compounds via enantioselective transformations is central to advances in the life sciences;i for this reason, many chemists try to discover catalysts that can be used to produce chiral molecules with a strong preference for one mirror image isomer.ii The ideal catalyst should be devoid of precious elementsiii and should bring reactions to completion in a few hours using operationally simple procedures. In this manuscript, we introduce a set of small organic molecules that can catalyze reactions of unsaturated organoboron reagents with imines and carbonyls; the products of the reactions are enantiomerically pure amines and alcohols, which can be used to synthesize more complex, biologically active molecules. A distinguishing feature of this new catalyst class is the presence of a 'key' proton embedded within their structure. The catalyst is derived from the abundant amino acid valine and was prepared in large quantities in four steps using inexpensive reagents. Reactions are scalable, do not demand stringent conditions, and can be performed with as little as 0.25 mol % catalyst in less than six hours at room temperature to generate products in >85% yield and ?97:3 enantiomeric ratio. The efficiency, selectivity and operational simplicity of the transformations and the range of boron-based reagents render this advance vital to future progress in chemistry, biology and medicine. PMID:23407537

  19. Enantioselective Synthesis of the C(1)–C(11) Fragment of Tedanolide C

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    Geist, Julie G.; Barth, Roland

    2012-01-01

    A convergent synthesis of the protected C(1)–C(11) fragment 6 of the targeted enantiomer of tedanolide C is described. The key step of the synthesis is the Felkin-Ahn addition of vinyl iodide 7 to aldehyde 8 that proceeds in 80% yield with 4:1 diastereoselectivity. PMID:23249423

  20. Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of naturally occurring butenolides via hetero-allylic alkylation and ring closing metathesis.

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    Mao, Bin; Geurts, Koen; Fañanás-Mastral, Martín; van Zijl, Anthoni W; Fletcher, Stephen P; Minnaard, Adriaan J; Feringa, Ben L

    2011-03-01

    An efficient catalytic asymmetric synthesis of chiral ?-butenolides was developed based on the hetero-allylic asymmetric alkylation (h-AAA) in combination with ring closing metathesis (RCM). The synthetic potential of the h-AAA-RCM protocol was illustrated with the facile synthesis of (-)-whiskey lactone, (-)-cognac lactone, (-)-nephrosteranic acid, and (-)-roccellaric acid. PMID:21268603

  1. A highly enantioselective Biginelli reaction using self-assembled methanoproline-thiourea organocatalysts: asymmetric synthesis of 6-isopropyl-3,4-dihydropyrimidines.

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    Hang, Zhijun; Zhu, Jun; Lian, Xiang; Xu, Peng; Yu, Han; Han, Sheng

    2015-12-15

    An efficient self-assembled methanoproline-thiourea organocatalyst for the synthesis of optically active 6-isopropyl-3,4-dihydro-pyrimidines via an asymmetric Biginelli reaction was developed, which is superior to the individual precatalyst. A wide range of optically active 6-isopropyl-3,4-dihydropyrimidines with remarkable pharmacological interest was obtained in high yields with excellent enantioselectivities (up to 99% ee). A plausible transition state has been proposed to explain the origin of the activation and the asymmetric induction. PMID:26498376

  2. Enantioselective Synthesis of Axially Chiral Biaryls by the Pd- Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura Reaction: Substrate Scope and Quantum Mechanical Investigations

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    Shen, Xiaoqiang

    We report efficient syntheses of axially chiral biaryl amides in yields ranging from 80?92%, and with enantioselectivity in the range 88?94% ee employing an asymmetric Suzuki?Miyaura process with Pd(OAc)[subscript 2] and ...

  3. Concise and Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (?)-Mehranine, (?)-Methylenebismehranine, and Related Aspidosperma Alkaloids**

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    Mewald, Marius; Medley, Jonathan William; Movassaghi, Mohammad

    2014-01-01

    We report an efficient and highly stereoselective synthetic strategy for the synthesis of aspidosperma alkaloids based on the transannular cyclization of a chiral lactam precursor. Three new stereocenters are formed in this key step with excellent level of diastereoselection due to the conformational bias of the cyclization precursor, leading to a versatile pentacyclic intermediate. A subsequent stereoselective epoxidation followed by a mild formamide reduction enabled the first total synthesis of the aspidosperma alkaloids (?)-mehranine and (+)-(6S,7S)-dihydroxy-N-methylaspidospermidine. A late-stage scandium trifluoromethanesulfonate-mediated dimerization of (?)-mehranine enabled the first total synthesis of (?)-methylenebismehranine. PMID:25196158

  4. Concise and enantioselective total synthesis of (-)-mehranine, (-)-methylenebismehranine, and related Aspidosperma alkaloids.

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    Mewald, Marius; Medley, Jonathan William; Movassaghi, Mohammad

    2014-10-20

    We report an efficient and highly stereoselective strategy for the synthesis of Aspidosperma alkaloids based on the transannular cyclization of a chiral lactam precursor. Three new stereocenters are formed in this key step with excellent diastereoselectivity due to the conformational bias of the cyclization precursor, leading to a versatile pentacyclic intermediate. A subsequent stereoselective epoxidation followed by a mild formamide reduction enabled the first total synthesis of the Aspidosperma alkaloids (-)-mehranine and (+)-(6S,7S)-dihydroxy-N-methylaspidospermidine. A late-stage dimerization of (-)-mehranine mediated by scandium trifluoromethanesulfonate completed the first total synthesis of (-)-methylenebismehranine. PMID:25196158

  5. Enantioselective Total Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of (+)-Kibdelone A and a Tetrahydroxanthone Analogue

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    Winter, Dana K.; Endoma-Arias, Mary Ann; Hudlicky, Tomas; Beutler, John A.; Porco, John A.

    2013-01-01

    The total synthesis of kibdelone A has been accomplished using In(III)-catalyzed arylation of a heterocyclic quinone monoketal and iodine-mediated oxidative photochemical electrocyclization for construction of the ABCD ring moiety. Enzymatic dihydroxylation of methyl 2-halobenzoate substrates was employed for synthesis of activated 2-halo-cyclohexene F-ring fragments. A one pot oxa-Michael-Friedel-Crafts process allowed access to the first simplified analogues of the kibdelones PMID:23834060

  6. Enantioselective Synthesis of ?-Secondary and ?-Tertiary Piperazin-2-ones and Piperazines by Catalytic Asymmetric Allylic Alkylation

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    Korch, Katerina M.; Eidamshaus, Christian; Behenna, Douglas C.; Nam, Sangkil; Horne, David

    2014-01-01

    The asymmetric Pd-catalyzed decarboxylative allylic alkylation of differentially N-protected piperazin-2-ones allows for the synthesis of a variety of highly enantioenriched tertiary piperazine-2-ones. Deprotection and reduction affords the corresponding tertiary piperazines, which can be employed for the synthesis of medicinally important analogs. The introduction of these chiral tertiary piperazines resulted in imatinib analogs that exhibited comparable antiproliferative activity to that of their corresponding imatinib counterparts. PMID:25382664

  7. Enantioselective synthesis of (10S)- and (10R)-methyl-anandamides

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    Nikas, Spyros P.; D’Souza, Marsha; Makriyannis, Alexandros

    2013-01-01

    For the development of novel endocannabinoid templates with potential resistance to hydrolytic and oxidative metabolism, we are targeting the bis-allylic carbons of the arachidonoyl skeleton. Toward this end, we recently disclosed the synthesis and preliminary biological data for the (13S)-methyl-anandamide. We report now the total synthesis of the (10S)- and (10R)-methyl-counterparts. Our synthetic approach is stereospecific, efficient, and provides the analogs without the need for resolution. Peptide coupling, P-2 nickel partial hydrogenation, and cis-selective Wittig olefination are the key steps. PMID:24319298

  8. Enantioselective Synthesis of Four Stereoisomers of Sulfinyl Ferrocenyl Quinones with Central, Planar, and Helical Chirality.

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    Del Hoyo, Ana M; Urbano, Antonio; Carreño, M Carmen

    2016-01-01

    Four stereoisomers of sulfinyl ferrocenyl-substituted helicenequinones having central, planar, and helical elements of chirality were stereoselectively formed, in one step, from reaction between enantiopure sulfinyl ferrocenyl dienes and a sulfinyl quinone. Asymmetric synthesis, kinetic resolution, or chemical resolution processes occurred in sequential cycloaddition, sulfoxide elimination, and partial aromatization steps. PMID:26652305

  9. Enantioselective Synthesis of ?-Aminosilanes by Copper-Catalyzed Hydroamination of Vinylsilanes**

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    Niljianskul, Nootaree; Zhu, Shaolin; Buchwald, Stephen L.

    2015-01-01

    The synthesis of ?-aminosilanes by a highly enantio- and regioselective copper-catalyzed hydroamination of vinylsilanes is reported. The system employs Cu-DTBM-SEG-PHOS as the catalyst, diethoxymethylsilane as the stoichiometric reductant, and O-benzoylhydroxylamines as the electrophilic nitrogen source. This hydroamination reaction is compatible with differentially substituted vinylsilanes, thus providing access to amino acid mimics and other valuable chiral organosilicon compounds. PMID:25475991

  10. Enantioselective synthesis of benzofurans and benzoxazines via an olefin cross-metathesis-intramolecular oxo-Michael reaction.

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    Zhang, Jun-Wei; Cai, Quan; Gu, Qing; Shi, Xiao-Xin; You, Shu-Li

    2013-09-11

    Chiral phosphoric acid and Hoveyda-Grubbs II were found to catalyze an olefin cross-metathesis-intramolecular oxo-Michael cascade reaction of the ortho-allylphenols and enones to provide a variety of benzofuran and benzoxazine derivatives in moderate to good yields and enantioselectivity. PMID:23884172

  11. N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Copper-Catalyzed Group-, Site-, and Enantioselective Allylic Substitution with a Readily Accessible Propargyl(pinacolato)boron Reagent: Utility in Stereoselective Synthesis and Mechanistic Attributes.

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    Shi, Ying; Jung, Byunghyuck; Torker, Sebastian; Hoveyda, Amir H

    2015-07-22

    The first instances of catalytic allylic substitution reactions involving a propargylic nucleophilic component are presented; reactions are facilitated by 5.0 mol % of a catalyst derived from a chiral N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and a copper chloride salt. A silyl-containing propargylic organoboron compound, easily prepared in multigram quantities, serves as the reagent. Aryl- and heteroaryl-substituted disubstituted alkenes within allylic phosphates and those with an alkyl or a silyl group can be used. Functional groups typically sensitive to hard nucleophilic reagents are tolerated, particularly in the additions to disubstituted alkenes. Reactions may be performed on the corresponding trisubstituted alkenes, affording quaternary carbon stereogenic centers. Incorporation of the propargylic group is generally favored (vs allenyl addition; 89:11 to >98:2 selectivity); 1,5-enynes can be isolated in 75-90% yield, 87:13 to >98:2 SN2'/SN2 (branched/linear) selectivity and 83:17-99:1 enantiomeric ratio. Utility is showcased by conversion of the alkynyl group to other useful functional units (e.g., homoallenyl and Z-homoalkenyl iodide), direct access to which by other enantioselective protocols would otherwise entail longer routes. Application to stereoselective synthesis of the acyclic portion of antifungal agent plakinic acid A, containing two remotely positioned stereogenic centers, by sequential use of two different NHC-Cu-catalyzed enantioselective allylic substitution (EAS) reactions further highlights utility. Mechanistic investigations (density functional theory calculations and deuterium labeling) point to a bridging function for an alkali metal cation connecting the sulfonate anion and a substrate's phosphate group to form the branched propargyl addition products as the dominant isomers via Cu(III) ?-allyl intermediate complexes. PMID:26172476

  12. Molecular Bases of Enantioselectivity of Haloalkane Dehalogenase DbjA

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    Sato, Yukari; Natsume, Ryo; Prokop, Zbynek; Brezovsky, Jan; Chaloupkova, Radka; Damborsky, Jiri; Nagata, Yuji; Senda, Toshiya

    Enzymes are widely used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and food additives because they can catalyze high enantioselective transformations. In order to construct selective enzymes by protein engineering, it is important to understand the molecular basis of enzyme-substrate interactions that contribute to enantioselectivity. The haloalkane dehalogenase DbjA showed high enantioselectivity for two racemic mixtures: ?-bromoesters and ?-bromoalkanes. Thermodynamic analysis, protein crystallography, and computer simulations indicated that DbjA carries two bases for the enantiodiscrimination of each racemic mixture. This study helps us understand the molecular basis of the enantioselectivity and opens up new possibilities for constructing enantiospecific biocatalysts through protein engineering.

  13. Phosphine-Catalyzed Doubly Stereoconvergent ?-Additions of Racemic Heterocycles to Racemic Allenoates: The Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Protected ?,?-Disubstituted ?-Amino Acid Derivatives.

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    Kalek, Marcin; Fu, Gregory C

    2015-07-29

    Methods have recently been developed for the phosphine-catalyzed asymmetric ?-addition of nucleophiles to readily available allenoates and alkynoates to generate useful ?,?-unsaturated carbonyl compounds that bear a stereogenic center in either the ? or the ? position (but not both) with high stereoselectivity. The utility of this approach would be enhanced considerably if the stereochemistry at both termini of the new bond could be controlled effectively. In this report, we describe the achievement of this objective, specifically, that a chiral phosphepine can catalyze the stereoconvergent ?-addition of a racemic nucleophile to a racemic electrophile; through the choice of an appropriate heterocycle as the nucleophilic partner, this new method enables the synthesis of protected ?,?-disubstituted ?-amino acid derivatives in good yield, diastereoselectivity, and enantioselectivity. PMID:26192217

  14. Phosphine-Catalyzed Doubly Stereoconvergent ?-Additions of Racemic Heterocycles to Racemic Allenoates: The Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Protected ?,?-Disubstituted ?-Amino Acid Derivatives

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    2015-01-01

    Methods have recently been developed for the phosphine-catalyzed asymmetric ?-addition of nucleophiles to readily available allenoates and alkynoates to generate useful ?,?-unsaturated carbonyl compounds that bear a stereogenic center in either the ? or the ? position (but not both) with high stereoselectivity. The utility of this approach would be enhanced considerably if the stereochemistry at both termini of the new bond could be controlled effectively. In this report, we describe the achievement of this objective, specifically, that a chiral phosphepine can catalyze the stereoconvergent ?-addition of a racemic nucleophile to a racemic electrophile; through the choice of an appropriate heterocycle as the nucleophilic partner, this new method enables the synthesis of protected ?,?-disubstituted ?-amino acid derivatives in good yield, diastereoselectivity, and enantioselectivity. PMID:26192217

  15. Synthetic applications of enantioselective protonation and case study for (S)-alpha-damascone.

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    Fehr, Charles; Randall, Harvey

    2008-06-01

    Among the fragrance compounds synthesized by enantioselective protonation, (S)-alpha-damascone, (R)-muscone, and (S,S)-Vulcanolide are the most prominent ones. (S)-alpha-damascone has been prepared by four different procedures: from the magnesium enolate, from the lithium enolate, from the enol, and from the corresponding thiol ester. We now present a new, industrially viable protocol for the addition of allyl magnesium chloride to the 'cyclogeranoketene' by a Barbier reaction, followed by protonation of the ensuing magnesium enolate by an aggregate formed from (-)-N-isopropylephedrine, lithium isopropylate, and acetic acid, furnishing (S)-alpha-damascone in 91% yield and with 71% ee. PMID:18618390

  16. Enantioselective Synthesis of Spiroindenes by Enol-Directed Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C–H Functionalization and Spiroannulation

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    Reddy Chidipudi, Suresh; Burns, David J; Khan, Imtiaz; Lam, Hon Wai

    2015-01-01

    Chiral cyclopentadienyl rhodium complexes promote highly enantioselective enol-directed C(sp2)-H functionalization and oxidative annulation with alkynes to give spiroindenes containing all-carbon quaternary stereocenters. High selectivity between two possible directing groups, as well as control of the direction of rotation in the isomerization of an O-bound rhodium enolate into the C-bound isomer, appear to be critical for high enantiomeric excesses. PMID:26404643

  17. A Versatile Organocatalytic Approach for the Synthesis of Enantioenriched gem-Difluorinated Compounds.

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    Saulnier, Steve; Ciardi, Moira; Lopez-Carrillo, Veronica; Gualandi, Andrea; Cozzi, Pier Giorgio

    2015-09-21

    The combination of a practical and highly enantioselective organocatalytic reaction, which allows the stereoselective introduction of a benzodithiol group, with a fluorination step, gives a new and effective strategy for the stereoselective synthesis of difluorinated building blocks. The benzodithiol group is a versatile and chameleonic group that can be further functionalized before fluorination, giving customized and tailored useful synthetic strategies. As an example of the application of this facile strategy, the effective enantioselective synthesis of difluoroarundic acid is described. PMID:26239866

  18. Cloning and Characterization of a Novel Esterase from Rhodococcus sp. for Highly Enantioselective Synthesis of a Chiral Cilastatin Precursor

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    Zhang, Yan; Pan, Jiang; Luan, Zheng-Jiao; Park, Sunghoon

    2014-01-01

    A novel nonheme chloroperoxidase (RhEst1), with promiscuous esterase activity for enantioselective hydrolysis of ethyl (S)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxylate, was identified from a shotgun library of Rhodococcus sp. strain ECU1013. RhEst1 was overexpressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3), purified to homogeneity, and functionally characterized. Fingerprinting analysis revealed that RhEst1 prefers para-nitrophenyl (pNP) esters of short-chain acyl groups. pNP esters with a cyclic acyl moiety, especially that with a cyclobutanyl group, were also substrates for RhEst1. The Km values for methyl 2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxylate (DmCpCm) and ethyl 2,2-dimethylcyclopropane carboxylate (DmCpCe) were 0.25 and 0.43 mM, respectively. RhEst1 could serve as an efficient hydrolase for the bioproduction of optically pure (S)-2,2-dimethyl cyclopropane carboxylic acid (DmCpCa), which is an important chiral building block for cilastatin. As much as 0.5 M DmCpCe was enantioselectively hydrolyzed into (S)-DmCpCa, with a molar yield of 47.8% and an enantiomeric excess (ee) of 97.5%, indicating an extremely high enantioselectivity (E = 240) of this novel and unique biocatalyst for green manufacturing of highly valuable chiral chemicals. PMID:25239898

  19. Organocatalytic, diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of nonsymmetric cis-stilbene diamines: a platform for the preparation of single-enantiomer cis-imidazolines for protein-protein inhibition.

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    Vara, Brandon A; Mayasundari, Anand; Tellis, John C; Danneman, Michael W; Arredondo, Vanessa; Davis, Tyler A; Min, Jaeki; Finch, Kristin; Guy, R Kiplin; Johnston, Jeffrey N

    2014-08-01

    The finding by scientists at Hoffmann-La Roche that cis-imidazolines could disrupt the protein-protein interaction between p53 and MDM2, thereby inducing apoptosis in cancer cells, raised considerable interest in this scaffold over the past decade. Initial routes to these small molecules (i.e., Nutlin-3) provided only the racemic form, with enantiomers being enriched by chromatographic separation using high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) and a chiral stationary phase. Reported here is the first application of an enantioselective aza-Henry approach to nonsymmetric cis-stilbene diamines and cis-imidazolines. Two novel mono(amidine) organocatalysts (MAM) were discovered to provide high levels of enantioselection (>95% ee) across a broad range of substrate combinations. Furthermore, the versatility of the aza-Henry strategy for preparing nonsymmetric cis-imidazolines is illustrated by a comparison of the roles of aryl nitromethane and aryl aldimine in the key step, which revealed unique substrate electronic effects providing direction for aza-Henry substrate-catalyst matching. This method was used to prepare highly substituted cis-4,5-diaryl imidazolines that project unique aromatic rings, and these were evaluated for MDM2-p53 inhibition in a fluorescence polarization assay. The diversification of access to cis-stilbene diamine-derived imidazolines provided by this platform should streamline their further development as chemical tools for disrupting protein-protein interactions. PMID:25017623

  20. Biomimetic superhelical conducting microfibers with homochirality for enantioselective sensing.

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    Zou, Wenjun; Yan, Yong; Fang, Jin; Yang, Yang; Liang, Jie; Deng, Ke; Yao, Jianlin; Wei, Zhixiang

    2014-01-15

    Chiral amplification and discrimination are great challenges in both scientific and technological research fields such as chemical synthesis, chiral catalysis, and biomedicine. By mimicking protein superstructures in nature, chiral conducting polyaniline (PANI) molecules induced by chiral dopants were self-assembled to ultra-ordered superhelical microfibers. The induced homochirality is observed to be amplified into different hierarchies, from chiral molecules to helical nanostructures, and to superhelical microstructures. Furthermore, both experimental and theoretical results indicated that the gas sensor made from a single PANI helical microfiber showed enantioselective discrimination to chiral aminohexane, giving it great potential for applications in online chiral discrimination. PMID:24370236

  1. Catalytic Enantioselective Nitroso Diels-Alder Reaction.

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    Maji, Biplab; Yamamoto, Hisashi

    2015-12-23

    The nitroso Diels-Alder (NDA) reaction is an attractive strategy for the synthesis of 3,6-dihydro-1,2-oxazines and 1-amino-4-hydroxy-2-ene derivatives. Herein we report the Cu(I)-DTBM-Segphos catalyzed asymmetric intermolecular NDA reaction of variously substituted cyclic 1,3-dienes using highly reactive nitroso compounds derived from pyrimidine and pyridazine derivatives. In most of the cases studied, the cycloadducts were obtained in high yields (up to 99%) with very high regio-, diastereo-, and enantioselectivities (up to regioselectivity > 99:1, d.r. > 99:1, and >99% ee). As an application of this methodology, formal syntheses of conduramine A-1 and narciclasine were accomplished. PMID:26609961

  2. Catalytic asymmetric difunctionalization of stable tertiary enamides with salicylaldehydes: highly efficient, enantioselective, and diastereoselective synthesis of diverse 4-chromanol derivatives.

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    He, Ling; Zhao, Liang; Wang, De-Xian; Wang, Mei-Xiang

    2014-11-21

    Catalyzed by a chiral BINOL-Ti(OiPr)4 complex, various stable tertiary enamides reacted with salicylaldehydes to afford diverse cis,trans-configured 4-chromanols that contain three continuous stereogenic centers in good yields with excellent diastereoselectivity and enantioselectivity. The reaction proceeded through the addition of enamide to aldehyde followed by the intramolecular interception of the resulting iminium by the hydroxy group. Oxidation of the resulting 4-chromanols yielded almost quantitatively chroman-4-one derivatives which underwent diastereospecific reduction with NaBH4 to produce cis,cis-configured 4-chromanols. PMID:25358127

  3. Enantioselective Synthesis of syn-?-Aryl-?-hydroxy Weinreb Amides: Catalytic Asymmetric Roskamp Reaction of ?-Aryl Diazo Weinreb Amides.

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    Shin, Sung Ho; Baek, Eun Hee; Hwang, Geum-Sook; Ryu, Do Hyun

    2015-10-01

    A convenient one-pot procedure to synthesize a variety of highly optically active syn-?-aryl-?-hydroxy Weinreb amides using an asymmetric Roskamp/reduction strategy is described. An oxazaborolidinium ion catalyzed asymmetric Roskamp reaction of ?-aryl diazo Weinreb amides with aldehydes produced ?-phenyl-?-keto Weinreb amides, which were in situ reduced with zinc borohydride to give syn-?-aryl-?-hydroxy Weinreb amides in good yields (up to 87%) with high enantioselectivities (up to 99% ee) and syn stereoselectivities (>20:1). PMID:26393875

  4. Biocatalytic synthesis of C3 chiral building blocks by chloroperoxidase-catalyzed enantioselective halo-hydroxylation and epoxidation in the presence of ionic liquids.

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    Liu, Yan; Wang, Yali; Jiang, Yucheng; Hu, Mancheng; Li, Shuni; Zhai, Quanguo

    2015-01-01

    The optically active C3 synthetic blocks are remarkably versatile intermediates for the synthesis of numerous pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. This work provides a simple and efficient enzymatic synthetic route for the environment-friendly synthesis of C3 chiral building blocks. Chloroperoxidase (CPO)-catalyzed enantioselective halo-hydroxylation and epoxidation of chloropropene and allyl alcohol was employed to prepare C3 chiral building blocks in this work, including (R)-2,3-dichloro-1-propanol (DCP*), (R)-2,3-epoxy-1-propanol (GLD*), and (R)-3-chloro-1-2-propanediol (CPD*). The ee values of the formed C3 chiral building blocks DCP*, CPD*, and glycidol were 98.1, 97.5, and 96.7%, respectively. Moreover, the use of small amount of imidazolium ionic liquid enhanced the yield efficiently due to the increase of solubility of hydrophobic organic substrates in aqueous reaction media, as well as the improvement of affinity and selectivity of CPO to substrate. PMID:25826799

  5. Palladacyclic Imidazoline-Naphthalene Complexes: Synthesis and Catalytic Performance in Pd(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Reactions of Allylic Trichloroacetimidates

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    Cannon, Jeffrey S.; Frederich, James H.; Overman, Larry E.

    2012-01-01

    A new family of air- and moisture-stable enantiopure C,N-palladacycles (PIN-acac complexes) were prepared in good overall yield in three steps from 2-iodo-1-naphthoic acid and enantiopure ?-amino alcohols. Three of these PIN complexes were characterized by single-crystal X-ray analysis. As anticipated, the naphthalene and imidazoline rings of PIN-acac complexes 18a and 18b were canted significantly from planarity and projected the imidazoline substituents R1 and R2 on opposite faces of the palladium square plane. Fifteen PIN complexes were evaluated as catalysts for the rearrangement of prochiral (E)-allylic trichloroacetimidate 19 (eq 2) and the SN2? allylic substitution of acetic acid with prochiral (Z)-allylic trichloroacetimidate 23. Although these complexes were kinetically poor catalysts for the Overman rearrangement, they were good catalysts for the allylic substitution reaction, providing branched allylic esters in high yield. However, enantioselectivities were low to moderate and significantly less than that realized with palladacyclic complexes of the COP family. Computational studies support an anti-acetoxypalladation/syn-deoxypalladation mechanism analogous to that observed with COP catalysts. The computational study further suggests that optimizing steric influence in the vicinity of the carbon ligand of a chiral C,N-palladacycle, rather than near the nitrogen heterocycle, is the direction to pursue in future development of improved enantioselective catalysts of this motif. PMID:22288535

  6. Concise Enantioselective Synthesis of Oxygenated Steroids via Sequential Copper(II)-Catalyzed Michael Addition/Intramolecular Aldol Cyclization Reactions

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    Cichowicz, Nathan R.; Kaplan, Will; Khomutnyk, Yaroslav; Bhattarai, Bijay; Sun, Zhankui; Nagorny, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    A new scalable enantioselective approach to functionalized oxygenated steroids is described. This strategy is based on chiral bis(oxazoline) copper(II) complex-catalyzed enantioselective and diastereoselective Michael reactions of cyclic ketoesters and enones to install vicinal quaternary and tertiary stereocenters. In addition, the utility of copper(II) salts as highly active catalysts for the Michael reactions of traditionally unreactive ???-enones and substituted ???-ketoesters that results in unprecedented Michael adducts containing vicinal all-carbon quaternary centers is also demonstrated. The Michael adducts subsequently undergo base-promoted diastereoselective aldol cascade reactions resulting in the natural or unnatural steroid skeletons. The experimental and computational studies suggest that the torsional strain effects arising from the presence of the ?5-unsaturation are key controling elements for the formation of the natural cardenolide scaffold. The described method enables expedient generation of polycyclic molecules including modified steroidal scaffolds as well as challenging-to-synthesize Hajos-Parrish and Wieland-Miescher ketones. PMID:26491886

  7. Concise Enantioselective Synthesis of Oxygenated Steroids via Sequential Copper(II)-Catalyzed Michael Addition/Intramolecular Aldol Cyclization Reactions.

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    Cichowicz, Nathan R; Kaplan, Will; Khomutnyk, Yaroslav; Bhattarai, Bijay; Sun, Zhankui; Nagorny, Pavel

    2015-11-18

    A new scalable enantioselective approach to functionalized oxygenated steroids is described. This strategy is based on chiral bis(oxazoline) copper(II) complex-catalyzed enantioselective and diastereoselective Michael reactions of cyclic ketoesters and enones to install vicinal quaternary and tertiary stereocenters. In addition, the utility of copper(II) salts as highly active catalysts for the Michael reactions of traditionally unreactive ?,?'-enones and substituted ?,?'-ketoesters that results in unprecedented Michael adducts containing vicinal all-carbon quaternary centers is also demonstrated. The Michael adducts subsequently undergo base-promoted diastereoselective aldol cascade reactions resulting in the natural or unnatural steroid skeletons. The experimental and computational studies suggest that the torsional strain effects arising from the presence of the ?(5)-unsaturation are key controlling elements for the formation of the natural cardenolide scaffold. The described method enables expedient generation of polycyclic molecules including modified steroidal scaffolds as well as challenging-to-synthesize Hajos-Parrish and Wieland-Miescher ketones. PMID:26491886

  8. Total synthesis and study of myrmicarin alkaloids

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    Ondrus, Alison Evelynn, 1981-

    2009-01-01

    I. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Tricyclic Myrmicarin Alkaloids An enantioselective gram-scale synthesis of a key dihydroindolizine intermediate for the preparation of myrmicarin alkaloids is described. Key transformations ...

  9. New phosphine-diamine and phosphine-amino-alcohol tridentate ligands for ruthenium catalysed enantioselective hydrogenation of ketones and a concise lactone synthesis enabled by asymmetric reduction of cyano-ketones

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    2012-01-01

    Enantioselective hydrogenation of ketones is a key reaction in organic chemistry. In the past, we have attempted to deal with some unsolved challenges in this arena by introducing chiral tridentate phosphine-diamine/Ru catalysts. New catalysts and new applications are presented here, including the synthesis of phosphine-amino-alcohol P,N,OH ligands derived from (R,S)-1-amino-2-indanol, (S,S)-1-amino-2-indanol and a new chiral P,N,N ligand derived from (R,R)-1,2-diphenylethylenediamine. Ruthenium pre-catalysts of type [RuCl2(L)(DMSO)] were isolated and then examined in the hydrogenation of ketones. While the new P,N,OH ligand based catalysts are poor, the new P,N,N system gives up to 98% e.e. on substrates that do not react at all with most catalysts. A preliminary attempt at realising a new delta lactone synthesis by organocatalytic Michael addition between acetophenone and acrylonitrile, followed by asymmetric hydrogenation of the nitrile functionalised ketone is challenging in part due to the Michael addition chemistry, but also since Noyori pressure hydrogenation catalysts gave massively reduced reactivity relative to their performance for other acetophenone derivatives. The Ru phosphine-diamine system allowed quantitative conversion and around 50% e.e. The product can be converted into a delta lactone by treatment with KOH with complete retention of enantiomeric excess. This approach potentially offers access to this class of chiral molecules in three steps from the extremely cheap building blocks acrylonitrile and methyl-ketones; we encourage researchers to improve on our efforts in this potentially useful but currently flawed process. PMID:23216944

  10. Enantioselective synthesis of d-?-amino amides from aliphatic aldehydes† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5sc00064e Click here for additional data file. Click here for additional data file.

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    Schwieter, Kenneth E.

    2015-01-01

    Peptides consisting of d-amino amides are highly represented among both biologically active natural products and non-natural small molecules used in therapeutic development. Chemical synthesis of d-amino amides most often involves approaches based on enzymatic resolution or fractional recrystallization of their diastereomeric amino acid salt precursors, techniques that produce an equal amount of the l-amino acid. Enantioselective synthesis, however, promises selective and general access to a specific ?-amino amide, and may enable efficient peptide synthesis regardless of the availability of the corresponding ?-amino acid. This report describes the use of a cinchona alkaloid-catalyzed aza-Henry reaction using bromonitromethane, and the integration of its product with umpolung amide synthesis. The result is a straightforward 3-step protocol beginning from aliphatic aldehydes that provides homologated peptides bearing an aliphatic side chain at the resulting d-?-amino amide. PMID:25838883

  11. Palladium-Catalyzed Decarbonylative Dehydration for the Synthesis of ?-Vinyl Carbonyl Compounds and Total Synthesis of (-)-Aspewentins?A, B, and C.

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    Liu, Yiyang; Virgil, Scott C; Grubbs, Robert H; Stoltz, Brian M

    2015-09-28

    The direct ?-vinylation of carbonyl compounds to form a quaternary stereocenter is a challenging transformation. It was discovered that ?-oxocarboxylic acids can serve as masked vinyl compounds and be unveiled by palladium-catalyzed decarbonylative dehydration. The carboxylic acids are readily available through enantioselective acrylate addition or asymmetric allylic alkylation. A variety of ?-vinyl quaternary carbonyl compounds are obtained in good yields, and an application in the first enantioselective total synthesis of (-)-aspewentins?A, B, and C is demonstrated. PMID:26230413

  12. Voice synthesis application

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    Lightstone, P.C.; Davidson, W.M.

    1982-01-27

    Selection of a speech synthesis system as an augmentation for a perimeter security device is described. Criteria used in selection of a system are discussed. The final system is a speech 1000 speech synthesizer board that has a 2000 word speech lexicon, a first time charge of $75 for a 32 K EPROM of custom words, and extra features such as an alternate command to adjust desired listening level.

  13. Chiral Lithiated Allylic ?-Sulfonyl Carbanions: Experimental and Computational Study of Their Structure, Configurational Stability, and Enantioselective Synthesis.

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    Gerhards, Frank; Griebel, Nicole; Runsink, Jan; Raabe, Gerhard; Gais, Hans-Joachim

    2015-12-01

    X-ray crystal structure analysis of the lithiated allylic ?-sulfonyl carbanions [CH2 ?CHC(Me)SO2 Ph]Li?diglyme, [cC6 H8 SO2 tBu]Li?PMDETA and [cC7 H10 SO2 tBu]Li?PMDETA showed dimeric and monomeric CIPs, having nearly planar anionic C atoms, only O?Li bonds, almost planar allylic units with strong C?C bond length alternation and the s-trans conformation around C1?C2. They adopt a C1?S conformation, which is similar to the one generally found for alkyl and aryl substituted ?-sulfonyl carbanions. Cryoscopy of [EtCH?CHC(Et)SO2 tBu]Li in THF at 164?K revealed an equilibrium between monomers and dimers in a ratio of 83:17, which is similar to the one found by low temperature NMR spectroscopy. According to NMR spectroscopy the lone-pair orbital at C1 strongly interacts with the C?C double bond. Low temperature (6) Li,(1) H NOE experiments of [EtCH?CHC(Et)SO2 tBu]Li in THF point to an equilibrium between monomeric CIPs having only O?Li bonds and CIPs having both O?Li and C1?Li bonds. Ab initio calculation of [MeCH?CHC(Me)SO2 Me]Li?(Me2 O)2 gave three isomeric CIPs having the s-trans conformation and three isomeric CIPs having the s-cis conformation around the C1?C2 bond. All s-trans isomers are more stable than the s-cis isomers. At all levels of theory the s-trans isomer having O?Li and C1?Li bonds is the most stable one followed by the isomer which has two O?Li bonds. The allylic unit of the C,O,Li isomer shows strong bond length alternation and the C1 atom is in contrast to the O,Li isomer significantly pyramidalized. According to NBO analysis of the s-trans and s-cis isomers, the interaction of the lone pair at C1 with the ?* orbital of the CC double bond is energetically much more favorable than that with the "empty" orbitals at the Li atom. The C1?S and C1?C2 conformations are determined by the stereoelectronic effects nC -?SR * interaction and allylic conjugation. (1) H DNMR spectroscopy of racemic [EtCH?CHC(Et)SO2 tBu]Li, [iPrCH?CHC(iPr)SO2 tBu]Li and [EtCH?C(Me)C(Et)SO2 tBu]Li in [D8 ]THF gave estimated barriers of enantiomerization of ?G(?) =13.2?kcal?mol(-1) (270?K), 14.2?kcal?mol(-1) (291?K) and 14.2?kcal?mol(-1) (295?K), respectively. Deprotonation of sulfone (R)-EtCH?CHCH(Et)SO2 tBu (94?% ee) with nBuLi in THF at -105?°C occurred with a calculated enantioselectivity of 93?% ee and gave carbanion (M)-[EtCH?CHC(Et)SO2 tBu]Li, the deuteration and alkylation of which with CF3 CO2 D and MeOCH2 I, respectively, proceeded with high enantioselectivities. Time-dependent deuteration of the enantioenriched carbanion (M)-[EtCH?CHC(Et)SO2 tBu]Li in THF gave a racemization barrier of ?G(?) =12.5?kcal?mol(-1) (168?K), which translates to a calculated half-time of racemization of t1/2 =12?min at -105?°C. PMID:26494207

  14. DOI: 10.1002/chem.200900776 Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Brevetoxin A: Unified Strategy for the B,

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    and hydroxyl substituents appended, have captured the imagination of synthetic chemists for over two decades that ultimately led to the completed total synthesis of 1.[7] Described herein is the de- velopment of scalable

  15. Stereoselective synthesis of multisubstituted alkenes via ring opening reactions of cyclopropenes. Enantioselective copper catalysed asymmetric reduction of alkenylheteroarenes. 

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    Wang, Yi

    2010-01-01

    A catalytic organometallic addition-ring opening sequence of cyclopropenes that enables the efficient and highly stereoselective synthesis of multisubstituted alkenes has been developed. A possible mechanism of organoaluminium reaction is proposed...

  16. Synthesis of Ferrocene Oxazoline N,O ligands and Their Application in Asymmetric Ethyl- and Phenylzinc Additions to Aldehydes.

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    Nottingham, Chris; Benson, Robert; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Guiry, Patrick J

    2015-10-16

    The synthesis of a range of novel gem-disubstituted ferrocene-oxazoline ligands and their application in both the asymmetric ethyl- and phenylzinc additions to aldehydes is reported. These studies reveal that gem-disubstitution of i-Pr-containing ferrocene oxazoline ligands results in increased enantioselectivity compared to their unsubstituted counterparts. Utilizing zinc catalysis, these ligands provided a wide range of secondary alcohols in yields of up to 93% with ee's of up to >99%. An interesting crystal structure of a ferrocene oxide-lithium tetramer showing lithium-nitrogen coordination in the solid state is also presented. PMID:26324068

  17. Regio- and enantioselective synthesis of N-substituted pyrazoles by rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric addition to allenes.

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    Haydl, Alexander M; Xu, Kun; Breit, Bernhard

    2015-06-01

    The rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric N-selective coupling of pyrazole derivatives with terminal allenes gives access to enantioenriched secondary and tertiary allylic pyrazoles, which can be employed for the synthesis of medicinally important targets. The reaction tolerates a large variety of functional groups and labelling experiments gave insights into the reaction mechanism. This new methodology was further applied in a highly efficient synthesis of JAK?1/2 inhibitor (R)-ruxolitinib. PMID:25926026

  18. Quantitative enantioselective Raman spectroscopy.

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    Kiefer, J

    2015-08-01

    Analytical methods for quantitative enantioselective measurements are highly desirable in the life sciences. Existing technologies have disadvantages such as limited temporal resolution, the need for molecular labeling, or high experimental complexity. To overcome these limitations, this work presents a method based on conventional Raman spectroscopy. A systematic investigation of the key parameters is carried out. It is demonstrated that their careful choice provides an opportunity for enantioselective and quantitative analysis of enantiopure systems as well as enantiomer mixtures. PMID:26066374

  19. Chiral calcium-BINOL phosphate catalyzed diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of syn-1,2-disubstituted 1,2-diamines: scope and mechanistic studies.

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    Lalli, Claudia; Dumoulin, Audrey; Lebée, Clément; Drouet, Fleur; Guérineau, Vincent; Touboul, David; Gandon, Vincent; Zhu, Jieping; Masson, Géraldine

    2015-01-19

    A highly enantioselective, chiral, Lewis acid calcium-bis(phosphate) complex, Ca[3?a]n, which catalyzes the electrophilic amination of enamides with azodicarboxylate derivatives 2 to provide versatile chiral 1,2-hydrazinoimines 4 is disclosed. The reaction gives an easy entry to optically active syn-1,2-disubstituted 1,2-diamines 6 in high yields with excellent enantioselectivities, after a one-pot reduction of the intermediate 1,2-hydrazinoimines 4. The geometry and nature of the N-substituent of the enamide affect dramatically both the reactivity and the enantioselectivity. Although the calcium-bis(phosphate) complex was a uniquely effective catalyst, the exact nature of the active catalytic species remains unclear. NMR spectroscopy and MS analysis of the various calcium complexes Ca[3]n reveals that the catalysts exist in various oligomer forms. The present mechanistic study, which includes nonlinear effects and kinetic measurements, constitutes a first step in understanding these calcium-bis(phosphate) complex catalysts. DFT calculations were carried out to explore the mechanism and the origin of the enantioselectivity with the Ca[3]n catalysts. PMID:25418548

  20. Enantioselective Approach to Quinolizidines: Total Synthesis of Cermizine D and Formal Syntheses of Senepodine G & Cermizine C

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    Veerasamy, Nagarathanam; Carlson, Erik C.; Collett, Nathan D.; Saha, Mrinmoy

    2013-01-01

    The formal total syntheses of C5-epi-senepodine G and C5-epi-cermizine C have been accomplished through a novel diastereoselecetive, intramolecular amide Michael addition process. The total synthesis of cermizine D has been achieved through use of an organocatalyzed, heteroatom Michael addition to access a common intermediate. Additional key steps of this sequence include a matched, diastereoselective alkylation with an iodomethylphenyl sulfide and sulfone-aldehyde coupling/reductive desulfurization sequence to combine the major subunits. The utility of a Hartwig-style C-N coupling has been explored on functionally dense coupling partners. Diastereoselective conjugate additions to ?,?-unsaturated sulfones has been investigated which provided the key sulfone intermediate in just six steps from commercially available starting materials. The formal syntheses of senepodine G and cermizine C have been accomplished through an intramolecular cyclization process of a N-Boc protected piperidine sulfone. PMID:23627426

  1. Design of novel chiral N,N,O-tridentate phenanthroline ligands and their application to enantioselective addition of organozinc reagents to aldehydes.

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    Naganawa, Yuki; Namba, Tomoya; Aoyama, Tomotaka; Shoji, Kentaro; Nishiyama, Hisao

    2014-11-11

    The novel N,N,O-tridentate phenanthroline ligand (BinThro) bearing an axially chiral binaphthyl backbone prepared from BINOL was found to be an effective chiral catalyst for enantioselective addition of diethylzinc to aromatic aldehydes with high enantioselectivity (up to 95% ee). PMID:25080306

  2. Lithiation-borylation methodology and its application in synthesis.

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    Leonori, Daniele; Aggarwal, Varinder K

    2014-10-21

    Developing new methods that enable the synthesis of new and complex molecules with complete control of their 3-D shape is central to the advancement of synthetic chemistry with applications spanning from medicine to materials. Our approach consists of the iterative combination of small building blocks through the use of boron chemistry to essentially "grow" molecules. This approach, which we term assembly-line synthesis (ALS), resembles the way that nature assembles natural products (e.g., the polyketide synthase machinery) and has the advantage that many structural variations can be easily introduced and the products can be evaluated in structural or biological contexts. Chiral boronic esters have been recognized as valuable building blocks due to their unique chemical properties. They are both chemically and configurationally stable, and they can be prepared with very high levels of enantioselectivity. Additionally they undergo a broad array of transformations that lead to the stereocontrolled formation of C-C and C-X (X = heteroatom) bonds. This versatility makes boronic acids ideal building blocks for iterative molecular assembly. A powerful reaction platform for chemical diversification using chiral boronic esters is their homologation using lithium carbenoids via 1,2-metalate rearrangement. In the 1980s, Matteson described the use of boronic esters bearing a chiral diol in a two-step homologation process with dichloromethyl lithium and Grignard reagents (substrate-controlled approach). We have focused on reagent control and have found that Hoppe's chiral lithiated carbamates can be used as carbenoid equivalents in conjunction with achiral boronic esters. This reagent-controlled process offers many advantages due to the easy access of both the chiral lithiated carbamates and stable boronic esters. The carbamates can be derived from primary or secondary alcohols, and a broad range of functionalized boronic esters and boranes can be employed. Multiple homologations can be carried out in a one-pot sequence thereby streamlining the process to a single operation. This methodology has enabled the synthesis of many molecules containing multiple contiguous stereogenic centers with exquisite 3-D control. In this Account, we trace our own studies to establish the lithiation-borylation methodology and describe selected synthetic applications. PMID:25262745

  3. A Green Enantioselective Aldol Condensation for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory

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    Bennett, George D.

    2006-01-01

    A number of laboratory exercises for the organic chemistry curriculum that emphasize enantioselective synthesis of the aldol condensation which involves the proline-catalyzed condensation between acetone and isobutyraldehyde are explored. The experiment illustrates some of the trade-offs involved in green chemistry like the use of acetone in large…

  4. Highly Enantioselective Syntheses of Functionalized r-Methylene--butyrolactones via Rh(I)-catalyzed Intramolecular Alder Ene

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    Zhang, Xumu

    Highly Enantioselective Syntheses of Functionalized r-Methylene--butyrolactones via Rh reactions have also been carried out.8 However, only a Rh(I) system has been used to make -lactones.9 a highly enantioselective Rh-catalyzed intramolecular Alder ene reaction for the synthesis

  5. Enantioselective [4 + 2] cycloadditions of iminoacetonitriles : application to the total synthesis of (-)-quinolizidine 2071

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    Fontaine, Shaun D. (Shaun David)

    2011-01-01

    Iminoacetonitriles participate as reactive dienophiles in intramolecular Diels-Alder cycloadditions affording quinolizidines and indolizidines. The resulting a-amino nitrile cycloadducts are versatile intermediates that ...

  6. Enantioselective Synthesis of 5,7-Bicyclic Ring Systems from Axially Chiral Allenes Using a Rh(I)-Catalyzed Cyclocarbonylation Reaction

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    Grillet, Francois; Brummond, Kay M.

    2013-01-01

    A transfer of chirality in an intramolecular Rh(I)-catalyzed allenic Pauson-Khand reaction (APKR) to access tetrahydroazulenones, tetrahydrocyclopenta[c]azepinones and dihydrocyclopenta[c]oxepinones enantioselectively (22 – 99% ee) is described. The substitution pattern of the allene affected the transfer of chiral information. Complete transfer of chirality was obtained for all trisubstituted allenes, but loss of chiral information was observed for disubstituted allenes. This work constitutes the first demonstration of a transfer of chiral information from an allene to the 5-position of a cyclopentenone using a cyclocarbonylation reaction. The absolute configuration of the corresponding cyclocarbonylation product was also established, something that is rarely done. PMID:23485149

  7. Enantioselective synthesis of dihydrocoumarin derivatives by chiral scandium(III)-complex catalyzed inverse-electron-demand hetero-Diels-Alder reaction.

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    Hu, Haipeng; Liu, Yangbin; Guo, Jing; Lin, Lili; Xu, Yali; Liu, Xiaohua; Feng, Xiaoming

    2015-03-01

    An asymmetric inverse-electron-demand hetero-Diels-Alder reaction between o-quinone methides and azlactones to generate potentially pharmacological active dihydrocoumarins has been achieved efficiently by using a chiral N,N'-dioxide-Sc(III) complex as the catalyst. The desired products were obtained in high yields with excellent enantioselectivities and diastereoselectivities (up to 94% yield, 96% ee and >19?:?1 dr) under mild reaction conditions. A concerted reaction pathway was confirmed by Operando IR and control experiments. PMID:25649623

  8. Enantioselective Cycloaddition Reactions Catalyzed by BINOL-Derived Phosphoric Acids and N-Triflyl Phosphoramides: Recent Advances.

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    Held, Felix E; Grau, Dominik; Tsogoeva, Svetlana B

    2015-01-01

    Over the last several years there has been a huge increase in the development and applications of new efficient organocatalysts for enantioselective pericyclic reactions, which represent one of the most powerful types of organic transformations. Among these processes are cycloaddition reactions (e.g., [3+2]; formal [3+3]; [4+2]; vinylogous [4+2] and 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions), which belong to the most utilized reactions in organic synthesis of complex nitrogen- and oxygen-containing heterocyclic molecules. This review presents the breakthrough realized in this field using chiral BINOL-derived phosphoric acids and N-triflyl phosphoramide organocatalysts. PMID:26404222

  9. The role of electrostatic interactions in enantioselective separation was demonstrated. Enantioselective separation of N-

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    Goddard III, William A.

    The role of electrostatic interactions in enantioselective separation was demonstrated. Enantioselective separation of N- (3,5-dinitrobenzoyl)leucine and its esterified analogue was investigated by (S Carlo conformation search. Enantioselective separation has become increasingly important in many areas

  10. Iridium-catalyzed enantioselective allylation of silyl enol ethers derived from ketones and ?,?-unsaturated ketones.

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    Liang, Xiao; Wei, Kun; Yang, Yu-Rong

    2015-12-21

    The unified Ir-catalyzed enantioselective allylic substitution reactions of silyl enol ethers derived from ketones and ?,?-unsaturated ketones with branched, racemic allylic alcohols are described. This transformation is catalyzed by the Carreira system and proceeds without fluoride, and with high ee and b?:?l ratio. The synthetic utility of this method was illustrated by the concise enantioselective total synthesis of marine natural products calyxolane A, B and by the assignment of the absolute configuration of calyxolane A. PMID:26477399

  11. A Preparation of (?)-Nutlin-3 Using Enantioselective Organocatalysis at Decagram Scale

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    Davis, Tyler A.; Vilgelm, Anna E.; Richmond, Ann; Johnston, Jeffrey N.

    2013-01-01

    Chiral nonracemic cis-4,5-bis(aryl) imidazolines have emerged as a powerful platform for the development of cancer chemotherapeutics, stimulated by the Hoffmann-La Roche discovery that Nutlin-3 can restore apoptosis in cells with wild-type p53. The lack of efficient methods for the enantioselective synthesis of cis-imidazolines, however, has limited their more general use. Our disclosure of the first enantioselective synthesis of (?)-Nutlin-3 provided a basis to prepare larger amounts of this tool used widely in cancer biology. Key to the decagram-scale synthesis described here was the discovery of a novel bis(amidine) organocatalyst that provides high enantioselectivity at warmer reaction temperature (?20 °C) and low catalyst loadings. Further refinements to the procedure led to the synthesis of (?)-Nutlin-3 in a 17 gram batch, and elimination of all but three chromatographic purifications. PMID:24127627

  12. Enantioselective separation and phytotoxicity on rice seedlings of paclobutrazol.

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    Zhang, Anping; Xie, Xuemei; Liu, Weiping

    2011-04-27

    The environmental significance of enantioselectivity in chiral insecticides and herbicides has been widely studied. However, little information is currently available on the enantioselective behavior of chiral plant growth regulators. In this study, paclobutrazol enantiomers were resolved and prepared by chiral high-performance liquid chromatography with a Sino-chiral OJ column. The relationship among absolute configuration, optical activity and circular dichroism of paclobutrazol enantiomers was established. The enantioselective behavior of paclobutrazol, including enantioselective effect of paclobutrazol on the growth of rice seedlings and cyanobacteria and enantioselective loss of paclobutrazol in rice seedling growth media, in rice culture system was studied. The (2S,3S)-(-)-enantiomer was almost 3.1 times more active than the (2R,3R)-(+)-enantiomer toward shoot growth as measured by 7 day EC50 values. Enantioselectivity could not be determined with respect to root growth of rice seedlings because a typical dosage response was not observed in the range of the concentrations studied. The dissipation of paclobutrazol in rice growth medium is not enantioselective. Enantiomers and diastereoisomer of paclobutrazol all facilitated the growth of cyanobacteria, which increase the effectiveness of rice biofertilizers. The (2S,3S)-(-)-enantiomer showed stronger stimulatory activity on Microcystis aeruginosa cyanobacteria than the (2R,3R)-(+)-enantiomer, whereas the latter was a more potent stimulator of Anabaena sp. growth. These observations indicate that application of the (2S,3S)-(-)-enantiomer of paclobutrazol and Microcystis aeruginosa in rice cultivation is a good strategy for improving rice seedling performance. PMID:21395310

  13. LETTER 1169 Highly Enantioselective Hydrogenation of a-Keto Esters Catalyzed by

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    Zhang, Xumu

    chiral building blocks for the synthesis of a variety of natural products and biologically active mol and enantioselectivities. Therefore, considerable efforts have been made toward the design and synthesis of a variety- plexes to examine both the ligand effects and the influence of different metal complexes. Some representa

  14. Gold(I)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Intramolecular Hydroamination of Allenes Rebecca L. LaLonde, Benjamin D. Sherry, Eun Joo Kang, and F. Dean Toste*

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    Toste, Dean

    Gold(I)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Intramolecular Hydroamination of Allenes Rebecca L. La on the utility of gold(I) complexes as homogeneous catalysts for organic synthesis has recently dramati- cally reported.2 Within this handful of reactions, the most well-developed enantioselective gold- (I

  15. Dynamic control of chirality in phosphine ligands for enantioselective catalysis

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    Zhao, Depeng; Neubauer, Thomas M.; Feringa, Ben L.

    2015-01-01

    Chirality plays a fundamental role in biology and chemistry and the precise control of chirality in a catalytic conversion is a key to modern synthesis most prominently seen in the production of pharmaceuticals. In enantioselective metal-based catalysis, access to each product enantiomer is commonly achieved through ligand design with chiral bisphosphines being widely applied as privileged ligands. Switchable phosphine ligands, in which chirality is modulated through an external trigger signal, might offer attractive possibilities to change enantioselectivity in a catalytic process in a non-invasive manner avoiding renewed ligand synthesis. Here we demonstrate that a photoswitchable chiral bisphosphine based on a unidirectional light-driven molecular motor, can be used to invert the stereoselectivity of a palladium-catalysed asymmetric transformation. It is shown that light-induced changes in geometry and helicity of the switchable ligand enable excellent selectivity towards the racemic or individual enantiomers of the product in a Pd-catalysed desymmetrization reaction. PMID:25806856

  16. Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Decarboxylative Allylic Alkylation of Cyclopentanones.

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    Craig, Robert A; Loskot, Steven A; Mohr, Justin T; Behenna, Douglas C; Harned, Andrew M; Stoltz, Brian M

    2015-11-01

    The first general method for the enantioselective construction of all-carbon quaternary centers on cyclopentanones by enantioselective palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative allylic alkylation is described. Employing the electronically modified (S)-(p-CF3)3-t-BuPHOX ligand, ?-quaternary cyclopentanones were isolated in yields up to >99% with ee's up to 94%. Additionally, in order to facilitate large-scale application of this method, a low catalyst loading protocol was employed, using as little as 0.15 mol % Pd, furnishing the product without any loss in ee. PMID:26501770

  17. Enol Ethers as Substrates for Efficient Z- and Enantioselective Ring-Opening/Cross-Metathesis Reactions Promoted by Stereogenic-at-Mo Complexes: Utility in Chemical Synthesis and Mechanistic Attributes

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    Yu, Miao

    The first examples of catalytic enantioselective ring-opening/cross-metathesis (EROCM) reactions that involve enol ethers are reported. Specifically, we demonstrate that catalytic EROCM of several oxa- and azabicycles, ...

  18. Highly Enantioselective Acylation of Acyclic Meso 1,3-Diols through Synergistic Isothiourea-Catalyzed Desymmetrization/Chiroablative Kinetic Resolution.

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    Merad, Jérémy; Borkar, Prashant; Bouyon Yenda, Tracy; Roux, Christèle; Pons, Jean-Marc; Parrain, Jean-Luc; Chuzel, Olivier; Bressy, Cyril

    2015-05-01

    A general and highly efficient organocatalyzed desymmetrization of acyclic meso 1,3-diols through acyl transfer using chiral isothioureas is described. The introduction of ?-systems in the acyclic substrates provided new opportunities in terms of reactivity, enantioselectivity and synthetic potential. To reach this high level of enantioselectivity (up to er >99:1), the reaction proceeds through a synergistic mechanism involving a desymmetrization reaction and a chiroablative kinetic resolution process. This methodology was used with success as the sole enantioselective catalytic step (developed on a gram scale) to achieve the total synthesis of the antiosteoporotic diarylheptanoid (-)-diospongin A (7 steps). PMID:25867851

  19. MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS APPLICATIONS

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    Microwave-accelerated chemical syntheses in various solvents as well as under solvent-free conditions have witnessed an explosive growth. The technique has found widespread application predominantly exploiting the inexpensive unmodified household microwave (MW) ovens although th...

  20. Synthesis, Properties, and Applications Of Boron Nitride

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    Pouch, John J.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.

    1993-01-01

    Report describes synthesis, properties, and applications of boron nitride. Especially in thin-film form. Boron nitride films useful as masks in x-ray lithography; as layers for passivation of high-speed microelectronic circuits; insulating films; hard, wear-resistant, protective films for optical components; lubricants; and radiation detectors. Present status of single-crystal growth of boron nitride indicates promising candidate for use in high-temperature semiconductor electronics.

  1. Bacteriagenic silver nanoparticles: synthesis, mechanism, and applications.

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    Singh, Richa; Shedbalkar, Utkarsha U; Wadhwani, Sweety A; Chopade, Balu A

    2015-06-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have received tremendous attention due to their significant antimicrobial properties. Large numbers of reports are available on the physical, chemical, and biological syntheses of colloidal AgNPs. Since there is a great need to develop ecofriendly and sustainable methods, biological systems like bacteria, fungi, and plants are being employed to synthesize these nanoparticles. The present review focuses specifically on bacteria-mediated synthesis of AgNPs, its mechanism, and applications. Bacterial synthesis of extra- and intracellular AgNPs has been reported using biomass, supernatant, cell-free extract, and derived components. The extracellular mode of synthesis is preferred over the intracellular mode owing to easy recovery of nanoparticles. Silver-resistant genes, c-type cytochromes, peptides, cellular enzymes like nitrate reductase, and reducing cofactors play significant roles in AgNP synthesis in bacteria. Organic materials released by bacteria act as natural capping and stabilizing agents for AgNPs, thereby preventing their aggregation and providing stability for a longer time. Regulation over reaction conditions has been suggested to control the morphology, dispersion, and yield of nanoparticles. Bacterial AgNPs have anticancer and antioxidant properties. Moreover, the antimicrobial activity of AgNPs in combination with antibiotics signifies their importance in combating the multidrug-resistant pathogenic microorganisms. Multiple microbicidal mechanisms exhibited by AgNPs, depending upon their size and shape, make them very promising as novel nanoantibiotics. PMID:25952110

  2. APPLICATIONS OF CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS TO THE STUDY OF CHIRAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS: ENANTIOMER SEPARATION AND MEASUREMENTS OF ENANTIOSELECTIVITY

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    CE is rarely used for routine environmental analysis of organic pollutants -- certainly not to the extent of gas chromatography or high pressure liquid chromatography. There are advantages to CE, however, that belie this lack of application. For example, CE is preferred over GC f...

  3. Chiral ?-Lactams by Enantioselective Palladium(0)-Catalyzed Cyclopropane Functionalizations.

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    Pedroni, Julia; Cramer, Nicolai

    2015-09-28

    Cyclopropanes fused to pyrrolidines are important structural features found in a number of marketed drugs and development candidates. Typically, their synthesis involves the cyclopropanation of a dihydropyrrole precursor. Reported herein is a complementary approach which employs a palladium(0)-catalyzed C?H functionalization of an achiral cyclopropane to close the pyrrolidine ring in an enantioselective manner. In contrast to aryl-aryl couplings, palladium(0)-catalyzed C?H functionalizations involving the formation of C(sp(3) )?C(sp(3) ) bonds of saturated heterocycles are very scarce. The presented strategy yields cyclopropane-fused ?-lactams from chloroacetamide substrates. A bulky Taddol phosphonite ligand in combination with adamantane-1-carboxylic acid as a cocatalyst provides the ?-lactams in excellent yields and enantioselectivities. PMID:26271618

  4. Enantioselective iron-catalysed O-H bond insertions

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    Zhu, Shou-Fei; Cai, Yan; Mao, Hong-Xiang; Xie, Jian-Hua; Zhou, Qi-Lin

    2010-07-01

    The ready availability, low price and environmentally benign character of iron mean that it is an ideal alternative to precious metals in catalysis. Recent growth in the number of iron-catalysed reactions reported reflects an increasing demand for sustainable chemistry. Only a limited number of chiral iron catalysts have been reported and these have, in general, proven less enantioselective than other transition-metal catalysts, thus limiting their appeal. Here, we report that iron complexes of spiro-bisoxazoline ligands are highly efficient catalysts for asymmetric O-H bond insertion reactions. These complexes catalyse insertions into the O-H bond of a wide variety of alcohols and even water, with exceptional enantioselectivities under mild reaction conditions. The selectivities surpass those obtained with other transition-metal catalysts. This study should inspire and encourage the use of iron instead of traditional precious metals in the development of greener catalysts for catalytic asymmetric synthesis.

  5. Enantioselective Total Syntheses of (?)-Taiwaniaquinone H and (?)-Taiwaniaquinol B by Iridium-Catalyzed Borylation and Palladium-Catalyzed Asymmetric ?-Arylation

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    Liao, Xuebin; Stanley, Levi M.; Hartwig, John F.

    2011-01-01

    We report a concise, enantioselective total synthesis of (?)-taiwaniaquinone H and the first enantioselective total synthesis of (?)-taiwaniaquinol B by a route that includes enantioselective, palladium-catalyzed ?-arylation of a ketone with an aryl bromide that was generated by sterically controlled halogenation via iridium-catalyzed C–H borylation. This asymmetric ?-arylation creates the benzylic, quaternary stereogenic center present in the taiwaniaquinoids. The synthesis was completed efficiently by developing a Lewis acid-promoted cascade to construct the [6,5,6] tricyclic core of an intermediate common to the synthesis of a number of taiwaniaquinoids. Through the preparation of these compounds, we demonstrate the utility of constructing benzylic, quaternary, stereogenic centers, even those lacking a carbonyl group in the ?-position, by asymmetric ?-arylation. PMID:21268578

  6. Dendrimers: synthesis, applications, and properties

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    2014-01-01

    Dendrimers are nano-sized, radially symmetric molecules with well-defined, homogeneous, and monodisperse structure that has a typically symmetric core, an inner shell, and an outer shell. Their three traditional macromolecular architectural classes are broadly recognized to generate rather polydisperse products of different molecular weights. A variety of dendrimers exist, and each has biological properties such as polyvalency, self-assembling, electrostatic interactions, chemical stability, low cytotoxicity, and solubility. These varied characteristics make dendrimers a good choice in the medical field, and this review covers their diverse applications. PMID:24994950

  7. Dendrimers: synthesis, applications, and properties

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    Abbasi, Elham; Aval, Sedigheh Fekri; Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl; Milani, Morteza; Nasrabadi, Hamid Tayefi; Joo, Sang Woo; Hanifehpour, Younes; Nejati-Koshki, Kazem; Pashaei-Asl, Roghiyeh

    2014-05-01

    Dendrimers are nano-sized, radially symmetric molecules with well-defined, homogeneous, and monodisperse structure that has a typically symmetric core, an inner shell, and an outer shell. Their three traditional macromolecular architectural classes are broadly recognized to generate rather polydisperse products of different molecular weights. A variety of dendrimers exist, and each has biological properties such as polyvalency, self-assembling, electrostatic interactions, chemical stability, low cytotoxicity, and solubility. These varied characteristics make dendrimers a good choice in the medical field, and this review covers their diverse applications.

  8. Enantioselective synthesis of (+)-petromyroxol, enabled by rhodium-catalyzed denitrogenation and rearrangement of a 1-sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazole.

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    Boyer, Alistair

    2015-05-01

    Petromyroxol is a nonracemic mixture of enantiomeric oxylipids isolated from water conditioned with larval sea lamprey. The (+)-antipode exhibits interesting biological properties, but only 1 mg was isolated from >100?000 L of water. Recently, transition-metal-catalyzed denitrogenation of 1-sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazoles has emerged as a powerful strategy for the synthesis of value-added products, including efficient diastereocontrolled construction of tetrahydrofurans. This methodology enabled the rapid development of the first synthesis of (+)-petromyroxol in 9 steps and 20% overall yield from a readily accessible starting material. PMID:25891197

  9. DNA Oligonucleotide Synthesis in Mesoporous Silicon for Biosensing Applications

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    Weiss, Sharon

    DNA Oligonucleotide Synthesis in Mesoporous Silicon for Biosensing Applications Jenifer L. Lawrie for improving the sensitivity of label-free optical biosensors based on in-situ synthesis of DNA probes within was utilized as the sensor structure. Synthesis of DNA probe, as well as sensing of target DNA, was verified

  10. Synthesis, characterization and applications of magnetite nanoparticles

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    Kanmukhla, Vikram Kumar

    In the past few years, the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles has received considerable attention due to their potential use in clinical applications. Since the properties of these nanoparticles depend strongly on their size, shape and crystallinity, there is a need for a general method to produce these particles with a controlled size, shape and crystal type. Of the many magnetic materials (Co, Ni, and Fe), the magnetite (Fe3O 4) is least toxic and hence most promising for applications in medical diagnostics. Microemulsion-based synthesis utilizes the local aqueous environment within a reverse micelle as a nano-scale reactor and allows synthesizing nanoparticles with a hydrophilic surface for subsequent functionalization. By controlling the water-to-surfactant ratio, the type of surfactants, and the ionic strength of the aqueous core, one can control the size and shape of the resulting particles. We developed such a system that allows the multi-step synthesis of surface-functionalized, magnetic nanoparticles in a one-pot synthesis reaction. By altering the system chemistry, we were further able to produce either spheres or cylinders of controlled dimension in the size range of 5 nm to 30 nm. Using standard bio-conjugation techniques, we successfully immobilized an enzyme onto the nanoparticles. We also developed a theoretical model for the separation and fractionation of nanoparticles based on their size and magnetic properties. Using the multiphysics and finite element modeling capabilities of FEMLAB(TM), we solved the coupled system of PDEs describing the interaction of magnetic particles within a magnetic field for either static (cylindrical beaker) or convective flow (capillary) conditions. A net retention time as high as 310 s is achieved for 200 nm particles at field strength of 1250 kA/m. The model allows the design of a magnetic, field-flow fractionation (MFFF) system to separate nanoparticles by size.

  11. Metalloisoporphyrins: from synthesis to applications.

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    Bhuyan, Jagannath

    2015-09-28

    An overview of the chemistry of isoporphyrin, the tautomer of porphyrin, whose existence was predicated by the Noble laureate Woodward, is presented with emphasis on hydroxy-isoporphyrins of tetra-aryl derivatives. The chemistry of metalloisoporphyrin has been discussed since the discovery of the first metallo-isoporphyrin by Dolphin and co-workers, as no comprehensive article is available on this beautiful macrocycle. Attention is paid to the possible applications of metalloisoporphyrins as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy, as a near infra-red dye and as a reactive agent for different atom transfer reactions. Some important findings about reactivity and theoretical results of hydroxy-isoporphyrins are discussed. Furthermore, the approaches of heme oxidation via isoporphyrin as an intermediate to understand the heme oxygenase mechanism are discussed. The metalloisoporphyrins are discussed reviewing coordination modes, structural changes, electronic properties and biological relevance. PMID:26283518

  12. Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of N,C(?),C(?)-Trisubstituted ?-Amino Acid Derivatives Using 1H-Imidazol-4(5H)-ones as Key Templates.

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    Etxabe, Julen; Izquierdo, Joseba; Landa, Aitor; Oiarbide, Mikel; Palomo, Claudio

    2015-06-01

    1H-Imidazol-4(5H)-ones are introduced as novel nucleophilic ?-amino acid equivalents in asymmetric synthesis. These compounds not only allow highly efficient construction of tetrasubstituted stereogenic centers, but unlike hitherto known templates, provide direct access to N-substituted (alkyl, allyl, aryl) ?-amino acid derivatives. PMID:25907987

  13. Highly Z-selective and enantioselective ring-opening/cross-metathesis catalyzed by a resolved stereogenic-at-Ru complex.

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    Hartung, John; Grubbs, Robert H

    2013-07-17

    The synthesis of a ruthenium complex that catalyzes Z-selective (up to 98% Z) asymmetric ring-opening/cross-metathesis with high enantioselectivity (up to 95% ee) is reported. The synthesis of the catalyst features the resolution of a chelating N-heterocyclic carbene complex by ligand substitution with a chiral carboxylate. PMID:23822901

  14. Highly Z-Selective and Enantioselective Ring Opening/Cross Metathesis Catalyzed by Resolved Stereogenic-At-Ru Complex

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    Hartung, John; Grubbs, Robert H.

    2013-01-01

    The synthesis of a ruthenium complex that catalyzes Z-selective (up to 98% Z) asymmetric ring opening/cross metathesis with high enantioselectivity (up to 95% ee) is reported. Synthesis of the catalyst features the resolution of a chelating NHC alkylidene complex by ligand substitution with a chiral carboxylate. PMID:23822901

  15. Synthesis and applications of monolithic HPLC columns

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    Liang, Chengdu

    Silica and carbon monolithic columns were synthesized and modified for liquid chromatography applications. Column configurations and cladding techniques were investigated in detail. Three novel approaches have been developed for the synthesis of bimodal porous rods. Out of these three methods, gel-casting was adopted for the synthesis of silica monoliths with ordered mesopores and uniform macropores; the use of colloidal templates and dual phase separation has been successfully implemented for the synthesis of carbon monoliths with well-controlled meso- and macro- porosities. The formation of mesopores in carbon materials has been further studied in the microphase separation of block copolymers. Electrochemical modification of carbon monoliths was discovered to be an efficient method for converting covalently bonded functionalities to carbon monoliths. N,N'-diethylaminobenzene has been attached to carbon surface for the separation of proteins and protein digests. The performances of carbon-based monolithic columns were studied intensely through frontal analysis and Van Deemter plot. Temperature and pressure effects were also investigated in carbon-based columns. The density of bonding on the modified carbon monoliths was characterized by thermogravimetric analysis.

  16. One-Pot Dichotomous Construction of Inside-Azayohimban and Pro-Azayohimban Systems via an Enantioselective Organocatalytic Cascade; Their Use as a Model to Probe the (Aza-)Indole Local Solvent Environment.

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    Yang, Van-Wei; Hong, Bor-Cherng; Kao, Hsin-Kai; Tu, Ting-Hsun; Shen, Jiun-Yi; Chen, Chi-Lin; Lee, Gene-Hsiang; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2015-12-01

    A one-pot enantioselective synthesis of 7-azaindole-octahydroisoquinolin-3-one and an inside-aza-yohimbane system containing five contiguous stereogenic centers with high enantioselectivities (>99% ee) was achieved. The prepared highly functionalized polycyclic system provides a model for probing the solvent catalyzed proton transfer reaction and mimicking the local environment of the tryptophan moiety in proteins. PMID:26584631

  17. Synthesis, characterization and applications of different nanostructures

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    Snyder, Whitney Elaine

    There has been a growing interest in the field of nanoscience for the last several decades including the use in optical, electrical, biological and medicinal applications. This thesis focuses on the synthesis of different nanoparticles for their potential uses in drug delivery and antimicrobial agents as well as porous alumina membranes as surface enhanced Raman scattering or SERS substrates. The synthesis of nanocomposites (NCs) composed of silica and poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (P4VP) in a basic ethanol solution is presented in chapter 2. The composition of the NCs appears to be homogenous after synthesis and is greatly affected by heat and pH changes. When the NCs are heated, a core-shell nanostructure is produced with silica forming a shell around a P4VP core. At lower pHs, the NCs form a silica core with a P4VP shell while at higher pHs the silica is etched away causing the NC to decompose. A novel synthesis method of growing stable copper oxide nanoparticles with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is presented in chapter 3. Insoluble copper (I) oxide is dissolved with ammonium hydroxide and reduced using sodium borohydride to form metallic copper nanoparticles that oxidize overtime to form copper oxide nanoparticles stable in an aqueous environment. In addition to copper oxide nanoparticles, copper (I) iodide and copper (II) sulfide particles were also synthesized in the presence of PAA. In chapter 4, alumina membranes with 100nm and 200nm pores were coated with silver and used as SERS substrates to detect small molecules. The alumina membranes are coated with silver by reducing silver (I) oxide with ethanol. The thickness of the silver layer depends primarily on the length of time the substrate comes into contact with the Ag2O in solution with longer exposure times producing thicker films. Raman scattering of 10-100nM adenine concentrations were collected.

  18. Cyclopalladated complexes in enantioselective catalysis

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    Dunina, Valeria V.; Gorunova, Olga N.; Zykov, P. A.; Kochetkov, Konstantin A.

    2011-01-01

    The results of the use of optically active palladacycles in enantioselective catalysis of [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangements, aldol condensation, the Michael reaction and cross-coupling are analyzed. Reactions with allylic substrates or reagents and some other transformations are considered.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Water-soluble Gold and Silver Nanoclusters

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    Kumar, Santosh

    The term `nanotechnology' has emerged as a buzzword since the last few decades. It has found widespread applications across disciplines, from medicine to energy. The synthesis of gold and silver nanoclusters has found much excitement, due to their novel material properties. Seminal work by various groups, including ours, has shown that the size of these clusters can be controlled with atomic precision. This control gives access to tuning the optical and electronic properties. The majority of nanoclusters reported thus far are not water soluble, which limit their applications in biology that requires water-solubility. Going from organic to aqueous phase is by no means a simple task, as it is associated with many challenges. Their stability in the presence of oxygen, difficulty in characterization, and separation of pure nanoclusters are some of the major bottlenecks associated with the synthesis of water-soluble gold nanoclusters. Water-soluble gold nanoclusters hold great potential in biological labeling, bio-catalysis and nano-bioconjugates. To overcome this problem, a new ligand with structural rigidity is needed. After considering various possibilities, we chose Captopril as a candidate ligand. In my thesis research, the synthesis of Au25 nanocluster capped with captopril has been reported. Captopril-protected Au25 nanocluster showed significantly higher thermal stability and enhanced chiroptical properties than the Glutathione-capped cluster, which confirms our initial rationale, that the ligand is critical in protecting the nanocluster. The optical absorption properties of these Au25 nanoclusters are studied and compared to the plasmonic nanoparticles. The high thermal stability and solubility of Au25 cluster capped with Captopril motivated us to explore this ligand for the synthesis of other gold clusters. Captopril is a chiral molecule with two chiral centers. The chiral ligand can induce chirality to the overall cluster, even if the core is achiral. Therefore, to obtain Au38 clusters as an enantiomer, the ligand employed should be chiral. The enantioselective synthesis of Au 38 capped with different chiral ligands has been reported and their chiroptical properties have been compared. The synthesis of a series of water-soluble Au nanoclusters has motivated us to study the effect of capping ligands and the core-size on their steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence properties, since the photoluminescence properties are particularly important for bioimaging and biomedical applications of nanoclusters. To gain fundamental insights into the origin of luminescence in nanoclusters, the effect of temperature on the fluorescence properties of these clusters has also been studied. The different sized nanoclusters ranging from a few dozen atoms to hundreds of atoms form a bridge between discrete atoms and the plasmonic nanocrystals; the latter involves essentially collective electron excitation-a phenomenon well explained by classical physics as opposed to quantum physics. The central question is: at what size does this transition from quantum behavior to classical behavior occur? To unravel this, we have successfully synthesized a series of silver nanoclusters. The precise formula assignment and their structural determination are still ongoing. We have successfully demonstrated the application of these water-soluble Au nanoclusters in photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer. We have successfully demonstrated that Au nanocluster system can produce singlet oxygen without the presence of any organic photosensitizers. In a collaborative project with Dr. Peteanu's group, the quenching efficiency of organic dyes by these water soluble nanoclusters is studied in different systems. Overall, this thesis outlines the successful synthesis of a family of water-soluble nanoclusters, their optical, chiroptical and fluorescence properties, as well as some applications of these nanoclusters.

  20. Synthesis and electronic applications of oxide-metal eutectic composites

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    Holder, J.D.; Cochran, J.K.; Hill, D.N.; Chapman, A.T.; Clark, G.W.

    1980-01-01

    A review is given of important developments in the synthesis of oxide-metal eutectic composites and the composite application in the continuing development of field emitters. Known metal oxide-metal binary and ternary eutectic systems are listed. The synthesis, electrical conductivity, thermodynamics, and applications are discussed. (FS)

  1. Palladium-catalyzed enantioselective decarboxylative cycloaddition of vinylethylene carbonates with isocyanates.

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    Khan, Ajmal; Xing, Juxiang; Zhao, Jingming; Kan, Yuhe; Zhang, Wanbin; Zhang, Yong Jian

    2015-01-01

    An efficient method for the enantioselective construction of ?-substituted ?-vinylglycinol derivatives through palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative cycloaddition of vinylethylene carbonates with isocyanates was developed. By using a palladium complex generated in situ from [Pd2 (dba)3]?CHCl3 (dba=dibenzylideneacetone) and (S)-Segphos as a catalyst under mild reaction conditions, the process provided 4-substituted-4-vinyloxazolidin-2-ones in high yields with a high level of enantioselectivity. The stereochemical outcome of the reaction was explained by DFT calculations and the synthetic utility of the process was demonstrated by the gram-scale transformation and formal synthesis of MK-0731 as a kinesin spindle protein inhibitor. PMID:25400207

  2. An enantioselective inverse-electron-demand imino Diels-Alder reaction.

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    Eschenbrenner-Lux, Vincent; Küchler, Philipp; Ziegler, Slava; Kumar, Kamal; Waldmann, Herbert

    2014-02-17

    The imino Diels-Alder reaction is an efficient method for the synthesis of aza-heterocycles. While different stereo- and enantioselective inverse-electron-demand imino Diels-Alder (IEDIDA) reactions have been reported before, IEDIDA reactions including electron-deficient dienes are unprecedented. The first enantioselective IEDIDA reaction between electron-poor chromone dienes and cyclic imines, catalyzed by zinc/binol complexes is described. The novel reaction provides a facile entry to a natural product inspired collection of ring-fused quinolizines including a potent modulator of mitosis. PMID:24470427

  3. Enantioselective construction of quaternary N-heterocycles by palladium-catalysed decarboxylative allylic alkylation of lactams

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    Behenna, Douglas C.; Liu, Yiyang; Yurino, Taiga; Kim, Jimin; White, David E.; Virgil, Scott C.; Stoltz, Brian M.

    2012-02-01

    The enantioselective synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles (N-heterocycles) represents a substantial chemical research effort and resonates across numerous disciplines, including the total synthesis of natural products and medicinal chemistry. In this Article, we describe the highly enantioselective palladium-catalysed decarboxylative allylic alkylation of readily available lactams to form 3,3-disubstituted pyrrolidinones, piperidinones, caprolactams and structurally related lactams. Given the prevalence of quaternary N-heterocycles in biologically active alkaloids and pharmaceutical agents, we envisage that our method will provide a synthetic entry into the de novo asymmetric synthesis of such structures. As an entry for these investigations we demonstrate how the described catalysis affords enantiopure quaternary lactams that intercept synthetic intermediates previously used in the synthesis of the Aspidosperma alkaloids quebrachamine and rhazinilam, but that were previously only available by chiral auxiliary approaches or as racemic mixtures.

  4. Efficient enantioselective synthesis of (R)-[3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] ethanol by Leifsonia xyli CCTCC M 2010241 using isopropanol as co-substrate.

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    Ouyang, Qi; Wang, Pu; Huang, Jin; Cai, Jinbo; He, Junyao

    2013-03-01

    (R)-[3,5-Bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] ethanol is a key chiral intermediate for the synthesis of aprepitant. In this paper, an efficient synthetic process for (R)-[3,5- bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] ethanol was developed via the asymmetric reduction of 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl) acetophenone, catalyzed by Leifsonia xyli CCTCC M 2010241 cells using isopropanol as the co-substrate for cofactor recycling. Firstly, the substrate and product solubility and cell membrane permeability of biocatalysts were evaluated with different co-substrate additions into the reaction system, in which isopropanol manifested as the best hydrogen donor of coupled NADH regeneration during the bioreduction of 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl) acetophenone. Subsequently, the optimization of parameters for the bioreduction were undertaken to improve the effectiveness of the process. The determined efficient reaction system contained 200 mM of 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl) acetophenone, 20% (v/v) of isopropanol, and 300 g/l of wet cells. The bioreduction was executed at 30°C and 200 rpm for 30 h, and 91.8% of product yield with 99.9% of enantiometric excess (e.e.) was obtained. The established bioreduction reaction system could tolerate higher substrate concentrations of 3,5- bis(trifluoromethyl) acetophenone, and afforded a satisfactory yield and excellent product e.e. for the desired (R)-chiral alcohol, thus providing an alternative to the chemical synthesis of (R)-[3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] ethanol. PMID:23462007

  5. Highly Enantioselective Cascade Transformations by Merging Heterogeneous Transition Metal Catalysis with Asymmetric Aminocatalysis

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    Deiana, Luca; Afewerki, Samson; Palo-Nieto, Carlos; Verho, Oscar; Johnston, Eric V.; Córdova, Armando

    2012-11-01

    The concept of combining heterogeneous transition metal and amine catalysis for enantioselective cascade reactions has not yet been realized. This is of great advantage since it would allow for the recycling of expensive and non-environmentally friendly transition metals. We disclose that the use of a heterogeneous Pd-catalyst in combination with a simple chiral amine co-catalyst allows for highly enantioselective cascade transformations. The preparative power of this process has been demonstrated in the context of asymmetric cascade Michael/carbocyclization transformations that delivers cyclopentenes bearing an all carbon quaternary stereocenters in high yields with up to 30:1 dr and 99% ee. Moreover, a variety of highly enantioselective cascade hetero-Michael/carbocyclizations were developed for the one-pot synthesis of valuable dihydrofurans and pyrrolidines (up to 98% ee) by using bench-stable heterogeneous Pd and chiral amines as co-catalysts.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and application of electrode materials

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    He, L.

    1995-07-07

    It has been known that significant advances in electrochemistry really depend on improvements in the sensitivity, selectivity, convenience, and/or economy of working electrodes, especially through the development of new working electrode materials. The advancement of solid state chemistry and materials science makes it possible to provide the materials which may be required as satisfactory electrode materials. The combination of solid state techniques with electrochemistry expands the applications of solid state materials and leads to the improvement of electrocatalysis. The study of Ru-Ti{sub 4}O{sub 7} and Pt-Ti{sub 4}O{sub 7} microelectrode arrays as introduced in paper 1 and paper 4, respectively, focuses on their synthesis and characterization. The synthesis is described by high temperature techniques for Ru or Pt microelectrode arrays within a conductive Ti{sub 4}O{sub 7} ceramic matrix. The characterization is based on the data obtained by x-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, voltammetry and amperometry. These microelectrode arrays show significant enhancement in current densities in comparison to solid Ru and Pt electrodes. Electrocatalysis at pyrochlore oxide Bi{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7.3} and Bi{sub 2}Ir{sub 2}O{sub 7} electrodes are described in paper 2 and paper 3, respectively. Details are reported for the synthesis and characterization of composite Bi{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7.3} electrodes. Voltammetric data are examined for evidence that oxidation can occur with transfer of oxygen to the oxidation products in the potential region corresponding to anodic discharge of H{sub 2}O with simultaneous evolution of O{sub 2}. Paper 3 includes electrocatalytic activities of composite Bi{sub 2}Ir{sub 2}O{sub 7} disk electrodes for the oxidation of I{sup -} and the reduction of IO{sub 3}{sup -}.

  7. Efficient Organocatalytic Construction of C4-Alkyl Substituted Piperidines and Their Application to the Synthesis of (+)-?-Skytanthine.

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    Shiomi, Shinya; Sugahara, Erika; Ishikawa, Hayato

    2015-10-12

    Chiral piperidines which contain an alkyl group at C4 positions are one of the important architectures because it is appeared in several natural products. An efficient protocol for the preparation of C4-alkyl substituted chiral piperidines using secondary amine catalyzed formal aza [3+3] cycloaddition reaction with aliphatic ?,?-unsaturated aldehydes and thiomalonamate derivatives is reported. In our reaction system, thiomalonamate is an excellent nucleophile and the addition of suitable acid and its amount is an important factor for the acceleration effect in organocatalytic reaction. Furthermore, water and MeOH also have an acceleration effect. These efforts lead to only 0.1?mol?% catalyst loading in multigram scale synthesis for suitable reaction time. In addition, the efficient enantioselective total synthesis of (+)-?-skytanthine by using our developed reaction as key step was achieved in total 15?% yield. All carbon and nitrogen units were introduced by one step with high enantioselectivity. PMID:26333476

  8. Synthesis, characterization and applications of graphene architectures

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    Thomas, Abhay Varghese

    Graphene, a two--dimensional sheet of sp2 hybridized carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice structure, has garnered tremendous interest from the scientific community for its unique combination of properties. It has interesting electrical, thermal, optical and mechanical properties that scientists and engineers are trying to understand and harness to improve current products as well as focus on disruptive technologies that can be made possible by this next generation material. In this thesis the synthesis, characterization and applications of various graphene architectures were explored from the context of a bottom--up and top--down synthesis approach. The work is divided into three main chapters and each one deals with a unique architecture of graphene as well as its properties and an application to a real world problem. In Chapter 2, we focus on bottom--up synthesis of graphene sheets by chemical vapor deposition. We then studied the wetting properties of graphene coated surfaces. More specifically the wetting properties of single and multilayer graphene films on flat and nanoscale rough surfaces are explored and the insights gained are used in improving heat transfer performance of copper surfaces. Single layer graphene, on certain flat surfaces, was shown to exhibit `wetting transparency' as a result of its sheer thinness and this property is of interest in various wetting related applications. Surface protection from corrosion and/or oxidation without change in wetting properties is tremendously useful in multiple fields and we looked to apply this property to dehumidification of copper surfaces. The short time scales results demonstrated that graphene indeed served to prevent oxidation of the surface which in turn promoted increased heat transfer co--efficients with respect to the oxidized copper surfaces. Closer inspection of the surface over long time scales however revealed that the oxide layer changed the wetting properties and this was detrimental to the heat transfer process. In Chapter 3, we explore the assembly of graphene papers by top down methods (i.e. exfoliation of bulk graphite). We then explore the use of such graphene papers as an anode material in Lithium--ion batteries. The morphologically novel electrode fabrication and its exceptional performance as a lithium ion battery anode were explored and an in--depth investigation was carried out to determine the precise reason for the enhanced anode performance. A modified thermal reduction technique of a stable graphene oxide paper was developed to create a novel, free standing, binder free, reduced graphene oxide architecture using the top--down synthesis approach. The process was optimized to maximize the capacity by varying temperature and time as the critical parameters for reduction. An in--depth study was undertaken using raman spectroscopy, computational modelling, scanning electron microscopy, x--ray diffraction and x--ray photoelectron spectroscopy to show that lithium metal was plated into the nano--pores of the anode and the defective nature of the graphene sheets acted as seed points for this plating. In Chapter 4 we focus on graphene oxide papers produced by top--down exfoliation methods. More specifically, controlled instabilities or wrinkles created on graphene oxide thin films were developed as a tunable optical transmission layer for use in dynamic glazing systems. Graphene oxide thin films, prepared using the top--down synthesis, were subjected to compressive strains in the uni--axial and bi--axial direction to create uniform wrinkling of the films. Scanning electron, optical and atomic force microscopy was used to image the wrinkling morphology to qualitatively understand the behavior of the films and delaminated buckling of the graphene oxide films was determined to be the cause of the wrinkling. UV--VIS--NIR transmission measurements were carried out to determine the average transmission of the films with uni-axial and bi-axial wrinkling. Maximization of the dynamic range of optical transmission in the visible wavelength region

  9. Studies toward the total synthesis of glycinoeclepin A

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    Thongsornkleeb, Charnsak

    2006-01-01

    Studies directed toward the synthesis of the A-ring portion of glycinoeclepin A are described. The enantioselective synthesis of key diketone intermediate 128 in four steps from 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-cyclohexanedione (5) has ...

  10. Optical nanoparticles: synthesis and biomedical application

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    Nhung Tran, Hong; Nghiem, Thi Ha Lien; Thuy Duong Vu, Thi; Chu, Viet Ha; Huan Le, Quang; Nhung Hoang, Thi My; Thanh Nguyen, Lai; Pham, Duc Minh; Thuan Tong, Kim; Hoa Do, Quang; Vu, Duong; Nghia Nguyen, Trong; Tan Pham, Minh; Nguyen Duong, Cao; Thuy Tran, Thanh; Son Vu, Van; Thuy Nguyen, Thi; Nguyen, Thi Bich Ngoc; Tran, Anh Duc; Thuong Trinh, Thi; Nguyen, Thi Thai An

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a summary of our results on studies of synthesis and biomedical application of optical nanoparticles. Gold, dye-doped silica based and core-shell multifunctional multilayer (SiO2/Au, Fe3O4/SiO2, Fe3O4/SiO2/Au) water-monodispersed nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical route and surface modified with proteins and biocompatible chemical reagents. The particles were conjugated with antibody or aptamer for specific detecting and imaging bacteria and cancer cells. The photothermal effects of gold nanoshells (SiO2/Au and Fe3O4/SiO2/Au) on cells and tissues were investigated. The nano silver substrates were developed for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy to detect melamine.

  11. Nanostructured metal foams: synthesis and applications

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    Luther, Erik P; Tappan, Bryce; Mueller, Alex; Mihaila, Bogdan; Volz, Heather; Cardenas, Andreas; Papin, Pallas; Veauthier, Jackie; Stan, Marius

    2009-01-01

    Fabrication of monolithic metallic nanoporous materials is difficult using conventional methodology. Here they report a relatively simple method of synthesizing monolithic, ultralow density, nanostructured metal foams utilizing self-propagating combustion synthesis of novel metal complexes containing high nitrogen energetic ligands. Nanostructured metal foams are formed in a post flame-front dynamic assembly with densities as low as 0.011 g/cc and surface areas as high as 270 m{sup 2}/g. They have produced metal foams via this method of titanium, iron, cobalt, nickel, zirconium, copper, palladium, silver, hafnium, platinum and gold. Microstructural features vary as a function of composition and process parameters. Applications for the metal foams are discussed including hydrogen absorption in palladium foams. A model for the sorption kinetics of hydrogen in the foams is presented.

  12. Polyelectrolyte brushes: theory, modelling, synthesis and applications.

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    Das, Siddhartha; Banik, Meneka; Chen, Guang; Sinha, Shayandev; Mukherjee, Rabibrata

    2015-11-01

    Polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes are a special class of polymer brushes (PBs) containing charges. Polymer chains attain "brush"-like configuration when they are grafted or get localized at an interface (solid-fluid or liquid-fluid) with sufficiently close proximity between two-adjacent grafted polymer chains - such a proximity triggers a particular nature of interaction between the adjacent polymer molecules forcing them to stretch orthogonally to the grafting interface, instead of random-coil arrangement. In this review, we discuss the theory, synthesis, and applications of PE brushes. The theoretical discussion starts with the standard scaling concepts for polymer and PE brushes; following that, we shed light on the state of the art in continuum modelling approaches for polymer and PE brushes directed towards analysis beyond the scaling calculations. A special emphasis is laid in pinpointing the cases for which the PE electrostatic effects can be de-coupled from the PE entropic and excluded volume effects; such de-coupling is necessary to appropriately probe the complicated electrostatic effects arising from pH-dependent charging of the PE brushes and the use of these effects for driving liquid and ion transport at the interfaces covered with PE brushes. We also discuss the atomistic simulation approaches for polymer and PE brushes. Next we provide a detailed review of the existing approaches for the synthesis of polymer and PE brushes on interfaces, nanoparticles, and nanochannels, including mixed brushes and patterned brushes. Finally, we discuss some of the possible applications and future developments of polymer and PE brushes grafted on a variety of interfaces. PMID:26399305

  13. Enantioselective catalysis of photochemical reactions.

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    Brimioulle, Richard; Lenhart, Dominik; Maturi, Mark M; Bach, Thorsten

    2015-03-23

    The nature of the excited state renders the development of chiral catalysts for enantioselective photochemical reactions a considerable challenge. The absorption of a 400?nm photon corresponds to an energy uptake of approximately 300?kJ?mol(-1) . Given the large distance to the ground state, innovative concepts are required to open reaction pathways that selectively lead to a single enantiomer of the desired product. This Review outlines the two major concepts of homogenously catalyzed enantioselective processes. The first part deals with chiral photocatalysts, which intervene in the photochemical key step and induce an asymmetric induction in this step. In the second part, reactions are presented in which the photochemical excitation is mediated by an achiral photocatalyst and the transfer of chirality is ensured by a second chiral catalyst (dual catalysis). PMID:25728854

  14. Enantioselective recognition at mesoporous chiral metal surfaces

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    Wattanakit, Chularat; Côme, Yémima Bon Saint; Lapeyre, Veronique; Bopp, Philippe A.; Heim, Matthias; Yadnum, Sudarat; Nokbin, Somkiat; Warakulwit, Chompunuch; Limtrakul, Jumras; Kuhn, Alexander

    2014-02-01

    Chirality is widespread in natural systems, and artificial reproduction of chiral recognition is a major scientific challenge, especially owing to various potential applications ranging from catalysis to sensing and separation science. In this context, molecular imprinting is a well-known approach for generating materials with enantioselective properties, and it has been successfully employed using polymers. However, it is particularly difficult to synthesize chiral metal matrices by this method. Here we report the fabrication of a chirally imprinted mesoporous metal, obtained by the electrochemical reduction of platinum salts in the presence of a liquid crystal phase and chiral template molecules. The porous platinum retains a chiral character after removal of the template molecules. A matrix obtained in this way exhibits a large active surface area due to its mesoporosity, and also shows a significant discrimination between two enantiomers, when they are probed using such materials as electrodes.

  15. Highly Enantioselective Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of

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    Zhang, Xumu

    Highly Enantioselective Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Dehydroamino Acids with New Chiral(diphenylphosphino)-(1R,1R)-dicyclopentane (1) [(1R,1R,2R,2R)-BICP] (Figure 1) for the effective rhodium- catalyzedS,2S)-diol. Highly enantioselective hydrogenation of dehydroamino acids catalyzed by rhodium

  16. Hyperbranched polyphosphates: synthesis, functionalization and biomedical applications.

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    Liu, Jinyao; Huang, Wei; Pang, Yan; Yan, Deyue

    2015-06-21

    Hyperbranched polyphosphates (HBPPs) are newly emerged polymeric biomaterials with repeating phosphate bonds in a highly branched framework over the past 5 years. Due to the integration of the advantages of both hyperbranched polymers and polyphosphates, HBPPs are versatile in chemical structure, flexible in physicochemical properties, water soluble, biocompatible and biodegradable in biological features. On the basis of their excellent water solubility, biocompatibility, biodegradability and potential functionalization as well as their simple preparation in one-pot synthesis, HBPPs have fascinating biomedical applications, especially for drug delivery. In this tutorial review, the recent advances of HBPPs are summarized. HBPPs with different topological structures and various functionalities were synthesized via adjusting the side group of cyclic phosphate monomers, which have shown promising biomedical applications, for example, using as a macromolecular anticancer agent and constructing advanced drug delivery systems, including site-specific delivery systems, self-delivery systems, and stimuli-responsive delivery systems. Such progress may promote the further development of interdisciplinary research between polymer chemistry, material science and biomedicine. PMID:26008957

  17. Synthesis of highly quenching fullerene derivatives for biosensor applications

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    Pérez, Vanessa Virginia, 1981-

    2004-01-01

    This dissertation examines the synthesis of fullerene-based fluorescence quenchers for numerous biosensor applications. The Introduction describes the need for biosensors in our society, what they are and various biosensing ...

  18. Semiconductor nanocrystals : synthesis, mechanisms of formation, and applications in biology

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    Allen, Peter M. (Peter Matthew)

    2010-01-01

    The primary focus of this thesis is the synthesis and applications of semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots (QDs). Novel synthetic routes to ternary 1-III-VI QDs are presented, and we report the first highly luminescent ...

  19. Synthesis, characterization and optical applications of nanomaterials

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    Xu, Fen

    Nanomaterials have been studied extensively due to their potential application in electronics, photonics and nanodevices. There are a wide variety of methods developed to create the nano-scale materials. Chemical colloidal synthesis is the way most used since it is reproducible and high efficiency. Nanoparticles lie at the heart of nanoscience for their novel electronic, magnetic and optical properties. In this dissertation, there are two parts where researches have been performed based on the synthesis of metal and semiconductor nanoparticles. In part I, Semiconductor type-II core-shell quantum dots (QDs) ZnO-CdS have been synthesized by chemical colloidal method which was carried out in a two-step process. We initially synthesized ZnO core nanoparticles and overcoat them with CdS shell. UV-Visible spectra, photoluminescence spectra (PL), high resolution TEM images and X-ray microanalysis for composition studies of the core-shell nanoparticles were characterized. PL lifetime measurements showed this type-II ZnO-CdS core-shell QDs presented extended exciton lifetime due to the spatial separation of electrons and holes between the core and the shell, which opens various useful applications in biosensors and photovoltaic devices. In part II, normal Raman (NR) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of 3-hydroxyflavone (3-HF) have been measured. The SERS spectra were obtained both on a Ag electrode surface and on Ag colloidal nanoparticles. The experimental results support the DFT geometry calculations, which show that an adatom site at the vertex of Ag20 cluster binding with the 3-HF molecular plane tilted at an angle of about 53° to the surface is a low-energy structure. This is consistent with the enhancement of in-plane vibrational modes. Furthermore, the effect of fluence level on the discoloration of marble surfaces after the removal of the encrustation by 355 nm laser pulses was comparatively studied. Considering the thermochemical reaction possibly occurring in the encrustation during laser irradiation, the mechanism responsible for the discoloration of the cleaned marble surface was analyzed. The reduction of iron oxides by graphite plays a key role in determining the final color of the cleaned marble surface. The marble surfaces before and after laser irradiation were characterized in terms of the chemical components through surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy on Ag colloidal nanoparticles. To analyze the working mechanism of the liquid layer covering the marble encrustation, distilled water, ethanol and acetone were used in marble cleaning to compare the cleaning efficiency at different fluence levels. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) on silver colloidal nanoparticles was also used to identify the chemical constituents of the cleaned marble with these three different liquids.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of advanced materials for Navy applications

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    Covino, J.; Lee, I.

    1994-01-01

    The synthesis of ceramics and ceramic coatings through the sol-gel process has extensive application with the United States Navy and a broad range of potential commercial applications as well. This paper surveys seven specific applications for which the Navy is investigating these advanced materials. For each area, the synthetic process is described and the characteristics of the materials are discussed.

  1. Chemoselective and Enantioselective Hydrogenations on Immobilized Complexes

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    Zsigmond, Agnes; Notheisz, Ferenc; Kluson, Petr; Floris, Tomas

    Homogeneous catalysts, which are mixed with the reactants at the molecular level, typically show the highest activity and selectivity as they offer chemically well-defined active sites and are not limited by heat and mass transport. However, an inherent disadvantage of the homogeneous catalysis is the need to separate the catalyst from a product after the reaction. Therefore, solid or immobilized homogeneous catalysts are preferred in industry. In this contribution we pay attention to chemoselectivity, regioselectivity and enantioselectivity in the synthesis of fine chemicals by means of hydrogenation reactions with immobilised homogeneous complexes. Preferential hydrogenation of one functional group in a molecule over another is the chemoselective process, while regioselective hydrogenation is the preferential formation of one constitutional isomer of the product in a reaction in which other isomers may also be formed, and the stereoselective hydrogenation is the formation of an excess of one stereoisomer over others. Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic transfer hydrogenations (CTH) were additionally introduced as alternative methods to the classical hydrogenation processes. They utilise a different hydrogen source from molecular hydrogen and can find their use for reduction of any type of groups.

  2. Synthesis and Applications of Titanium Oxide Nanotubes

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    Sekino, Tohru

    Titanium oxide nanotube (TiO2 nanotube, TNT) is synthesized by the low-temperature solution chemical method via the self-organization to form unique open-end nanotubular morphology with typically 8-10 and 5-7 nm in outer and inner diameters, respectively. Because of the mutual and synergy combination of its low-dimensional nanostructure and physical-chemical characteristics of TiO2 semiconductor, properties enhancements and novel functionalization are expected in the TiO2 nanotube. In this chapter, synthesis, nanostructures, formation mechanism, various physicochemical characteristics, and prospects of future application for the TiO2 nanotube are described in detail. In such an oxide material, property control and enhancement is possible by tuning appropriate chemical compositions, crystal structures, and composite structures. Therefore, special emphasis is also placed to introduce modification of the nanotubes by doping and/or nanocompositing to meet the requirements as for the environmental friendly and energy creation systems and various functional devices.

  3. COMBUSTION SYNTHESIS OF ADVANCED MATERIALS: PRINCIPLESAND APPLICATIONS

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    Mukasyan, Alexander

    of Thermite-vpe SHS D. Commercial Aspects IV. Theoretical Considerations A. Combustion Wave Propagation Theory, and technological results have been reported from various parts of the world (see SHS Bibliography, 1996 high- temperature synthesis (SHS) and volume combustion synthesis (VCS). A schematicdiagramof

  4. Total synthesis and study of myrmicarin alkaloids

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    Ondrus, Alison E.

    The myrmicarins are a family of air- and temperature-sensitive alkaloids that possess unique structural features. Our concise enantioselective synthesis of the tricyclic myrmicarins enabled evaluation of a potentially ...

  5. Enantioselective determination of (R)- and (S)-lansoprazole in human plasma by chiral liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry and its application to a stereoselective pharmacokinetic study.

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    Sun, Luning; Cao, Yang; Jiao, Huiwen; Fang, Yunqian; Yang, Zhicheng; Bian, Mingliang; Zhang, Hongwen; Gong, Xiaojian; Wang, Yongqing

    2015-11-01

    A simple and enantioselective method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of (R)- and (S)-lansoprazole in human plasma by chiral liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Lansoprazole enantiomers and internal standard (esomeprazole) were extracted from plasma using acetonitrile as protein precipitating agent. Baseline chiral separation was achieved within 9.0 min on a Chiralpak IC column (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 ?m) with the column temperature of 30°C. The mobile phase consisted of 10 mM ammonium acetate solution containing 0.05% acetic acid/acetonitrile (50:50, v/v). The mass spectrometric analysis was performed using a QTrap 5500 mass spectrometer coupled with an electrospray ionization source in positive ion mode. The multiple reactions monitoring transitions of m/z 370.1?252.1 and 346.1?198.1 were used to quantify lansoprazole enantiomers and esomeprazole, respectively. For each enantiomer, no apparent matrix effect was found, the calibration curve was linear over 5.00-3000 ng/mL, the intra- and inter-day precisions were below 10.0%, and the accuracy was -3.8 to 3.3%. Analytes were stable during the study. No chiral inversion was observed during sample storage, preparation procedure and analysis. The method was applied to the stereoselective pharmacokinetic studies in human after intravenous administration of dexlansoprazole or racemic lansoprazole. PMID:26333119

  6. Combinatorial evolution of site- and enantioselective catalysts for polyene epoxidation

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    Lichtor, Phillip A.; Miller, Scott J.

    2012-12-01

    Selectivity in the catalytic functionalization of complex molecules is a major challenge in chemical synthesis. The problem is magnified when there are several possible stereochemical outcomes and when similar functional groups occur repeatedly within the same molecule. Selective polyene oxidation provides an archetypical example of this challenge. Historically, enzymatic catalysis has provided the only precedents. Although non-enzymatic catalysts that meet some of these challenges became known, a comprehensive solution has remained elusive. Here, we describe low molecular weight peptide-based catalysts, discovered through a combinatorial synthesis and screening protocol, that exhibit site- and enantioselective oxidation of certain positions of various isoprenols. This diversity-based approach, which exhibits features reminiscent of the directed evolution of enzymes, delivers catalysts that compare favourably to the state-of-the-art for the asymmetric oxidation of these compounds. Moreover, the approach culminated in catalysts that exhibit alternative-site selectivity in comparison to oxidation catalysts previously described.

  7. A Lewis acid activated reaction of Zn with EtI to promote highly enantioselective alkyne additions to aldehydes.

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    Chen, Shan-yong; Liu, Winnie; Wu, Xuedan; Ying, Jun; Yu, Xiaoqi; Pu, Lin

    2015-01-01

    An easily available BINOL-Ti(O(i)Pr)4 catalyst system is found to activate the reaction of Zn powder with EtI for the asymmetric alkyne addition to aldehydes at room temperature. It allows the synthesis of a number of synthetically useful chiral propargylic alcohols with both high yields and high enantioselectivity (up to >96% ee). PMID:25407055

  8. Synthesis and applications of metal oxide nanowires

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    Tien, Li-Chia

    The one-dimensional nanostructured materials have attracted much attention because of their superior properties from the deducing size in the nanometer range. Among them, metal oxide materials provide a wide diversity and functionality in both theoretical study and applications. This work focused on the synthesis of metal oxide nanowires, and further investigated possible applications of nanostructured metal oxide materials. High quality ZnO nanowires have been synthesized by catalyst-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The control of initial Au or Ag film thickness and subsequent annealing conditions is shown to provide an effective method for controlling the size and density of nucleation sites for catalyst-driven growth of ZnO nanowires. For gas sensing applications, it is found that the sensitivity for detecting hydrogen is greatly enhanced by sputter-depositing metal catalysts (Pt and Pt) on surface. The sensors are shown to detect ppm hydrogen at room temperature using <0.4 mW of power when using multiple nanowires. A comparison study of the hydrogen-sensing characteristics of ZnO thin films with different thickness and ZnO nanowires was studied. The Pt-coated single nanowires show a current response by approximately a factor of 3 larger at room temperature. Both types of sensors are shown to be capable of the detection of ppm hydrogen at room temperature with nW power levels, but the nanowires show different recovery characteristics, consistent with the expected higher surface coverage of adsorbed hydrogen. The feasibility of a number of metal oxide nanowires has been synthesized by a high-pressure assisted pulsed laser deposition. The high density well-aligned metal oxide nanowires can be directly grown on substrate without metal catalysts. The results suggest the possibility of growing complex metal oxide nanostructures, including tailored heterostructures and aligned heterojunction arrays with PLD technique. The growth of epitaxial SnO2 on c-sapphire using pulsed laser deposition is examined. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the films are highly a-axis oriented SnO2 with the rutile structure. The effects of Ga doping on SnO2 films were studied. The Hall data showed p-type behavior occurs only at specific growth condition, but converted back to n-type and degraded as time proceeds.

  9. Cell-Free Protein Synthesis: Applications Come of Age

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    Carlson, Erik D.; Gan, Rui; Hodgman, C. Eric; Jewett, Michael C.

    2014-01-01

    Cell-free protein synthesis has emerged as a powerful technology platform to help satisfy the growing demand for simple and efficient protein production. While used for decades as a foundational research tool for understanding transcription and translation, recent advances have made possible cost-effective microscale to manufacturing scale synthesis of complex proteins. Protein yields exceed grams protein produced per liter reaction volume, batch reactions last for multiple hours, costs have been reduced orders of magnitude, and reaction scale has reached the 100-liter milestone. These advances have inspired new applications in the synthesis of protein libraries for functional genomics and structural biology, the production of personalized medicines, and the expression of virus-like particles, among others. In the coming years, cell-free protein synthesis promises new industrial processes where short protein production timelines are crucial as well as innovative approaches to a wide range of applications. PMID:22008973

  10. Ultrafast Optical Pulses: Synthesis and Applications 

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    Wang, Kai

    2013-12-11

    This dissertation is devoted to ultrafast waveform synthesis using coherent Raman sidebands with the assistance of pulse shapers based on acousto-optic programmable dispersive ?lter (AOPDF) or deformable mirror (DM). ...

  11. Enantioselective organocatalytic epoxidation using hypervalent iodine reagents

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    MacMillan, David W. C.

    Enantioselective organocatalytic epoxidation using hypervalent iodine reagents Sandra Lee and David Abstract--A rare example of a hypervalent iodine reagent participating in a 1,4-heteroconjugate addition

  12. ENANTIOSELECTIVITY IN THE BIODEGRADATION OF PCB ATROPISOMERS

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    Microcosms inoculated with sediment from two locations in a contaminated reservoir, Lake Hartwell, SC, USA, degraded certain PCB atropisomers enantioselectively while other atropisomers were degraded in racemic proportions. The microcosms were spiked with either 234-236 PCB (PCB...

  13. Enantioselective Cycloaddition of Münchnones onto [60]Fullerene: Organocatalysis versus Metal Catalysis

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    2014-01-01

    Novel chiral catalytic systems based on both organic compounds and metal salts have been developed for the enantioselective [3 + 2] cycloaddition of münchnones onto fullerenes and olefins. These two different approaches proved to be efficient and complementary in the synthesis of optically active pyrrolino[3,4:1,2][60]fullerenes with high levels of enantiomeric excess and moderate to good conversions. Further functionalization of the pyrrolinofullerene carboxylic acid derivatives has been carried out by esterification and amidation reactions. PMID:24483247

  14. A Cu/Pd Cooperative Catalysis for Enantioselective Allylboration of Alkenes.

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    Jia, Tao; Cao, Peng; Wang, Bing; Lou, Yazhou; Yin, Xuemei; Wang, Min; Liao, Jian

    2015-11-01

    A cooperative Cu/Pd-catalyzed asymmetric three-component reaction of styrenes, B2(pin)2, and allyl carbonates was reported. This reaction, in the presence of chiral CuOAc/SOP and achiral Pd(dppf)Cl2 catalysts, occurs smoothly with high enantioselectivities (up to 97% ee) . The allylboration products, which contain alkene (or diene) unite and alkylboron group, are easily functionalized. The utility of this protocol was demonstrated through the synthesis of an antipsychotic drug, (-)-preclamol. PMID:26458555

  15. Enantioselective Addition of Boronates to Ortho-Quinone Methides Catalyzed by Chiral Biphenols

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    Luan, Yi; Schaus, Scott E.

    2014-01-01

    Chiral biphenols were found to catalyze the enantioselective asymmetric addition of aryl- or alkenyl-boronates to ortho-quinone methides. Substituted 2-styryl phenols were obtained in good yields (up to 95%) and high enantiomeric ratios (up to 98:2) in presence of 10 mol % of 3,3?-Br2-BINOL. A two step synthesis of (S)-4-Methoxy-dalbergione is achieved in good yield and selectivity. PMID:23206197

  16. Highly enantioselective adsorption of small prochiral molecules on a chiral intermetallic compound.

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    Prinz, Jan; Gröning, Oliver; Brune, Harald; Widmer, Roland

    2015-03-23

    Intrinsically chiral surfaces of intermetallic compounds are shown to be novel materials for enantioselective processes. Their advantage is the significantly higher thermal and chemical stability, and therefore their extended application range for catalyzed chiral reactions compared to surfaces templated with chiral molecular modifiers or auxiliaries. On the Pd1 -terminated PdGa(111) surface, room-temperature adsorption of a small prochiral molecule (9-ethynylphenanthrene) leads to exceptionally high enantiomeric excess ratios of up to 98?%. Our findings highlight the great potential of intrinsically chiral intermetallic compounds for the development of novel, enantioselective catalysts that can be operated at high temperatures and potentially also in harsh chemical environments. PMID:25655521

  17. Supramolecular dendritic polymers: from synthesis to applications.

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    Dong, Ruijiao; Zhou, Yongfeng; Zhu, Xinyuan

    2014-07-15

    CONSPECTUS: Supramolecular dendritic polymers (SDPs), which perfectly combine the advantages of dendritic polymers with those of supramolecular polymers, are a novel class of non-covalently bonded, highly branched macromolecules with three-dimensional globular topology. Because of their dynamic/reversible nature, unique topological structure, and exceptional physical/chemical properties (e.g., low viscosity, high solubility, and a large number of functional terminal groups), SDPs have attracted increasing attention in recent years in both academic and industrial fields. In particular, the reversibility of non-covalent interactions endows SDPs with the ability to undergo dynamic switching of structure, morphology, and function in response to various external stimuli, such as pH, temperature, light, stress, and redox agents, which further provides a flexible and robust platform for designing and developing smart supramolecular polymeric materials and functional supramolecular devices. The existing SDPs can be systematically classified into the following six major types according to their topological features: supramolecular dendrimers, supramolecular dendronized polymers, supramolecular hyperbranched polymers, supramolecular linear-dendritic block copolymers, supramolecular dendritic-dendritic block copolymers, and supramolecular dendritic multiarm copolymers. These different types of SDPs possess distinct morphologies, unique architectures, and specific functions. Benefiting from their versatile topological structures as well as stimuli-responsive properties, SDPs have displayed not only unique characteristics or advantages in supramolecular self-assembly behaviors (e.g., controllable morphologies, specific performance, and facile functionalization) but also great potential to be promising candidates in various fields. In this Account, we summarize the recent progress in the synthesis, functionalization, and self-assembly of SDPs as well as their potential applications in a wide range of fields. A variety of synthetic methods using non-covalent interactions have been established to prepare different types of SDPs based on varied mono- or multifunctionalized building blocks (e.g., monomer, dendron, dendrimer, and hyperbranched polymer) with homo- or heterocomplementary units. In addition, SDPs can be further endowed with excellent functionalities by employing different modification approaches involving terminal, focal-point, and backbone modification. Similar to conventional dendritic polymers, SDPs can self-assemble into diverse supramolecular structures such as micelles, vesicles, fibers, nanorings, tubes, and many hierarchical structures. Finally, we highlight some typical examples of recent applications of SDP-based systems in biomedical fields (e.g., controlled drug/gene/protein delivery, bioimaging, and biomimetic chemistry), nanotechnology (e.g., nanoreactors, catalysis, and molecular imprinting), and functional materials. The current research on SDPs is still at the very early stage, and much more work needs to be done. We anticipate that future studies of SDPs will focus on developing multifunctional, hierarchical supramolecular materials toward their practical applications by utilization of cooperative non-covalent interactions. PMID:24779892

  18. 77 FR 8324 - Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) User Needs Workshop...

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    2012-02-14

    ...TRANSPORTATION Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis...to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real- Time Information Synthesis...environmental benefits in a connected vehicle environment. For more information on the...

  19. Design and synthesis of mixed oxides nanoparticles for biofuel applications

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    Chen, Senniang

    2010-05-15

    The work in this dissertation presents the synthesis of two mixed metal oxides for biofuel applications and NMR characterization of silica materials. In the chapter 2, high catalytic efficiency of calcium silicate is synthesized for transesterfication of soybean oil to biodisels. Chapter 3 describes the synthesis of a new Rh based catalyst on mesoporous manganese oxides. The new catalyst is found to have higher activity and selectivity towards ethanol. Chapter 4 demonstrates the applications of solid-state Si NMR in the silica materials.

  20. Zinc oxide nanoparticles for revolutionizing agriculture: synthesis and applications.

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    Sabir, Sidra; Arshad, Muhammad; Chaudhari, Sunbal Khalil

    2014-01-01

    Nanotechnology is the most innovative field of 21st century. Extensive research is going on for commercializing nanoproducts throughout the world. Due to their unique properties, nanoparticles have gained considerable importance compared to bulk counterparts. Among other metal nanoparticles, zinc oxide nanoparticles are very much important due to their utilization in gas sensors, biosensors, cosmetics, drug-delivery systems, and so forth. Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) also have remarkable optical, physical, and antimicrobial properties and therefore have great potential to enhance agriculture. As far as method of formation is concerned, ZnO NPs can be synthesized by several chemical methods such as precipitation method, vapor transport method, and hydrothermal process. The biogenic synthesis of ZnO NPs by using different plant extracts is also common nowadays. This green synthesis is quite safe and ecofriendly compared to chemical synthesis. This paper elaborates the synthesis, properties, and applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles. PMID:25436235

  1. Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Revolutionizing Agriculture: Synthesis and Applications

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    Sabir, Sidra; Arshad, Muhammad

    2014-01-01

    Nanotechnology is the most innovative field of 21st century. Extensive research is going on for commercializing nanoproducts throughout the world. Due to their unique properties, nanoparticles have gained considerable importance compared to bulk counterparts. Among other metal nanoparticles, zinc oxide nanoparticles are very much important due to their utilization in gas sensors, biosensors, cosmetics, drug-delivery systems, and so forth. Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) also have remarkable optical, physical, and antimicrobial properties and therefore have great potential to enhance agriculture. As far as method of formation is concerned, ZnO NPs can be synthesized by several chemical methods such as precipitation method, vapor transport method, and hydrothermal process. The biogenic synthesis of ZnO NPs by using different plant extracts is also common nowadays. This green synthesis is quite safe and ecofriendly compared to chemical synthesis. This paper elaborates the synthesis, properties, and applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles. PMID:25436235

  2. Carbohydrate-Based Lactones: Synthesis and Applications

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    Xavier, Nuno M.; Rauter, Amélia P.; Queneau, Yves

    The synthesis and uses of different kinds of carbohydrate-based lactones are described. This group of compounds includes aldonolactones, other related monocyclic lactones and bicyclic systems. The latter can arise from uronic acids, carboxymethyl ethers or glycosides, or from C-branched sugars.

  3. The Construction of All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters by Use of Pd-Catalyzed Asymmetric Allylic Alkylation Reactions in Total Synthesis

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    Hong, Allen Y.

    2014-01-01

    All-carbon quaternary stereocenters have posed significant challenges in the synthesis of complex natural products. These important structural motifs have inspired the development of broadly applicable palladium-catalyzed asymmetric allylic alkylation reactions of unstabilized non-biased enolates for the synthesis of enantioenriched ?-quaternary products. This microreview outlines key considerations in the application of palladium-catalyzed asymmetric allylic alkylation reactions and presents recent total syntheses of complex natural products that have employed these powerful transformations for the direct, catalytic, enantioselective construction of all-carbon quaternary stereocenters. PMID:24944521

  4. Compliant Mechanism Synthesis for Shape-Change Applications: Preliminary Results

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    Lu, Kerr-Jia

    Compliant Mechanism Synthesis for Shape-Change Applications: Preliminary Results Kerr-Jia Lu** and Sridhar Kota Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 ABSTRACT the flying speed actually varies continuously throughout flight. Although conventional hinged mechanisms can

  5. One-dimensional boron nanostructures: Prediction, synthesis, characterizations, and applications

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    Gao, Hongjun

    One-dimensional boron nanostructures: Prediction, synthesis, characterizations, and applications January 2010, Accepted 24th March 2010 DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00051e One-dimensional (1D) boron nanostructures nanomaterials. In this article, we review the current progress that has been made on 1D boron nanostructures

  6. Synthesis and photovoltaic application of coper (I) sulfide nanocrystals

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    Wu, Yue; Wadia, Cyrus; Ma, Wanli; Sadtler, Bryce; Alivisatos, A.Paul

    2008-06-24

    We present the rational synthesis of colloidal copper(I) sulfide nanocrystals and demonstrate their application as an active light absorbing component in combination with CdS nanorods to make a solution-processed solar cell with 1.6percent power conversion efficiency on both conventional glass substrates and flexible plastic substrates with stability over a 4 month testing period.

  7. Film grain synthesis and its application to re-graining

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    Schallauer, Peter; Mörzinger, Roland

    2006-01-01

    Digital film restoration and special effects compositing require more and more automatic procedures for movie regraining. Missing or inhomogeneous grain decreases perceived quality. For the purpose of grain synthesis an existing texture synthesis algorithm has been evaluated and optimized. We show that this algorithm can produce synthetic grain which is perceptually similar to a given grain template, which has high spatial and temporal variation and which can be applied to multi-spectral images. Furthermore a re-grain application framework is proposed, which synthesises based on an input grain template artificial grain and composites this together with the original image content. Due to its modular approach this framework supports manual as well as automatic re-graining applications. Two example applications are presented, one for re-graining an entire movie and one for fully automatic re-graining of image regions produced by restoration algorithms. Low computational cost of the proposed algorithms allows application in industrial grade software.

  8. General Stereodivergent Enantioselective Total Synthetic Approach toward Macrosphelides A-G and M.

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    Häcker, Christine; Plietker, Bernd

    2015-08-21

    A straightforward enantioselective total synthesis algorithm for the preparation of 8 out of 13 macrosphelides within 9-11 steps starting from tert-butyl sorbate is presented. The use of a cyclic sulfate as both protecting and reactivity directing group is the key element within this algorithm. A high-pressure transesterification allows for the selective ring-enlargement of the 15-membered macrosphelides into the 16-membered counterparts. The absolute configurations of the natural products were unambiguously assigned both by the chemical synthesis and by X-ray structure analysis. PMID:26203878

  9. Synthesis and Anticancer Activity of All Known (?)-Agelastatin Alkaloids

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    Han, Sunkyu

    The full details of our enantioselective total syntheses of (?)-agelastatins A–F (1–6), the evolution of a new methodology for synthesis of substituted azaheterocycles, and the first side-by-side evaluation of all known ...

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers for Fuel Cells Application

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    Tytko, Stephen F.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this summer research is to prepare Polymer Exchange Membranes (PEM s) for fuel cell application. Several high temperature polymers such as polybenzimidazoles and polyether ketones were known to possess good high temperature stability and had been investigated by post-sulfonation to yield sulfonated polymers. The research project will involve two approaches: 1. Synthesis of polybenzimidazoles and then react with alkyl sultonse to attach an aliphatic sulfonic groups. 2. Synthesis of monomers containing sulfonic acid units either on a aromatic ring or on an aliphatic chain and then polymerize the monomers to form high molecular weight sulfonate polymers.

  11. Aerosol synthesis and application of folded graphene-based materials

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    Chen, Yantao; Wang, Zhongying; Qiu, Yang

    2015-12-01

    Graphene oxide colloid has been widely used in the synthesis of various graphene-based materials. Graphene oxide sheets, with a low bending rigidity, can be folded when assembled in aqueous phase. A simple but industrial scalable way, aerosol processing, can be used to fabricate folded graphene-based materials. These folded materials can carry various cargo materials and be used in different applications such as time-controlled drug release, medical imaging enhancement, catalyst support and energy related areas. The aerosol synthesis of folded graphene-based materials can also be easily extended to fabricate hybrid nanomaterials without any complicated chemistries.

  12. Bacterial polyesters. Synthesis, properties, and application

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    Geller, B. E.

    1996-08-01

    The mechanism of bacterial synthesis of polymers and copolymers of hydroxyalkanoic acids is described. The structural and physicochemical properties of polymers obtained by biosynthesis are identical to those of the polymers obtained by polymerisation of lactones. Polymers and copolymers of hydroxyalkanoic acids are readily crystallisable flexible-chain polymers, capable of forming films and fibres when the degree of polymerisation is higher than 500-600. These compounds are biodegradable. The rate of biodestruction, which leads mainly to oligomeric products, depends on the chemical nature of the compound, on the degree of tacticity in the polymeric chain, and on the degree of ordering in the polymeric substrate. The bibliography includes 105 references.

  13. Semiconductor nanowhiskers: Synthesis, properties, and applications

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    Dubrovskii, V. G. Cirlin, G. E. Ustinov, V. M.

    2009-12-15

    Recent results of studying the semiconductor's whisker nanocrystals are reviewed. Physical grounds of growing whisker nanocrystals using the mechanism vapor-liquid-crystal are given and the main epitaxial technologies of synthesis of whisker nanocrystals are described. Thermodynamic and kinetic factors controlling the morphological properties, composition, and crystal structure of whisker nanocrystals are considered in detail. The main theoretical models of the growth and structure of whisker nanocrystals are described. The data on physical properties of whisker nanocrystals and possibilities of their use in nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, and nanobiotechnology are presented.

  14. Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Prochiral Cyclohexanones by Organocatalytic Intramolecular Michael Additions to ?,?-Unsaturated Esters**

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    Gammack Yamagata, Adam D; Datta, Swarup; Jackson, Kelvin E; Stegbauer, Linus; Paton, Robert S; Dixon, Darren J

    2015-01-01

    A new catalytic asymmetric desymmetrization reaction for the synthesis of enantioenriched derivatives of 2-azabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane, a key motif common to many alkaloids, has been developed. Employing a cyclohexanediamine-derived primary amine organocatalyst, a range of prochiral cyclohexanone derivatives possessing an ?,?-unsaturated ester moiety linked to the 4-position afforded the bicyclic products, which possess three stereogenic centers, as single diastereoisomers in high enantioselectivity (83–99?% ee) and in good yields (60–90?%). Calculations revealed that stepwise C–C bond formation and proton transfer via a chair-shaped transition state dictate the exclusive endo selectivity and enabled the development of a highly enantioselective primary amine catalyst. PMID:25727215

  15. Iridium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Allylic Substitution of Enol Silanes from Vinylogous Esters and Amides.

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    Chen, Ming; Hartwig, John F

    2015-11-01

    The enol silanes of vinylogous esters and amides are classic dienes for Diels-Alder reactions. Here, we report their reactivity as nucleophiles in Ir-catalyzed, enantioselective allylic substitution reactions. A variety of allylic carbonates react with these nucleophiles to give allylated products in good yields with high enantioselectivities and excellent branched-to-linear ratios. These reactions occur with KF or alkoxide as the additive, but mechanistic studies suggest that these additives do not activate the enol silanes. Instead, they serve as bases to promote the cyclometalation to generate the active Ir catalyst. The carbonate anion, which was generated from the oxidative addition of the allylic carbonate, likely activates the enol silanes to trigger their activity as nucleophiles for reactions with the allyliridium electrophile. The synthetic utility of this method was illustrated by the synthesis of the anti-muscarinic drug, fesoterodine. PMID:26441002

  16. Enantioselective Olefin Metathesis with Cyclometalated Ruthenium Complexes

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    2015-01-01

    The success of enantioselective olefin metathesis relies on the design of enantioenriched alkylidene complexes capable of transferring stereochemical information from the catalyst structure to the reactants. Cyclometalation of the NHC ligand has proven to be a successful strategy to incorporate stereogenic atoms into the catalyst structure. Enantioenriched complexes incorporating this design element catalyze highly Z- and enantioselective asymmetric ring opening/cross metathesis (AROCM) of norbornenes and cyclobutenes, and the difference in ring strain between these two substrates leads to different propagating species in the catalytic cycle. Asymmetric ring closing metathesis (ARCM) of a challenging class of prochiral trienes has also been achieved. The extent of reversibility and effect of reaction setup was also explored. Finally, promising levels of enantioselectivity in an unprecedented Z-selective asymmetric cross metathesis (ACM) of a prochiral 1,4-diene was demonstrated. PMID:25137310

  17. Enantioselective olefin metathesis with cyclometalated ruthenium complexes.

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    Hartung, John; Dornan, Peter K; Grubbs, Robert H

    2014-09-17

    The success of enantioselective olefin metathesis relies on the design of enantioenriched alkylidene complexes capable of transferring stereochemical information from the catalyst structure to the reactants. Cyclometalation of the NHC ligand has proven to be a successful strategy to incorporate stereogenic atoms into the catalyst structure. Enantioenriched complexes incorporating this design element catalyze highly Z- and enantioselective asymmetric ring opening/cross metathesis (AROCM) of norbornenes and cyclobutenes, and the difference in ring strain between these two substrates leads to different propagating species in the catalytic cycle. Asymmetric ring closing metathesis (ARCM) of a challenging class of prochiral trienes has also been achieved. The extent of reversibility and effect of reaction setup was also explored. Finally, promising levels of enantioselectivity in an unprecedented Z-selective asymmetric cross metathesis (ACM) of a prochiral 1,4-diene was demonstrated. PMID:25137310

  18. Pristine nanomaterials: synthesis, stability and applications.

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    Kundu, Paromita; Anumol, E A; Ravishankar, N

    2013-06-21

    Capping-free and linker-free nanostructures/hybrids possess superior properties due to the presence of pristine surfaces and interfaces. In this review, various methods for synthesizing pristine nanomaterials are presented along with the general principles involved in their morphology control. In wet chemical synthesis, the interplay between various reaction parameters results in diverse morphology. The fundamental principles behind the evolution of morphology including nanoporous aggregates of metals and other inorganic materials, 2D nanocrystals of metals is elucidated by capping-free methods in aqueous medium. In addition, strategies leading to the attachment of bare noble metal nanoparticles to functional oxide supports/reduced graphene oxide has been demonstrated which can serve as a simple solution for obtaining thermally stable and efficient supported catalysts with free surfaces. Solution based synthesis of linker-free oxide-semiconductor hybrids and capping-free metal nanowires on substrates are also discussed in this context with ZnO/CdS and ultrathin Au nanowires as examples. A simple and rapid microwave-assisted method is highlighted for obtaining such hybrids which can be employed for high-yield production of similar materials. PMID:23674238

  19. Pristine nanomaterials: synthesis, stability and applications

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    Kundu, Paromita; Anumol, E. A.; Ravishankar, N.

    2013-05-01

    Capping-free and linker-free nanostructures/hybrids possess superior properties due to the presence of pristine surfaces and interfaces. In this review, various methods for synthesizing pristine nanomaterials are presented along with the general principles involved in their morphology control. In wet chemical synthesis, the interplay between various reaction parameters results in diverse morphology. The fundamental principles behind the evolution of morphology including nanoporous aggregates of metals and other inorganic materials, 2D nanocrystals of metals is elucidated by capping-free methods in aqueous medium. In addition, strategies leading to the attachment of bare noble metal nanoparticles to functional oxide supports/reduced graphene oxide has been demonstrated which can serve as a simple solution for obtaining thermally stable and efficient supported catalysts with free surfaces. Solution based synthesis of linker-free oxide-semiconductor hybrids and capping-free metal nanowires on substrates are also discussed in this context with ZnO/CdS and ultrathin Au nanowires as examples. A simple and rapid microwave-assisted method is highlighted for obtaining such hybrids which can be employed for high-yield production of similar materials.

  20. Nanosilver particles in medical applications: synthesis, performance, and toxicity

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    Ge, Liangpeng; Li, Qingtao; Wang, Meng; Ouyang, Jun; Li, Xiaojian; Xing, Malcolm MQ

    2014-01-01

    Nanosilver particles (NSPs), are among the most attractive nanomaterials, and have been widely used in a range of biomedical applications, including diagnosis, treatment, drug delivery, medical device coating, and for personal health care. With the increasing application of NSPs in medical contexts, it is becoming necessary for a better understanding of the mechanisms of NSPs’ biological interactions and their potential toxicity. In this review, we first introduce the synthesis routes of NSPs, including physical, chemical, and biological or green synthesis. Then the unique physiochemical properties of NSPs, such as antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory activity, are discussed in detail. Further, some recent applications of NSPs in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in medical fields are described. Finally, potential toxicology considerations of NSPs, both in vitro and in vivo, are also addressed. PMID:24876773

  1. Nanoparticles: synthesis and applications in life science and environmental technology

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    Luong Nguyen, Hoang; Nguyen, Hoang Nam; Hai Nguyen, Hoang; Quynh Luu, Manh; Hieu Nguyen, Minh

    2015-03-01

    This work focuses on the synthesis, functionalization, and application of gold and silver nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles Fe3O4, combination of 4-ATP-coated silver nanoparticles and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The synthesis methods such as chemical reduction, seeding, coprecipitation,and inverse microemulsion will be outlined. Silica- and amino-coated nanoparticles are suitable for several applications in biomedicine and the environment. The applications of the prepared nanoparticles for early detection of breast cancer cells, basal cell carcinoma, antibacterial test, arsenic removal from water, Herpes DNA separation, CD4+ cell separation and isolation of DNA of Hepatitis virus type B (HBV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) are discussed. Finally, some promising perspectives will be pointed out. Invited talk at the 7th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology IWAMSN2014, 2-6 November, 2014, Ha Long, Vietnam.

  2. High-Yield Synthesis and Applications of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles

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    Vigderman, Leonid

    This work will describe research directed towards the synthesis of anisotropic gold nanoparticles as well as their functionalization and biological applications. The thesis will begin by describing a new technique for the high-yield synthesis of gold nanorods using hydroquinone as a reducing agent. This addresses important limitations of the traditional nanorod synthesis including low yield of gold ions conversion to metallic form and inability to produce rods with longitudinal surface plasmon peak above 850 nm. The use of hydroquinone was also found to improve the synthesis of gold nanowires via the nanorod-seed mediated procedure developed in our lab. The thesis will next present the synthesis of novel starfruitshaped nanorods, mesorods, and nanowires using a modified nanorod-seed mediated procedure. The starfruit particles displayed increased activity as surfaceenhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrates as compared to smooth structures. Next, a method for the functionalization of gold nanorods using a cationic thiol, 16-mercaptohexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (MTAB), will be described. By using this thiol, we were able to demonstrate the complete removal of toxic surfactant from the nanorods and were also able to precisely quantify the grafting density of thiol molecules on the nanorod surface through a combination of several analytical techniques. Finally, this thesis will show that MTABfunctionalized nanorods are nontoxic and can be taken up in extremely high numbers into cancer cells. The thesis will conclude by describing the surprising uptake of larger mesorods and nanowires functionalized with MTAB into cells in high quantities.

  3. Application of optimality criteria in structural synthesis

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    Terai, K.

    1974-01-01

    The rational use of optimality criteria was investigated for a class of structural synthesis problems where materials, configuration and applied load conditions are specified, and the minimum weight design is to be determined. The potential of hybrid methods of structural optimization for dealing with relatively large design problems involving practical complexity was explored. The reduced basis concept in design space was used to decrease the number of generalized design variables dealt with by the mathematical programming algorithm. Optimality criteria methods for obtaining design vectors associated with displacement, system buckling and natural frequency constraints are presented. A stress ratio method was used to generate a basis design vector representing the stress constraints. The finite element displacement method was used as the basic structural analysis tool. Results for several examples of truss systems subject to stress, displacement and minimum size constraints are presented. An assessment of these results indicates the effectiveness of the hybrid method developed.

  4. Synthesis of boron nitride nanotubes and their applications

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    Kalay, Saban; Yilmaz, Zehra; Sen, Ozlem; Emanet, Melis; Kazanc, Emine

    2015-01-01

    Summary Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) have been increasingly investigated for use in a wide range of applications due to their unique physicochemical properties including high hydrophobicity, heat and electrical insulation, resistance to oxidation, and hydrogen storage capacity. They are also valued for their possible medical and biomedical applications including drug delivery, use in biomaterials, and neutron capture therapy. In this review, BNNT synthesis methods and the surface modification strategies are first discussed, and then their toxicity and application studies are summarized. Finally, a perspective for the future use of these novel materials is discussed. PMID:25671154

  5. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of II-VI Semiconductor Micro- and Nanoparticles towards Sensor Applications 

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    Majithia, Ravish

    2013-01-15

    Engineering particles at the nanoscale demands a high degree of control over process parameters during synthesis. For nanocrystal synthesis, solution-based techniques typically include application of external convective ...

  6. Conducting Polymer Nanostructures: Template Synthesis and Applications in Energy Storage

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    Pan, Lijia; Qiu, Hao; Dou, Chunmeng; Li, Yun; Pu, Lin; Xu, Jianbin; Shi, Yi

    2010-01-01

    Conducting polymer nanostructures have received increasing attention in both fundamental research and various application fields in recent decades. Compared with bulk conducting polymers, conducting polymer nanostructures are expected to display improved performance in energy storage because of the unique properties arising from their nanoscaled size: high electrical conductivity, large surface area, short path lengths for the transport of ions, and high electrochemical activity. Template methods are emerging for a sort of facile, efficient, and highly controllable synthesis of conducting polymer nanostructures. This paper reviews template synthesis routes for conducting polymer nanostructures, including soft and hard template methods, as well as its mechanisms. The application of conducting polymer mesostructures in energy storage devices, such as supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries, are discussed. PMID:20717527

  7. Synthesis of Fluorosurfactants for Emulsion-Based Biological Applications

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    2015-01-01

    Microemulsion represents an attractive platform for fundamental and applied biomedical research because the emulsified droplets can serve as millions of compartmentalized micrometer-sized reactors amenable to high-throughput screening or online monitoring. However, establishing stable emulsions with surfactants that are compatible with biological applications remains a significant challenge. Motivated by the lack of commercially available surfactants suitable for microemulsion-based biological assays, this study describes the facile synthesis of a biocompatible fluorosurfactant with nonionic tris(hydroxymethyl)methyl (Tris) polar head groups. We have further demonstrated compatibility of the developed surfactant with diverse emulsion-based applications, including DNA polymeric nanoparticle synthesis, enzymatic activity assay, and bacterial or mammalian cell culture, in the setup of both double- and multiphases of emulsions. PMID:24646088

  8. Waveform synthesis for imaging and ranging applications

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    Doerry, Armin W.; Dudley, Peter A.; Dubert, Dale F.; Tise, Bertice L.

    2004-12-07

    Frequency dependent corrections are provided for quadrature imbalance and Local Oscillator (LO) feed-through. An operational procedure filters imbalance and LO feed-through effects without prior calibration or equalization. Waveform generation can be adjusted/corrected in a synthetic aperture radar system (SAR), where a rolling phase shift is applied to the SAR's QDWS signal where it is demodulated in a receiver; unwanted energies, such as LO feed-through and/or imbalance energy, are separated from a desired signal in Doppler; the separated energy is filtered from the receiver leaving the desired signal; and the separated energy in the receiver is measured to determine the degree of imbalance that is represented by it. Calibration methods can also be implemented into synthesis. The degree of LO feed-through and imbalance can be used to determine calibration values that can then be provided as compensation for frequency dependent errors in components, such as the QDWS and SSB mixer, affecting quadrature signal quality.

  9. Enantioselectivity on Surfaces with Chiral Nanostructures

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    Gellman, Andrew J.

    of amino acids that form proteins, the building blocks of life, and of DNA, which encodes the genetic solid surfaces and can be made enantioselective by using chiral surfaces. There are three common types that they are nonsuperimposable on their mirror images. One of the most common and versatile approaches to

  10. Iridium-catalyzed enantioselective polyene cyclization.

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    Schafroth, Michael A; Sarlah, David; Krautwald, Simon; Carreira, Erick M

    2012-12-19

    A highly enantioselective polycyclization method has been developed using the combination of Lewis acid activation with iridium-catalyzed allylic substitution. This strategy relies on direct use of branched, racemic allylic alcohols and furnishes a diverse and unique set of carbo- and heteropolycyclic ring systems in good yields and ?99% ee. PMID:23193947

  11. Plasma Synthesis of Nanoparticles for Nanocomposite Energy Applications

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    Peter C. Kong; Alex W. Kawczak

    2008-09-01

    The nanocomposite energy applications for plasma reactor produced nanoparticles are reviewed. Nanoparticles are commonly defined as particles less than 100 nm in diameter. Due to this small size, nanoparticles have a high surface-to-volume ratio. This increases the surface energy compared to the bulk material. The high surface-to-volume ratio and size effects (quantum effects) give nanoparticles distinctive chemical, electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical properties from those of the bulk material. Nanoparticles synthesis can be grouped into 3 broad approaches. The first one is wet phase synthesis (sol-gel processing), the second is mechanical attrition, and the third is gas-phase synthesis (aerosol). The properties of the final product may differ significantly depending on the fabrication route. Currently, there are no economical large-scale production processes for nanoparticles. This hinders the widespread applications of nanomaterials in products. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is engaging in research and development of advanced modular hybrid plasma reactors for low cost production of nanoparticles that is predicted to accelerate application research and enable the formation of technology innovation alliances that will result in the commercial production of nanocomposites for alternative energy production devices such as fuel cells, photovoltaics and electrochemical double layer capacitors.

  12. Enantioselective Analysis in instruments onboard ROSETTA/PHILAE and ExoMars

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    Hendrik Bredehöft, Jan; Thiemann, Wolfram; Meierhenrich, Uwe; Goesmann, Fred

    It has been suggested a number of times in the past, to look for chirality as a biomarker. So far, for lack of appropriate instrumentation, space missions have never included enantioselective analysis. The distinction between enantiomers is of crucial importance to the question of the origin of the very first (pre)biotic molecules. If molecules detected in situ on another celestial body were found to exhibit a chiral bias, this would mean that at least partial asymmetric synthesis could take place abiotically. If this chiral bias should be found to be near 100For the currently flying ESA mission ROSETTA an enantioselective instrument was built, to try for the first time to detect and separate chiral molecules in situ. This instrument is COSAC, the Cometary Sampling and Acquisition Experiment, an enantioselective GCMS device[1,2], which is included in the lander PHLIAE that will eventually in 2014 land on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A similar but even more powerful type of enantioselective GC-MS is in preparation for ESA's ExoMars mission. This instrument is part of MOMA, the Mars Organic Molecules Analyser. It has the objective of identifying and quantifying chiral organic molecules in surface and subsurface samples of Mars. Currently ExoMars is scheduled for 2018. The newly developed enantioselective technique utilized by both COSAC and MOMA will be described, including sample acquisition, derivatization, and separation in space-resistant chiral stationary capillary columns with time-of-flight mass spectrometric detection. Results of enantioselective analyses of representative test samples with special emphasis on amino acids[3], the building blocks of protein polymers, will be presented and we will discuss potential results of space missions Rosetta and ExoMars. [1] Thiemann W.H.-P., Meierhenrich U.: ESA Mission ROSETTA Will Probe for Chirality of Cometary Amino Acids. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 31 (2001), 199-210. [2] Goesmann F., Rosenbauer H., Roll R., Szopa C., Raulin F., Sternberg R., Israel G., Meier-henrich U., Thiemann W., Muñoz Caro G.M.: COSAC, The cometary sampling and composi-n tion experiment on Philae. Space Science Reviews 128 (2007), 257-280. [3] Meierhenrich U.J.: Amino Acids and the Asymmetry of Life -Caught in the Act of Forma-tion. Springer, Heidelberg Berlin New York (2008).

  13. Nanoceria as Antioxidant: Synthesis and Biomedical Applications

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    The therapeutic application of nanomaterials has been a focus of numerous studies in the past decade. Due to its unique redox properties, cerium oxide (ceria) is finding widespread use in the treatment of medical disorders caused by the reactive oxygen intermediates (ROI). The radical-scavenging rol...

  14. Synthesis, properties, and applications of iron nanoparticles.

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    Huber, Dale L.

    2005-01-01

    Iron, the most ubiquitous of the transition metals and the fourth most plentiful element in the Earths crust, is the structural backbone of our modern infrastructure. It is therefore ironic that as a nanoparticle, iron has been somewhat neglected in favor of its own oxides, as well as other metals such as cobalt, nickel, gold, and platinum. This is unfortunate, but understandable. Irons reactivity is important in macroscopic applications (particularly rusting), but is a dominant concern at the nanoscale. Finely divided iron has long been known to be pyrophoric, which is a major reason that iron nanoparticles have not been more fully studied to date. This extreme reactivity has traditionally made iron nanoparticles difficult to study and inconvenient for practical applications. Iron however has a great deal to offer at the nanoscale, including very potent magnetic and catalytic properties. Recent work has begun to take advantage of irons potential, and work in this field appears to be blossoming.

  15. Cellulose nanocrystals: synthesis, functional properties, and applications

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    George, Johnsy; Sabapathi, SN

    2015-01-01

    Cellulose nanocrystals are unique nanomaterials derived from the most abundant and almost inexhaustible natural polymer, cellulose. These nanomaterials have received significant interest due to their mechanical, optical, chemical, and rheological properties. Cellulose nanocrystals primarily obtained from naturally occurring cellulose fibers are biodegradable and renewable in nature and hence they serve as a sustainable and environmentally friendly material for most applications. These nanocrystals are basically hydrophilic in nature; however, they can be surface functionalized to meet various challenging requirements, such as the development of high-performance nanocomposites, using hydrophobic polymer matrices. Considering the ever-increasing interdisciplinary research being carried out on cellulose nanocrystals, this review aims to collate the knowledge available about the sources, chemical structure, and physical and chemical isolation procedures, as well as describes the mechanical, optical, and rheological properties, of cellulose nanocrystals. Innovative applications in diverse fields such as biomedical engineering, material sciences, electronics, catalysis, etc, wherein these cellulose nanocrystals can be used, are highlighted. PMID:26604715

  16. Electrospun metallic nanowires: Synthesis, characterization, and applications

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    Khalil, Abdullah; Singh Lalia, Boor; Hashaikeh, Raed; Khraisheh, Marwan

    2013-11-01

    Metals are known to have unique thermal, mechanical, electrical, and catalytic properties. On the other hand, metallic nanowires are promising materials for variety of applications such as transparent conductive film for photovoltaic devices, electrodes for batteries, as well as nano-reinforcement for composite materials. Whereas varieties of methods have been explored to synthesize metal nanowires with different characteristics, electrospinning has also been found to be successful for that purpose. Even though electrospinning of polymeric nanofibers is a well-established field, there are several challenges that need to be overcome to use the electrospinning technique for the fabrication of metallic nanowires. These challenges are mainly related to the multi-steps fabrication process and its relation to the structure evolution of the nanowires. In addition to reviewing the literature, this article identifies promising avenues for further research in this area with particular emphasis on the applications that nonwoven metal wires confined in a nano-scale can open.

  17. Nitroderivatives of catechol: from synthesis to application.

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    Gavazov, Kiril B

    2012-03-01

    Nitroderivatives of catechol (NDCs) are reviewed with special emphasis on their complexes and applications. Binary, ternary and quaternary NDC complexes with more than 40 elements (aluminum, arsenic, boron, beryllium, calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, gallium, germanium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niobium, rare earth elements, silicon, tin, strontium, technetium, thallium, titanium, uranium, vanadium, tungsten, zinc and zirconium) are discussed and the key characteristics of the developed analytical procedures - tabulated. The bibliography includes 206 references. PMID:24061167

  18. Engineering and Applications of fungal laccases for organic synthesis

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    Kunamneni, Adinarayana; Camarero, Susana; García-Burgos, Carlos; Plou, Francisco J; Ballesteros, Antonio; Alcalde, Miguel

    2008-01-01

    Laccases are multi-copper containing oxidases (EC 1.10.3.2), widely distributed in fungi, higher plants and bacteria. Laccase catalyses the oxidation of phenols, polyphenols and anilines by one-electron abstraction, with the concomitant reduction of oxygen to water in a four-electron transfer process. In the presence of small redox mediators, laccase offers a broader repertory of oxidations including non-phenolic substrates. Hence, fungal laccases are considered as ideal green catalysts of great biotechnological impact due to their few requirements (they only require air, and they produce water as the only by-product) and their broad substrate specificity, including direct bioelectrocatalysis. Thus, laccases and/or laccase-mediator systems find potential applications in bioremediation, paper pulp bleaching, finishing of textiles, bio-fuel cells and more. Significantly, laccases can be used in organic synthesis, as they can perform exquisite transformations ranging from the oxidation of functional groups to the heteromolecular coupling for production of new antibiotics derivatives, or the catalysis of key steps in the synthesis of complex natural products. In this review, the application of fungal laccases and their engineering by rational design and directed evolution for organic synthesis purposes are discussed. PMID:19019256

  19. Synthesis and applications of silver nanoparticles

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    Balantrapu, Krishna Chaitanya

    Due to their unique properties, silver nanoparticles are used in a wide range of applications, like electronics, optics, catalysis, biology, etc. The preferred route for their preparation has been, and still is, the reduction of silver salts in solutions. While dedicated reducing agents, solvents, and dispersants are typically used in this approach, in some cases, the same additive (ex: polyols) may play multiple roles. Such dual-function additives are particularly interesting alternatives as they offer the possibility of replacing the undesirable reductants often used in conventional precipitation methods. In the current research, an environmentally friendly route to prepare stable concentrated aqueous dispersions of silver nanoparticles is investigated experimentally. It was found that Arabic gum, a well known stabilizing agent, can also rapidly and completely reduce Ag 2O to metallic silver in alkaline solutions (pH >12.0) and elevated temperature (65 °C). The average size of the silver nanoparticles could be tailored from 13 to 30 nm by varying the experimental conditions. To prepare stable metal colloids by chemical precipitation methods requires in most cases a high concentration of polymeric dispersants. Consequently, the particles are embedded in the organic matrix, which can not be removed without affecting the properties of the particles and/or the dispersion stability. This can have a negative effect in many applications. In this work, an enzymatic hydrolysis method for isolating the silver particles from dispersions containing high concentrations of polymer was identified. In addition, a chemical hydrolysis method yielding dispersed silver nanoparticles with low content of residual polymer for printable electronics applications is investigated. The low sintering temperature of silver nanoparticles and high electrical conductivity make them very attractive for the fabrication of conductive patterns especially for flexible electronic applications. In the final section of this thesis, the silver nanoparticles are deposited using inkjet printing technology with a Dimatix printer DMP -2831. Silver nanoparticles of 13 nm, 80 nm, and mixtures of the two sizes were used to evaluate the effect of particle size and size distribution on the electrical properties of sintered films. The silver layers deposited with a 'drop-on-demand' inkjet printer were heated at temperatures ranging from 125°C to 200°C. The small particles formed less resistive films at 125°C, while the larger ones provided better electrical conductivity above 150°C. The inks containing mixed small and large particles yielded the most conductive silver films over the entire investigated temperature range. A mechanism explaining these results is proposed based on the evolution of film microstructure with temperature.

  20. One-dimensional zinc oxide nanomaterials synthesis and photovoltaic applications

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    Weintraub, Benjamin A.

    As humanly engineered materials systems approach the atomic scale, top-down manufacturing approaches breakdown and following nature's example, bottom-up or self-assembly methods have the potential to emerge as the dominant paradigm. Synthesis of one-dimensional nanomaterials takes advantage of such self-assembly manufacturing techniques, but until now most efforts have relied on high temperature vapor phase schemes which are limited in scalability and compatibility with organic materials. The solution-phase approach is an attractive low temperature alternative to overcome these shortcomings. To this end, this thesis is a study of the rationale solution-phase synthesis of ZnO nanowires and applications in photovoltaics. The following thesis goals have been achieved: rationale synthesis of a single ZnO nanowire on a polymer substrate without seeding, design of a wafer-scale technique to control ZnO nanowire array density using layer-by-layer polymers, determination of optimal nanowire field emitter density to maximize the field enhancement factor, design of bridged nanowires across metal electrodes to order to circumvent post-synthesis manipulation steps, electrical characterization of bridged nanowires, rationale solution-phase synthesis of long ZnO nanowires on optical fibers, fabrication of ZnO nanowire dye-sensitized solar cells on optical fibers, electrical and optical characterization of solar cell devices, comparison studies of 2-D versus 3-D nanowire dye-sensitized solar cell devices, and achievement of 6-fold solar cell power conversion efficiency enhancement using a 3-D approach. The thesis results have implications in nanomanufacturing scale-up and next generation photovoltaics.

  1. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of materials for microelectronics applications

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    Heath, William Hoy

    The advancement of the microelectronics industry is heavily dependent on the design, synthesis, and integration of new materials. Non-chemically amplified photoresists (NCAR) consist of a base resin and photoactive additive which inhibits the dissolution of the this resin. The robustness of NCARs has made them well suited to the unique material requirements of the photomask making industry for many years. However, smaller feature sizes now require mask makers to move to shorter wavelengths of light and thus a more transparent polymer and photoactive compound are needed for these applications. During the search for 157nm photoresists, it was found that polymers containing the hexafluoroisopropanol functionality are transparent well into the ultraviolet region and possess dissolution characteristics similar to the Novolak resins utilized in NCARs. A suitable photoactive compound (PAC) has been identified; the synthesis of the PAC and transparent polymers, as well as their formulation, dissolution properties, and lithographic evaluation will be presented. Additionally, the base catalyzed imidization of poly(amic acid ethyl ester) (PAETE) provides a good tool for developing a photosensitive polyimide insulator. However few base photogenerators (PBG) exist that absorb at the appropriate wavelength (>400nm) for use in these opaque films. Two sensitized systems were evaluated; their synthesis, photophysical evaluation, and attempted imaging in PAETE will be described. Additionally, the synthesis and photophysical evaluation of a red-shifted thiophene-based PBG will be described. Finally, step and flash imprint lithography exhibits a great promise as a cost effective alternative imaging solution to traditional optical lithography. A strippable resist is needed to preserve the templates used in this process should they become contaminated. The thermal reversibility of urethanes, specifically those derived from aromatic oximes, make them well suited for integration into a thermally degradable diacrylate crosslinker. The synthesis of urethane linked diacrylates, their incorporation into cross-linked polymer networks, and thermal degradation will be described.

  2. Recent advances in dialkyl carbonates synthesis and applications.

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    Huang, Shouying; Yan, Bing; Wang, Shengping; Ma, Xinbin

    2015-05-21

    Dialkyl carbonates are important organic compounds and chemical intermediates with the label of "green chemicals" due to their moderate toxicity, biodegradability for human health and environment. Indeed, owing to their unique physicochemical properties and versatility as reagents, a variety of phosgene-free processes derived from CO or CO2 have been explored for the synthesis of dialkyl carbonates. In this critical review, we highlight the recent achievements (since 1997) in the synthesis of dialkyl carbonates based on CO and CO2 utilization, particularly focusing on the catalyst design and fabrication, structure-function relationship, catalytic mechanisms and process intensification. We also provide an overview regarding the applications of dialkyl carbonates as fuel additives, solvents and reaction intermediates (i.e. alkylating and carbonylating agents). Additionally, this review puts forward the substantial challenges and opportunities for future research associated with dialkyl carbonates. PMID:25793366

  3. Six-Membered Aromatic Polyazides: Synthesis and Application.

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    Chapyshev, Sergei V

    2015-01-01

    Aromatic polyazides are widely used as starting materials in organic synthesis and photochemical studies, as well as photoresists in microelectronics and as cross-linking agents in polymer chemistry. Some aromatic polyazides possess high antitumor activity, while many others are of considerable interest as high-energy materials and precursors of high-spin nitrenes and C?N? carbon nitride nanomaterials. The use of aromatic polyazides in click-reactions may be a new promising direction in the design of various supramolecular systems possessing interesting chemical, physical and biological properties. This review is devoted to the synthesis, properties and applications of six-membered aromatic compounds containing three and more azido groups in the ring. PMID:26506330

  4. Qualitative Analysis of Distributed Physical Systems with Applications to Control Synthesis \\Lambda

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    Bailey-Kellogg, Chris

    Qualitative Analysis of Distributed Physical Systems with Applications to Control Synthesis \\Lambda integrate and produce micro­electro­ mechanical system (MEMS) devices on a massive scale, \\Lambda Copyright

  5. Natural Product Synthesis DOI: 10.1002/anie.200702537

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    Wandless, Tom

    Natural Product Synthesis DOI: 10.1002/anie.200702537 The Enantioselective Synthesis of Phomopsin B the ustiloxins and the phomop- sins are that the latter contain an unsaturated side chain, display dehydration, such a strategy could not be realized,[5c] and our present synthesis necessitated incor- poration of the side

  6. Boron Nitride Nanotube: Synthesis and Applications

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    Tiano, Amanda L.; Park, Cheol; Lee, Joseph W.; Luong, Hoa H.; Gibbons, Luke J.; Chu, Sang-Hyon; Applin, Samantha I.; Gnoffo, Peter; Lowther, Sharon; Kim, Hyun Jung; Danehy, Paul M.; Inman, Jennifer A.; Jones, Stephen B.; Kang, Jin Ho; Sauti, Godfrey; Thibeault, Sheila A.; Yamakov, Vesselin; Wise, Kristopher E.; Su, Ji; Fay, Catharine C.

    2014-01-01

    Scientists have predicted that carbon's immediate neighbors on the periodic chart, boron and nitrogen, may also form perfect nanotubes, since the advent of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in 1991. First proposed then synthesized by researchers at UC Berkeley in the mid 1990's, the boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) has proven very difficult to make until now. Herein we provide an update on a catalyst-free method for synthesizing highly crystalline, small diameter BNNTs with a high aspect ratio using a high power laser under a high pressure and high temperature environment first discovered jointly by NASA/NIA JSA. Progress in purification methods, dispersion studies, BNNT mat and composite formation, and modeling and diagnostics will also be presented. The white BNNTs offer extraordinary properties including neutron radiation shielding, piezoelectricity, thermal oxidative stability (> 800 C in air), mechanical strength, and toughness. The characteristics of the novel BNNTs and BNNT polymer composites and their potential applications are discussed.

  7. Functional Metal Oxide Nanostructures: Their Synthesis, Characterization, and Energy Applications

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    Iyer, Aparna

    This research focuses on studying metal oxides (MnO 2, Co3O4, MgO, Y2O3) for various applications including water oxidation and photocatalytic oxidation, developing different synthesis methodologies, and presenting detailed characterization studies of these metal oxides. This research consists of three major parts. The first part is studying novel applications and developing a synthesis method for manganese oxide nanomaterials. Manganese oxide materials were studied for renewable energy applications by using them as catalysts for water oxidation reactions. In this study, various crystallographic forms of manganese oxides (amorphous, 2D layered, 1D 2 x 2 tunnel structures) were evaluated for water oxidation catalysis. Amorphous manganese oxides (AMO) were found to be catalytically active for chemical and photochemical water oxidation compared to cryptomelane type tunnel manganese oxides (2 x 2 tunnels; OMS2) or layered birnessite (OL-1) materials. Detailed characterization was done to establish a correlation between the properties of the manganese oxide materials and their catalytic activities in water oxidation. The gas phase photocatalytic oxidation of 2-propanol under visible light was studied using manganese oxide 2 x 2 tunnel structures (OMS-2) as catalysts (Chapter 3). The reaction is 100% selective to acetone. As suggested by the photocatalytic and characterization data, important factors for the design of active OMS-2 photocatalysts are synthesis methodology, morphology, mixed valency and the release of oxygen from the OMS-2 structure. Manganese oxide octahedral molecular sieves (2 x 2 tunnels; OMS-2) with self-assembled dense or hollow sphere morphologies were fabricated via a room temperature ultrasonic atomization assisted synthesis (Chapter 4). The properties and catalytic activities of these newly developed materials were compared with that of OMS-2 synthesized by conventional reflux route. These materials exhibit exceptionally high catalytic activities in oxidation reactions and adsorption of heavy metal. Spontaneous formation of OMS-2 nanospheres was possible by tuning reaction parameters in the ultrasonic atomization process. In the second part, a microwave-hydrothermal route has been developed for the synthesis of 1D cobalt compounds (Chapter 5). These compounds are transformed to spinel type Co3O4 nanorods. The effects of solvents, cobalt sources, and microwave radiation time in the formation of 1D cobalt oxide nanostructures were studied in detail. These materials are catalytically active for CO oxidation and styrene oxidation reactions. Magnesia-yttria nanocomposites with controlled nanoscale grain sizes and homogenous microstructures are useful as IR transparent materials. A simple cost-effective sucrose based sol-gel route was devised for making MgO-Y 2O3 nanocomposites. Grain growth in these nanocomposites was systematically evaluated using transmission electron microscopy studies.

  8. Catalyst Control over Regio- and Enantioselectivity in Baeyer–Villiger Oxidations of Functionalized Ketones

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    2015-01-01

    We report a peptide-based catalyst that can strongly influence the regio- and enantioselectivity of the Baeyer–Villiger (BV) oxidation of cyclic ketones bearing amide, urea, or sulfonamide functional groups. Both types of selectivity are thought to arise from a catalyst–substrate hydrogen-bonding interaction. Furthermore, in selected cases, the reactions exhibit the hallmarks of parallel kinetic resolution. The capacity to use catalysis to select between BV products during an asymmetric process may have broad utility for both the synthesis and diversification of complex molecules, including natural products. PMID:25250713

  9. Diastereoselective and enantioselective conjugate addition reactions utilizing ?,?-unsaturated amides and lactams

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    2015-01-01

    Summary The conjugate addition reaction has been a useful tool in the formation of carbon–carbon bonds. The utility of this reaction has been demonstrated in the synthesis of many natural products, materials, and pharmacological agents. In the last three decades, there has been a significant increase in the development of asymmetric variants of this reaction. Unfortunately, conjugate addition reactions using ?,?-unsaturated amides and lactams remain underdeveloped due to their inherently low reactivity. This review highlights the work that has been done on both diastereoselective and enantioselective conjugate addition reactions utilizing ?,?-unsaturated amides and lactams. PMID:25977728

  10. Semiconductor nanostructures: Synthesis, properties and device applications

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    Wu, Zhen

    Traditional lithographic method of making microelectronic circuit is approaching the physical limit. Semiconductor nanostructures are possible candidates for building blocks of new generation electrical and optical circuit. In this project, my goal is to fabricate semiconductor-based nanostructures and investigate their structural, electrical and optical properties. For this, a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system, based on the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism, for growing semiconductor nanowires, specifically GaN nanowires has been designed and assembled. Using this CVD system, single crystal GaN wurtzite nanowires has been demonstrated on Ni catalysts deposited on sapphire substrates. The wires exhibit a vertical growth with non-uniform wire diameters. In order to control the wire diameter and spacing of the nanowire growth, nanoporous alumina templates has been used a mask to control catalyst deposition and pattern the substrate. Under such conditions, we demonstrated a new epitaxially grown GaN wire growth in the zing-blende type cubic crystal structure. This is in contrast to the vertically grown wurtzite structure which is typically obtained. We have studied the detailed structural properties (using scanning and transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy) for both kinds of wires has been studied. Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, current-voltage measurements for the nanowires are studied and possible device applications such as in transistors are investigated in this thesis.

  11. Design of a microwave applicator for nanoparticle synthesis.

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    Kayser, Thorsten; Pauli, Mario; Wiesbeck, Werner

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents the design and realization of a microwave applicator at 2.45 GHz for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The particles are dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The heating rate is approximately 8 K/s to achieve a short crystallization time. For a proper applicator design it is necessary to know the dielectric properties of DMF. Therefore, the complex permittivity of DMF at 2.45 GHz is measured in a temperature range from 20 degrees C to 80 degrees C. The final applicator design is presented together with simulation results for the electric and thermal field distributions. The calculation of the temperature distribution is done with Comsol Multiphysics and considers mutual coupling between the electric and thermal field. To avoid overheating, a thermal controller is developed to control microwave power in dependency of the liquid's temperature. Finally, measurement results for matching and achieved heating rate are presented. PMID:19227074

  12. Vancomycin Molecular Interactions: Antibiotic and Enantioselective Mechanisms

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    Ward, Timothy J.; Gilmore, Aprile; Ward, Karen; Vowell, Courtney

    Medical studies established that vancomycin and other related macrocyclic antibiotics have an enhanced antimicrobial activity when they are associated as dimers. The carbohydrate units attached to the vancomycin basket have an essential role in the dimerization reaction. Covalently synthesized dimers were found active against vancomycin-resistant bacterial strains. A great similarity between antibiotic potential and enantioselectivity was established. A covalent vancomycin dimer was studied in capillary electrophoresis producing excellent chiral separation of dansyl amino acids. Balhimycin is a macrocyclic glycopeptide structurally similar to vancomycin. The small differences are, however, responsible for drastic differences in enantioselectivity in the same experimental conditions. Contributions from studies examining vancomycin's mechanism for antimicrobial activity have substantially aided our understanding of its mechanism in chiral recognition.

  13. Applications of C–H Functionalization Logic to Cyclobutane Synthesis

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    2015-01-01

    The application of C–H functionalization logic to target-oriented synthesis provides an exciting new venue for the development of new and useful strategies in organic chemistry. In this article, C–H functionalization reactions are explored as an alternative approach to access pseudodimeric cyclobutane natural products, such as the dictazole and the piperarborenine families. The use of these strategies in a variety of complex settings highlights the subtle geometric, steric, and electronic effects at play in the auxiliary guided C–H functionalization of cyclobutanes. PMID:24548142

  14. Gold(I)-catalyzed enantioselective cycloaddition reactions

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    2013-01-01

    Summary In recent years there have been extraordinary developments of gold(I)-catalyzed enantioselective processes. This includes progress in the area of cycloaddition reactions, which are of particular interest due to their potential for the rapid construction of optically active cyclic products. In this article we will summarize some of the most remarkable examples, emphasizing reaction mechanisms and key intermediates involved in the processes. PMID:24204438

  15. Enantioselective ?-Protonation by a Cooperative Catalysis Strategy

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    Wang, Michael H.; Cohen, Daniel T.; Schwamb, C. Benjamin; Mishra, Rama K.; Scheidt, Karl A.

    2015-01-01

    An enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-catalyzed ?-protonation through the orchestration of three distinct organocatalysts has been developed. This cooperative catalyst system enhances both yield and selectivity, compared to only the NHC-catalyzed process. This new method allows for the efficient conversion of a large scope of aryl-oxobutenoates to highly enantioenriched succinate derivatives and demonstrates the benefits of combining different activation modes in organocatalysis. PMID:25929160

  16. Photo-organocatalytic Enantioselective Perfluoroalkylation of ?-Ketoesters

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    2015-01-01

    The visible-light-driven, phase-transfer-catalyzed, enantioselective perfluoroalkylation and trifluoromethylation of cyclic ?-ketoesters is described. The photo-organocatalytic process, which occurs at ambient temperature and under visible light illumination, is triggered by the photochemical activity of in situ-generated electron donor–acceptor complexes, arising from the association of chiral enolates and perfluoroalkyl iodides. Preliminary mechanistic studies are reported. PMID:25901659

  17. Enantioselective Bromo-oxycyclization of Silanol.

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    Xia, Zilei; Hu, Jiadong; Shen, Zhigao; Wan, Xiaolong; Yao, Qizheng; Lai, Yisheng; Gao, Jin-Ming; Xie, Weiqing

    2016-01-01

    Relying on the nucleophilicity of silanol for building up silicon-incorporated scaffold with an enantiopure tetrasubstituted carbon center remains elusive. In this report, asymmetric bromo-oxycyclization of olefinic silanol by using chiral anionic phase-transfer catalyst is described. This protocol provided a facile entry to a wide arrangement of enantiopure benzoxasilole in moderate to excellent enantioselectivities depending on the unique reactivity of bromine/N-benzyl-DABCO complex. PMID:26654658

  18. A Hybrid Phosphorus Ligand for Highly Enantioselective Asymmetric Hydroformylation

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    Zhang, Xumu

    A Hybrid Phosphorus Ligand for Highly Enantioselective Asymmetric Hydroformylation Yongjun Yan enantioselectivities (up to 99% ee) have been achieved in the Rh-catalyzed asymmetric hydroformylations of styrene derivatives and vinyl acetate. Introduction Hydroformylation is the reaction of alkenes with carbon monoxide

  19. Lewis Base Catalyzed, Enantioselective, Intramolecular Sulfenoamination of Olefins

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    2015-01-01

    A method for the enantioselective, intramolecular sulfenoamination of various olefins has been developed using a chiral BINAM-based selenophosphoramide, Lewis base catalyst. Terminal and trans disubstituted alkenes afforded pyrrolidines, piperidines, and azepanes in high yields and high enantiomeric ratios via enantioselective formation and subsequent stereospecific capture of the thiiranium intermediate with the pendant tosyl-protected amine. PMID:24926794

  20. Enantioselective Construction of ?-Quaternary Cyclobutanones by Catalytic Asymmetric Allylic Alkylation**

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    Reeves, Corey M.; Eidamshaus, Christian; Kim, Jimin; Stoltz, Brian M.

    2013-01-01

    No Strain, No Gain! The first transition metal-catalyzed enantioselective ?-alkylation of cyclobutanones is reported. This method employs palladium catalysis and an electron deficient PHOX type ligand to afford all–carbon ?-quaternary cyclobutanones in good to excellent yields and enantioselectivities. PMID:23686812

  1. THE ENANTIOSELECTIVITY OF CHIRAL PESTICIDES PRESENTS A GREEN CHEMISTRY OPPORTUNITY

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    This presentation will include a summary of the use and environmental occurrence of modern chiral pesticides with data on their enantioselective fate and effects. Information on enantioselectivity will facilitate a science-based approach toward fostering the production and use o...

  2. Amino-acid-based chiral nanoparticles for enantioselective crystallization.

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    Preiss, Laura C; Werber, Liora; Fischer, Viktor; Hanif, Sadaf; Landfester, Katharina; Mastai, Yitzhak; Muñoz-Espí, Rafael

    2015-05-01

    Chiral polymer nanoparticles based on amino acids are prepared by miniemulsion polymerization and are demonstrated to serve as nucleating agents for the enantioselective crystallization of racemic mixtures of amino acids. The synthesized chiral nanoparticles are suited for the development of enantioselective processes and also contribute to a better understanding of chiral recognition on polymer surfaces. PMID:25809528

  3. Chiral Cyclopentadienyl Iridium(III) Complexes Promote Enantioselective Cycloisomerizations Giving Fused Cyclopropanes.

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    Dieckmann, Michael; Jang, Yun-Suk; Cramer, Nicolai

    2015-10-01

    The cyclopentadienyl (Cp) group is a very important ligand for many transition-metal complexes which have been applied in catalysis. The availability of chiral cyclopentadienyl ligands (Cp(x) ) lags behind other ligand classes, thus hampering the investigation of enantioselective processes. We report a library of chiral Cp(x) Ir(III) complexes equipped with an atropchiral Cp scaffold. A robust complexation procedure reliably provides Cp(x) Ir(III) complexes with tunable counterions. In a proof-of-concept application, the iodide-bearing members are shown to be highly selective for enyne cycloisomerization reactions. The dehydropiperidine-fused cyclopropane products are formed in good yields and enantioselectivities. PMID:26310394

  4. Nickel(0)-catalyzed enantioselective annulations of alkynes and arylenoates enabled by a chiral NHC ligand: efficient access to cyclopentenones.

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    Ahlin, Joachim S E; Donets, Pavel A; Cramer, Nicolai

    2014-11-24

    Cyclopentenones are versatile structural motifs of natural products as well as reactive synthetic intermediates. The nickel-catalyzed reductive [3+2] cycloaddition of ?,?-unsaturated aromatic esters and alkynes constitutes an efficient method for their synthesis. Here, nickel(0) catalysts comprising a chiral bulky C1-symmetric N-heterocyclic carbene ligand were shown to enable an efficient asymmetric synthesis of cyclopentenones from mesityl enoates and internal alkynes under mild conditions. The bulky NHC ligand provided the cyclopentenone products in very high enantioselectivity and led to a regioselective incorporation of unsymmetrically substituted alkynes. PMID:25258104

  5. Upconversion Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Surface Modification, and Biological Applications

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    Wang, Meng; Abbineni, Gopal; Clevenger, April; Mao, Chuanbin; Xu, Shukun

    2011-01-01

    New generation fluorophores, also termed upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), have the ability to convert near infrared radiations with lower energy into visible radiations with higher energy via a non-linear optical process. Recently, these UCNPs have evolved as alternative fluorescent labels to traditional fluorophores, showing great potential for imaging and biodetection assays in both in vitro and in vivo applications. UCNPs exhibit unique luminescent properties, including high penetration depth into tissues, low background signals, large Stokes shifts, sharp emission bands, and high resistance to photo-bleaching, making UCNPs an attractive alternative source for overcoming current limitations in traditional fluorescent probes. In this review, we discuss the recent progress in the synthesis and surface modification of rare earth doped UCNPs with a specific focus on their biological applications. PMID:21419877

  6. Aerosol Route Synthesis and Applications of Doped Nanostructured Materials

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    Sahu, Manoranjan

    Nanotechnology presents an attractive opportunity to address various challenges in air and water purification, energy, and other environment issues. Thus, the development of new nanoscale materials in low-cost scalable synthesis processes is important. Furthermore, the ability to independently manipulate the material properties as well as characterize the material at different steps along the synthesis route will aide in product optimization. In addition, to ensure safe and sustainable development of nanotechnology applications, potential impacts need to be evaluated. In this study, nanomaterial synthesis in a single-step gas phase reactor to continuously produce doped metal oxides was demonstrated. Copper-doped TiO2 nanomaterial properties (composition, size, and crystal phase) were independently controlled based on nanoparticle formation and growth mechanisms dictated by process control parameters. Copper dopant found to significantly affect TiO2 properties such as particle size, crystal phase, stability in the suspension, and absorption spectrum (shift from UV to visible light absorption). The in-situ charge distribution characterization of the synthesized nanomaterials was carried out by integrating a tandem differential mobility analyzer (TDMA) set up with the flame reactor synthesis system. Both singly- and doubly- charged nanoparticles were measured, with the charged fractions dependent on particle mobility and dopant concentration. A theoretical calculation was conducted to evaluate the relative importance of the two charging mechanisms, diffusion and thermo-ionization, in the flame. Nanoparticle exposure characterization was conducted during synthesis as a function of operating condition, product recovery and handling technique, and during maintenance of the reactors. Strategies were then indentified to minimize the exposure risk. The nanoparticle exposure potential varied depending on the operating conditions such as precursor feed rate, working conditions of the fume hood, ventilation system, and distance from the reactors. Nanoparticle exposure varied during product recovery and handling depending on the quantity of nanomaterial handled. Most nanomaterial applications require nanomaterials to be in solution. Thus, the role of nanomaterial physio-chemical properties (size, crystal phase, dopant types and concentrations) on dispersion properties was investigated based on hydrodynamic size and surface charge. Dopant type and concentration were found to significantly affect iso-electric point (IEP)-shifting the IEP to a high or lower pH value compared to pristine TiO2 based on the oxidation state of the dopant. The microbial inactivation effectiveness of as-synthesized nanomaterials was investigated under different light irradiation conditions. Microbial inactivation was found to strongly depend on the light irradiation condition as well as on material properties such chemical composition, crystal phase, and particle size. The potential interaction mechanisms of copper-doped TiO2 nanomaterial with microbes were also explored. The studies conducted as part of this dissertation addressed issues in nanomaterial synthesis, characterization and their potential environmental applications.

  7. The Significance of Degenerate Processes to Enantioselective Olefin Metathesis Reactions Promoted by Stereogenic-at-Mo Complexes

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    Meek, Simon J.; Malcolmson, Steven J.; Li, Bo; Schrock, Richard R.; Hoveyda, Amir H.

    2009-01-01

    The present study provides spectroscopic and experimental evidence demonstrating that degenerate metathesis is critical to the effectiveness of this emerging class of chiral catalysts. Isolation and characterization (X-ray) of both diastereomeric complexes, as well as examination of the reactivity and enantioselectivity patterns exhibited by such initiating neophylidenes in promoting RCM processes, are disclosed. Only when sufficient amounts of ethylene are generated and inversion at Mo through degenerate processes occurs at a sufficiently rapid rate, is high enantioselectivity achieved, irrespective of the stereochemical identity of the initiating alkylidene (Curtin-Hammett kinetics). With diastereomeric metal complexes that undergo rapid interconversion, stereomutation at the metal center becomes inconsequential and stereoselective synthesis of a chiral catalyst is not required. PMID:19842640

  8. Enzymatic routes for the synthesis of ursodeoxycholic acid.

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    Eggert, Thorsten; Bakonyi, Daniel; Hummel, Werner

    2014-12-10

    Ursodeoxycholic acid, a secondary bile acid, is used as a drug for the treatment of various liver diseases, the optimal dose comprises the range of 8-10mg/kg/day. For industrial syntheses, the structural complexity of this bile acid requires the use of an appropriate starting material as well as the application of regio- and enantio-selective enzymes for its derivatization. Most strategies for the synthesis start from cholic acid or chenodeoxycholic acid. The latter requires the conversion of the hydroxyl group at C-7 from ?- into ?-position in order to obtain ursodeoxycholic acid. Cholic acid on the other hand does not only require the same epimerization reaction at C-7 but the removal of the hydroxyl group at C-12 as well. There are several bacterial regio- and enantio-selective hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (HSDHs) to carry out the desired reactions, for example 7?-HSDHs from strains of Clostridium, Bacteroides or Xanthomonas, 7?-HSDHs from Clostridium, Collinsella, or Ruminococcus, or 12?-HSDH from Clostridium or from Eggerthella. However, all these bioconversion reactions need additional steps for the regeneration of the coenzymes. Selected multi-step reaction systems for the synthesis of ursodeoxycholic acid are presented in this review. PMID:25131646

  9. Enantioselective, continuous (R)- and (S)-2-butanol synthesis: achieving high space-time yields with recombinant E. coli cells in a micro-aqueous, solvent-free reaction system.

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    Erdmann, Vanessa; Mackfeld, Ursula; Rother, Dörte; Jakoblinnert, Andre

    2014-12-10

    The stereoselective production of (R)- or (S)-2-butanol is highly challenging. A potent synthesis strategy is the biocatalytic asymmetric reduction of 2-butanone applying alcohol dehydrogenases. However, due to a time-dependent racemisation process, high stereoselectivity is only obtained at incomplete conversion after short reaction times. Here, we present a solution to this problem: by using a continuous process, high biocatalytic selectivity can be achieved while racemisation is suppressed successfully. Furthermore, high conversion was achieved by applying recombinant, lyophilised E. coli cells hosting Lactobacillus brevis alcohol dehydrogenase in a micro-aqueous solvent-free continuous reaction system. The optimisation of residence time (?) and 2-butanone concentration boosted both conversion (>99%) and enantiomeric excess (ee) of (R)-2-butanol (>96%). When a residence time of only ?=3.1 min was applied, productivity was extraordinary with a space-time yield of 2278±29g/(L×d), thus exceeding the highest values reported to date by a factor of more than eight. The use of E. coli cells overexpressing an ADH of complementary stereoselectivity yielded a synthesis strategy for (S)-2-butanol with an excellent ee (>98%). Although conversion was only moderate (up to 46%), excellent space-time yields of up to 461g/(L×d) were achieved. The investigated concept represents a synthesis strategy that can also be applied to other biocatalytic processes where racemisation poses a challenge. PMID:25036751

  10. Total syntheses of ?-lactone containing natural products: I. total synthesis of belactosin C II. synthetic studies toward spongiolactone 

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    Cho, Sung Wook

    2009-05-15

    The recently isolated bacterial metabolites, belactosins A-C from a fermentation broth of Streptomyces sp. UCK14, uniquely contain a ?-lactone dipeptide motif and exhibit anticancer activities. The enantioselective synthesis ...

  11. Application of response surface methodology in enzymatic synthesis: a review.

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    Ghaffari-Moghaddam, Mansour; Yekke-Ghasemi, Zahra; Khajeh, Mostafa; Rakhshanipour, Mansoureh; Yasin, Yamin

    2014-01-01

    There are very chemical reactions with very slow rates which can be catalyzed by enzymes. These biocatalysts need to moderate conditions for their catalytic activity and are stable in low temperature (between 15-50°C), average pH (5-10) and aqueous media. One of important things in enzymatic synthesis which has been recently noticed is the yield of reactions. Nowadays wide application of response surface methodology (RSM) was observed in organic chemistry. In one-variable-at-a-time technique only one parameter is changed and other parameters are kept at a constant level. It does not study the interactive effects among the variables, and does not illustrate the complete effects of the parameters on the process. Increasing the yield of product without increase in casts is carried out by modeling and optimization of reaction variables through statistical techniques such as RSM. In this paper, we reviewed some articles that used the RSM for optimization in the enzymatic synthesis. PMID:25898733

  12. Enantioselective analysis of melagatran via an LSPR biosensor integrated with a microfluidic chip.

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    Guo, Longhua; Yin, Yuechun; Huang, Rong; Qiu, Bin; Lin, Zhenyu; Yang, Huang-Hao; Li, Jianrong; Chen, Guonan

    2012-10-21

    The impact of chiral compounds on pharmacological and biological processes is well known. With the increasing need for enantiomerically pure compounds, effective strategies for enantioseparation and chiral discrimination are in great demand. Herein we report a simple but efficient approach for the enantioselective determination of chiral compounds based on a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) biosensor integrated with a microfluidic chip. A glass microfluidic chip with an effective volume of ~0.75 ?L was fabricated for this application. Gold nanorods (AuNRs) with an aspect ratio of ~2.6 were self-assembled onto the surface of the inner wall of the chip to serve as LSPR transducers, which would translate the analyte binding events into quantitative concentration information. Human ?-thrombin was immobilized onto the AuNR surface for enantioselective sensing of the enantiomers of melagatran. The proposed sensor was found to be highly selective for RS-melagatran, while the binding of its enantiomer, SR-melagatran, to the sensor was inactive. Under optimal conditions, the limit of detection of this sensor for RS-melagatran was found to be 0.9 nM, whereas the presence of 10,000-fold amounts of SR-melagatran did not interfere with the detection. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of an LSPR-based enantioselective biosensor. PMID:22836379

  13. Design, synthesis and applications of hyaluronic acid-paclitaxel bioconjugates.

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    Leonelli, Francesca; La Bella, Angela; Migneco, Luisa Maria; Bettolo, Rinaldo Marini

    2008-01-01

    Paclitaxel (1a), a well known antitumor agent adopted mainly for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer, suffers from significant disadvantages such as low solubility, certain toxicity and specific drug-resistance of some tumor cells. To overcome these problems extensive research has been carried out. Among the various proposed strategies, the conjugation of paclitaxel (1a) to a biocompatible polymer, such as hyaluronic acid (HA, 2), has also been considered. Coupling a bioactive compound to a biocompatible polymer offers, in general, many advantages such as better drug solubilization, better stabilization, specific localization and controlled release. Hereafter the design, synthesis and applications of hyaluronic acid-paclitaxel bioconjugates are reviewed. An overview of HA-paclitaxel combinations is also given. PMID:18305424

  14. Nanoparticles for hyperthermic therapy: synthesis strategies and applications in glioblastoma.

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    Verma, Jyoti; Lal, Sumit; Van Noorden, Cornelis J F

    2014-01-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. Current GBM treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, sometimes supplemented with novel therapies. Despite recent advances, survival of GBM patients remains poor. Major challenges in GBM treatment are drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, restriction of damage to healthy brain tissues, and limitation of resistance to therapies. This article reviews recent advances in the application of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), gold nanorods (GNRs), and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for hyperthermia ablation of GBM. First, the article introduces GBM, its current treatment, and hyperthermia as a potential modality for the management of GBM. Second, it introduces MNPs, GNRs, and CNTs as inorganic agents to induce hyperthermia in GBM. Third, it discusses different methodologies for synthesis of each inorganic agent. Finally, it reviews in vitro and in vivo studies in which MNPs, GNRs, and CNTs have been applied for hyperthermia ablation and drug delivery in GBM. PMID:24959075

  15. Nanoparticles for hyperthermic therapy: synthesis strategies and applications in glioblastoma

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    Verma, Jyoti; Lal, Sumit; Van Noorden, Cornelis JF

    2014-01-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. Current GBM treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, sometimes supplemented with novel therapies. Despite recent advances, survival of GBM patients remains poor. Major challenges in GBM treatment are drug delivery across the blood–brain barrier, restriction of damage to healthy brain tissues, and limitation of resistance to therapies. This article reviews recent advances in the application of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), gold nanorods (GNRs), and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for hyperthermia ablation of GBM. First, the article introduces GBM, its current treatment, and hyperthermia as a potential modality for the management of GBM. Second, it introduces MNPs, GNRs, and CNTs as inorganic agents to induce hyperthermia in GBM. Third, it discusses different methodologies for synthesis of each inorganic agent. Finally, it reviews in vitro and in vivo studies in which MNPs, GNRs, and CNTs have been applied for hyperthermia ablation and drug delivery in GBM. PMID:24959075

  16. Oligothiophene semiconductors: synthesis, characterization, and applications for organic devices.

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    Zhang, Lei; Colella, Nicholas S; Cherniawski, Benjamin P; Mannsfeld, Stefan C B; Briseno, Alejandro L

    2014-04-23

    Oligothiophenes provide a highly controlled and adaptable platform to explore various synthetic, morphologic, and electronic relationships in organic semiconductor systems. These short-chain systems serve as models for establishing valuable structure-property relationships to their polymer analogs. In contrast to their polymer counterparts, oligothiophenes afford high-purity and well-defined materials that can be easily modified with a variety of functional groups. Recent work by a number of research groups has revealed functionalized oligothiophenes to be the up-and-coming generation of advanced materials for organic electronic devices. In this review, we discuss the synthesis and characterization of linear oligothiophenes with a focus on applications in organic field effect transistors and organic photovoltaics. We will highlight key structural parameters, such as crystal packing, intermolecular interactions, polymorphism, and energy levels, which in turn define the device performance. PMID:24641239

  17. Framed carbon nanostructures: synthesis and applications in functional SPM tips.

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    Mukhin, I S; Fadeev, I V; Zhukov, M V; Dubrovskii, V G; Golubok, A O

    2015-01-01

    We present a synthesis method to fabricate framed carbon-based nanostructures having highly anisotropic shapes, in particular, the nanofork and nanoscalpel structures which are obtained systematically under optimized growth conditions. A theoretical model is developed to explain the formation of such nanostructures on Si cantilevers and W etched wires exposed to a focused electron beam. We then demonstrate the potentials of these nanostructures as functional tips for scanning probe microscopy. Owing to their anisotropic shapes, such tips can be very useful for nanolithography, nanosurgery of biological objects, and precise manipulation with surface particles. Overall, our method provides a simple and robust way to produce functional scanning probe microscopy tips with variable shapes and enhanced capabilities for different applications compared to standard cantilevers. PMID:25461592

  18. Enantioselective control of lattice and shape chirality in inorganic nanostructures using chiral biomolecules

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    Ben-Moshe, Assaf; Wolf, Sharon Grayer; Sadan, Maya Bar; Houben, Lothar; Fan, Zhiyuan; Govorov, Alexander O.; Markovich, Gil

    2014-07-01

    A large number of inorganic materials form crystals with chiral symmetry groups. Enantioselectively synthesizing nanostructures of such materials should lead to interesting optical activity effects. Here we report the synthesis of colloidal tellurium and selenium nanostructures using thiolated chiral biomolecules. The synthesis conditions are tuned to obtain tellurium nanostructures with chiral shapes and large optical activity. These nanostructures exhibit visible optical and chiroptical responses that shift with size and are successfully simulated by an electromagnetic model. The model shows that they behave as chiral optical resonators. The chiral tellurium nanostructures are transformed into chiral gold and silver telluride nanostructures with very large chiroptical activity, demonstrating a simple colloidal chemistry path to chiral plasmonic and semiconductor metamaterials. These materials are natural candidates for studies related to interactions of chiral (bio)molecules with chiral inorganic surfaces, with relevance to asymmetric catalysis, chiral crystallization and the evolution of homochirality in biomolecules.

  19. Ir-Catalyzed enantioselective group transfer reactions.

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    Schafer, Andrew G; Blakey, Simon B

    2015-10-01

    Recently, several novel iridium complexes have been shown to catalyse group transfer reactions in a highly selective fashion. Rhodium complexes, and in particular dirhodium tetracarboxylate salts, have proven to be a remarkably useful class of catalysts for these reactions through several decades of development. Recent results suggest that iridium may offer opportunities to address challenges in this chemistry and provide complementary reactivity patterns. This tutorial review outlines the recent developments in Ir-catalyzed enantioselective group transfer chemistry with highlights on examples which display this unique reactivity. PMID:26051004

  20. Synthesis of Uniform, Monodisperse, Sophorolipid Twisted Ribbons.

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    Cuvier, Anne-Sophie; Babonneau, Florence; Berton, Jan; Stevens, Christian V; Fadda, Giulia C; Genois, Isabelle; Le Griel, Patrick; Péhau-Arnaudet, Gérard; Baccile, Niki

    2015-11-01

    Control over size monodispersity in chiral self-assembled systems is important for potential applications like templating, tissue engineering or enantioselective chromatography, just to cite a few examples. In this context, it was reported that the saturated form of sophorolipids (SL), a bioderived glycolipid, are able to form self-assembled twisted ribbons in water at neutral pH. Here, we show the possibility to control their size dispersion, generally between 10 and 40?nm after synthesis to a value of 13.5±1.5?nm, by a simple dialysis step eliminating the excess of NaCl. We use transmission electron microscopy under cryogenic conditions (cryo-TEM) combined with small angle neutron scattering (SANS) to characterize the ribbon dispersion both visually and statistically. Two negative controls show the importance of salt in the aggregation process of the ribbons. PMID:26317317

  1. Synthesis and characterization of aqueous quantum dots for biomedical applications

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    Li, Hui

    Quantum Dots (QDs) are semiconductor nanocrystals (1˜20 nm) exhibiting distinctive photoluminescence (PL) properties due to the quantum confinement effect. Having many advantages over organic dyes, such as broad excitation and resistance to photobleaching, QDs are widely used in bioapplications as one of most exciting nanobiotechnologies. To date, most commercial QDs are synthesized through the traditional organometallic method and contain toxic elements, such as cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic, etc. The overall goal of this thesis study is to develop an aqueous synthesis method to produce nontoxic quantum dots with strong emission and good stability, suitable for biomedical imaging applications. Firstly, an aqueous, simple, environmentally friendly synthesis method was developed. With cadmium sulfide (CdS) QDs as an example system, various processing parameters and capping molecules were examined to improve the synthesis and optimize the PL properties. The obtained water soluble QDs exhibited ultra small size (˜5 nm), strong PL and good stability. Thereafter, using the aqueous method, the zinc sulfide (ZnS) QDs were synthesized with different capping molecules, i.e., 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) and 3-(mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPS). Especially, via a newly developed capping molecule replacement method, the present ZnS QDs exhibited bright blue emission with a quantum yield of 75% and more than 60 days lifetime in the ambient conditions. Two cytotoxicity tests with human endothelial cells verified the nontoxicity of the ZnS QDs by cell counting with Trypan blue staining and fluorescence assay with Alamar Blue. Taking advantage of the versatile surface chemistry, several strategies were explored to conjugate the water soluble QDs with biomolecules, i.e., antibody and streptavidin. Accordingly, the imaging of Salmonella t. cells and biotinylated microbeads has been successfully demonstrated. In addition, polyethylenimine (PEI)-QDs complex was formed and delivered into PC12 neuronal cells for intracellular imaging with uniform distribution. The water soluble QDs were also embedded in electrospun polymer fibers as fluorescent nanocomposite. In summary, the ease of aqueous processing and the excellent PL properties of the nontoxic water soluble ZnS QDs provide great potential for various in vivo applications.

  2. APPLICATION OF THE RATE OF NUCLEIC ACID SYNTHESIS TO THE STUDY OF MICROBIAL GROWTH

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    Qiu, Bo

    APPLICATION OF THE RATE OF NUCLEIC ACID SYNTHESIS TO THE STUDY OF MICROBIAL GROWTH AND PRODUCTION. Stroup Tom Humphreys #12;ABSTRACT The rate of nucleic acid synthesis was used as a measure of growth grown under controlled conditions. These studies demonstrated that accurate rates of nucleic acid

  3. Enantioselective construction of remote quaternary stereocentres

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    Mei, Tian-Sheng; Patel, Harshkumar H.; Sigman, Matthew S.

    2014-04-01

    Small molecules that contain all-carbon quaternary stereocentres--carbon atoms bonded to four distinct carbon substituents--are found in many secondary metabolites and some pharmaceutical agents. The construction of such compounds in an enantioselective fashion remains a long-standing challenge to synthetic organic chemists. In particular, methods for synthesizing quaternary stereocentres that are remote from other functional groups are underdeveloped. Here we report a catalytic and enantioselective intermolecular Heck-type reaction of trisubstituted-alkenyl alcohols with aryl boronic acids. This method provides direct access to quaternary all-carbon-substituted ?-, ?-, ?-, ?- or ?-aryl carbonyl compounds, because the unsaturation of the alkene is relayed to the alcohol, resulting in the formation of a carbonyl group. The scope of the process also includes incorporation of pre-existing stereocentres along the alkyl chain, which links the alkene and the alcohol, in which the stereocentre is preserved. The method described allows access to diverse molecular building blocks containing an enantiomerically enriched quaternary centre.

  4. Synthesis of internally functionalized silica nanoparticles for theranostic applications

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    Walton, Nathan Isaac

    This thesis addresses the synthesis and characterization of novel inorganic silica nanoparticle hybrids. It focuses in large part on their potential applications in the medical field. Silica acts as a useful carrier for a variety of compounds and this thesis silica will demonstrate its use as a carrier for boron or gadolinium. Boron-10 and gadolinium-157 have been suggested for the radiological treatment of tumor cells through the process called neutron capture therapy (NCT). Gadolinium is also commonly used as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agent. Particles that carry it have potential theranostic applications of both imaging and treating tumors. Chapter 1 presents a background on synthetic strategies and usages of silica nanoparticles, and NCT theory. Chapter 2 describes a procedure to create mesoporous metal chelating silica nanoparticles, mDTTA. This is achieved via a co-condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-trimethoxysilyl-propyl diethylenetriamine (SiDETA) followed by a post-synthesis modification step with bromoacetic acid (BrAA). These particles have a large surface area and well-defined pores of ~2 nm. The mDTTA nanoparticles were used to chelate the copper(II), cobalt(II) and gadolinium(III). The chelating of gadolinium is the most interesting since it can be used as a MRI contrast agent and a neutron capture therapeutic. The synthetic procedure developed also allows for the attachment of a fluorophore that gives the gadolinium chelating mDTTA nanoparticles a dual imaging modality. Chapter 3 presents the synthetic method used to produce two classes of large surface area organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) nanoparticles. Condensating the organosilane vinyltrimethoxysilane in a micellar solution results in nanoparticles that are either surface rough (raspberry-like) or mesoporous nanoparticles, which prior to this thesis has not been demonstrated in ORMOSIL chemistry. Furthermore, the vinyl functionalities are modified, using hydroboration, to make the nanoparticles into water-dispersible boron carriers that also have potential boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) applications. Lastly, Chapter 4 provides a general description of NCT, specifically that involving boron-10 and gadolinium-157. It further describes the synthetic methodology used in producing fatty acid coated boron nanoparticles (BNPs). The BNPs are encapsulated with silica to add a hydrophilic shell so that they can potentially be used in biological systems as BNCT agents. The silica shell is also modified with a fluorophore, dansyl chloride, so that the particle hybrid could be imaged during cell studies.

  5. Nanostructured organic electronic materials: Synthesis and sensor applications

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    Dua, Vineet

    2009-12-01

    This study is an investigation into (a) the process by which one obtains bulk quantities of nanofibers of parent polythiophene, (b) in-situ deposition of nanofibers of polythiophene on flexible substrate and its application in vapor sensing, and (c) inkjet printing of graphene on flexible substrate and its application as a detector. (a) The 2 nd chapter of the thesis is an extension of "seeding" method from aqueous to organic solvents to synthesize parent polythiophene nanofibers. Bulk quantities of parent polythiophene nanofibers were synthesized in one step using catalytic amounts of freeze dried V2O5. This work is published in Chemistry Letters 2008 37(5), 526--527. (b) The 3rd chapter deals with in-situ films of polythiophene nanofibers on plastic substrates. In this a one step method to directly deposit nanofibers of parent polythiophene on flexible substrate is discussed. These films show a reversible detection of highly oxidizing vapors such as NO2, Cl2 and SO 2 at ppb levels under ambient conditions. This work is published in Macromolecules 2009, 42, 5414--5415. (c) The 4 th chapter describes the synthesis of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) using a mild reducing agent ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) rather than traditionally used harsh reducing agents (N2H4). Dispersions of RGO were inkjet printed on flexible substrate and has been shown to detect aggressive vapors NO2 and Cl2 at ambient conditions. This work is accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie (Nov 2009).

  6. Green synthesis and applications of Au-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles.

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    Meena Kumari, M; Jacob, John; Philip, Daizy

    2015-02-25

    This paper reports for the first time the synthesis of bimetallic nanoparticles at room temperature using the fruit juice of pomegranate. Simultaneous reduction of gold and silver ions in different molar ratios leads to the formation of alloy as well as core-shell nanostructures. The nanoparticles have been characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The synthesized alloy particles are used as catalysts in the reduction of 2-, 3-, 4-nitrophenols to the corresponding amines and in the degradation of methyl orange. The reduction kinetics for all the reactions follows pseudo-first order. The rate constants follow the order k4-nitrophenolapplication. The nitric oxide and hydroxyl radical scavenging activity shown by the nanoparticles promise the potential application in biomedical field. PMID:25218228

  7. Green synthesis and applications of Au-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Meena Kumari, M.; Jacob, John; Philip, Daizy

    2015-02-01

    This paper reports for the first time the synthesis of bimetallic nanoparticles at room temperature using the fruit juice of pomegranate. Simultaneous reduction of gold and silver ions in different molar ratios leads to the formation of alloy as well as core-shell nanostructures. The nanoparticles have been characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The synthesized alloy particles are used as catalysts in the reduction of 2-, 3-, 4-nitrophenols to the corresponding amines and in the degradation of methyl orange. The reduction kinetics for all the reactions follows pseudo-first order. The rate constants follow the order k4-nitrophenol < k2-nitrophenol < k3-nitrophenol. Thermal conductivity is measured as a function of volume fraction and it is observed that the incorporation of the alloy nanoparticles enhances the thermal conductivity of the base fluid (water) showing nanofluid application. The nitric oxide and hydroxyl radical scavenging activity shown by the nanoparticles promise the potential application in biomedical field.

  8. Photopolymerizable and injectable polyurethanes for biomedical applications: synthesis and biocompatibility.

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    Pereira, Ildeu H L; Ayres, Eliane; Patrício, Patrícia S; Góes, Alfredo M; Gomide, Viviane S; Junior, Eduardo P; Oréfice, Rodrigo L

    2010-08-01

    Two types of photopolymerizable and injectable polyurethane acrylates (PUAs), based on poly(propylene glycol) or poly(caprolactone diol) and hydroxyethyl methacrylate, were synthesized and characterized in order to obtain information regarding their use as an injectable material for biomedical applications. Structural characteristics of the biomaterials, including the degree of phase separation, were evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The viscosities of the obtained biomaterials make them suitable for injection, molding and photopolymerization using visible light, as demonstrated by the injection test. The cured polymers had mechanical properties comparable to those of certain soft tissues, such as skin. An in vitro cell-polyurethane cytotoxicity study was carried out with mesenchymal stem cells from rat tibias and femurs. The proliferation/viability of the cells in the presence of the synthesized material was assessed by the MTT assay, collagen synthesis analysis and the expression of alkaline phosphatase. The results that were obtained through the in vitro tests indicated that PUAs are cytocompatible. The in vivo experiments were correlated with the in vitro tests and showed low levels of toxicity for the obtained biomaterials. Histology cross-sections showed that the biomaterials induced no significant inflammatory reaction. Our study demonstrates the potential for using synthesized photocurable polyurethanes in biomedical applications. Furthermore, the obtained injectable polymer systems employ minimally invasive procedures and can be molded in situ before photopolymerization with visible light. PMID:20193783

  9. Yolk/shell nanoparticles: classifications, synthesis, properties, and applications.

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    Purbia, Rahul; Paria, Santanu

    2015-12-21

    Core/shell nanoparticles were first reported in the early 1990s with a simple spherical core and shell structure, but the area is gradually diversifying in multiple directions such as different shapes, multishells, yolk/shell etc., because of the development of different new properties of the materials, which are useful for several advanced applications. Among different sub-areas of core/shell nanoparticles, yolk/shell nanoparticles (YS NPs) have drawn significant attention in recent years because of their unique properties such as low density, large surface area, ease of interior core functionalization, a good molecular loading capacity in the void space, tunable interstitial void space, and a hollow outer shell. The YS NPs have better properties over simple core/shell or hollow NPs in various fields including biomedical, catalysis, sensors, lithium batteries, adsorbents, DSSCs, microwave absorbers etc., mainly because of the presence of free void space, porous hollow shell, and free core surface. This review presents an extensive classification of YS NPs based on their structures and types of materials, along with synthesis strategies, properties, and applications with which one would be able to draw a complete picture of this area. PMID:26567966

  10. Progress in transition metal-based enantioselective catalysis

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    Arp, Forrest O

    2008-01-01

    In Chapter 1, the first enantioselective cross-coupling reactions of racemic secondary benzylic halides are described (eq 1). This method was applied to the syntheses of intermediates employed by other groups in the ...

  11. Chemoselective and Enantioselective Oxidation of Indoles Employing Aspartyl Peptide Catalysts

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    Movassaghi, Mohammad

    Catalytic enantioselective indole oxidation is a process of particular relevance to the chemistry of complex alkaloids, as it has been implicated in their biosynthesis. In the context of synthetic methodology, catalytic ...

  12. Enantioselective Copper-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Alkenylazaarenes with Ketones 

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    Saxena, Aakarsh; Choi, Bonnie; Hon, Lam Wai

    2012-05-23

    Catalytic enantioselective methods for the preparation of chiral azaarene-containing compounds are of high value. By combining the utility of copper hydride catalysis with the ability of C?N-containing azaarenes to activate adjacent alkenes toward...

  13. Adaptation of a small-molecule hydrogen-bond donor catalyst to an enantioselective hetero-Diels-Alder reaction hypothesized for brevianamide biosynthesis.

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    Sprague, Daniel J; Nugent, Benjamin M; Yoder, Ryan A; Vara, Brandon A; Johnston, Jeffrey N

    2015-02-20

    Chiral diamine-derived hydrogen-bond donors were evaluated for their ability to effect stereocontrol in an intramolecular hetero-Diels-Alder (HDA) reaction hypothesized in the biosynthesis of brevianamides A and B. Collectively, these results provide proof of principle that small-molecule hydrogen-bond catalysis, if even based on a hypothetical biosynthesis construct, holds significant potential within enantioselective natural product synthesis. PMID:25697748

  14. Adaptation of a Small-Molecule Hydrogen-Bond Donor Catalyst to an Enantioselective Hetero-Diels–Alder Reaction Hypothesized for Brevianamide Biosynthesis

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    2015-01-01

    Chiral diamine-derived hydrogen-bond donors were evaluated for their ability to effect stereocontrol in an intramolecular hetero-Diels–Alder (HDA) reaction hypothesized in the biosynthesis of brevianamides A and B. Collectively, these results provide proof of principle that small-molecule hydrogen-bond catalysis, if even based on a hypothetical biosynthesis construct, holds significant potential within enantioselective natural product synthesis. PMID:25697748

  15. Highly Selective Synthesis of Halomon, Plocamenone, and Isoplocamenone.

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    Bucher, Cyril; Deans, Richard M; Burns, Noah Z

    2015-10-14

    Over 160 chiral vicinal bromochlorinated natural products have been identified; however, a lack of synthetic methods for the selective incorporation of halogens into organic molecules has hindered their synthesis. Here we disclose the first total synthesis and structural confirmation of isoplocamenone and plocamenone, as well as the first selective and scalable synthesis of the preclinical anticancer natural product halomon. The synthesis of these inter-halogenated compounds has been enabled by our recently developed chemo-, regio-, and enantioselective dihalogenation reaction. PMID:26394844

  16. Highly Selective Synthesis of Halomon, Plocamenone, and Isoplocamenone

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    Bucher, Cyril; Deans, Richard M.; Burns, Noah Z.

    2015-01-01

    Over 160 chiral vicinal bromochlorinated natural products have been identified, however a lack of synthetic methods for the selective incorporation of halogens into organic molecules has hindered their synthesis. Here we disclose the first total synthesis and structural confirmation of isoplocamenone and plocamenone, as well as the first selective and scaleable synthesis of the preclinical anticancer natural product halomon. The synthesis of these interhalogenated compounds has been enabled by our recently developed chemo-, regio-, and enantioselective dihalogenation reaction. PMID:26394844

  17. Enantioselective hydrogenation of ethyl acetoacetate on asymmetric Raney Ni catalysts

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    Zubareva, N.D.; Chernysheva, V.V.; Grigor'ev, Yu.A.; Klabunovskii, E.I.

    1987-09-10

    The properties of Raney nickel catalysts modified by (+)-tartaric acid and active in enantioselective hydrogenation of ethyl acetoacetate depend on the chemical and phase compositions of the starting Ni-Al alloys. A decrease of the Ni content in the Ni-Al alloy specimens which corresponds to an increase of the fraction of the NiAl/sub 3/ intermetallic compound in them contributes to an increase of the catalytic activity and enantioselectivity of the action of the obtained catalysts.

  18. Enantioselective binding of L, D-phenylalanine to ct DNA

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    Zhang, Lijin; Xu, Jianhua; Huang, Yan; Min, Shungeng

    2009-10-01

    The enantioselective binding of L, D-phenylalanine to calf thymus DNA was studied by absorption, circular dichroism, fluorescence quenching, viscosity, salt effect and emission experiments. The results obtained from absorption, circular dichroism, fluorescence quenching and viscosity experiments excluded the intercalative binding and salt effect experiments did not support electrostatic binding. So the binding of L, D-phenylalanine to ct DNA should be groove binding. Furthermore, the emission spectra revealed that the binding is enantioselective.

  19. Catalytic enantioselective addition of thioacids to trisubstituted nitroalkenes.

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    Phelan, James P; Patel, Evan J; Ellman, Jonathan A

    2014-10-13

    The first example of a catalytic enantioselective addition to and nitronate protonation of trisubstituted nitroalkenes to produce highly enantioenriched products with a tetrasubstituted carbon is reported. Thioacids added in excellent yields and with high enantioselectivities to both activated and unactivated nitroalkenes. The 1,2-nitrothioacetate products can be readily converted in two steps to biomedically relevant 1,2-aminosulfonic acids without loss of enantiopurity. PMID:25196997

  20. Stop-flow lithography for complex particle synthesis and application in directed assembly

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    Panda, Priyadarshi

    2012-01-01

    The synthesis of complex microparticles is an important objective. These particles can find use in a number of applications ranging from tissue engineering to ceramics and assembly. Tuned assembly of anisotropic particles ...

  1. Synthesis, characterization and biosensing application of photon upconverting nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Manoj; Zhang, Peng

    2009-02-01

    Phosphor/fluorescent molecules/particles have been widely used in various applications for quite some time. Typically, light with longer wavelength(s) is emitted when excited by shorter wavelength light. The opposite effect also exists, where a phosphor particle is excited with an infrared or red light and emits color(s) of shorter wavelengths, a process called up-conversion. Materials with upconverting properties have narrower absorption and line emission spectra than their down-converting counterparts. Because most non-target materials in a complex mixture do not possess such photon up-conversion properties, a dramatically improved S/N ratio is expected in sensing and luminescence reporting applications. This makes photon upconverting materials ideal for identification of trace amounts of target molecules. Here we report the synthesis, characterization and DNA detection application based on NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ photon upconverting nanoparticles. The design of a nucleotide sensor for the detection of point mutation associated with sickle cell disease is described. The underlying principle for the detection is luminescence resonance energy transfer (LRET), with the photon upconverting nanoparticle as the donor and a dye, N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-6-carboxyrhodamine (TAMRA), as the acceptor. The detection scheme is based on a sandwich-type hybridization format. The presence of the target DNA is indicated by the increase of the normalized acceptor's emission. Based on photon upconverting nanoparticles, which display high S/N ratio and no photobleaching, the DNA sensor demonstrates high sensitivity and specificity. The results demonstrate great potential of such nanomaterials as oligonucleotide sensors.

  2. Rhodium/phospholane-phosphite catalysts give unusually high regioselectivity in the enantioselective hydroformylation of vinyl arenes.

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    Noonan, Gary M; Cobley, Christopher J; Mahoney, Thomas; Clarke, Matthew L

    2014-02-11

    Using the phospholane-phosphite ligand, BOBPHOS, almost perfect regioselectivities and high enantioselectivities (up to 92% ee) are observed in Rh catalysed enantioselective hydroformylation of vinyl arenes. This can be achieved under solvent-free conditions. PMID:24362887

  3. Enantioselective Rhodium-Catalyzed Nucleophilic Allylation of Cyclic Imines with Allylboron Reagents 

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    Luo, Yunfei; Hepburn, Hamish B.; Chotsaeng, Nawasit; Lam, Hon Wai

    The highly diastereo- and enantioselective title reaction of a range of cyclic imines with various potassium allyltrifluoroborates most likely proceeds via allylrhodium(I) intermediates, and represents the first rhodium-catalyzed enantioselective...

  4. Expanding the scope of Metal-Free enantioselective allylic substitutions: Anthrones

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    Ceban, Victor; Tauchman, Ji?í; Meazza, Marta; Gallagher, Greg; Light, Mark E.; Gergelitsová, Ivana; Veselý, Jan; Rios, Ramon

    2015-01-01

    The highly enantioselective asymmetric allylic alkylation of Morita–Baylis–Hillman carbonates with anthrones is presented. The reaction is simply catalyzed by cinchona alkaloid derivatives affording the final alkylated products in good yields and excellent enantioselectivities. PMID:26592555

  5. Enantioselective Instruments Onboard Rosetta Lander (COSAC) and Mission ExoMars (MOMA)

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    Thiemann, W. H. P.; Bredehoeft, J. H.; Meierhenrich, U. J.; Goesmann, F.

    2010-04-01

    Space missions so far never included enantioselective instruments to distinguish between chiral organic molecules. We will describe the first enantioselective gas chromatographic device COSAC and MOMA that we developed for Rosetta and ExoMars missions.

  6. Synthesis of nanostructured materials for biosensor and fuel cell applications

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    Gil, Maria Paula

    Nanotechnology has attracted the attention of many different fields due to the new and exiting possibilities it entails. However, the future of nanotechnology depends on (i) the successful understanding and discovery of material properties at the nanoscale, (ii) efficient manufacture of nanoscale materials, and (iii) most importantly, incorporation of nanomaterials into real world applications and devices. The purpose of this research is to synthesize macroscale materials for applications such as fuel cell membranes or biosensors by assembly or modification at the nanoscale. This research is concentrated in two main projects. The first project focuses on the direct synthesis of a PEEK fuel cell membrane from sulfonated monomers with nanoscale features. S-PEEK membranes were evaluated for possible fuel cell applications by determining the degree of sulfonation, water swelling, proton conductivity, methanol diffusivity and thermal stability. As synthesized S-PEEK membranes exhibit conductivities (25°C) from 0.02--0.07 S/cm, water swelling from 13--54%, ion-exchange capacities (IEC) from 0.7--1.5 mmol/g and methanol diffusion coefficients from 3 x 10-7 --5 x 10-8 cm2/s at 25°C. These diffusion coefficients are much lower than that of NafionRTM (2 x 10-6 cm2/s), making S-PEEK membranes a good alternative to reduce problems associated with high methanol crossover in direct methanol fuel cells. The second project consists of synthesizing (2D) or (3D) nanowire thin film Pt electrodes for applications as glucose sensors. Although platinum nanowires have shown to have unique properties, it is still challenging to fabricate nanowire devices such as sensors. This research reports the fabrication of platinum nanowires into continuous thin film electrodes and the application as biosensors. The electrodes were synthesized by the following steps: (1) construction of a nanostructured mesoporous thin film template by self-assembly of surfactant and silicate species, (2) electrodeposition of platinum within the pores of the silica template, (3) removal of the silica template, and (4) immobilization of the enzyme on the platinum electrodes. SEM, TEM, chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry were used to characterize the electrodes. The sensor sensitivity was determined amperometrically. The sensors show improved sensitivities and stabilities, providing a promising approach to integrate nanowires into useful devices.

  7. Enantioselective Dehydrogenative Heck Arylations of Trisubstituted Alkenes with Indoles to Construct Quaternary Stereocenters.

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    Zhang, Chun; Santiago, Celine B; Crawford, Jennifer M; Sigman, Matthew S

    2015-12-23

    An enantioselective, intermolecular dehydrogenative Heck arylation of trisubstituted alkenes to construct remote quaternary stereocenters has been developed. Using a new chiral pyridine oxazoline ligand, good to high enantioselectivity is achieved for various combinations of indole derivatives and trisubstituted alkenes. However, some combinations of substrates led to lower enantioselectivity, which provided the impetus to use structure enantioselectivity correlations to design a better performing ligand. PMID:26624236

  8. Surfactantless synthesis of silver nanoplates and their application in SERS.

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    Sun, Y.; Wiederrecht, G.; Center for Nanoscale Materials

    2007-11-01

    Silver nanoplates with thicknesses of 50-70 nm and edge lengths ranging from 200 nm to 1 mm are grown on semiconductor waters at room temperature through a simple galvanic reaction between an aqueous solution of silver nitrate and n-type GaAs. The as-grown silver structures have chemically clean surfaces because no surfactant or coordinating molecules are involved in the synthesis. Electron microscopy characterization indicates that each silver plate has rough surfaces and a half-moon morphology with one straight edge and on arclike edge. Systematic studies on varying reaction conditions reveal that the oxide (i.e., Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} and As{sub 2}O{sub 3}) layers of GaAs, generated in situ in the reactions, play an important role in assisting the growth of anisotropic nanoplates. The cleanliness of the surfaces of the silver nanoplates is beneficial to attachment of interesting molecules on their surfaces for various applications, such as plasmonic-enhanced photophysical and photochemical processes and surface-enhanced spectroscopies.

  9. Silica Microspheres with Fibrous Shells: Synthesis and Application in HPLC.

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    Qu, Qishu; Min, Yi; Zhang, Lihua; Xu, Qin; Yin, Yadong

    2015-10-01

    Monodispersed silica spheres with solid core and fibrous shell were successfully synthesized using a biphase reaction. Both the thickness and the pore size of the fibrous shell could be finely tuned by changing the stirring rate during synthesis. When stirring was adjusted from 0 to 800 rpm, the thickness of the shell could be tuned from 13 to 67 nm and the pore size from 5 to 16 nm. By continuously adjusting the stirring rate, fibrous shells with hierarchical pore structure ranged from 10 to 28 nm and thickness up to 200 nm could be obtained in one pot. We demonstrate that fibrous shells with controllable thickness and pore size could be coated on silica cores with diameters from 0.5 to 3 ?m while maintaining the monodispersity of the particles. As a result of the unique fibrous structure, the BET surface area could reach ?233 m(2) g(-1) even though the shell thickness was less than 150 nm. The core-shell particles were modified with C18, packed, and then used in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation, showing separation performance as high as 2.25 × 10(5) plates m(-1) for naphthalene and back pressure as low as 5.8 MPa. These silica microspheres with fibrous shells are expected to have great potential for practical applications in HPLC. PMID:26321588

  10. Synthesis of Boron Nitride Nanotubes for Engineering Applications

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    Hurst, Janet; Hull, David; Gorican, Dan

    2005-01-01

    Boron Nitride nanotubes (BNNT) are of interest to the scientific and technical communities for many of the same reasons that carbon nanotubes (CNT) have attracted large amounts of attention. Both materials have potentially unique and significant properties which may have important structural and electronic applications in the future. However of even more interest than their similarities may be the differences between carbon and boron nanotubes. Whilt boron nitride nanotubes possess a very high modulus similaar to CNT, they are also more chemically and thermally inert. Additionally BNNT possess more uniform electronic properties, having a uniform band gap of approximately 5.5 eV while CNT vary from semi-conductin to conductor behavior. Boron Nitride nanotubes have been synthesized by a variety of methods such as chemical vapor deposition, arc discharge and reactive milling. Consistently producing a reliable product has proven difficult. Progress in synthesis of 1-2 gram sized batches of Boron Nitride nanotubes will be discussed as well as potential uses for this unique material.

  11. Silver nanoparticles: synthesis, properties, toxicology, applications and perspectives

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    Tran, Quang Huy; Quy Nguyen, Van; Le, Anh-Tuan

    2013-09-01

    In recent years the outbreak of re-emerging and emerging infectious diseases has been a significant burden on global economies and public health. The growth of population and urbanization along with poor water supply and environmental hygiene are the main reasons for the increase in outbreak of infectious pathogens. Transmission of infectious pathogens to the community has caused outbreaks of diseases such as influenza (A/H5N1), diarrhea (Escherichia coli), cholera (Vibrio cholera), etc throughout the world. The comprehensive treatments of environments containing infectious pathogens using advanced disinfectant nanomaterials have been proposed for prevention of the outbreaks. Among these nanomaterials, silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) with unique properties of high antimicrobial activity have attracted much interest from scientists and technologists to develop nanosilver-based disinfectant products. This article aims to review the synthesis routes and antimicrobial effects of Ag-NPs against various pathogens including bacteria, fungi and virus. Toxicology considerations of Ag-NPs to humans and ecology are discussed in detail. Some current applications of Ag-NPs in water-, air- and surface- disinfection are described. Finally, future prospects of Ag-NPs for treatment and prevention of currently emerging infections are discussed.

  12. Sonochemical synthesis of manganese (II) hydroxide for supercapacitor applications

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    Anandan, Sambandam; Gnana Sundara Raj, Balasubramaniam; Lee, Gang-Juan; Wu, Jerry J.

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Octahedral Mn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles were prepared by sonochemical process. • TEM images indicates the formation of octahedral Mn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles. • Octahedral Mn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles are evaluated as a supercapacitor material. - Abstract: In this research, a rapid and controllable synthesis of octahedral Mn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles with a size range from 140 to 200 nm has been done by a sonochemial irradiation method for the energy storage applications. Transmission electron microscopic images, energy disperse X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses clearly indicate the formation of octahedral Mn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles. Octahedral Mn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles were evaluated as a supercapacitor material that exhibits specific capacitance 127 F g{sup ?1} at a current density of 0.5 mA cm{sup ?2} in the potential range from ?0.1 to 0.8 V in 1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution.

  13. Chiral Phosphine-Silver(I) Complex Catalyzed Enantioselective Interrupted Feist-Bénary Reaction with Ynones: The Aldol-Cycloisomerization Cascade.

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    Sinha, Debarshi; Biswas, Arnab; Singh, Vinod K

    2015-07-01

    Silver-catalyzed interrupted Feist-Bénary reaction is described for the efficient enantioselective synthesis of dihydrofuran heterocycles. A new method has been developed for the silver(I)-(R)-BINAP complex mediated aldol-cycloisomerization cascade reaction between ynones and 1,3-diketones to provide functionalized dihydrofurans with moderate to good yields (up to 95%) and good to excellent enantiomeric excess (up to 98%). The presence of an exocyclic double bond and hydroxy group in the dihydrofuran products provides wide scope for further structural manipulation. PMID:26106952

  14. Synthesis and characterization of advanced nanomaterials for energy applications

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    Xie, Ming

    Energy is essential for life. It is thus important to continue understanding how to reduce energy consumption, and increase energy generation. The use of nanoscale materials (nanomaterials) are expected to reduce resources and energy needed in fabricating electrical and electronic devices and help in reducing energy consumption. For example, boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) which have uniform band structures, are expected to find application in nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. These devices will have smaller dimension, cost fewer resources and less energy to fabricate, and consume less energy due to minimum electron scattering in their ideally defect-free tubular structures. On the other hand, nanomaterials are also expected to improve the performance of thermoelectric devices that can convert heat into energy. In this thesis, we first investigated low-temperature synthesis of BNNTs (Chapter 1). Effects of substrate temperatures, bias voltages, and catalysts are discussed and a selective-phase growth model is proposed. During the course of this investigation, we discovered Si nanotubes (SiNTs) by catalytic plasma treatment (Chapter 2). The detailed growth parameters and characterizations are presented and a modified growth model is discussed. In addition, electronic properties are measured by AFM. Since Si has exceptional thermoelectric properties, the newly discovered SiNTs are prospects for related applications. We have thus evaluated the potential conversion efficiency and production cost of various nanostructured thermoelectric materials (Chapter 3 and 4). Based on state-of-the-art dish-stirling systems, we evaluate the feasibility of replacing stirling engines by thermoelectric modules. Finally, we have decided to investigate the properties of boron-nanocarbon ensembles (Chapter 5 and 6) as prospective thermoelectric materials. Detailed characterizations includes SEM, HRTEM, Raman, XRD are presented. Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity are both measured with various temperatures. Induction quenching confirms that boron-doping help improve power factor of nanocarbon ensembles.

  15. DNA Synthesis, Assembly and Applications in Synthetic Biology

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    Ma, Siying; Tang, Nicholas; Tian, Jingdong

    2012-01-01

    The past couple of years saw exciting new developments in microchip-based gene synthesis technologies. Such technologies hold the potential for significantly increasing the throughput and decreasing the cost of gene synthesis. Together with more efficient enzymatic error correction and genome assembly methods, these new technologies are pushing the field of synthetic biology to a higher level. PMID:22633067

  16. Catalytic Enantioselective Reaction of ?-Aminoacetonitriles Using Chiral Bis(imidazoline) Palladium Catalysts.

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    Kondo, Masaru; Nishi, Tomoki; Hatanaka, Tsubasa; Funahashi, Yasuhiro; Nakamura, Shuichi

    2015-07-01

    The catalytic enantioselective reaction of diphenylmethylidene-protected ?-aminoacetonitriles with imines has been developed. Good yields and diastereo- and enantioselectivities were observed for the reaction of various imines using chiral bis(imidazoline)/Pd catalysts. The reaction of ?-aminonitriles with di-tert-butyl azodicarboxylate afforded chiral ?,?-diaminonitriles in high yields with high enantioselectivities. PMID:26014509

  17. Synthesis and properties of unagglomerated nanocomposite particles for nanomedical applications

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    Rouse, Sarah M.

    2005-11-01

    Methods have been developed to prepare stable, unagglomerated active-medical-agent nanoparticles in a range of sizes, based on reverse-micelle microemulsion techniques. The process used to prepare monodisperse, spherical nanocomposite particles is based on methods originally outlined in detail by Adair et al. and Li et al. The "Molecular Dot" (MD) nanoparticles incorporate a variety of medically-active substances, such as organic fluorophores and therapeutic drugs, internally distributed in silica, titania, calcium phosphate, or calcium phospho-silicate matrices. The synthesis techniques have also been modified to produce nanoparticles containing combinations of fluorophores and medicinal agents, in order to monitor drug release and location. The specific biomedical application for the nanocomposite particles dictates the selection of core and shell-matrix materials. For example, the protective shell-matrices of the silica and titania MDs shield the active-medical agents from damage due to changes in pH, temperature, and other environmental effects. Conversely, the calcium phosphate and calcium phospho-silicate shell-matrix nanoparticles can potentially be engineered to dissolve in physiological environments. The method used to remove residual precursor materials while maintaining a well-dispersed assembly of nanoparticles is critical to the use of nanocolloids in medical applications. The dispersion approach is based on protection-dispersion theory tailored to accommodate the high surface areas and reactivity of sub-50 nm particles in aqueous or water/ethanol mixtures. Dispersion of the nanocomposite particles is further enhanced with the use of size-exclusion high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to simultaneously wash and disperse the nanocomposite particle suspensions. The state of dispersion of the nanosuspensions is evaluated using the average agglomeration number (AAN) approach in conjunction with other characterization techniques. The formulation of a non-aggregating colloid to deliver active-medical agents has the potential to revolutionize controlled, targeted, systemic delivery for a variety of drug and genetic therapies. The active-medical agent nanoparticles may be applied to a range of biomedical applications, including bioimaging, drug delivery, gene therapy, and combinations thereof. The fluorescent Molecular Dot nanoparticles have been utilized in applications such as in vitro cell labeling, as well as chemical and biological targeting. In addition, the Molecular Dots are a promising alternative to current bioimaging technologies, as the fluorescent emissions from the nanoparticulates do not exhibit blinking/intermittent qualities. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  18. Synthesis and applications of electrically conducting polymer nanocomposites

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    Ku, Bon-Cheol

    This research focuses on the synthesis and applications of electrically conducting polymer nanocomposites through molecular self-assembly. Two different classes of polymers, polyaniline (PANI) and polyacetylenes have been synthesized by biomimetic catalysis and spontaneous polymerization method. For gas barrier materials, commercially available polymers, poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly (acrylic acid) (PAA), have also been used and thermally cross-linked. The morphological, optical and electrical properties of amphiphilic polyacetylenes have been studied. Furthermore, barrier properties, permselectivity, pervaporation properties of polyacetylenes/aluminosilicate nanocomposites have been investigated. For processability and electrical properties of carbon nanotube and conducting polymers, substituted ionic polyacetylenes (SIPA) have been covalently incorporated onto single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) using the "grafting-from" technique. In the first study, a nanocomposite film catalyst has been prepared by electrostatic layer-by-layer (ELBL) self-assembly of a polyelectrolyte and a biomimetic catalyst for synthesis of polyaniline. Poly(dimethyl diallylammonium chloride) (PDAC) and hematin have been used as polycation and counter anions, respectively. The absorption spectra by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy showed that conductive form polyaniline was formed not only as a coating on the surface of the ELBL composites but was also formed in solution. Furthermore, it was found that the reaction rate was affected by pH and concentration of hematin in the multilayers. The feasibility of controlled desorption of hematin molecules from the LBL assembly was explored and demonstrated by changing the pH and hematin concentration. The polymerization rate of aniline in solution was enhanced with decreasing pH of the solutions due to increased desorption of hematin nanoparticles from the multilayers. These ELBL hematin assemblies demonstrated both a way to functionalize surfaces with conductive polyaniline and a potential method of reusability of the catalyst for improved cost effectiveness. For fabrication of multifunctional nanocomposite membranes, (P2EPy-R/Saponite) n on NafionRTM substrate was demonstrated by electrostatic layer-by layer assembly technique. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  19. Synthesis, assembly, and applications of single-walled carbon nanotube

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    Ryu, Koungmin

    This dissertation presents the synthesis and assembly of aligned carbon nanotubes, and their applications in both nano-electronics such as transistor and integrated circuits and macro-electronics in energy conversion devices as transparent conducting electrodes. Also, the high performance chemical sensor using metal oxide nanowire has been demonstrated. Chapter 1 presents a brief introduction of carbon nanotube, followed by discussion of a new synthesis technique using nanosphere lithography to grow highly aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes atop quartz and sapphire substrates. This method offers great potential to produce carbon nanotube arrays with simultaneous control over the nanotube orientation, position, density, diameter and even chirality. Chapter 3 introduces the wafer-scale integration and assembly of aligned carbon nanotubes, including full-wafer scale synthesis and transfer of massively aligned carbon nanotube arrays, and nanotube device fabrication on 4 inch Si/SiO2 wafer to yield submicron channel transistors with high on-current density ˜ 20 muA/mum and good on/off ratio and CMOS integrated circuits. In addition, various chemical doping methods for n-type nanotube transistors are studied to fabricate CMOS integrated nanotube circuits such as inverter, NAND and NOR logic devices. Furthermore, defect-tolerant circuit design for NAND and NOR is proposed and demonstrated to guarantee the correct operation of logic circuit, regardless of the presence of mis-aligned or mis-positioned nanotubes. Carbon nanotube flexible electronics and smart textiles for ubiquitous computing and sensing are demonstrated in chapter 4. A facile transfer printing technique has been introduced to transfer massively aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes from the original sapphire/quartz substrates to virtually any other substrates, including glass, silicon, polymer sheets, and even fabrics. The characterization of transferred nanotubes reveals that the transferred nanotubes are highly conductive, transparent, and flexible as well. Based on transferred nanotube arrays on fabric, we have successfully demonstrated nanotube transistors with on/off ratios ˜ 105, and chemical sensors for low-concentration NO2 and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). In Chapter 5, I present the study of transparent conductive thin films made with two kinds of commercial carbon nanotubes: HiPCO and arc-discharge nanotubes. These films have been further exploited as hole-injection electrodes for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) on both rigid glass and flexible substrates. Our experiments reveal that films based on arc discharge nanotubes are overwhelmingly better than HiPCO-nanotube-based films in all the critical aspects, including the surface roughness, sheet resistance, and transparency. The optimized films show a typical sheet resistance of ˜160O/? at 87% transparency and have been successfully used to make OLEDs with high stability and long lifetime. Lastly, I present the fast and scalable integration of nanowire chemical sensors with micromachined hotplates built on SiN membranes. These hotplates allowed nanowire chemical sensors to operate at elevated temperatures in order to enhance the sensitivity of chemical sensors to target gases. By applying different current through the platinum heating filament, we can easily vary the device temperature from room temperature to 350°C. These nanosensors with integrated hot plates have been exploited for the detection of ethanol, CO and hydrogen down to concentrations of 1 ppm, 10 ppm and 50 ppm, respectively.

  20. Enantioselective Recognition in Solution: The Case of Countercurrent Chromatography

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    Rubio, Núria; Minguillón, Cristina

    Countercurrent chromatography (CCC) is a preparative separation technique that works with a liquid stationary phase. Biphasic liquid systems are needed to perform a separation. Since a chiral selector is required to perform enantiomer separations, special requirements are imposed in CCC. The chiral selector (CS) must be located in the stationary phase since partitioning with the mobile phase would cause losses of the valuable chiral selector in the mobile phase. Sulfated cyclodextrins and proteins were used as polar CS located in the polar stationary phase (reversed phase mode). Apolar CSs such as N-dodecyl-L-proline 3,5-dimethylanilide or Whelk-O selectors, quinine and quinidine derivatives, cellulose or amylose apolar derivatives were used located in the apolar stationary phase (normal phase mode). The special CCC displacement method called pH-zone refining was found useful in the increase of the loading capacity for cellulose, quinine, quinidine, and proline-derived selectors. Dual and multidual mode uses of CCC could produce an increase in peak separation thereby broadening the applicability of moderately enantioselective CSs.

  1. Nanomanufacturing of silica nanowires: Synthesis, characterization and applications

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    Sekhar, Praveen Kumar

    In this research, selective and bottom-up manufacturing of silica nanowires on silicon (Si) and its applications has been investigated. Localized synthesis of these nanowires on Si was achieved by metal thin film catalysis and metal ion implantation based seeding approach. The growth mechanism of the nanowires followed a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. Mass manufacturing aspects such as growth rate, re-usability of the substrate and experimental growth model were also investigated. Further, silica nanowires were explored as surface enhanced Raman (SER) substrate and immunoassay templates towards optical and electrochemical detection of cancer biomarkers respectively. Investigating their use in photonic applications, optically active silica nanowires were synthesized by erbium implantation after nanowire growth and implantation of erbium as a metal catalyst in Si to seed the nanowires. Ion implantation of Pd in Si and subsequent annealing in Ar at 1100 0 C for 60 mins in an open tube furnace resulted in silica nanowires of diameters ranging from 15 to 90 nm. Similarly, Pt was sputtered on to Si and further annealed to obtain silica nanowires of diameters ranging from 50 to 500 nm. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed the amorphous nature of the wires. In addition, nano-sized Pd catalyst was found along the body of the nanowires seeded by Pd implantation into Si. After functionalization of the wires with 3 - AminoPropylTriMethoxySilane (APTMS), the Pd decorated silica nanowires served as an SER substrate exhibiting a sensitivity of 10 7 towards the detection of interleukin-10 (IL-10, a cancer biomarker) with higher spatial resolution. Voltammetric detection of IL-10 involved silica nanowires synthesized by Pd thin film catalysis on Si as an immunoassay template. Using the electrochemical scheme, the presence of IL-10 was detected down to 1fg/mL in ideal pure solution and 1 pg/mL in clinically relevant samples. Time resolved photoluminescence (PL) results from the Er doped silica nanowires indicate a sharp emission around 1.54 microm representative of the I13/2 to I15/2 transition in Erbium. Also, a five-fold increase in the PL intensity and 30% augment in luminescence life time have been observed in nanowires when compared to fused silica sample prepared under similar conditions. The experimental results indicate the potential of silica nanowires in a wide variety of applications such as the development of orthogonal biosensors, fabrication of metallic nanowires, and environmental sensing probes.

  2. PDMS based microfluidic chips and their application in material synthesis

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    Gong, Xiuqing

    Microfluidics is a highly interdisciplinary science which is to deal with the behavior, control and manipulation of fluids that are constrained to sub-milimeter scale. It incorporates the knowledge and technique intersecting physics, chemistry, mechanics, nanoscience and biotechnology, with practical applications to the design of systems in which small volumes of fluids will be used. In this thesis, we started our research from GER fluid synthesis which then is applied to designing different functions of microfluidic devices, valve, pump, and mixer. We built a way to correlate mechanical signal with electric signal by soft matter. The mechanical devices based GER fluid had good operating stability and mechanical performance. We studied how to improve the performance of GER fluid by increasing the yield stress while avoiding the sendimentation of nanoparticles in GER suspension. The meaning of this work is to enhance the stability and mechanical strength of GER fluid when it is applyed to the microfluidc channels. We tried different oils and studied the particle size for the GER effect. The largest yield stress which amounts to 300 kPa is achievable compared to previous GER fluid with 100 kPa. Microfluidic reactor, directing the flow of microliter volumes along microscale channels, offers the advantages of precise control of reagent loading, fast mixing and an enhanced reaction rate, cessation of the reaction at specific stages, and more. Basically, there are two microfluidic flow regimes, continuous flow and segmented flow (suspended droplets, channel-spanning slug, and wall-wetting films). Both flow regimes offer chemical reaction applications, e.g., continuous flow formation of polymer nanospheres and inorganic nanoparticles, size- and shape-control synthesis by segmented flow, and precipitate-forming reactions in droplets, wherein the segmented flow has gained more popularity in that area. The compartmentalization of segmented flow offers advantages to chemical reactions. Here, we report the microfluidic fabrication of magnetically responsive microsphere, macroporous polymer microspheres and hollow titania microspheres. To prepare magnetically responsive microsphere, we introduced magnetic particles into liquid shell and drug into liquid core. After cross-linking reaction of the shell, we studied the magnetic contraction and extention behavior which induced the drug release efficiency. To prepare porous polymer, the H 2O2 solution was encapsulated in polymer precursor, after which we investigated its decomposition under UV irradiation, which simultaneously induces the polymerization of the encapsulating shell. Because the H 2O2 decomposition leads to the release of oxygen, porous microspheres were obtained from a combined H2O2-decomposition/polymer precursor polymerization reaction. To prepare hollow titanium gel microspheres, water droplets were first formed by the flow focusing geometry in microfluidic chip and used as a soft template. Then hydrolysis and gelation of titanium alkoxide on the droplet's surface were induced in following serpentine channels, controlled by interface water diffusion. The water diffusion process can be controlled by the amount of the "dewetting" reagent butanol, by which the surface morphology of the titania microspheres can be tuned.

  3. Immobilization and characterization of a new regioselective and enantioselective lipase obtained from a metagenomic library.

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    Alnoch, Robson Carlos; Martini, Viviane Paula; Glogauer, Arnaldo; Costa, Allen Carolina dos Santos; Piovan, Leandro; Muller-Santos, Marcelo; de Souza, Emanuel Maltempi; de Oliveira Pedrosa, Fábio; Mitchell, David Alexander; Krieger, Nadia

    2015-01-01

    In previous work, a new lipase and its cognate foldase were identified and isolated from a metagenomic library constructed from soil samples contaminated with fat. This new lipase, called LipG9, is a true lipase that shows specific activities that are comparable to those of well-known industrially-used lipases with high activity against long-chain triglycerides. In the present work, LipG9 was co-expressed and co-immobilized with its foldase, on an inert hydrophobic support (Accurel MP1000). We studied the performance of this immobilized LipG9 (Im-LipG9) in organic media, in order to evaluate its potential for use in biocatalysis. Im-LipG9 showed good stability, maintaining a residual activity of more than 70% at 50 °C after incubation in n-heptane (log P 4.0) for 8 h. It was also stable in polar organic solvents such as ethanol (log P -0.23) and acetone (log P -0.31), maintaining more than 80% of its original activity after 8 h incubation at 30 °C. The synthesis of ethyl esters was tested with fatty acids of different chain lengths in n-heptane at 30 °C. The best conversions (90% in 3 h) were obtained for medium and long chain saturated fatty acids (C8, C14 and C16), with the maximum specific activity, 29 U per gram of immobilized preparation, being obtained with palmitic acid (C16). Im-LipG9 was sn-1,3-specific. In the transesterification of the alcohol (R,S)-1-phenylethanol with vinyl acetate and the hydrolysis of the analogous ester, (R,S)-1-phenylethyl acetate, Im-LipG9 showed excellent enantioselectivity for the R-isomer of both substrates (E> 200), giving an enantiomeric excess (ee) of higher than 95% for the products at 49% conversion. The results obtained in this work provide the basis for the development of applications of LipG9 in biocatalysis. PMID:25706996

  4. Immobilization and Characterization of a New Regioselective and Enantioselective Lipase Obtained from a Metagenomic Library

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    Alnoch, Robson Carlos; Martini, Viviane Paula; Glogauer, Arnaldo; Costa, Allen Carolina dos Santos; Piovan, Leandro; Muller-Santos, Marcelo; de Souza, Emanuel Maltempi; de Oliveira Pedrosa, Fábio; Mitchell, David Alexander; Krieger, Nadia

    2015-01-01

    In previous work, a new lipase and its cognate foldase were identified and isolated from a metagenomic library constructed from soil samples contaminated with fat. This new lipase, called LipG9, is a true lipase that shows specific activities that are comparable to those of well-known industrially-used lipases with high activity against long-chain triglycerides. In the present work, LipG9 was co-expressed and co-immobilized with its foldase, on an inert hydrophobic support (Accurel MP1000). We studied the performance of this immobilized LipG9 (Im-LipG9) in organic media, in order to evaluate its potential for use in biocatalysis. Im-LipG9 showed good stability, maintaining a residual activity of more than 70% at 50°C after incubation in n-heptane (log P 4.0) for 8 h. It was also stable in polar organic solvents such as ethanol (log P -0.23) and acetone (log P -0.31), maintaining more than 80% of its original activity after 8 h incubation at 30°C. The synthesis of ethyl esters was tested with fatty acids of different chain lengths in n-heptane at 30 °C. The best conversions (90% in 3 h) were obtained for medium and long chain saturated fatty acids (C8, C14 and C16), with the maximum specific activity, 29 U per gram of immobilized preparation, being obtained with palmitic acid (C16). Im-LipG9 was sn-1,3-specific. In the transesterification of the alcohol (R,S)-1-phenylethanol with vinyl acetate and the hydrolysis of the analogous ester, (R,S)-1-phenylethyl acetate, Im-LipG9 showed excellent enantioselectivity for the R-isomer of both substrates (E> 200), giving an enantiomeric excess (ee) of higher than 95% for the products at 49% conversion. The results obtained in this work provide the basis for the development of applications of LipG9 in biocatalysis. PMID:25706996

  5. Beta-methylcysteines: synthesis and application in native chemical ligation 

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    Lai, Zhi

    2000-01-01

    Native chemical ligation has emerged as a powerful method in peptide synthesis. In this method, an initial transthioesterification step involves a chemoselective reaction that occurs between a peptide fragment containing an amino-terminal cysteine...

  6. Rational control of hydrothermal nanowire synthesis and its applications

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    Joo, Jaebum

    2010-01-01

    Hydrothermal nanowire synthesis is a rapidly emerging nanowire discipline that enables low temperature growth and batch process. It has a major impact on the development of novel energy conversion devices, high density ...

  7. Development of Catalysts and Ligands for Enantioselective Gold Catalysis

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    Wang, Yi-Ming; Lackner, Aaron D.; Toste, F. Dean

    2014-01-01

    CONSPECTUS The use of Au(I) complexes for the catalytic activation of C-C ?-bonds has been the subject of intense investigation in the last decade or so. The facile formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds facilitated by gold naturally led to efforts to render these transformations enantioselective. Early examples of enantioselective gold-catalyzed transformations have focused on bis(phosphinegold) complexes derived from axially chiral scaffolds. Although these complexes were highly successful in some reactions like cyclopropanation, careful choice of the weakly coordinating ligand (or counterion) was needed to obtain high levels of enantioselectivity for the case of allene hydroamination. These counterion effects led us to use the anion itself as a source of chirality, which was successful in the case of allene hydroalkoxylation. In order to expand the scope of reactions amenable to enantioselective gold catalysis to cycloadditions and other carbocyclization processes, a new class of mononuclear phosphite and phosphoramidite ligands was developed to supplement the previously widely utilized phosphines. Finally carbene ligands, in particular, the acyclic diaminocarbenes, have also been successfully applied to enantioselective transformations. PMID:24228794

  8. Manganese-Substituted ?-Carbonic Anhydrase as an Enantioselective Peroxidase

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    Jing, Qing; Okrasa, Krzysztof; Kazlauskas, Romas J.

    Carbonic anhydrase binds a zinc ion in a hydrophobic active site using the imidazole groups of three histidine residues. The natural role of carbonic anhydrase is to catalyze the reversible hydration of carbon dioxide to bicarbonate, but it also catalyzes hydrolysis of esters with moderate enantioselectivity. Replacing the active-site zinc with manganese yielded manganese-substituted carbonic anhydrase (CA[Mn]), which shows peroxidase activity with a bicarbonate-dependent mechanism. In the presence of bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide, CA[Mn] catalyzed the efficient oxidation of o-dianisidine with k cat /K M = 1.4 × 106 M-1s-1, which is comparable to that for horseradish peroxidase, k cat /K M = 57 × 106 M-1s-1. CA[Mn] also catalyzed the moderately enantioselective epoxidation of olefins to epoxides (E = 5 for p-chlorostyrene). This enantioselectivity is similar to that for natural heme-based peroxidases, but has the advantage that CA[Mn] avoids formation of aldehyde side products. CA[Mn] degrades during the epoxidation, limiting the yield of the epoxidations to <12%. Replacement of active-site residues Asn62, His64, Asn67, Gln92, or Thr200 with alanine by site-directed mutagenesis decreased the enantioselectivity showing that the active site controls enantioselectivity of the epoxidation.

  9. Development of an enantioselective assay for simultaneous separation of venlafaxine and O-desmethylvenlafaxine by micellar electrokinetic chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: Application to the analysis of drug-drug interaction.

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    Liu, Yijin; Jann, Michael; Vandenberg, Chad; Eap, Chin B; Shamsi, Shahab A

    2015-11-13

    To-date, there has been no effective chiral capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS) method reported for the simultaneous enantioseparation of the antidepressant drug, venlafaxine (VX) and its structurally-similar major metabolite, O-desmethylvenlafaxine (O-DVX). This is mainly due to the difficulty of identifying MS compatible chiral selector, which could provide both high enantioselectivity and sensitive MS detection. In this work, poly-sodium N-undecenoyl-L,L-leucylalaninate (poly-L,L-SULA) was employed as a chiral selector after screening several dipeptide polymeric chiral surfactants. Baseline separation of both O-DVX and VX enantiomers was achieved in 15min after optimizing the buffer pH, poly-L,L-SULA concentration, nebulizer pressure and separation voltage. Calibration curves in spiked plasma (recoveries higher than 80%) were linear over the concentration range 150-5000ng/mL for both VX and O-DVX. The limit of detection (LOD) was found to be as low as 30ng/mL and 21ng/mL for O-DVX and VX, respectively. This method was successfully applied to measure the plasma concentrations of human volunteers receiving VX or O-DVX orally when co-administered without and with indinivar therapy. The results suggest that micellar electrokinetic chromatography electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (MEKC-ESI-MS/MS) is an effective low cost alternative technique for the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics studies of both O-DVX and VX enantiomers. The technique has potential to identify drug-drug interaction involving VX and O-DVX enantiomers while administering indinivar therapy. PMID:26460073

  10. Synthesis and characterization of iron based nanoparticles for novel applications

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    Khurshid, Hafsa

    The work in this thesis has been focused on the fabrication and characterization of iron based nanoparticles with controlled size and morphology with the aim: (i) to investigate their properties for potential applications in MICR toners and biomedical field and (ii) to study finite size effects on the magnetic properties of the nanoparticles. For the biomedical applications, core/shell structured iron/iron-oxide and hollow shell nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition of iron organometallic compounds [Fe(CO)5] at high temperature. Core/shell structured iron/iron-oxide nanoparticles have been prepared in the presence of oleic acid and oleylamine. Particle size and composition was controlled by varying the reaction parameters during synthesis. The as-made particles are hydrophobic and not dispersible in water. Water dispersibility was achieved by ligand exchange a with double hydrophilic diblock copolymer. Relaxometery measurements of the transverse relaxation time T2 of the nanoparticles solution at 3 Tesla confirm that the core/shell nanoparticles are an excellent MRI contrast agent using T2 weighted imaging sequences. In comparison to conventionally used iron oxide nanoparticles, iron/iron-oxide core/shell nanoparticles offer four times stronger T2 shortening effect at comparable core size due to their higher magnetization. The magnetic properties were studied as a function of particle size, composition and morphology. Hollow nanostructures are composed of randomly oriented grains arranged together to make a shell layer and make an interesting class of materials. The hollow morphology can be used as an extra degree of freedom to control the magnetic properties. Owing to their hollow morphology, they can be used for the targeted drug delivery applications by filling the drug inside their cavity. For the magnetic toners applications, particles were synthesized by chemically reducing iron salt using sodium borohydride and then coated with polyethylene glycol. Parameters such as the reactant concentrations and their flow rate were varied to study the effect of particle size, structure and crystallinity on the magnetic nanoparticles. Many different hydrophilic surfactants and polymers electrolytes were investigated for the particles' stability in water. PSSNa was found to be the best coating agent among all the other investigated polymer and surfactants for particles stability in water. Particles have an average size of 50 nm and magnetization above 150 emu/g. It is anticipated that owing to their high saturation magnetization and magneto crystalline anisotropy, the incorporations of PSSNa coated nanoparticles into the MICR toner can reduce the pigment loading and hence optimize the toner quality. The magnetic properties were studied as a function of particle size, composition and morphology. The saturation magnetization and coercivity was found to be strongly dependent on the particle size and morphology. The estimated effective anisotropy of the particles was found to be much higher than their bulk values because of their morphology and finite size effects. Core/shell particles below an average size of 12 nm display superparamagnetism and exchange bias phenomenon. The hollow morphology can be used as an extra degree of freedom to control magnetic properties. The enormously large number of pinned spins at the inner and outer surface and at the interface between the grain boundaries in hollow nanoparticles, gives rise to a very large value of effective anisotropy in these nanoparticles and measured hyteresis loops are minor loops. The surface spin disorder contribution to magnetic behavior is strongly influenced by the cooling field magnitude.

  11. Asymmetric One-Pot Synthesis of 1,3-Oxazolidines and 1,3-Oxazinanes via Hemiaminal Intermediates

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    2015-01-01

    A highly efficient method for the enantioselective one-pot synthesis of 1,3-oxazolidines and 1,3-oxazinanes has been reported. The reaction proceeds via the formation of hemiaminal intermediates obtained by the enantioselective addition of respective alcohols to imines catalyzed by a chiral magnesium phosphate catalyst, followed by intramolecular cyclization under mildly basic conditions. A wide range of substrates have been converted to the respective chiral heterocyclic products in high yields and with excellent enantioselectivities using this one-pot procedure. PMID:25075467

  12. Biomimetic total synthesis of (±)-doitunggarcinone A and (+)-garcibracteatone.

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    Pepper, Henry P; Tulip, Stephen J; Nakano, Yuji; George, Jonathan H

    2014-03-21

    A full account of our oxidative radical cyclization approach to the synthesis of garcibracteatone and doitunggarcinone A is presented. This includes the first enantioselective synthesis of garcibracteatone, which allowed the absolute configuration of the natural compound to be determined. The first synthesis of doitunggarcinone A is also described, which confirms our reassignment of the relative configuration of this molecule. Novel syntheses of monoterpene fragments used to construct the target molecules are also reported. PMID:24575789

  13. Synthesis, characterization and application of functional carbon nano materials

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    Chu, Jin

    The synthesis, characterizations and applications of carbon nanomaterials, including carbon nanorods, carbon nanosheets, carbon nanohoneycombs and carbon nanotubes were demonstrated. Different growth techniques such as pulsed laser deposition, DC/RF sputtering, hot filament physical vapour deposition, evaporative casting and vacuum filtration methods were introduced or applied for synthesizing carbon nanomaterials. The morphology, chemical compositions, bond structures, electronic, mechanical and sensing properties of the obtained samples were investigated. Tilted well-aligned carbon micro- and nano- hybrid rods were fabricated on Si at different substrate temperatures and incident angles of carbon source beam using the hot filament physical vapour deposition technique. The morphologic surfaces and bond structures of the oblique carbon rod-like structures were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron diffraction and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The field emission behaviour of the fabricated samples was also tested. Carbon nanosheets and nanohoneycombs were also synthesized on Si substrates using a hot filament physical vapor deposition technique under methane ambient and vacuum, respectively. The four-point Au electrodes are then sputtered on the surface of the nanostructured carbon films to form prototypical humidity sensors. The sensing properties of prototypical sensors at different temperature, humidity, direct current, and alternative current voltage were characterized. Linear sensing response of sensors to relative humidity ranging from 11% to 95% is observed at room temperature. Experimental data indicate that the carbon nanosheets based sensors exhibit an excellent reversible behavior and long-term stability. It also has higher response than that of the humidity sensor with carbon nanohoneycombs materials. Conducting composite films containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were prepared in two different ways of evaporative casting and vacuum filtration methods using the biopolymer kappa-carrageenan (KC) as a dispersant. Evaporative casting and vacuum filtration film-formation processes were compared by testing electrical properties. Results showed that films produced using vacuum filtration had higher electrical properties than those prepared using the evaporative casting method. The evaporative casted multi walled carbon nanotubes composite films also performed as the best humidity sensor over all other films measured.

  14. Chemically functionalized gold nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization, and applications

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    Daniel, Weston Lewis

    This thesis focuses on the development and application of gold nanoparticle based detection systems and biomimetic structures. Each class of modified nanoparticle has properties that are defined by its chemical moieties that interface with solution and the gold nanoparticle core. In Chapter 2, a comparison of the biomolecular composition and binding properties of various preparations of antibody oligonucleotide gold nanoparticle conjugates is presented. These constructs differed significantly in terms of their structure and binding properties. Chapter 3 reports the use of electroless gold deposition as a light scattering signal enhancer in a multiplexed, microarray-based scanometric immunoassay using the gold nanoparticle probes evaluated in Chapter 2. The use of gold development results in greater signal enhancement than the typical silver development, and multiple rounds of metal development were found to increase the resulting signal compared to one development. Chapter 4 describes an amplified scanometric detection method for human telomerase activity. Gold nanoparticles functionalized with specific oligonucleotide sequences can efficiently capture telomerase enzymes and subsequently be elongated. Both the elongated and unmodified oligonucleotide sequences are simultaneously measured. At low telomerase concentrations, elongated strands cannot be detected, but the unmodified sequences, which come from the same probe particles, can be detected because their concentration is higher, providing a novel form of amplification. Chapter 5 reports the development of a novel colorimetric nitrite and nitrate ion assay based upon gold nanoparticle probes functionalized with Griess reaction reagents. This assay takes advantage of the distance-dependent plasmonic properties of the gold nanoparticles and the ability of nitrite ion to facilitate the cross coupling of novel nanoparticle probes. The assay works on the concept of a kinetic end point and can be triggered at the EPA limit for this ion in drinking water. Finally, Chapter 6 describes the synthesis of high density lipoprotein biomimetic nanoparticles capable of binding cholesterol. These structures use a gold nanoparticle core to template the assembly of a mixed phospholipid layer and the adsorption of apolipoprotein A-I. These synthesized structures have the general size and surface composition of natural HDL and bind free cholesterol with a Kd of 4 nM.

  15. Synthesis and applications of bioinspired inorganic nanostructured materials

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    Bassett, David C.

    2011-12-01

    Although the study of biominerals may be traced back many centuries, it is only recently that biological principles have been applied to synthetic systems in processes termed "biomimetic" and "bioinspired" to yield materials syntheses that are otherwise not possible and may also reduce the expenditure of energy and/or eliminate toxic byproducts. Many investigators have taken inspiration from interesting and unusual minerals formed by organisms, in a process termed biomineralisation, to tailor the nanostructure of inorganic materials not necessarily found biogenically. However, the fields of nanoparticle synthesis and biomineralisation remain largely separate, and this thesis is an attempt to apply new studies on biomineralisation to nanomaterials science. Principally among the proteins that influence biomineralisation is a group comprised largely of negatively charged aspartic acid residues present in serum. This study is an investigation determining the ability of these serum proteins and other anolagous biomolecules to stabilise biologically relevant amorphous minerals and influence the formation of a variety of materials at the nanoscale. Three different materials were chosen to demonstrate this effect; gold was templated into nanosized single crystals by the action of bioorganic molecules, and the utility of these nanoparticles as a biosensor was explored. The influence of bioorganic molecules on the phase selection and crystal size restriction of titanium dioxide, an important semiconductor with many applications, was explored. The use of bioorganically derived nanoparticles of titanium dioxide was then demonstrated as a highly efficient photocatalyst. Finally, calcium carbonate, a prevalent biomineral was shown to form highly ordered structures over a variety of length scales and different crystalline polymorphs under the influence of a templating protein. In addition, an alternative route to producing calcium phosphate nanoparticle dispersions by mechanical filtration was explored and use as a transfection vector was optimised in two cell lines. Several significant achievements are presented: (i) the assessment of the relative ability of serum, serum derived proteins and their analogues to stabilize the amorphous state, (ii) the formation of single crystalline gold templated by an antibody, (iii) the formation of highly photocatalytically active nanoparticulate anatase by a phosphorylated cyclic esther, (iv) the formation of conical structures at the air liquid interface by the templating ability of a protein and (v) the optimisation of calcium phosphate nanoparticle mediated transfection in two cell lines by mechanical filtration.

  16. Reinvestigation of a Catalytic, Enantioselective Alkene Dibromination and Chlorohydroxylation.

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    Denmark, Scott E; Carson, Nessa

    2015-12-01

    Attempts to reproduce eight, putative, enantioselective dibromination and chlorohydroxylation reactions from oft-cited literature studies are described. The reactions were performed with full fidelity to the original report wherever possible. Analysis of the enantiomeric composition was performed by chiral stationary phase HPLC or SFC (CSP-HPLC or CSP-SFC), as opposed to the original report, which used chiral shift reagent NMR spectroscopy. After careful study, the reported levels of enantioselectivity were found to be incorrect. Possible explanations for the false positive results are discussed. PMID:26566099

  17. Enantioselective Properties of Nucleic Acid Aptamer Molecular Recognition Elements

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    Peyrin, Eric

    Target-specific chiral selectors, which are characterized by a predictable elution order depending on the target enantiomer employed for the selection of the chiral selector, have recently received much attention in the enantioselective analysis field. In this context, bioaffinity-based molecular recognition tools such as nucleic acid aptamers have notably demonstrated very attractive features for the chiral discrimination of active molecules. In this chapter, the enantioselective properties of aptamer chiral selectors and the major factors that control and modulate the liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis enantiomer separation are addressed.

  18. Reinvestigation of a Catalytic, Enantioselective Alkene Dibromination and Chlorohydroxylation

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Attempts to reproduce eight, putative, enantioselective dibromination and chlorohydroxylation reactions from oft-cited literature studies are described. The reactions were performed with full fidelity to the original report wherever possible. Analysis of the enantiomeric composition was performed by chiral stationary phase HPLC or SFC (CSP-HPLC or CSP-SFC), as opposed to the original report, which used chiral shift reagent NMR spectroscopy. After careful study, the reported levels of enantioselectivity were found to be incorrect. Possible explanations for the false positive results are discussed. PMID:26566099

  19. Chiral Tricyclic Lactams Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of b-

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    Fu, Gregory C.

    and their utility as synthetic inter- mediates.[1,2] For example, in the pharmaceutical arena, penicillins.g., penicillins[1] and trinems/tribactams[10] ) and as synthetic intermediates.[11] Although, in principle

  20. Enantioselective synthesis of L-(-)-4- boronophenylalanine (L-BPA)

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    Samsel, E.G.

    1992-10-20

    A method of making substantially pure L-BPA is disclosed. The method includes the steps of reacting 4-bromobenzaldehyde with ethylene glycol to form 4-bromobenzaldehyde ethylene glycol acetal, sequentially reacting 4-bromobenzaldehyde ethyleneglycol acetal with Mg to produce the Grignard reagent and thereafter reacting with tributyl borate and then converting to an acid environment to form 4-boronobenzaldehyde, reacting 4-boronobenzaldehyde with diethanol amine to form 4-boronobenzaldehyde diethanolamine ester, condensing the 4-boronobenzaldehyde diethanolamine ester with 2-phenyl-2-oxazolin-5-one to form an azlactone, reacting the azlactone with an alkali metal hydroxide to form z-[alpha]-benzoylamino-4boronocinnamic acid, asymmetrically hydrogenating the z-[alpha]-benzoylamino-4-boronocinnamic acid in the presence of a catalyst of a cheltate complex of rhodium (I) with chiral bisphosphines to form L-(+)-N-benzoyl-4-boronophenylalanine, and thereafter acidifying the L-(+)-N-benzoyl-4-boronophenylalanine in an organic medium to produce L-BPA. 3 figs.

  1. Enantioselective synthesis of L-(-)-4- boronophenylalanine (L-BPA)

    DOEpatents

    Samsel, Edward G. (Baton Rouge, LA)

    1992-01-01

    A method of making substantially pure L-BPA is disclosed. The method includes the steps of reacting 4-bromobenzaldehyde with ethylene glycol to form 4-bromobenzaldehyde ethylene glycol acetal, sequentially reacting 4-bromobenzaldehyde ethyleneglycol acetal with Mg to produce the Grignard reagent and thereafter reacting with tributyl borate and then converting to an acid environment to form 4-boronobenzaldehyde, reacting 4-boronobenzaldehyde with diethanol amine to form 4-boronobenzaldehyde diethanolamine ester, condensing the 4-boronobenzaldehyde diethanolamine ester with 2-phenyl-2-oxazolin-5-one to form an azlactone, reacting the azlactone with an alkali metal hydroxide to form z-.alpha.-benzoylamino-4-boronocinnamic acid, asymmetrically hydrogenating the z-.alpha.-benzoylamino-4-boronocinnamic acid in the presence of a catalyst of a cheltate complex of rhodium (I) with chiral bisphosphines to form L-(+)-N-benzoyl-4-boronophenylalanine, and thereafter acidifying the L-(+)-N-benzoyl-4-boronophenylalanine in an organic medium to produce L-BPA.

  2. Enantioselective synthesis and antimicrobial activities of tetrahydro-?-carboline diketopiperazines.

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    Ma, Yangmin; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Jin; Li, Yanchao

    2013-10-01

    A series of single isomers tetrahydro-?-carboline diketopiperazines were stereoselectively synthesized starting from l-tryptophan methyl ester hydrochloride and six aldehydes through a four-step reaction including Pictet-Spengler reaction, crystallization-induced asymmetric transformations (CIAT), Schotten-Baumann reaction, and intramolecular ester amidation. The chemical structures were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and elemental analysis, among which two compounds were determined by x-ray single crystal diffraction. Moreover, antimicrobial activities of all the compounds were also tested. PMID:23861205

  3. Enantioselective synthesis of the ent-lomaiviticin A bicyclic core.

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    Feldman, Ken S; Selfridge, Brandon R

    2012-11-01

    The bicyclic core of ent-lomaiviticin A was prepared in 11 operations from (S)-1-phenyl-2-propyn-1-ol in a two-directional route that features (1) a double Ireland Claisen rearrangement and (2) a double olefin metathesis reaction to form the key C-C bonds of the target. PMID:23075085

  4. Enantioselective Pharmacokinetics of ?-Lipoic Acid in Rats.

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    Uchida, Ryota; Okamoto, Hinako; Ikuta, Naoko; Terao, Keiji; Hirota, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    ?-Lipoic acid (LA) is widely used for nutritional supplements as a racemic mixture, even though the R enantiomer is biologically active. After oral administration of the racemic mixture (R-?-lipoic acid (RLA) and S-?-lipoic acid (SLA) mixed at the ratio of 50:50) to rats, RLA showed higher plasma concentration than SLA, and its area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time zero to the last (AUC) was significantly about 1.26 times higher than that of SLA. However, after intravenous administration of the racemic mixture, the pharmacokinetic profiles, initial concentration (C?), AUC, and half-life (T1/2) of the enantiomers were not significantly different. After oral and intraduodenal administration of the racemic mixture to pyrolus-ligated rats, the AUCs of RLA were significantly about 1.24 and 1.32 times higher than that of SLA, respectively. In addition, after intraportal administration the AUC of RLA was significantly 1.16 times higher than that of SLA. In conclusion, the enantioselective pharmacokinetics of LA in rats arose from the fraction absorbed multiplied by gastrointestinal availability (FaFg) and hepatic availability (Fh), and not from the total clearance. PMID:26402669

  5. Enantioselective Pharmacokinetics of ?-Lipoic Acid in Rats

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    Uchida, Ryota; Okamoto, Hinako; Ikuta, Naoko; Terao, Keiji; Hirota, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    ?-Lipoic acid (LA) is widely used for nutritional supplements as a racemic mixture, even though the R enantiomer is biologically active. After oral administration of the racemic mixture (R-?-lipoic acid (RLA) and S-?-lipoic acid (SLA) mixed at the ratio of 50:50) to rats, RLA showed higher plasma concentration than SLA, and its area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time zero to the last (AUC) was significantly about 1.26 times higher than that of SLA. However, after intravenous administration of the racemic mixture, the pharmacokinetic profiles, initial concentration (C0), AUC, and half-life (T1/2) of the enantiomers were not significantly different. After oral and intraduodenal administration of the racemic mixture to pyrolus-ligated rats, the AUCs of RLA were significantly about 1.24 and 1.32 times higher than that of SLA, respectively. In addition, after intraportal administration the AUC of RLA was significantly 1.16 times higher than that of SLA. In conclusion, the enantioselective pharmacokinetics of LA in rats arose from the fraction absorbed multiplied by gastrointestinal availability (FaFg) and hepatic availability (Fh), and not from the total clearance. PMID:26402669

  6. Enantioselective sorption of the chiral fungicide metalaxyl on soil from non-racemic aqueous solutions: Environmental implications.

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    Celis, Rafael; Gámiz, Beatriz; Facenda, Gracia; Hermosín, María C

    2015-12-30

    Mechanisms governing the enantioselectivity of the processes that determine the behavior of chiral pollutants in the environment need to be better understood. Understanding these mechanisms should help improve predictions of the hazards and risks chiral compounds can pose to people and the environment. We report the results of batch sorption experiments indicating that the sorption of the chiral fungicide metalaxyl on soil from non-racemic initial solutions was enantioselective. While from a racemic initial solution the two enantiomers of metalaxyl were sorbed on the soil to the same extent, increasing the fraction of R-enantiomer in the initial solution led to enhanced sorption of this enantiomer and to reduced sorption of the S-enantiomer. Considering the shape of the sorption isotherms (S-type) and the sorption behavior of model sorbents, we attributed this effect to molecular interactions between metalaxyl enantiomer species at the sorbed state, where R-R metalaxyl interactions appeared to be more favorable than R-S metalaxyl interactions. We discuss important environmental implications of the proposed mechanism, such as those related to the fact that the biological degradation of metalaxyl is known to be an enantioselective process that can yield non-racemic residues in soils shortly after application of the fungicide as a racemic mixture. PMID:26259163

  7. Total Synthesis of ?12-Prostaglandin J3, a Highly Potent and Selective Antileukemic Agent**

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    Heretsch, Philipp; ElMarrouni, Abdelatif; Hale, Christopher R. H.; Pulukuri, Kiran K.; Kudva, Avinash K.; Narayan, Vivek; Sandeep Prabhu, K.

    2014-01-01

    A catalytic asymmetric total synthesis of the potent and selective antileukemic ?12-prostaglandin J3 (?12-PGJ3) is described. The convergent synthesis proceeded through intermediates 2 and 3, constructed enantioselectively from readily available starting materials and coupled through an aldol reaction followed by dehydration to afford stereoselectively the cyclopentenone alkylidene structural motif of the molecule. PMID:25098181

  8. Synthetic studies on the icetexones: enantioselective formal syntheses of icetexone and epi-icetexone.

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    de Jesus Cortez, Felipe; Lapointe, David; Hamlin, Amy M; Simmons, Eric M; Sarpong, Richmond

    2013-07-01

    Two strategies for the synthesis of the icetexane diterpenoids icetexone and epi-icetexone that rely on Ga(III)-catalyzed cycloisomerization of alkynyl indene substrates to yield fused [6-7-6] tricycles have been explored. In the first approach, access to a tricycle bearing a gem-dimethyl group paved the way for explorations of C-H functionalization of one of the methyl groups in close proximity to a hydroxyl-directing group. This approach was ultimately unsuccessful and led only to ring cleaved products. In the second approach, an alkynyl indene substrate bearing a cyano substituent was utilized, which was effective in providing a functional handle to access the icetexone subclass of diterpenoids. A key epoxide opening/diazene rearrangement sequence was utilized to complete a formal synthesis of icetexone and epi-icetexone, which is discussed in detail. Furthermore, the cyano-containing substrate has been prepared in enantioenriched form using a Rh-catalyzed conjugate addition reaction, which now provides a route to the enantioselective synthesis of these natural products. PMID:24249921

  9. Recent Applications of Oxetanes in the Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds.

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    Malapit, Christian A; Howell, Amy R

    2015-09-01

    Oxetanes are valuable intermediates in organic synthesis, and strategic manipulations of this strained heterocycle continue to emerge. In this Synopsis, recent, distinct approaches to construct heterocyclic systems using oxetanes are described. These include ring expansion, ring opening, and C-2 functionalization. PMID:26225624

  10. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis – Catalytic Applications in Aqueous Media

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    The development of sustainable methods directed towards the synthesis of molecules is due to the heightened awareness and recognition of alternative eco-friendly and economical protocols that have minimum impact on environment. Among others, microwave (MW)-assisted methodology ha...

  11. Direct digital RF synthesis and modulation for MSAT mobile applications

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    Crozier, Stewart; Datta, Ravi; Sydor, John

    1993-01-01

    A practical method of performing direct digital RF synthesis using the Hilbert transform single sideband (SSB) technique is described. It is also shown that amplitude and phase modulation can be achieved directly at L-band with frequency stability and spurii performance exceeding stringent MSAT system requirements.

  12. Applications of Ultrasound to the Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    phase techniques (e.g., molten metal evaporation, flash vacuum thermal and laser pyrolysis decom strong reductants, colloidal techniques with controlled nuclea- tion), and mixed phase approaches (e into cryogenic liquids, explosive shock synthesis). One could claim that selecting an appropriate synthetic route

  13. Aryl bromides as inexpensive starting materials in the catalytic enantioselective arylation of aryl aldehydes: the additive TMEDA enhances the enantioselectivity.

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    Yang, Yong-Xin; Liu, Yue; Zhang, Lei; Jia, Yan-E; Wang, Pei; Zhuo, Fang-Fang; An, Xian-Tao; Da, Chao-Shan

    2014-11-01

    We used aryl bromides as inexpensive starting materials to enantioselectively arylate aldehydes in one pot. Aryl bromides readily transfer aryls to aryllithiums with n-butyllithium, successively to triarylaluminums with aluminum chloride, and then to aryltitaniums with titanium isopropoxide. Finally aryltitaniums arylate aldehydes catalyzed by (S)-H8-BINOL-Ti(Oi-Pr)2 in excellent yields and enantioselectivities. The additive TMEDA evidently suppresses the racemic background reaction promoted by LiCl generated from salt metathesis. This procedure represents a cost-effective and operationally convenient method for enantioenriched diarylmethanols. PMID:25279967

  14. Wet Chemical Synthesis and Screening of Thick Porous Oxide Films for Resistive Gas Sensing Applications

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    Frenzer, Gerald; Frantzen, Andreas; Sanders, Daniel; Simon, Ulrich; Maier, Wilhelm F.

    2006-01-01

    A method of wet chemical synthesis suitable for high throughput and combinatorial applications has been developed for the synthesis of porous resistive thick-film gas sensors. This method is based on the robot-controlled application of unstable metal oxide suspensions on an array of 64 inter-digital electrodes positioned on an Al2O3 substrate. SnO2, WO3, ZrO2, TiO2, CeO2, In2O3 and Bi2O3 were chosen as base oxides, and were optimised by doping or mixed oxide formation. The parallel synthesis of mixed oxide sensors is illustrated by representative examples. The electrical characteristics and the sensor performance of the films were measured by high-throughput impedance spectroscopy while supplying various test gases (H2, CO, NO, NO2, propene). Data collection, data mining techniques applied and the best potential sensor materials discovered are presented.

  15. Substrate Specificity and Enantioselectivity of 4-Hydroxyacetophenone Monooxygenase

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    Kamerbeek, Nanne M.; Olsthoorn, Arjen J. J.; Fraaije, Marco W.; Janssen, Dick B.

    2003-01-01

    The 4-hydroxyacetophenone monooxygenase (HAPMO) from Pseudomonas fluorescens ACB catalyzes NADPH- and oxygen-dependent Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of 4-hydroxyacetophenone to the corresponding acetate ester. Using the purified enzyme from recombinant Escherichia coli, we found that a broad range of carbonylic compounds that are structurally more or less similar to 4-hydroxyacetophenone are also substrates for this flavin-containing monooxygenase. On the other hand, several carbonyl compounds that are substrates for other Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs) are not converted by HAPMO. In addition to performing Baeyer-Villiger reactions with aromatic ketones and aldehydes, the enzyme was also able to catalyze sulfoxidation reactions by using aromatic sulfides. Furthermore, several heterocyclic and aliphatic carbonyl compounds were also readily converted by this BVMO. To probe the enantioselectivity of HAPMO, the conversion of bicyclohept-2-en-6-one and two aryl alkyl sulfides was studied. The monooxygenase preferably converted (1R,5S)-bicyclohept-2-en-6-one, with an enantiomeric ratio (E) of 20, thus enabling kinetic resolution to obtain the (1S,5R) enantiomer. Complete conversion of both enantiomers resulted in the accumulation of two regioisomeric lactones with moderate enantiomeric excess (ee) for the two lactones obtained [77% ee for (1S,5R)-2 and 34% ee for (1R,5S)-3]. Using methyl 4-tolyl sulfide and methylphenyl sulfide, we found that HAPMO is efficient and highly selective in the asymmetric formation of the corresponding (S)-sulfoxides (ee >?99%). The biocatalytic properties of HAPMO described here show the potential of this enzyme for biotechnological applications. PMID:12514023

  16. Anisotropic Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanomaterials - Synthesis and Applications

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    Han,W.Q.

    2008-08-01

    Boron nitride (BN) is a synthetic binary compound located between III and V group elements in the Periodic Table. However, its properties, in terms of polymorphism and mechanical characteristics, are rather close to those of carbon compared with other III-V compounds, such as gallium nitride. BN crystallizes into a layered or a tetrahedrally linked structure, like those of graphite and diamond, respectively, depending on the conditions of its preparation, especially the pressure applied. Such correspondence between BN and carbon readily can be understood from their isoelectronic structures [1, 2]. On the other hand, in contrast to graphite, layered BN is transparent and is an insulator. This material has attracted great interest because, similar to carbon, it exists in various polymorphic forms exhibiting very different properties; however, these forms do not correspond strictly to those of carbon. Crystallographically, BN is classified into four polymorphic forms: Hexagonal BN (h-BN) (Figure 1(b)); rhombohedral BN (r-BN); cubic BN (c-BN); and wurtzite BN (w-BN). BN does not occur in nature. In 1842, Balmain [3] obtained BN as a reaction product between molten boric oxide and potassium cyanide under atmospheric pressure. Thereafter, many methods for its synthesis were reported. h-BN and r-BN are formed under ambient pressure. c-BN is synthesized from h-BN under high pressure at high temperature while w-BN is prepared from h-BN under high pressure at room temperature [1]. Each BN layer consists of stacks of hexagonal plate-like units of boron and nitrogen atoms linked by SP{sup 2} hybridized orbits and held together mainly by Van der Waals force (Fig 1(b)). The hexagonal polymorph has two-layered repeating units: AA'AA'... that differ from those in graphite: ABAB... (Figure 1(a)). Within the layers of h-BN there is coincidence between the same phases of the hexagons, although the boron atoms and nitrogen atoms are alternatively located along the c-axis. The rhombohedral system consists of three-layered units: ABCABC..., whose honeycomb layers are arranged in a shifted phase, like as those of graphite. Reflecting its weak interlayer bond, the h-BN can be cleaved easily along its layers, and hence, is widely used as a lubricant material. The material is stable up to a high temperature of 2300 C before decomposition sets in [2] does not fuse a nitrogen atmosphere of 1 atm, and thus, is applicable as a refractory material. Besides having such properties, similar to those of graphite, the material is transparent, and acts as a good electric insulator, especially at high temperatures (10{sup 6} {Omega}m at 1000 C) [1]. c-BN and w-BN are tetrahedrally linked BN. The former has a cubic sphalerite-type structure, and the latter has a hexagonal wurtzite-type structure. c-BN is the second hardest known material (the hardest is diamond), the so-called white diamond. It is used mainly for grinding and cutting industrial ferrous materials because it does not react with molten iron, nickel, and related alloys at high temperatures whereas diamond does [1]. It displays the second highest thermal conductivity (6-9 W/cm.deg) after diamond. This chapter focuses principally upon information about h-BN nanomaterials, mainly BN nanotubes (BNNTs), porous BN, mono- and few-layer-BN sheets. There are good reviews book chapters about c-BN in [1, 4-6].

  17. Highly Enantioselective Cyclocarbonylation of Allylic Alcohols Catalyzed by Novel

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    Zhang, Xumu

    alcohols with dialkyl substitution at the R position (geminal dialkyl effect) (1 to 2, Scheme 1). Herein weHighly Enantioselective Cyclocarbonylation of Allylic Alcohols Catalyzed by Novel Pd-1 are funda- mentally important organic transformations.1,3 Despite the great potential of asymmetric

  18. Enantioselective conjugate addition employing 2-heteroaryl titanates and zinc reagents.

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    Smith, Anna J; Abbott, Lily K; Martin, Stephen F

    2009-09-17

    A general strategy for the conjugate addition of 2-heteroaryl nucleophiles to cyclic enones, unsaturated lactones, and unsaturated lactams in high enantioselectivities and yields is reported. The use of 2-heteroaryl titanates and zinc reagents offers a practical alternative to 2-heteroarylboronic acids, which are prone to undergo protodeboronation. PMID:19708640

  19. Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxidation of Alcohols: A Dramatic Rate

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    Stoltz, Brian M.

    Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxidation of Alcohols: A Dramatic Rate Acceleration by Cs2CO3 of Cs2CO3 and t-BuOH provides a dramatic rate acceleration in the palladium-catalyzed aerobic oxidative- mercially available palladium complex, sparteine, and mo- lecular oxygen (Scheme 1).1-3 Although our

  20. Enantioselective Addition of Diethylzinc to Aldehydes Catalyzed by a Titanate

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    Zhang, Xumu

    Enantioselective Addition of Diethylzinc to Aldehydes Catalyzed by a Titanate Complex with a Chiral of this alkylation reaction can also be catalyzed by chiral titanate complexes2-4 (e.g., TAD- DOLs2 and chiral sulfonamides3 ). We have recently studied a titanate complex with tetradentate helical ligand 1 ((1R,2R)-(+)-1

  1. Whole cells in enantioselective reduction of benzyl acetoacetate

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    Ribeiro, Joyce Benzaquem; Ramos, Aline de Souza; Lopes, Raquel de Oliveira; da Silva, Gabriela Veloso Vieira; de Souza, Rodrigo Octavio Mendonça Alves

    2014-01-01

    The ?-ketoester benzyl acetoacetate was enantioselectively reduced to benzyl (S)-3-hydroxybutanoate by seven microorganism species. The best result using free cells was obtained with the yeast Hansenula sp., which furnished 97% ee and 85% of conversion within 24 h. After immobilization in calcium alginate spheres, K.marxianus showed to be more stable after 2 cycles of reaction. PMID:25477927

  2. Development of Enantioselective Polyclonal Antibodies to Detect Styrene Oxide Protein

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    Hammock, Bruce D.

    Development of Enantioselective Polyclonal Antibodies to Detect Styrene Oxide Protein Adducts)-enantiomer was more toxic than the (S)-enantiomer. The purpose of this study was to develop polyclonal antibodies enantiomers. Polyclonal antibodies were raised by immunization of rabbits with the chiral immunogens

  3. Stiffness coupling application to modal synthesis program, users guide

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    Kuhar, E. J.

    1976-01-01

    A FORTRAN IV computer program used to perform modal synthesis of structures by stiffness coupling, using the dynamic transformation method is described. The program was named SCAMP (Stiffness Coupling Approach Modal-Synthesis Program). The program begins with the entry of a substructure's physical mode shapes and eigenvalues or a substructure's mass and stiffness matrix. If the mass and stiffness matrices are entered, the eigen problem for the individual substructure is solved. Provisions are included for a maximum of 20 substructures which are coupled by stiffness matrix springs. Each substructure has a number degrees of freedom (DOF), except that for DOF greater than 100; vector sets having maximum row and column size of 100 were generated prior to entering SCAMP. The substructures are then coupled together via coupling springs, and the dynamic transformation is used to reduce the size of the eigen problem.

  4. Synthesis of high purity metal oxide nanoparticles for optical applications

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    Baker, C.; Kim, W.; Friebele, E. J.; Villalobos, G.; Frantz, J.; Shaw, L. B.; Sadowski, B.; Fontana, J.; Dubinskii, M.; Zhang, J.; Sanghera, J.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper we present our recent research results in synthesizing various metal oxide nanoparticles for use as laser gain media (solid state as well as fiber lasers) and transparent ceramic windows via two separate techniques, co-precipitation and flame spray pyrolysis. The nanoparticles were pressed into ceramic discs that exhibited optical transmission approaching the theoretical limit and showed very high optical-to-optical lasing slope efficiency. We have also synthesized sesquioxide nanoparticles using a Flame Spray Pyrolysis (FSP) technique that leads to the synthesis of a metastable phase of sesquioxide which allows fabricating excellent optical quality transparent windows with very fine grain sizes. Finally, we present our research in the synthesis of rare earth doped boehmite nanoparticles where the rareearth ion is encased in a cage of aluminum and oxygen to prevent ion-ion proximity and energy transfer. The preforms have been drawn into fibers exhibiting long lifetimes and high laser efficiencies.

  5. Recent Applications of Alkene Metathesis in Fine Chemical Synthesis

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    Bicchielli, Dario; Borguet, Yannick; Delaude, Lionel; Demonceau, Albert; Dragutan, Ileana; Dragutan, Valerian; Jossifov, Christo; Kalinova, Radostina; Nicks, François; Sauvage, Xavier

    During the last decade or so, the emergence of the metathesis reaction in organic synthesis has revolutionised the strategies used for the construction of complex molecular structures. Olefin metathesis is indeed particularly suited for the construction of small open-chain molecules and macrocycles using crossmetathesis and ring-closing metathesis, respectively. These reactions serve, inter alia, as key steps in the synthesis of various agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals such as macrocyclic peptides, cyclic sulfonamides, novel macrolides, or insect pheromones. The present chapter is aiming at illustrating the great synthetic potential of metathesis reactions. Shortcomings, such as the control of olefin geometry and the unpredictable effect of substituents on the reacting olefins, will also be addressed. Examples to be presented include epothilones, amphidinolides, spirofungin A, and archazolid. Synthetic approaches involving silicon-tethered ring-closing metathesis, relay ring-closing metathesis, sequential reactions, domino as well as tandem metathesis reactions will also be illustrated.

  6. The application of green chemistry methods in organophosphorus synthesis

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    Odinets, Irina L.; Matveeva, E. V.

    2012-03-01

    Data concerning the synthesis of organophosphorus compounds in ionic liquids, in water and under solvent-free conditions are considered and summarized. It is shown that this strategy, which complies with the definition of green chemistry, has advantages in terms of the rate of the process and the yields of target products as compared with syntheses in common organic solvents. The Wittig, Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons, Kabachnik-Fields, Arbuzov and Michaelis reactions are considered as examples. The bibliography includes 178 references.

  7. Rapid construction of TiO2 aggregates using microwave assisted synthesis and its application for

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    Cao, Guozhong

    Rapid construction of TiO2 aggregates using microwave assisted synthesis and its application, with a size of $500 nm have been synthesized by a microwave assisted method at 150 C in a short time ($10 as the solvent and titanium precursor, respectively. The rapid heating rate and superheating/"hot spots

  8. Cyclic enaminones. Part II: applications as versatile intermediates in alkaloid synthesis.

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    Chattopadhyay, Amit Kumar; Hanessian, Stephen

    2015-11-01

    Among many other strategies, the enaminone approach is an important strategy to construct and diversify the azacyclic core in various alkaloids syntheses. In this brief review we discuss the application of cyclic enaminones as building blocks, as well as potential intermediates in the total synthesis of selected alkaloids. PMID:26490499

  9. Microfluidic synthesis of chitosan-based nanoparticles for fuel cell applications.

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    Majedi, Fatemeh Sadat; Hasani-Sadrabadi, Mohammad Mahdi; Emami, Shahriar Hojjati; Taghipoor, Mojtaba; Dashtimoghadam, Erfan; Bertsch, Arnaud; Moaddel, Homayoun; Renaud, Philippe

    2012-08-11

    A microfluidic platform is developed for the synthesis of monodisperse, 100 nm, chitosan based nanoparticles using nanogelation with ATP. The resulting nanoparticles tuned and enhanced transport and electrochemical properties of Nafion based nanocomposite membranes, which is highly favorable for fuel cell applications. PMID:22760418

  10. PEG-Polypeptide Dual Brush Block Copolymers: Synthesis and Application in Nanoparticle Surface PEGylation

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    Cheng, Jianjun

    PEG-Polypeptide Dual Brush Block Copolymers: Synthesis and Application in Nanoparticle Surface-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides. Polylactide nanoparticles coated with these amphiphilic dual for their unique, protein-like conformations (e.g., -helix).10 Incorporating polypeptides with intrinsic secondary

  11. Automatic Synthesis of High-Performance Codes for Quantum Chemistry Applications

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    Baumgartner, Gerald

    for a class of scientific computations encountered in chemistry and physics. We focus on electronic structure- istry, chemical vapor deposition, protein structure and enzy- matic chemistry, and industrial chemicalAutomatic Synthesis of High-Performance Codes for Quantum Chemistry Applications£ Gerald

  12. M-type barium hexaferrite synthesis and characterization for phase shifter applications

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    Laughlin, David E.

    M-type barium hexaferrite synthesis and characterization for phase shifter applications A. T. Wise subject to AIP license or copyright; see http://jap.aip.org/about/rights_and_permissions #12;M-type barium-type barium hexaferrite films have been grown by liquid phase epitaxy and examined by x-ray diffraction

  13. Synthesis and Optimization of Threshold Logic Networks with Application to Nanotechnologies

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    Zhong, Lin

    Synthesis and Optimization of Threshold Logic Networks with Application to Nanotechnologies Rui utilizing these devices. Many nanotechnologies, such as resonant tunnel- ing diodes (RTD) and quantum methodologies for these nanotechnologies is crucial if any of them is to replace or augment CMOS. Among existing

  14. Synthesis for Multi-Objective Stochastic Games: An Application to Autonomous Urban Driving

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    Oxford, University of

    Synthesis for Multi-Objective Stochastic Games: An Application to Autonomous Urban Driving Taolue in a variety of appli- cations, for example, autonomous parking and driving, medical devices, and communication-level control of autonomous vehicles. 1 Introduction The increasing reliance on sensor-enabled smart devices

  15. Enantioselective Ring-Opening DOI: 10.1002/anie.200804415

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    RajanBabu, T. V. "Babu"

    -Aziridines with TMSN3 or TMSCN Catalyzed by Discrete Yttrium Complexes** Bin Wu, Judith C. Gallucci, Jon R. Parquette the synthesis and application of readily available, discrete dimeric yttrium­salen complexes that catalyze and the electrophile.[2a] However, by looking at the structure of our yttrium catalyst (a distorted trigonal bipyramid

  16. Overview of Cell-Free Protein Synthesis: Historic Landmarks, Commercial Systems, and Expanding Applications

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    Chong, Shaorong

    2014-01-01

    During early days of molecular biology, cell-free protein synthesis played an essential role in deciphering the genetic code and contributed to our understanding of translation of protein from messenger RNA. Owning to several decades of major and incremental improvements, modern cell-free systems have achieved higher protein synthesis yields at lower production costs. Commercial cell-free systems are now available from a variety of material sources, ranging from “traditional” E. coli, rabbit reticulocyte lysate and wheat germ extracts to recent insect and human cell extracts to defined systems reconstituted from purified recombinant components. Though each cell-free system has certain advantages and disadvantages, the diversity of the cell-free systems allows in vitro synthesis of a wide range of proteins for a variety of downstream applications. In the post-genomic era, cell-free protein synthesis has rapidly become the preferred approach for high throughput functional and structural studies of proteins and a versatile tool for in vitro protein evolution and synthetic biology. This article provides a brief history of cell-free protein synthesis and describes key advances in modern cell-free systems, practical differences between widely used commercial cell-free systems, and applications of this important technology. PMID:25271714

  17. Solution synthesis of one-dimensional ZnO nanomaterials and their applications.

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    Weintraub, Benjamin; Zhou, Zhengzhi; Li, Yinhua; Deng, Yulin

    2010-09-01

    Recently, one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanomaterials (NMs) have been extensively studied because both their functional properties and highly controllable morphology make them important building blocks for understanding nanoscale phenomena and realizing nanoscale devices. Compared with high temperature (>450 degrees C) vapor phase methods, solution-based synthesis methods can be conducted at low temperatures (25-200 degrees C) allowing for compatibility with many organic substrate materials and offer additional advantages such as straightforward processing, low cost, and ease of scale up. Although there exist several review articles in the literature regarding the synthesis and applications of 1D ZnO NMs, those focusing on solution-based synthesis methods are lacking. Thus, this review focuses mainly on 1D ZnO NMs synthesized by solution-based processing. Firstly, 1D ZnO non-patterned, nanoparticle-seeded synthesis and its associated solution growth kinetics are discussed. Next, synthesis of vertically-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with controlled pattern and density on various substrates is reviewed. Finally, important applications of 1D ZnO NMs are highlighted including sensors, field emission devices, photodetectors, optical switches, and solar cells. PMID:20820688

  18. Crystal structures of two Bacillus carboxylesterases with different enantioselectivities.

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    Rozeboom, Henriëtte J; Godinho, Luis F; Nardini, Marco; Quax, Wim J; Dijkstra, Bauke W

    2014-03-01

    Naproxen esterase (NP) from Bacillus subtilis Thai I-8 is a carboxylesterase that catalyzes the enantioselective hydrolysis of naproxenmethylester to produce S-naproxen (E>200). It is a homolog of CesA (98% sequence identity) and CesB (64% identity), both produced by B. subtilis strain 168. CesB can be used for the enantioselective hydrolysis of 1,2-O-isopropylideneglycerol (solketal) esters (E>200 for IPG-caprylate). Crystal structures of NP and CesB, determined to a resolution of 1.75Å and 2.04Å, respectively, showed that both proteins have a canonical ?/? hydrolase fold with an extra N-terminal helix stabilizing the cap subdomain. The active site in both enzymes is located in a deep hydrophobic groove and includes the catalytic triad residues Ser130, His274, and Glu245. A product analog, presumably 2-(2-hydroxyethoxy)acetic acid, was bound in the NP active site. The enzymes have different enantioselectivities, which previously were shown to result from only a few amino acid substitutions in the cap domain. Modeling of a substrate in the active site of NP allowed explaining the different enantioselectivities. In addition, Ala156 may be a determinant of enantioselectivity as well, since its side chain appears to interfere with the binding of certain R-enantiomers in the active site of NP. However, the exchange route for substrate and product between the active site and the solvent is not obvious from the structures. Flexibility of the cap domain might facilitate such exchange. Interestingly, both carboxylesterases show higher structural similarity to meta-cleavage compound (MCP) hydrolases than to other ?/? hydrolase fold esterases. PMID:24418394

  19. First asymmetric synthesis of planar chiral [2.2]metacyclophanes.

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    Blangetti, Marco; Müller-Bunz, Helge; O'Shea, Donal F

    2013-07-14

    A general three step asymmetric synthesis of planar chiral [2.2]metacyclophanes utilizing selective benzylic and aryl metalations is described. The final enantioselective step is achieved using a (-)-sparteine mediated aryl metalation, following which electrophile reaction gives planar chiral cyclophanes with enantiomeric ratios (er) above 90?:?10. PMID:23615867

  20. A Synthesis of the Carbon Skeleton of Maoecrystal V

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    Krawczuk, Paul J.; Schöne, Niklas; Baran, Phil S.

    2009-01-01

    An enantioselective synthesis of the maoecrystal V (1) carbon skeleton is described. The key transformations include arylation of a 1,3-dicarbonyl compound with a triarylbismuth(V)dichloride species, oxidative dearomatization of a phenol, and a subsequent intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction. PMID:19795876

  1. Enantioselective stable isotope analysis (ESIA) of polar Herbicides

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    Maier, Michael; Qiu, Shiran; Elsner, Martin

    2013-04-01

    The complexity of aquatic systems makes it challenging to assess the environmental fate of chiral micropolutants. As an example, chiral herbicides are frequently detected in the environment (Buser and Muller, 1998); however, hydrological data is needed to determine their degradability from concentration measurements. Otherwise declining concentrations cannot unequivocally be attributed to degradation, but could also be caused by dilution effects. In contrast, isotope ratios or enantiomeric ratios are elegant alternatives that are independent of dilution and can even deliver insights into reaction mechanisms. To combine the advantages of both approaches we developed an enatioselective stable isotope analysis (ESIA) method to investigate the fate of the chiral herbicides 4-CPP ((RS)-2-(4-chlorophenoxy)-propionic acid), mecoprop (2-(4-Chloro-2-methylphenoxy)-propionic acid) and dichlorprop (2-(2,4-Dichlorophenoxy)-propionic acid). After testing the applicable concentration range of the method, enantioselective isotope fractionation was investigated by microbial degradation using dichlorprop as a model compound. The method uses enantioselective gas-chromatography (GC) to separate enantiomers. Subsequently samples are combusted online to CO2 and carbon isotope ratios are determined for each enantiomer by isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometry (IRMS). Because the analytes contain a polar carboxyl-group, samples were derivatised prior to GC-IRMS analysis with methanolic BF3 solution. Precise carbon isotope analysis (2? ?0.5‰) was achieved with a high sensitivity of ? 7 ng C that is needed on column for one analysis. Microbial degradation of the model compound dichlorprop was conducted with Delftia acidovorans MC1 and pronounced enantiomer fractionation, but no isotope fractionation was detected. The absence of isotope fractionation can be explained by two scenarios: either the degrading enzyme has no isotopic preference, or another step in the reaction without an isotopic preference was rate determining. Our findings are in contrast to previously reported results for the degradation of ?-hexachlorocyclohexane (Badea et al., 2012), where isotope fractionation, but no enantiomeric fractionation was observed. Hence the two lines of evidence seem to be independent of each other. Enhanced insight maybe provided when both effects appear simultaneously, as shown downstream of a landfill site under anaerobic conditions for the chiral herbicide 4-CPP (Milosevic et al., 2013). Buser HR, Muller MD (1998): Occurrence and transformation reactions of chiral and achiral phenoxyalkanoic acid herbicides in lakes and rivers in Switzerland. Environmental Science & Technology 32 (5):626-633. Badea S-L, Vogt C, Gehre M, Fischer A, Danet A-F, Richnow H-H (2011): Development of an enantiomer-specific stable carbon isotope analysis (ESIA) method for assessing the fate of alpha-hexachlorocyclohexane in the environment. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 25 (10):1363-1372. Milosevic N, Qiu S, Elsner M, Einsiedl F, Maier MP, Bensch HKV, Albrechtsen HJ, Bjerg PL (2013): Combined isotope and enantiomer analysis to assess the fate of phenoxy acids in a eterogeneous geologic setting at an old landfill. Water Research 47 (2): 637-649.

  2. Magnetic nanoparticles: synthesis, functionalization, and applications in bioimaging and magnetic energy storage

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    Frey, Natalie A.; Peng, Sheng; Cheng, Kai; Sun, Shouheng

    2009-01-01

    This tutorial review summarizes the recent advances in the chemical synthesis and potential applications of monodisperse magnetic nanoparticles. After a brief introduction to nanomagnetism, the review focuses on recent developments in solution phase syntheses of monodisperse MFe2O4, Co, Fe, CoFe, FePt and SmCo5 nanoparticles. The review further outlines the surface, structural, and magnetic properties of these nanoparticles for biomedicine and magnetic energy storage applications. PMID:19690734

  3. Proposed study to determine potential flight applications and human factors design guidelines of voice recognition/synthesis systems

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    Bergeron, H. P.

    1983-01-01

    An effort to evaluate the human factors aspects and potential of voice recognition/synthesis techniques and the application of present and near-future (5 years) voice recognition/synthesis systems as a pilot/aircraft cockpit interface capability in an operational environment is discussed. The analysis will emphasize applications for single pilot instrument flight rules operations but will also include applications for other categories of aircraft with various levels of complexity.

  4. Application of Modified Least Squares Method to a Space Curve Generating Mechanism for Optimum Synthesis

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    Bal, J. S.; Bal, D. S.

    2015-04-01

    Synthesis of mechanisms for generation of space curve is a challenging task for designers of the mechanical systems. Least squares method (LSM) has been extensively used for optimization of both planar and spatial mechanisms. Modified least squares method is applied for optimum synthesis of a slotted link mechanism with flexibly attached slider for space curve generation to show the scope of the modified method for optimum design. An example problem is included to illustrate the application of the method. Results are compared with conventional LSM.

  5. Bond formations by intermolecular and intramolecular trappings of acylketenes and their applications in natural product synthesis

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    Reber, Keith P.; Tilley, S. David

    2011-01-01

    The reactive intermediates known as acylketenes exhibit a rich chemistry and have been extensively utilized for many types of inter- and intramolecular bond-forming reactions within the field of organic synthesis. Characteristic reactions of acylketenes include cycloadditions, carbon–carbon bond-forming reactions, and nucleophilic capture with alcohols or amines to give ?-keto acid derivatives. In particular, the intramolecular capture of acylketene intermediates with pendant nucleophiles represents a powerful method for forming both medium-sized rings and macrocycles, often in high yield. This tutorial review examines the history, generation, and reactivity of acylketenes with a special focus on their applications in the synthesis of natural products. PMID:19847338

  6. Novel 7-substituted coumarin compounds and an improved method for their synthesis. [Patent application

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    Bissell, E.R.

    1982-01-20

    Novel substituted coumarin compounds and an improved method for their synthesis are disclosed. The preferred class of compounds are substituted at the 7-position. The method of synthesis comprises reacting a polyhydroxy benzene or a substituted phenol, with a ..beta..-alkoxy acrylic acid or nitrile, in the presence of a Lewis acid catalyst. By the inclusion of the catalyst in the reaction mixture, the reaction can be carried out under much milder experimental conditions and in increased yields. The method is also applicable to the preparation of substituted amino phenols.

  7. Synthesis of Amorphous Monomeric Glass Mixtures for Organic Electronic Applications.

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    Wu, You-Chi Mason; Molaire, Michel F; Weiss, David S; Angel, Felipe A; DeBlase, Catherine R; Fors, Brett P

    2015-12-18

    We report a divergent synthetic strategy and novel design concept that exploit molecular mixtures to create amorphous organic charge-transporting glasses. Using Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions, we synthesized well-defined molecular mixtures in a single step. These solution-processable materials are noncrystalline and show good thermal and morphological stabilities. Moreover, they have robust hole and electron mobilities, which make them excellent candidate materials for organic light-emitting diodes. Our general strategy enables the facile synthesis of noncrystalline materials with well-controlled electronic properties. PMID:26560445

  8. The application of microwaves to rapid chemical synthesis

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    Gedye, R.; Westaway, K.; Smith, F.

    1995-12-31

    The synthesis of a wide variety of organic and organometallic compounds can be carried out conveniently and rapidly using microwave heating. The dramatic rate enhancements which result from microwave irradiation of reactants in sealed vessels are attributed mainly to the superheating of the solvent due to the high pressures generated. However there is considerable evidence that the rates of some reactions are enhanced by microwave heating in open vessels, suggesting localized superheating or some specific microwave effect. While microwave irradiation does not usually alter the product composition of a reaction appreciably, there have been a few reports in which some product selectivity has been observed.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of a hydrogel with therapeutic applications.

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    Ni??, Loredana Elena; Neam?u, Iordana; Chiriac, Aurica P; B?descu, V

    2006-01-01

    The study presents the synthesis of an acrylamide polymeric hydrogel in aqueous solution by copolymerization concomitant with a crosslinking process using a bifunctional co-monomer with a redox initiation system--potassium peroxo-disulphate/ascorbic acid. The swelling kinetics as well the characterization of structure through optical microscopy was performed. The synthesized polymeric gel shows temperature sensitivity, maintaining low temperatures for a prolonged period of time. Thus, the material is assessed as an inner material in thermo sensitive packs to be applied in pain therapy. PMID:19292112

  10. New enantioselective metal-catalysed conjugate addition-initiated reactions of alkenyl(aza)arenes 

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    Saxena, Aakarsh

    2013-06-29

    I. Enantioselective Rhodium-Catalysed Arylation of Electron-Deficient Alkenylarenes ?-substituted alkenyl-para-nitroarenes, an unexplored substrate class for catalytic asymmetric addition reactions, undergo highly ...

  11. Enantioselective Rhodium-Catalyzed Allylation of Cyclic Imines with Potassium Allyltrifluoroborates 

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    Hepburn, Hamish B.; Chotsaeng, Nawasit; Luo, Yunfei; Lam, Hon Wai

    2013-01-01

    This Article presents further examples of the enantioselective rhodium-catalyzed addition of potassium allyltrifluoroborates to cyclic imines. A wide range of substituted allyltrifluoroborates are compatible with this ...

  12. Triaxial Burke-Schumann Flames with Applications to Flame Synthesis

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    Chao, B. H.; Axelbaum, R. L.; Gokoglu, Suleyman (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The problem of a flame generated by three coaxial flows is solved by extending the Burke-Schumann methodology to include a third stream. The solution is particularly relevant to flame synthesis wherein multiple tubes are often employed either to introduce inert as a diffusion barrier or to introduce more than two reactants. The general problem is solved where the inner and outer tubes contain reactants and the middle tube contains either an inert or a third reactant. Relevant examples are considered and the results show that the triaxial Burke-Schumann flame can be substantially more complicated than the traditional Burke-Schumann flame. When the middle flow is inert the flame temperature is no longer constant but increases axially, reaching a maximum at the flame centerline. At the exit the flame does not sit on the tube exit but instead resides between the inner and outer tubes, resulting in an effective barrier for particle build-up on the burner rim. For the case of a third reactant in the middle flow, synthesis chemistry where the inner reaction is endothermic and the outer reaction is exothermic is considered. In addition to showing the flame temperature and flame shape, the results identify conditions wherein reaction is not possible due to insufficient heat transfer from the outer flame to support the inner flame reaction.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanomaterials for thermoelectric applications

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    Dirmyer, Matthew R.

    In this dissertation, I explore simple chemical means to produce various nanomaterials. In Chapter 2, the synthesis of size-tuned bismuth telluride nanoparticles is discussed. The solution phase synthesis of bismuth telluride nanoparticles has been accomplished in the presence of a library of thiols as the capping ligand. These crystalline nanostructures range in size from ˜20 to ˜100nm with a relatively narrow size dispersity. Size and shape of the resulting nanostructures has been investigated as a function of chain length of the thiol and temperature. An investigation into the thermoelectric properties of the nanostructures shows promising electrical conductivity, thermopower, and thermal conductivity for undoped bismuth telluride. In Chapter 3, a soluble precursor for antimony telluride is described. This precursor was used to fabricate semiconductor nanowires of varying diameter and thin films through simple templating methods. Electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power measurements of these films are only slightly lower than for antimony telluride films fabricated by vacuum deposition. In Chapter 4, the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)/metal nanocomposites are discussed. Palladium and nickel PTFE nanocomposites were made by impregnation of the polymer with metal acetates. Annealing and jet blowing of these materials form PTFE nanofiber/metal nanoparticle composites.

  14. Nano-engineered materials based on fullerenes: synthesis and biomedical applications

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    Fierascu, Radu Claudiu; Dumitriu, Irina; Ion, Rodica Mariana; Neagu, Monica; Constantin, Carolina; Stavaru, Crina

    2010-11-01

    The nanoengineering of various materials for biomedical application has became in the last decade one of the most important research areas, due to the continuous struggle to find new and more efficient instruments for the therapy of cancer and other diseases. Attempts to obtain functionalized derivatives of fullerene seek the synthesis of watersoluble materials, in order to investigate their effects in physiological conditions. International studies on the biological properties of fullerenes and their derivatives, are now targeted towards anti-tumor effects, pharmacology and their involvement in oxidative stress. Their toxicity, demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo is important for characterization and selection of applications. Phototoxicity of some molecules of fullerenes has been identified as future therapeutic tool. The present paper describes the synthesis, characterization and some biomedical applications of some nanomaterials based on fullerenes.

  15. Synthesis of chiral polymorph A-enriched zeolite Beta with an extremely concentrated fluoride route

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    Tong, Mingquan; Zhang, Daliang; Fan, Weibin; Xu, Jun; Zhu, Liangkui; Guo, Wen; Yan, Wenfu; Yu, Jihong; Qiu, Shilun; Wang, Jianguo; Deng, Feng; Xu, Ruren

    2015-01-01

    Chiral zeolitic materials with intrinsically chiral frameworks are highly desired because they can combine both shape selectivity and enantioselectivity. In the field of zeolite, the synthesis of chiral polymorph A of zeolite Beta or chiral polymorph A-enriched zeolite Beta is one of the biggest challenges. We demonstrate here a generalized extremely concentrated fluoride route for the synthesis of chiral polymorph A-enriched zeolite Beta in the presence of five achiral organic structure-directing agents. The polymorph A-enriched Ti-Beta shows a higher enantioselectivity for the asymmetric epoxidation of alkenes than the normal Ti-Beta. PMID:26096214

  16. Synthesis of chiral polymorph A-enriched zeolite Beta with an extremely concentrated fluoride route

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    Tong, Mingquan; Zhang, Daliang; Fan, Weibin; Xu, Jun; Zhu, Liangkui; Guo, Wen; Yan, Wenfu; Yu, Jihong; Qiu, Shilun; Wang, Jianguo; Deng, Feng; Xu, Ruren

    2015-06-01

    Chiral zeolitic materials with intrinsically chiral frameworks are highly desired because they can combine both shape selectivity and enantioselectivity. In the field of zeolite, the synthesis of chiral polymorph A of zeolite Beta or chiral polymorph A-enriched zeolite Beta is one of the biggest challenges. We demonstrate here a generalized extremely concentrated fluoride route for the synthesis of chiral polymorph A-enriched zeolite Beta in the presence of five achiral organic structure-directing agents. The polymorph A-enriched Ti-Beta shows a higher enantioselectivity for the asymmetric epoxidation of alkenes than the normal Ti-Beta.

  17. Simplified Application of Material Efficiency Green Metrics to Synthesis Plans: Pedagogical Case Studies Selected from "Organic Syntheses"

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    Andraos, John

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a simplified approach for the application of material efficiency metrics to linear and convergent synthesis plans encountered in organic synthesis courses. Computations are facilitated and automated using intuitively designed Microsoft Excel spreadsheets without invoking abstract mathematical formulas. The merits of this…

  18. Int. J. of Computer Applications in Technology 1 Local resampling for patch-based texture synthesis in

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    Liu, Ligang

    Int. J. of Computer Applications in Technology 1 Local resampling for patch-based texture synthesis. Regular-grid patches produced by the local resampling are used as building blocks for texture synthesis. Then texture optimization and patch-based sampling are generalized to synthesize texture directly in vector

  19. Synthesis of new porphyrinoids for biomedical and materials applications

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    Stewart, Fraser

    The facile synthesis of three non-hydrolysable thioglycosylated porphyrinoids is reported. Starting from meso perfluorophenylporphyrin (TPPF20), the non-hydrolysable thioglycosylated porphyrin (PGlc4), chlorin (CGlc4), isobacteriochlorin (IGlc4), and bacteriochlorin (BGlc4) can be made in 2-3 steps. The ability to append a wide range of targeting agents onto the perfluorophenyl moieties, the chemical stability, and the ability to fine-tune the photophysical properties of the chromophores make this a suitable platform for development of biochemical tags, diagnostics, or as photodynamic therapeutic agents. With reduction of one or two pyrrole double bonds, there is a red shift in the lowest energy absorption band and a significant increase in intensity. The fluorescence of these porphyrinoids is in the order PGlc4 = BGlc4 < CGlc4 < IGlc4 and there is a corresponding decrease in the amount of triplet formed. Fluorescence micrographs of cells after treatment with these four porphyrinoids indicate they are taken up. The CGlc4 and IGlc4 may be dual function agents that can detect cancer by luminescence, and treat cancer by photodynamic therapy (PDT). Porphyrins appended with four rigid hydrogen bonding motifs on the meso positions were synthesized and self-assembled into a cofacial cage with four complementary bis- (decyl)melamine units in dry solvents, these hydrogen-bonded cages were analysed by diffusion-ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) in solution. The hydrocarbon chains on the melamine mediate the formation of nanofilms on surfaces as the solvent slowly evaporates. A water soluble zinc (II) phthalocyanine symmetrically appended with eight thioglucose units was synthesized from commercially available hexadecafluoro-phthalocyaninato zinc(II) by controlled nucleophilic substitution of the peripheral fluoro groups by thio-sugars. The photophysical properties and cancer cell uptake studies of this nonhydrolyzable thioglycosylated phthalocyanine are reported. The new compound has amphiphilic character, is chemically and photochemically stable, and can potentially be used as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy. A porphyrin bearing pyridyl groups at the meso positions was synthesized using 2,6-diacetamido-4-formylpyridine. A new method has been developed for the synthesis of the precursor aldehyde that avoid much of the problems associated with the earlier synthesis. With this porphyrin it is possible to build hetero-complementary rigid, multi-porphyrin supramolecular arrays via hydrogen bonds. For example, when using naphthalenediimide (NDI) units a checkerboard pattern is expected to be formed using this porphyrin as a donor and NDI as an acceptor where triple hydrogen bond is formed between the diimide and pyridyl units. Energy transfer can be studied through this hydrogen bonded supramolecular assembly. The synthesis of a triply bridged diporphyrin appended with six thioglucose units is reported. The electronic spectrum of this triply bridged porphyrin has enhanced intensity at low-energy wavelengths that reaches the near infrared region. The goal of this project is to create tumor targeting dyes that can be activated with red wavelengths of light that penetrate deeper into tissues. This new compound is amphiphilic in nature, chemically and photochemically stable, expected to have unusual photophysical and electrochemical properties, and can potentially be used as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy.

  20. Application of the Probabilistic Dynamic Synthesis Method to Realistic Structures

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    Brown, Andrew M.; Ferri, Aldo A.

    1998-01-01

    The Probabilistic Dynamic Synthesis method is a technique for obtaining the statistics of a desired response engineering quantity for a structure with non-deterministic parameters. The method uses measured data from modal testing of the structure as the input random variables, rather than more "primitive" quantities like geometry or material variation. This modal information is much more comprehensive and easily measured than the "primitive" information. The probabilistic analysis is carried out using either response surface reliability methods or Monte Carlo simulation. In previous work, the feasibility of the PDS method applied to a simple seven degree-of-freedom spring-mass system was verified. In this paper, extensive issues involved with applying the method to a realistic three-substructure system are examined, and free and forced response analyses are performed. The results from using the method are promising, especially when the lack of alternatives for obtaining quantitative output for probabilistic structures is considered.

  1. Asymmetric Catalysis with Ethylene. Synthesis of Functionalized Chiral Enolates.

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    Biswas, Souvagya; Page, Jordan P; Dewese, Kendra R; RajanBabu, T V

    2015-11-18

    Trialkylsilyl enol ethers are versatile intermediates often used as enolate surrogates for the synthesis of carbonyl compounds. Yet there are no reports of broadly applicable, catalytic methods for the synthesis of chiral silyl enol ethers carrying latent functionalities useful for synthetic operations beyond the many possible reactions of the silyl enol ether moiety itself. Here we report a general procedure for highly catalytic (substrate:catalyst ratio up to 1000:1) and enantioselective (92% to 98% major enantiomer) synthesis of such compounds bearing a vinyl group at a chiral carbon at the ?-position. The reactions, run under ambient conditions, use trialkylsiloxy-1,3-dienes and ethylene (1 atm) as precursors and readily available (bis-phosphine)-cobalt(II) complexes as catalysts. The silyl enolates can be readily converted into novel enantiopure vinyl triflates, a class of highly versatile cross-coupling reagents, enabling the syntheses of other enantiomerically pure, stereodefined trisubstituted alkene intermediates not easily accessible by current methods. Examples of Kumada, Stille, and Suzuki coupling reactions are illustrated. PMID:26529467

  2. Dearomatization Strategies in the Synthesis of Complex Natural Products

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    Roche, Stéphane P.; Porco, John A.

    2014-01-01

    Evolution in the field of the total synthesis of natural products has led to exciting developments over the last decade. Numerous chemo-selective and enantioselective methodologies have emerged from total syntheses, resulting in efficient access to many important natural product targets. This Review highlights recent developments concerning dearomatization, a powerful strategy for the total synthesis of architecturally complex natural products wherein planar, aromatic scaffolds are converted to three-dimensional molecular architectures. PMID:21506209

  3. Synthesis and Application of New Ligands Derived from N-Heterocyclic Carbenes, Phosphines and Phosphites for Asymmetric Hydrogenations 

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    Khumsubdee, Sakunchai

    2013-11-05

    , especially on hydrogenation of "largely unfunctionalized" alkenes, for more than a decade. These substrates, however, could not be easily modified leading to limited applications for organic synthesis. As a result, asymmetric hydrogenations of substrates...

  4. Synthesis and Functionalization of Carbon and Boron Nitride Nanomaterials and Their Applications

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    Erickson, Kristopher John

    Carbon and boron-nitride based nanomaterials possess many exciting properties making them suitable for numerous applications spanning from electronics to advanced composites. However, these materials when synthesized often differ significantly from the idealized crystals usually considered theoretically. A thorough understanding of the structure of the materials as synthesized and how the resultant materials can be utilized for specific application purposes is required such that these applications can be effectively realized. To this end, the synthesis and characterization of carbon and boron-nitride based nanomaterials is undertaken with specific application purposes in mind. As a potential scalable synthetic route for graphene, graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide are synthesized and characterized using atomic resolution electron microscopy. This elucidates their underlying structures revealing that the reduced form of GO does not resemble pristine graphene. The long-standing debate over the structure of GO is successfully ended with this study given the direct observation of the atomic structure of this material. To develop advanced composite materials, the functionalization of carbon and boron nitride nanotubes is undertaken. The characterization of their functionalization and incorporation within composite materials, specifically within a Kevlar polymer matrix, is presented to allow for the development of composites with significantly enhanced mechanical properties. Given a significant body of theoretical work paired with a single previous synthetic success, the synthesis of boron nitride nanoribbons is outlined. The first scalable synthesis of boron nitride nanoribbons is demonstrated resulting in long, consistent width, narrow, few-layer boron nitride nanoribbons which could be ideal for addressing these theoretical considerations. To establish a method for the synthesis of thin hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN), the design of a specialized CVD system is described. The material resulting from this system is analyzed with methods including atomic resolution electron microscopy with the results informing future approaches for the synthesis of h-BN. Finally, high surface area boron nitride materials should be promising for hydrogen storage applications, especially if templated with a microporous scaffold. To this end, the first synthesis of a high surface area, microporous boron-nitride material is accomplished and the resultant surface areas of these materials are reported.

  5. Guide to Enantioselective Dirhodium(II)-Catalyzed Cyclopropanation with Aryldiazoacetates

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    Chepiga, Kathryn M.; Qin, Changming; Alford, Joshua S.; Chennamadhavuni, Spandan; Gregg, Timothy M.; Olson, Jeremy P.

    2013-01-01

    Catalytic enantioselective methods for the generation of cyclopropanes has been of longstanding pharmaceutical interest. Chiral dirhodium(II) catalysts prove to be an effective means for the generation of diverse cyclopropane libraries. Rh2(R-DOSP)4 is generaally the most effective catalyst for asymmetric intermolecular cyclopropanation of methyl aryldiazoacetates with styrene. Rh2(S-PTAD)4 provides high levels of enantioinduction with ortho-substituted aryldiazoacetates. The less-established Rh2(R-BNP)4 plays a complementary role to Rh2(R-DOSP)4 and Rh2(S-PTAD)4 in catalyzing highly enantioselective cyclopropanation of 3- methoxy-substituted aryldiazoacetates. Substitution on the styrene has only moderate influence on the asymmetric induction of the cyclopropanation. PMID:24273349

  6. An organic thiyl radical catalyst for enantioselective cyclization

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    Hashimoto, Takuya; Kawamata, Yu; Maruoka, Keiji

    2014-08-01

    A diverse array of chiral organocatalysts have been developed that rely on acid-base interactions to promote enantioselective ionic reactions via the movement of electron pairs. The stereocontrol of radical reactions using organocatalysts is an alternative approach, and several studies have shown that synthetically useful reactivity can result by controlling the movement of single electrons. However, in these studies, it is still an acid-based organocatalyst which forms a closed-shell intermediate with substrate prior to the radical reaction and imparts chiral information, and use of a chiral organic radical directly as catalyst has only rarely been explored. Here, we report the design of an organic thiyl radical catalyst with a carefully designed chiral pocket constructed around a chiral thiol precatalyst. The resulting catalyst was used to effect highly diastereo- and enantioselective C-C bond-forming radical cyclizations.

  7. Engineering chiral porous metal-organic frameworks for enantioselective adsorption and separation

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    Peng, Yongwu; Gong, Tengfei; Zhang, Kang; Lin, Xiaochao; Liu, Yan; Jiang, Jianwen; Cui, Yong

    2014-07-01

    The separation of racemic molecules is of substantial significance not only for basic science but also for technical applications, such as fine chemicals and drug development. Here we report two isostructural chiral metal-organic frameworks decorated with chiral dihydroxy or -methoxy auxiliares from enantiopure tetracarboxylate-bridging ligands of 1,1?-biphenol and a manganese carboxylate chain. The framework bearing dihydroxy groups functions as a solid-state host capable of adsorbing and separating mixtures of a range of chiral aromatic and aliphatic amines, with high enantioselectivity. The host material can be readily recycled and reused without any apparent loss of performance. The utility of the present adsorption separation is demonstrated in the large-scale resolution of racemic 1-phenylethylamine. Control experiments and molecular simulations suggest that the chiral recognition and separation are attributed to the different orientations and specific binding energies of the enantiomers in the microenvironment of the framework.

  8. Synthesis and applications of electron deficient conjugated polymers

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    Kim, Youngmi, Ph. D

    2005-01-01

    Chapter 1. In this introductory chapter, we present the general properties of conjugated polymers for sensory and electronic applications, with a special emphasis placed on electron-deficient materials. Chapter 2. In this ...

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites for Energy Applications 

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    Park, Wonchang

    2011-10-21

    Polymer nanocomposites are used in a variety of applications due to their good mechanical properties. Specifically, better performance of lithium ion batteries and thermal interface material can be obtained by using conductive materials and polymer...

  10. SYNTHESIS, APPLICATIONS, AND CHARACTERIZATION OF GUERBET COMPOUNDS AND THEIR DERIVATIVES

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    The Guerbet reaction and Guerbet compounds, particularly Guerbet alcohols, have been known for more than a century. Guerbet compounds are used in commercial applications such as lubricants, plasticizers, cosmetics, etc., due to their interesting properties. This article provides basic information ...

  11. Design and synthesis of nanocrystal heterostructures for optoelectronic applications

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    Halpert, Jonathan E

    2008-01-01

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals can be used for a variety of optoelectronic applications including light emitting devices (LEDs) and photovoltaics. Their narrow emission spectra make them excellent fluorophors for use ...

  12. Synthesis and application of new polymer bound catalysts

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    Fetterly, Brandon Michael

    2005-08-01

    Nitric acid has been shown to be a weak acid in acetonitrile. It is conceivable that a nitrate salt of a weakly Lewis acidic cation could furnish a ''naked'' nitrate anion as a basic catalyst in a variety of reactions in non-aqueous solvents. Such a nitrate salt could also be bound to a polymeric support via the cation, thereby allowing for reclamation and recycling of the nitrate ion. This subject is dealt with in Chapter 2, wherein my contributions consisted of performing all the reactions with the polymer supported catalyst and carrying out the experiments necessary to shed light on the reaction mechanisms. Chapter 3 contains a description of the structure and catalytic properties of an azidoproazaphosphatrane. This compound is an air-stable versatile catalyst that has proven useful not only homogeneously, but also when bound to a solid support. The synthesis of a polymer bound proazaphosphatrane containing a trivalent phosphorus is presented in Chapter 4. Such a compound has been sought after by our group for a number of years. Not only does the synthesis I have accomplished for it allow for easier separation of proazaphosphatrane catalysts from reaction mixtures, but recycling of the base is made much simpler. Proazaphosphatranes are useful homogeneous catalysts that activate atoms in other reagents, thus enhancing their reactivity. The next chapters deal with two such reactions with aldehydes and ketones, namely silylcyanations with trialkylsilylcyanides (Chapters 5 and 6) and reductions with poly(methylhydrosiloxane), in Chapter 7. In Chapter 5, Zhigang Wang performed the initial optimization and scoping of the reaction, while repetitions of the scoping experiments for reproducibility, determination of diastereomeric ratios, and experiments aimed at elucidating aspects of the mechanism were performed by me. The proazaphosphatrane coordinates to the silicon atom in both cases, thereby allowing the aforementioned reactions to proceed under much milder conditions. Proazaphosphatranes are also effective Broensted-Lowry bases. This is illustrated in Chapter 8 wherein a wide variety of conjugate addition reactions are catalyzed by proazaphosphatranes. In that chapter, repetitions of the nitroalkane addition reactions for reproducibility, improved spectral data for the products and comparisons of literature yields of all reactions were performed by the author.

  13. Coordinating Chiral Ionic Liquids: Design, Synthesis, and Application in Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation under Aqueous Conditions

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    Vasiloiu, Maria; Gaertner, Peter; Zirbs, Ronald; Bica, Katharina

    2015-01-01

    Hydrophilic coordinating chiral ionic liquids with an amino alcohol substructure were developed and efficiently applied to the asymmetric reduction of ketones. Their careful design and adaptability to the desired reaction conditions allow for these chiral ionic liquids to be used as the sole source of chirality in a ruthenium-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation reaction of aromatic ketones. When used in this reaction system, these chiral ionic liquids afforded excellent yields and high enantioselectivities. PMID:26279638

  14. Advanced Developments in Cyclic Polymers: Synthesis, Applications, and Perspectives

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    Zhu, Yinghuai; Hosmane, Narayan S

    2015-01-01

    Due to the topological effect, cyclic polymers demonstrate different and unique physical and biological properties in comparison with linear counterparts having the same molecular-weight range. With advanced synthetic and analytic technologies, cyclic polymers with different topologies, e.g. multicyclic polymers, have been reported and well characterized. For example, various cyclic DNA and related structures, such as cyclic duplexes, have been prepared conveniently by click chemistry. These types of DNA have increased resistance to enzymatic degradation and have high thermodynamic stability, and thus, have potential therapeutic applications. In addition, cyclic polymers have also been used to prepare organic–inorganic hybrids for applications in catalysis, e.g. catalyst supports. Due to developments in synthetic technology, highly pure cyclic polymers could now be produced in large scale. Therefore, we anticipate discovering more applications in the near future. Despite their promise, cyclic polymers are still less explored than linear polymers like polyolefins and polycarbonates, which are widely used in daily life. Some critical issues, including controlling the molecular weight and finding suitable applications, remain big challenges in the cyclic-polymer field. This review briefly summarizes the commonly used synthetic methodologies and focuses more on the attractive functional materials and their biological properties and potential applications. PMID:26478835

  15. Catalytic Enantioselective Diboration of Cyclic Dienes. A Modified Ligand with General Utility

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    Hong, Kai; Morken, James P.

    2011-01-01

    The enantioselective 1,4-diboration of cyclic dienes with a new taddol-derived phosphonite ligand occurs with excellent enantioselectivity. Oxidation delivers the derived 1,4 diol whereas homologation can be used to deliver a chiral 1,6 diol. PMID:21932816

  16. Catalytic Enantioselective Reaction of ?-Phenylthioacetonitriles with Imines Using Chiral Bis(imidazoline)-Palladium Catalysts.

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    Kondo, Masaru; Kobayashi, Natsumi; Hatanaka, Tsubasa; Funahashi, Yasuhiro; Nakamura, Shuichi

    2015-06-15

    The catalytic enantioselective reaction of ?-phenylthioacetonitriles with imines has been developed. The reaction of various imines proceeds in good yields and diastereo- and enantioselectivities in the presence of chiral bis(imidazoline)-palladium catalysts. The obtained products can be converted into ?-aminonitrile or ?-aminoamide compounds without loss of enantiopurity. PMID:25965425

  17. Palladium(II)/Brønsted Acid-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxidative Carbocyclization–Borylation of Enallenes**

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    Jiang, Tuo; Bartholomeyzik, Teresa; Mazuela, Javier; Willersinn, Jochen; Bäckvall, Jan-E

    2015-01-01

    An enantioselective oxidative carbocyclization–borylation of enallenes that is catalyzed by palladium(II) and a Brønsted acid was developed. Biphenol-type chiral phosphoric acids were superior co-catalysts for inducing the enantioselective cyclization. A number of chiral borylated carbocycles were synthesized in high enantiomeric excess. PMID:25808996

  18. Gold(I)-catalyzed enantioselective [32] and [33] cycloaddition reactions of propargyl acetals/ketals

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    Toste, Dean

    Gold(I)-catalyzed enantioselective [3þ2] and [3þ3] cycloaddition reactions of propargyl acetals May 2015 Keywords: Gold Homogeneous catalysis Enantioselective catalysis Cycloaddition Propargyl acetals/ketals a b s t r a c t An asymmetric gold(I)-catalyzed [3þ2] cycloaddition of propargyl acetals

  19. One-dimensional CdS nanostructures: synthesis, properties, and applications.

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    Zhai, Tianyou; Fang, Xiaosheng; Li, Liang; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri

    2010-02-01

    One-dimensional (1D) semiconductor nanostructures are of prime interest due to their potential in investigating the size and dimensionality dependence of the materials' physical properties and constructing nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. Cadmium sulfide (CdS) is an important semiconductor compound of the II-VI group, and its synthesis and properties have been of growing interest owing to prominent applications in several fields. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on the rational synthesis, novel properties and unique applications of 1D CdS nanostructures in nanotechnology. It begins with the rational design and synthesis of 1D CdS nanostructures, and then highlights a range of unique properties and applications (e.g. photoluminescence, cathodoluminescence, electrochemiluminescence, photocatalysis, lasers, waveguides, modulators, solar cells, field-effect transistors, photodetectors, field-emitters, and nanogenerators) associated with them. Finally, the review is concluded with the author outlook of the perspectives with respect to future research on 1D CdS nanostructures. PMID:20644793

  20. UV-emitting phosphors: synthesis, photoluminescence and applications

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    Thakare, D. S.; Omanwar, S. K.; Muthal, P. L.; Dhopte, S. M.; Kondawar, V. K.; Moharil, S. V.

    2004-02-01

    UV-emitting phosphors find uses in various applications, such as photocopying, phototherapy, sun tanning, etc. The phosphor requirements for these applications vary. Simple methods for preparing different UV-emitting phosphors are described. Novel syntheses for some borates (SrB4O7:Eu, CeMgB5O10:Gd, GdBO3:Pr, LaB3O6:Ce,Bi, LaB3O6:Gd,Bi, LaB3O6:Ce, Ba2B5O9Cl:Eu), a silicate (Ba2SiO5:Pb), phosphates (Sr2-xMgxP2O7:Eu) and a sulphate (CaSO4:Eu) are reported. Photoluminescence spectra of the phosphors so prepared are presented and discussed in the context of applications like phototherapy and photocopying lamps, photoluminescent liquid crystal displays, radiophotoluminescence, etc.

  1. Mesoporous nano/micro noble metal particles: synthesis and applications

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    Yang, Shengchun; Luo, Xiao

    2014-04-01

    The morphology, size and composition often govern the physical and chemical properties of noble metal units with a size in the nano or micro scale. Thus, the controlled growth of noble metal crystals would help to tailor their unique properties and this would be followed by their practical application. Mesoporous nano/micro noble metal units are types of nanostructured material that have fascinating properties that can generate great potential for various applications. This review presents a general view on the growth mechanisms of porous noble metal units and is focused on recent progresses in their synthetic approaches. Then, their potential applications in the field of drug delivery, cell imaging and SERS substrates, as well as fuel cell catalysts are overviewed.

  2. Efficient, Enantioselective Assembly of Silanediol Protease Inhibitors

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    Bo, Yingjian; Singh, Swapnil; Duong, Hoan Quoc; Cao, Cui; Sieburth, Scott McN.

    2011-01-01

    A five-step assembly of silicon-protected dipeptide mimics from commercially available reagents is described. This methodology makes silanediol protease inhibitors readily available for the first time. The sequence features asymmetric hydrosilylation, a novel reduction of a silyl ether to a silyllithium reagent, and addition of this dianion to a sulfinimine, to produce the complete inhibitor skeleton with full control of stereochemistry. Oxidation of the primary alcohol to an acid completes the synthesis. PMID:21381688

  3. Synthesis and application of mesoporous and macroporous particles

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    Newell, J. David

    Phosphine and amine functionalized mesoporous silica materials were metallated with Rh(CO)2(i-Pr2NH)Cl or Rh2 (CO)4Cl2, respectively to yield catalysts containing the Rh(PPh2R)2(CO)Cl or Rh(CO)2(NH2 R)Cl, where R is a propyl chain bonded to the silica surface, reactive centers. In order to ascertain the effect of pore size on rates of hydroformylation catalysis both 35 A and 45 A pore size materials were used. Using the hydroformylation of octene as a reference reaction, the phosphine based, 45 A catalysts were 1.5 to 1.3 times faster than the amine based, 45 A catalysts, and the 45 A materials were 2.6 to 2.1 times faster than the 35 A materials. The ability of the surface bound phosphine catalysts to affect hydroformylation was strongly influenced by the steric constraints of the substrate. Terminal alkenes were readily hydroformylated and norbornene was slowly hydroformylated, but pinene, trans-cyclododecene, cyclohexene and cholesterol were completely unaffected. Hollow porous microspheres can be created for use as electrolyte storage within the active material of the battery electrode. Synthesis of porous hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) has been accomplished by pyrolyzing a mixture of cobalt, titanium, and colloidal silica. The porous HGMs are generated by spray flame pyrolysis of a solution of cobalt, titanium, and silica into a 7000 tube furnace. A phase separation condenses the cobalt to the center of the sphere where it can be etched as well as titanium. Other etching techniques include using HF to etch commercial hollow glass microspheres, and sodium diffusion.

  4. Application of chiral critical clusters to assymetric synthesis

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    Ferrieri, Richard A. (Patchogue, NY)

    2002-01-01

    Disclosed is a composition, a method of making and a method of using critical clusters for asymmetric synthesis using substantially optically-pure chiral solvent molecules in a supercritical fluid. The solvent molecules are capable of forming a multipoint hydrogen bonded solvate as they encage at least one solute molecule. The encaged solute molecule is capable of reacting to form an optically active chiral center. In another aspect, there is disclosed a method of directing the position of bonding between a solute molecule and a ligand involving encaging the solute molecule and the ligand with polar solvent molecules in a supercritical fluid under conditions of temperature and pressure sufficient to change electric charge distribution in the solute molecule. In yet another aspect, disclosed is a method of making pharmaceutical compounds involving encaging a solute molecule, which is capable of forming a chiral center, and a ligand with polar solvent molecules in a supercritical fluid under conditions of temperature and pressure sufficient to change electric charge distribution of the solute molecule. The solute molecule and ligand are then reacted whereby the ligand bonds to the solute molecule forming a chiral center. Also disclosed is a method for racemic resolution using critical clusters involving encaging racemic mixtures of solute molecules with substantially optically-pure chiral solvent molecules in a supercritical fluid under conditions of temperature and pressure sufficient to form critical clusters. The solvent molecules are capable of multipoint hydrogen bonding with the solute molecules. The encaged solute molecules are then nonenzymatically reacted to enhance the optical purity of the solute molecules.

  5. Synthesis and Applications of Ionic Liquids Derived from Natural Sugars

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    Chiappe, Cinzia; Marra, Alberto; Mele, Andrea

    Aiming to develop environmentally compatible chemical syntheses, the replacement of traditional organic solvents with ionic liquids (ILs) has attracted considerable attention. ILs are special molten salts with melting points below 100°C that are typically constituted of organic cations (imidazolium, pyridinium, sulfonium, phosphonium, etc.) and inorganic anions. Due to their ionic nature, they are endowed with high chemical and thermal stability, good solvent properties, and non-measurable vapor pressure. Although the recovery of unaltered ILs and recycling partly compensate their rather high cost, it is important to develop new synthetic approaches to less expensive and environmentally sustainable ILs based on renewable raw materials. In fact, most of these alternative solvents are still prepared starting from fossil feedstocks. Until now, only a limited number of ILs have been prepared from renewable sources. Surprisingly, the most available and inexpensive raw material, i.e., carbohydrates, has been hardly exploited in the synthesis of ILs. In 2003 imidazolium-based ILs were prepared from d-fructose and used as solvents in Mizoroki-Heck and Diels-Alder reactions. Later on, the first chiral ILs derived from sugars were prepared from methyl d-glucopyranoside. In the same year, a family of new chiral ILs, obtained from commercial isosorbide (dianhydro-d-glucitol), was described. A closely related approach was followed by other researchers to synthesize mono- and bis-ammonium ILs from isomannide (dianhydro-d-mannitol). Finally, a few ILs bearing a pentofuranose unit as the chiral moiety were prepared using sugar phosphates as glycosyl donors and 1-methylimidazole as the acceptor.

  6. Nanostructured conjugated polymers in chemical sensors: synthesis, properties and applications.

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    Correa, D S; Medeiros, E S; Oliveira, J E; Paterno, L G; Mattoso, Luiz C

    2014-09-01

    Conjugated polymers are organic materials endowed with a ?-electron conjugation along the polymer backbone that present appealing electrical and optical properties for technological applications. By using conjugated polymeric materials in the nanoscale, such properties can be further enhanced. In addition, the use of nanostructured materials makes possible miniaturize devices at the micro/nano scale. The applications of conjugated nanostructured polymers include sensors, actuators, flexible displays, discrete electronic devices, and smart fabric, to name a few. In particular, the use of conjugated polymers in chemical and biological sensors is made feasible owning to their sensitivity to the physicochemical conditions of its surrounding environment, such as chemical composition, pH, dielectric constant, humidity or even temperature. Subtle changes in these conditions bring about variations on the electrical (resistivity and capacitance), optical (absorptivity, luminescence, etc.), and mechanical properties of the conjugated polymer, which can be precisely measured by different experimental methods and ultimately associated with a specific analyte and its concentration. The present review article highlights the main features of conjugated polymers that make them suitable for chemical sensors. An especial emphasis is given to nanostructured sensors systems, which present high sensitivity and selectivity, and find application in beverage and food quality control, pharmaceutical industries, medical diagnosis, environmental monitoring, and homeland security, and other applications as discussed throughout this review. PMID:25924296

  7. Wet chemical synthesis of quantum dots for medical applications

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    Cepeda-Pérez, E. I.; López-Luke, T.; Pérez-Mayen, L.; Hidalgo, Alberto; de la Rosa, E.; Torres-Castro, Alejandro; Ceja-Fdez, Andrea; Vivero-Escoto, Juan; Gonzalez-Yebra, Ana L.

    2015-07-01

    In recent years the use of nanoparticles in medical applications has boomed. This is because the various applications that provide these materials like drug delivery, cancer cell diagnostics and therapeutics [1-5]. Biomedical applications of Quantum Dots (QDs) are focused on molecular imaging and biological sensing due to its optical properties. The size of QDs can be continuously tuned from 2 to 10 nm in diameter, which, after polymer encapsulation, generally increases to 5 - 20 nm diminishing the toxicity. The QDs prepared in our lab have a diameter between 2 to 7 nm. Particles smaller than 5 nm can interact with the cells [2]. Some of the characteristics that distinguish QDs from the commonly used fluorophores are wider range of emission, narrow and more sharply defined emission peak, brighter emission and a higher signal to noise ratio compared with organic dyes [6]. In this paper we will show our progress in the study of the interaction of quantum dots in live cells for image and Raman spectroscopy applications. We will also show the results of the interaction of quantum dots with genomic DNA for diagnostic purposes.

  8. Carbon nanotubes: properties, synthesis, purification, and medical applications

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    Eatemadi, Ali; Daraee, Hadis; Karimkhanloo, Hamzeh; Kouhi, Mohammad; Zarghami, Nosratollah; Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl; Abasi, Mozhgan; Hanifehpour, Younes; Joo, Sang Woo

    2014-08-01

    Current discoveries of different forms of carbon nanostructures have motivated research on their applications in various fields. They hold promise for applications in medicine, gene, and drug delivery areas. Many different production methods for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been introduced; functionalization, filling, doping, and chemical modification have been achieved, and characterization, separation, and manipulation of individual CNTs are now possible. Parameters such as structure, surface area, surface charge, size distribution, surface chemistry, and agglomeration state as well as purity of the samples have considerable impact on the reactivity of carbon nanotubes. Otherwise, the strength and flexibility of carbon nanotubes make them of potential use in controlling other nanoscale structures, which suggests they will have a significant role in nanotechnology engineering.

  9. Carbon nanotubes: properties, synthesis, purification, and medical applications

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    2014-01-01

    Current discoveries of different forms of carbon nanostructures have motivated research on their applications in various fields. They hold promise for applications in medicine, gene, and drug delivery areas. Many different production methods for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been introduced; functionalization, filling, doping, and chemical modification have been achieved, and characterization, separation, and manipulation of individual CNTs are now possible. Parameters such as structure, surface area, surface charge, size distribution, surface chemistry, and agglomeration state as well as purity of the samples have considerable impact on the reactivity of carbon nanotubes. Otherwise, the strength and flexibility of carbon nanotubes make them of potential use in controlling other nanoscale structures, which suggests they will have a significant role in nanotechnology engineering. PMID:25170330

  10. Carbon nanotubes: properties, synthesis, purification, and medical applications.

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    Eatemadi, Ali; Daraee, Hadis; Karimkhanloo, Hamzeh; Kouhi, Mohammad; Zarghami, Nosratollah; Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl; Abasi, Mozhgan; Hanifehpour, Younes; Joo, Sang Woo

    2014-01-01

    Current discoveries of different forms of carbon nanostructures have motivated research on their applications in various fields. They hold promise for applications in medicine, gene, and drug delivery areas. Many different production methods for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been introduced; functionalization, filling, doping, and chemical modification have been achieved, and characterization, separation, and manipulation of individual CNTs are now possible. Parameters such as structure, surface area, surface charge, size distribution, surface chemistry, and agglomeration state as well as purity of the samples have considerable impact on the reactivity of carbon nanotubes. Otherwise, the strength and flexibility of carbon nanotubes make them of potential use in controlling other nanoscale structures, which suggests they will have a significant role in nanotechnology engineering. PMID:25170330

  11. Carbon nanotube catalysts: recent advances in synthesis, characterization and applications.

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    Yan, Yibo; Miao, Jianwei; Yang, Zhihong; Xiao, Fang-Xing; Yang, Hong Bin; Liu, Bin; Yang, Yanhui

    2015-05-21

    Carbon nanotubes are promising materials for various applications. In recent years, progress in manufacturing and functionalizing carbon nanotubes has been made to achieve the control of bulk and surface properties including the wettability, acid-base properties, adsorption, electric conductivity and capacitance. In order to gain the optimal benefit of carbon nanotubes, comprehensive understanding on manufacturing and functionalizing carbon nanotubes ought to be systematically developed. This review summarizes methodologies of manufacturing carbon nanotubes via arc discharge, laser ablation and chemical vapor deposition and functionalizing carbon nanotubes through surface oxidation and activation, doping of heteroatoms, halogenation, sulfonation, grafting, polymer coating, noncovalent functionalization and nanoparticle attachment. The characterization techniques detecting the bulk nature and surface properties as well as the effects of various functionalization approaches on modifying the surface properties for specific applications in catalysis including heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis and electrocatalysis are highlighted. PMID:25855947

  12. Bioinspired greigite magnetic nanocrystals: chemical synthesis and biomedicine applications

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    Feng, Mei; Lu, Yang; Yang, Yuan; Zhang, Meng; Xu, Yun-Jun; Gao, Huai-Ling; Dong, Liang; Xu, Wei-Ping; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2013-10-01

    Large scale greigite with uniform dimensions has stimulated significant demands for applications such as hyperthermia, photovoltaics, medicine and cell separation, etc. However, the inhomogeneity and hydrophobicity for most of the as prepared greigite crystals has limited their applications in biomedicine. Herein, we report a green chemical method utilizing ?-cyclodextrin (?-CD) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) to synthesize bioinspired greigite (Fe3S4) magnetic nanocrystals (GMNCs) with similar structure and magnetic property of magnetosome in a large scale. ?-CD and PEG is responsible to control the crystal phase and morphology, as well as to bound onto the surface of nanocrystals and form polymer layers. The GMNCs exhibit a transverse relaxivity of 94.8 mM-1s-1 which is as high as iron oxide nanocrystals, and an entrapment efficiency of 58.7% for magnetic guided delivery of chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin. Moreover, enhanced chemotherapeutic treatment of mice tumor was obtained via intravenous injection of doxorubicin loaded GMNCs.

  13. Concise diastereoselective synthesis of calcaripeptide C via asymmetric transfer hydrogenation/Pd-induced chiral allenylzinc as a key reaction.

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    Kumaraswamy, Gullapalli; Narayanarao, Vykunthapu; Raju, Ragam

    2015-08-21

    Synthesis of the natural product calcaripeptide C derived from the fungal metabolite mycelium KF525 of Calcarisporium sp. has been achieved. This complementary approach avoids the use of a stoichiometric amount of chiral auxiliary reagents as commonly used to generate enantioenriched advanced precursors. The enantioselective synthesis of calcaripeptide C is remarkable in that using catalytic reactions sets the two stereogenic centers efficiently with good levels of enantioselectivity. Further diversification of the calcaripeptide C structures is possible by employing a complementary catalytic enantioenriched Ru-catalyst. PMID:26156428

  14. Synthesis and application of hydroxyapatite and fluoroapatite to scorodite encapsulation

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    Katsarou, Lydia

    Recent research has investigated the precipitation of crystalline scorodite (FeAsO4?2H2O) as a method to stabilise arsenic for disposal due to its good stability performance according to EPA's TCLP test. It has been determined, however, that scorodite releases arsenic in significant concentrations under alkaline pH or under anoxic conditions. With the objective of enhancing the stability of scorodite, its encapsulation with minerals inert to pH and redox potential variations is considered in this work. Such encapsulation materials are hydroxyapatite (HAP-Ca5(PO4)3OH) and fluoroapatite (FAP-Ca5(PO4)3F), the two most stable of the calcium phosphates. The work described in this thesis includes: 1) the preparation of hydroxyapatite and fluoroapatite powders and their characterisation, 2) the synthesis of crystalline scorodite under atmospheric conditions and its characterisation, 3) the encapsulation of scorodite with hydroxyapatite and fluoroapatite, and 4) the long term stability testing of the encapsulated solids. Hydroxyapatite and fluoroapatite were prepared first by homogeneous precipitation from a metastable solution, to which "Ca" and "PO4" source reagents of different concentrations were added at variable rates. The crystallinity of the produced materials was found to increase with temperature. Crystalline scorodite was produced by seeded crystallisation in ambient pressure. For the encapsulation of the scorodite particles various methods of direct precipitation by controlled supersaturation were attempted, by adjusting the pH and adding/mixing feed solutions of individual calcium and phosphate source reagents. Heterogeneous deposition of HAP on scorodite proved rather difficult. Optimum results were obtained via prior conditioning of the scorodite substrate in a calcium solution and employment of low agitation regime and high (37 °C rather than 22°C) temperature. The stability tests were done in oxic and anoxic environments and their results demonstrated that the encapsulated solids had enhanced stability, since the release of arsenic was lower than it was for naked scorodite. The presence of gypsum was found to help reduce the release of arsenic further as well as phosphorus under oxic, but not anoxic conditions due to possible interaction with the sulphite ions used as reducing agent.

  15. Biomolecule mediating synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles and their applications

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    Wei, Zengyan

    Project 1. The conventional phage display technique focuses on screening peptide sequences that can bind on target substrates, however the selected peptides are not necessary to nucleate and mediate the growth of the target inorganic crystals, and in many cases they only show moderate affinity to the targets. Here we report a novel phage display approach that can directly screen peptides catalytically growing inorganic nanoparticles in aqueous solution at room temperature. In this study, the phage library is incubated with zinc precursor at room temperature. Among random peptide sequences displayed on phages, those phages that can grow zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles are selected with centrifugation. After several rounds of selection, the peptide sequences displayed on the phage viruses are analyzed by DNA sequencing. Our screening protocol provide a simple and convenient route for the discovery of catalytic peptides that can grow inorganic nanoparticles at room temperature. This novel screening protocol can extend the method on finding a wide range of new catalysts. Project 2. Genetically engineered collagen peptides are assembled into freestanding films when quantum dots (QDs) are co-assembled as joints between collagen domains. These peptide-based films show excellent mechanical properties with Young's modulus of 20 GPa, much larger than most of the multi-composite polymer films and previously reported freestanding nanoparticle-assembled sheets, and it is even close to that reported for the bone tissue in nature. These films show little permanent deformation under small indentation while the mechanical hysteresis becomes remarkable when the load approaches near and beyond the rupture point, which is also characteristic of the bone tissue. Project 3. The shape-controlled synthesis of nanoparticles have been established in single-phase solutions by controlling growth directions of crystalline facets on seed nanocrystals kinetically; however, it is difficult to rationally predict and design nanoparticle shapes. Here we introduce a methodology to fabricate nanoparticles in smaller sizes by evolving shapes thermodynamically. This strategy enables a more rational approach to fabricate shaped nanoparticles by etching specific positions of atoms on facets of seed nanocrystals in reverse micelle reactors where the surface energy gradient induces desorption of atoms on specific locations on the seed surfaces. From seeds of 12 nm palladium nanocubes, the shape is evolved to concave nanocubes and finally hollow nanocages in the size 10 nm by etching the center of {200} facets. The high surface area-to-volume ratio and the exposure of a large number of palladium atoms on ledge and kink sites of hollow nanocages are advantageous to enhance catalytic activity and recyclability.

  16. Synthesis, characterization, and biosensing application of novel hybrid nanomaterials

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    Mao, Shun

    Hybrid nanomaterials consisting of nanoparticles (NPs) distributed on the surface of the carbon nanotube (CNT)/graphene represent a new class of materials. These materials could potentially display not only the unique properties of NPs and those of the CNT/graphene, but also additional novel properties due to the interaction between the NP and the CNT/graphene. This thesis entails the synthesis and characterization of NP-CNT/graphene hybrid nanomaterials and the demonstration of their use for biosensors. A simple method that combines an electrospray technique with electrostatic force directed assembly (ESFDA) was developed for successful functionalization of the CNT/thermally-reduced graphene oxide (TRGO) with NPs. Colloidal CdSe NPs, Au NPs, and Au NP-antibody conjugates were electrosprayed and assembled onto random CNTs, vertically-aligned CNT arrays, and TRGO sheets in a controlled manner. CNT and TRGO field-effect transistors (FETs) were fabricated; and novel electronic protein biosensors based on the CNTFET/TRGO FET and Au NP-antibody conjugates were demonstrated. The electrical detection of the protein binding was accomplished by the introduction of Au NP-antibody conjugates in the CNTFET/TRGO FET, in which the Au-coated CNT/TRGO serves as the electrical conducting channel. Antibody (anti-horseradish peroxidase/anti-Immunoglobulin G) and antigen (horseradish peroxidase/Immunoglobulin G) binding events led to the change in the CNT/TRGO conductivity, which was sensitively detected by FET and direct current (dc) measurements. The CNTFET biosensor had a detection limit of 0.2 mg/ml (˜4.5 microM, horseradish peroxidase) while the TRGO FET biosensor exhibited a detection limit of 2 ng/ml (˜13 pM, Immunoglobulin G), which is among the best of carbon nanomaterial (e.g., CNT, graphene, GO)-based protein sensors. The dependence of the sensor response on the TRGO resistance and the antibody areal density on the TRGO sheet was systematically studied, and the sensor response was more significant with larger TRGO resistance and higher antibody areal density. The detection limit of the TRGO FET biosensor could be improved to 0.2 ng/ml level by tuning the TRGO resistance and the antibody areal density. The hybrid nanomaterial-based biosensing platforms are thus useful for in vitro diagnostics as they can be used to detect various target biomolecules by functionalizing the CNT/TRGO with desired Au NP-antibody conjugates.

  17. New materials graphyne, graphdiyne, graphone, and graphane: review of properties, synthesis, and application in nanotechnology.

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    Peng, Qing; Dearden, Albert K; Crean, Jared; Han, Liang; Liu, Sheng; Wen, Xiaodong; De, Suvranu

    2014-01-01

    Plenty of new two-dimensional materials including graphyne, graphdiyne, graphone, and graphane have been proposed and unveiled after the discovery of the "wonder material" graphene. Graphyne and graphdiyne are two-dimensional carbon allotropes of graphene with honeycomb structures. Graphone and graphane are hydrogenated derivatives of graphene. The advanced and unique properties of these new materials make them highly promising for applications in next generation nanoelectronics. Here, we briefly review their properties, including structural, mechanical, physical, and chemical properties, as well as their synthesis and applications in nanotechnology. Graphyne is better than graphene in directional electronic properties and charge carriers. With a band gap and magnetism, graphone and graphane show important applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics. Because these materials are close to graphene and will play important roles in carbon-based electronic devices, they deserve further, careful, and thorough studies for nanotechnology applications. PMID:24808721

  18. New materials graphyne, graphdiyne, graphone, and graphane: review of properties, synthesis, and application in nanotechnology

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    Peng, Qing; Dearden, Albert K; Crean, Jared; Han, Liang; Liu, Sheng; Wen, Xiaodong; De, Suvranu

    2014-01-01

    Plenty of new two-dimensional materials including graphyne, graphdiyne, graphone, and graphane have been proposed and unveiled after the discovery of the “wonder material” graphene. Graphyne and graphdiyne are two-dimensional carbon allotropes of graphene with honeycomb structures. Graphone and graphane are hydrogenated derivatives of graphene. The advanced and unique properties of these new materials make them highly promising for applications in next generation nanoelectronics. Here, we briefly review their properties, including structural, mechanical, physical, and chemical properties, as well as their synthesis and applications in nanotechnology. Graphyne is better than graphene in directional electronic properties and charge carriers. With a band gap and magnetism, graphone and graphane show important applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics. Because these materials are close to graphene and will play important roles in carbon-based electronic devices, they deserve further, careful, and thorough studies for nanotechnology applications. PMID:24808721

  19. Aqueous solution synthesis of zinc oxide for application in optoelectronics

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    Joo, John Hwajong

    Recently, ZnO has garnered widespread attention in the semiconductor community for its large set of useful properties, which include a wide bandgap and its resulting optical transparency, a large exciton binding energy, a significant piezoelectric response, and good electrical conductivity. In many ways, it shares many properties with a widely used and technologically important semiconductor GaN, which is widely used for blue LEDs and lasers. However, ZnO cannot substitute for GaN in most optoelectronic applications, because it cannot be doped p-type. On the other hand, unlike many traditional, covalently bonded semiconductors like GaN, ZnO can be easily formed aqueous solutions at close to room temperature and pressure in the form of large crystals or a variety of nanostructures, making possible applications that are normally very difficult with traditional semiconductors. In this light, we aimed to take advantage of aqueous solution-based, ZnO growth techniques and incorporated ZnO structures novel optoelectronic and photonic structures. By controlling the morphology of ZnO, we studied the effects of nanowire-based ZnO/Cu2O solar cells. Carrier collection was increased using a nanowire-based device architecture. The main result, however, was the time evolution of the performance of these devices due to the movement of ionized defects in the material. The effects of geometry on the ageing characteristics were studied, which showed that the carrier collection could be increased further with aging in a nanowire Cu2O solar cell. The aging behavior was substantially different between nanowire and planar solar cells, which implies that future design of nanostructured solar cells must long term aging effects. In addition to solar cells, we explored the possibilities of using aqueous solution growth of ZnO to fabricated whispering gallery mode optical cavities and waveguides for enhancing extraction from a single photon source. In both applications, we used templated growth of ZnO to fabricate geometrically (near) perfect rods and disks for these photonics applications. Finally, since epitaxy is important in the process of optimizing device performance and fabrication, we showed the ability to grow ZnO epitaxially on single crystalline plates of Au, expanding the options of epitaxial substrates to include a metal.

  20. Alkaloid synthesis using chiral secondary amine organocatalysts.

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    Ishikawa, Hayato; Shiomi, Shinya

    2015-12-23

    Over the last decade, several excellent enantioselective total syntheses of important alkaloids using asymmetric reactions mediated by chiral secondary amine organocatalysts as a key step have been accomplished. This perspective article examines the full strategies of these alkaloid syntheses, especially the application of the organocatalytic reaction to construct the alkaloid scaffolds. PMID:26625722

  1. Mesoporous Phosphate Heterostructures: Synthesis and Application on Adsorption and Catalysis

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    Moreno-Tost, Ramón; Jiménez-Jiménez, José; Infantes-Molina, Antonia; Cavalcante, Celio L.; Azevedo, Diana C. S.; Soriano, María Dolores; López Nieto, José Manuel; Jiménez-López, Antonio; Rodríguez-Castellón, Enrique

    Porous phosphate heterostructures (PPHs) are solids formed by a layered metal(IV) phosphate expanded with silica galleries obtained by combining the two main strategies for obtaining mesoporous materials [pillared layered structures (PLS') and MCM-41]. The different synthetic pathways for obtaining mesoporous phosphate structures with silica galleries with Zr- or Ti-doped silica, the study of their structural, textural and acid properties, its functionalisation with different organic substances such as propionitrile, 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane, (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane, vinyltrimethoxysilane, phenyltriethoxysilane and 3-(triethoxysilyl)propionitrile are discussed. The preparation of metal-supported catalysts and their application in gas separation, adsorption and catalysis are reviewed. Specifically, the use of Cu- and Fe-exchanged PPH for the adsorption of benzothiophene and the separation of propane/propene is the main application as adsorbent. The hydrotreating of aromatic hydrocarbons using ruthenium-impregnated catalysts via hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis/hydrocracking for the production of clean diesel fuels, the selective catalytic reduction of NO from stationary and mobile sources by using Cu-PPH with 1, 3 and 7 wt% of Cu and the selective oxidation of hydrogen sulphide to sulphur with vanadium-containing PPH are the three catalytic reactions of environmental interest studied.

  2. AUTOMATION FOR THE SYNTHESIS AND APPLICATION OF PET RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS.

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    Alexoff, D.L.

    2001-09-21

    The development of automated systems supporting the production and application of PET radiopharmaceuticals has been an important focus of researchers since the first successes of using carbon-11 (Comar et al., 1979) and fluorine-18 (Reivich et al., 1979) labeled compounds to visualize functional activity of the human brain. These initial successes of imaging the human brain soon led to applications in the human heart (Schelbert et al., 1980), and quickly radiochemists began to see the importance of automation to support PET studies in humans (Lambrecht, 1982; Langstrom et al., 1983). Driven by the necessity of controlling processes emanating high fluxes of 511 KeV photons, and by the tedium of repetitive syntheses for carrying out these human PET investigations, academic and government scientists have designed, developed and tested many useful and novel automated systems in the past twenty years. These systems, originally designed primarily by radiochemists, not only carry out effectively the tasks they were designed for, but also demonstrate significant engineering innovation in the field of laboratory automation.

  3. Radiation synthesis of superabsorbent CMC based hydrogels for agriculture applications

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    Raafat, Amany I.; Eid, Mona; El-Arnaouty, Magda B.

    2012-07-01

    A series of superabsorbent hydrogel based on carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) crosslinked with gamma irradiation have been proposed for agriculture application. The effect of preparation conditions such as feed solution composition and absorbed irradiation dose on the gelation and swelling degree was evaluated. The structure and the morphology of the superabsorbent CMC/PVP hydrogel were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technique (FTIR), and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Effect of ionic strength and cationic and anionic kinds on the swelling behavior of the obtained hydrogel was investigated. Urea as an agrochemical model was loaded onto the obtained hydrogel to provide nitrogen (N) nutrients. The water retention capability and the urea release behavior of the CMC/PVP hydrogels were investigated. It was found that, the obtained CMC/PVP hydrogels have good swelling degree that greatly affected by its composition and absorbed dose. The swelling was also extremely sensitive to the ionic strength and cationic kind. Owing to its considerable slow urea release, good water retention capacity, being economical, and environment-friendly, it might be useful for its application in agriculture field.

  4. ?,?-Unsaturated aldehyde of hyaluronan--Synthesis, analysis and applications.

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    Buffa, Radovan; Šedová, Petra; Basarabová, Ivana; Moravcová, Martina; Wolfová, Lucie; Bobula, Tomáš; Velebný, Vladimír

    2015-12-10

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) modified with an aldehyde group (HA-CHO or HA-aldehyde) has been extensively used for various biomedical applications. The main advantage of the aldehyde moieties is the ability to react with a wide range of amino compounds under physiological conditions. Reactions of aldehydes with primary amines in water are reversible and equilibrium is thoroughly shifted towards starting aldehyde and amine. This work presents an unique modification of HA: ?,?-unsaturated aldehyde of HA (4,5-anhydro-6(GlcNAc)-oxo HA or ?HA-CHO), which allows the primary amines to be attached to HA more effectively in comparison to the saturated HA-CHO. Higher hydrolytic stability is caused by the conjugation of imine with an adjacent --C=C-- double bond. Two strategies for the preparation of unsaturated HA-aldehyde were developed and chemical structures were studied in details. Cross-linked materials prepared from this precursor are biocompatible and suitable for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. PMID:26428127

  5. Facile synthesis of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Scano, A. Pilloni, M. Cabras, V. Ennas, G.; Vazquez-Vazquez, C.

    2014-10-21

    Silica nanoparticles (SiO{sub 2} NPs) for biomedical applications have been prepared by using a facile modified Stöber-synthesis. Potassium borohydride (KBH{sub 4}) has been introduced in the synthesis procedure in order to control NP size. Several samples have been prepared varying tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) concentration, and using different process conditions (temperature, reaction time and atmosphere). In order to study the influence of the process conditions on the NP size, morphology and properties, several characterization techniques were used. Size and morphology of the as-prepared SiO{sub 2} NPs have been studied by using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) techniques. Structural characterization was carried out by X-ray powder diffraction. To investigate the SiO{sub 2} NP fluorescence emission properties the fluorescence spectroscopy was also used.

  6. Combustion synthesis and engineering of nanoparticles for electronic, structural and superconductor applications

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    Stangle, G.C.; Amarakoon, V.R.W.; Schulze, W.A.

    1993-05-28

    Fully dense, nanocrystalline ceramic articles were prepared by the new nanofabrication process. The process consists of two steps: synthesis of ceramic nanoparticles and fabrication of dense, nanocrystalline ceramic parts. The synthesis step produced 10-nanometer-diameter crystallites, and is capable of being scaled up to kilogram/hour production rates. The fabrication step produced dense parts at significantly reduced sintering temperatures and times -- representing a factor of 10--100 reduction in process energy requirements. The process was demonstrated by producing ultrafine-grained yttria-stabilized ZrO[sub 2], an important material with a variety of energy-related applications (solid electrolytes, oxygen sensors, electrode materials, thermal barrier coatings, etc.). Results from this period clearly illustrate the capabilities of this energy-efficient and directly commercializable process for producing dense, nanocrystalline, multicomponent oxide ceramics.

  7. Crystal phase-controlled synthesis, properties and applications of noble metal nanomaterials.

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    Fan, Zhanxi; Zhang, Hua

    2015-12-22

    The functional properties of noble metal nanomaterials are determined by their size, shape, composition, architecture and crystal structure/phase. In recent years, the crystal phase control of noble metal nanomaterials has emerged as an efficient and versatile strategy to tune their properties. In this tutorial review, we will give an overview of the latest research progress in the crystal phase-controlled synthesis of noble metal nanomaterials. Moreover, the crystal phase-dependent chemical and physical properties (e.g. chemical stability, magnetic, electrical and optical properties) and catalytic applications (e.g. oxygen reduction reaction, and oxidation reactions of formic acid, methanol and carbon monoxide) of noble metal nanomaterials are also briefly introduced. Finally, based on the current research status of the crystal phase-controlled synthesis of noble metal nanomaterials, we will provide some perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in this emerging research field. PMID:26584059

  8. Size- and phase-controlled synthesis of cobalt nanoparticles for potential biomedical applications

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    Osorio-Cantillo, C.; Santiago-Miranda, A. N.; Perales-Perez, O.; Xin, Y.

    2012-04-01

    The present work addresses the synthesis and characterization of crystalline cobalt nanoparticles produced through a modified polyol-process conducive to the controlled formation of magnetic soft-Co structures with potential for applications in biomedicine. XRD characterization evidenced the influence of oleate and acetate species on the formation and crystal growth-inhibition of crystalline fcc-Co with controlled average crystallite sizes in the 8-10nm range. Magnetic measurements confirmed the strong influence of synthesis conditions on crystal structure and hence, on magnetic properties. As-synthesized nanoparticles exhibited coercivity values below 100 Oe and magnetization as high as 155 emu/g at room temperature. These values agreed with the soft magnetic nature of the fcc-Co phase.

  9. New chiral phosphinephosphinite ligands: Application to stereoselective synthesis of a key intermediate of 1{beta}-methyl carbapenems by Rh(I)-catalyzed asymmetric hydroformylation

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    Saito, Takao; Yoshida, Akifumi; Matsumura, Kazuhiko

    1995-12-31

    Transition metal catalyzed asymmetric hydroformylation is an attractive and highly useful homologation process for organic synthesis. Recently, the authors reported that the Rh(I) complexes of phosphinephosphite BINAPHOS are highly efficient catalysts for enantioselective hydroformylation of a variety of olefins. This time, the authors have designed and synthesized new chiral phosphinephosphinite ligands having binaphthyl backbone, (R)-2-diarylphosphino-2{prime}-diarylphosphinoxy-1,1{prime}-binaphthy1 (hereafter abbreviated (R)-BIPNITE). The Rh(I) complexes of these ligands are effective catalysts for the asymmetric hydroformylation of 4-vinylazetidin-2-one to give the corresponding oxo-aldehyde 3{beta} as the major product in very high diastereoselectivities and in good regioselectivities. Interestingly, modifications of the aryl substituents in phosphine and phosphinite moieties afforded higher selectivities. Aldehyde 3{beta} was easily oxidized with NaClO{sub 2} to 4, a key intermediate of 1{beta}-methyl carbapenems. Thus, the present method provides a new practical route to a versatile key intermediate for the synthesis of carbapenem antibiotics.

  10. Synthesis, properties and applications of bio-based materials

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    Srinivasan, Madhusudhan

    Bio-based feedstock have become very significant as they offer a value proposition in terms of carbon balance and also in terms of endowing biodegradability where needed. Thus a lot of attention is being given to the modification such feedstock for different applications. Soybean oil is one such feedstock. The oil is a triglyceride ester composed of different fatty acids, which are common to other plant oils. Thus soybean oil serves as a platform for plant oils, as modifications of this oil, can in theory be extended to cover other plant oils. Methyl oleate was used as a model fatty acid ester, to synthesize hydroxyesters with ethylene glycol via a two stage oxidative cleavage of the double bonds. Ozone was chosen as the oxidant due to its many advantages. The first stage involved oxidation of the double bond to aldehydes, ozonides and acetals, which were subsequently converted to hydroxyesters (hydroxy values of 220 - 270) in near quantitative yield by treatment with Oxone. This method could be extended to soybean oil to make "polyols" which could find applications in resin syntheses. Silylation was employed as another platform to functionalize soybean oil and fatty acid methyl esters with a reactive silane (vinyltrimethoxy silane). This simple modification produced materials that are cured by atmospheric moisture and are useful as coatings. The silylation was controlled by varying the grafting time, cure temperature and the concentration of the silane. Products with gel content as high as 90% could be achieved. The coating exhibited good adhesion to metal, glass, concrete and paper. Steel panels coated with these coatings exhibited good stability against corrosion in high humidity conditions and moderate stability against a salt spray. The silylation was also successfully utilized to improve the tensile strength of the blend of biodegradable polyester, poly (butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) with talc. A reactive extrusion process was employed to graft vinyl silanes on the polyester in short reaction times of 5 minutes. This improved the compatibility with the talc filler. This biodegradable polyester product was characterized by high tensile strength and moderate elongation. The modification method is simple is applicable to a variety of aliphatic biodegradable polyesters. Finally a rapid polymerization of 1, 4-dioxan-2-one in very short times was accomplished with titanium alkoxides as initiators. At low [monomer]/ [initiator] ratios (100:1), nearly all the alkoxide groups initiated polymerization. High conversions up to 90% were achieved even at high ratios (2400:1). The activation energy for polymerization for titanium tetraisopropoxide is the lowest reported (33.5 kJ/mol) for this monomer system.

  11. Novel and Recent Synthesis and Applications of ?-Lactams

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    Troisi, Luigino; Granito, Catia; Pindinelli, Emanuela

    In this chapter, a comprehensive overview of the most significant and interesting contributions published from 2000 until now, concerning the preparation of novel ?-lactam structures is presented. Among the different synthetic strategies available, either novel or already known but efficient and versatile methodologies are covered. The simple modifications of one or more substituents linked to the nitrogen N-1, the C-3, and the C-4 carbon atoms of the ?-lactam nucleus were considered as an alternative synthetic protocol of more complex and polyfunctionalized molecules. Indeed, it is well known and extensively reviewed that the biological activity of this strained four-membered heterocycle is strictly dependent on the nature of the substituent groups that affect the reactivity towards the molecular active sites, increasing or lowering the possibility of interaction with the substrates. Finally, a synthetic survey of the most significant biological and pharmacological applications of the 2-azetidinones is reported.

  12. TiO2 nanotubes: synthesis and applications.

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    Roy, Poulomi; Berger, Steffen; Schmuki, Patrik

    2011-03-21

    TiO(2) is one of the most studied compounds in materials science. Owing to some outstanding properties it is used for instance in photocatalysis, dye-sensitized solar cells, and biomedical devices. In 1999, first reports showed the feasibility to grow highly ordered arrays of TiO(2) nanotubes by a simple but optimized electrochemical anodization of a titanium metal sheet. This finding stimulated intense research activities that focused on growth, modification, properties, and applications of these one-dimensional nanostructures. This review attempts to cover all these aspects, including underlying principles and key functional features of TiO(2), in a comprehensive way and also indicates potential future directions of the field. PMID:21394857

  13. Synthesis, characterization and applications of ionic supramolecular assemblies

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    Lin, Xinrong

    Supramolecular ionic assemblies not only provide alternatives to conventional polymers, but also introduce unique and interesting functions for the design of "smart" polymeric assemblies for use in a number of fields due to their programmable and reversible properties. Research in the area has led to an understanding of the connection between molecular contributions and macroscopic properties, as well as a range of applications from material processing/manufacuturing to energy transfer and storage. To this end, we have developed a library of charged building blocks based on ionic liquids to create functional supramolecular ionic assemblies. The polymeric ionic assemblies prepared from a di-phosphonium and poly (acrylic acid) were first studied and found to have the potential to be utilized as "smart" materials due to their ability to reversibly respond to stimuli such as temperature and pressure. With the interest of elucidating the molecular contributions to the bulk macroscopic material properties, six supramolecular assemblies were sequentially characterized in terms of thermal, rheological and X-ray studies. The effect of side alkyl chain was found to dramatically change the material properties. A second type of supramolecular assembly was investigated based on a poly-phosphonium ionic liquid, which was complexed with a number of carboxylic acids. The material properties were easily manipulated from a sticky fiber to a brittle solid by changing the composition of the carboxylic acid. A crosslinked supramolecular assembly combining ionic interactions and weak covalent bonds, specifically disulfide bonds, was next designed and characterized. The network properties could be switched between "on and off" using mild conditions. The polymeric ionic networks and their building block ionic liquids are also of interest as safe electrolytes in energy storage devices due to their non-flammability, non-volatility, etc. We have identified one ionic liquid with superior thermal stability, high lithium salt solubility, and good conductivity in a lithium metal battery. The prototype battery performed safely at 100 degree celsius for more than 30 days. Thermally stable Li metal batteries are of interest in the oil industry for downhole applications. These studies were extended to an ionic polymer that exhibits a lamellar structure as a new polymer electrolyte.

  14. Synthesis and applications of novel silver nanoparticle structures

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    Dukes, Kyle

    The field of nanotechnology is rapidly expanding across disciplines as each new development is realized. New exciting technologies are being driven by advances in the application of nanotechnology; including biochemical, optical, and semiconductors research. This thesis will focus on the use of silver nanoparticles as optical labels on cells, methods of forming different small structures of silver nanoparticles, as well as the use of silver nanoparticles in the development of a photovoltaic cell. Silver nanoparticles have been modified with self-assembled monolayers of hydroxyl-terminated long chain thiols and encapsulated with a silica shell. The resulting core-shell nanoparticles were used as optical labels for cell analysis using flow cytometry and microscopy. The excitation of plasmon resonances in nanoparticles results in strong depolarized scattering of visible light permitting detection at the single nanoparticle level. The nanoparticles were modified with neutravidin via epoxide-azide coupling chemistry and biotinylated antibodies targeting cell surface receptors were bound to the nanoparticle surface. The nanoparticle labels exhibited long-term stability under physiological conditions without aggregation or silver ion leaching. Labeled cells exhibited two orders of magnitude enhancement of the scattering intensity compared to unlabeled cells. Dimers of silver nanoparticles have been fabricated by first immobilizing a monolayer of single silver nanoparticles onto poly(4-vinylpyridine) covered glass slides. The monolayer was then exposed to adenine, which has two amines which will bind to silver. The nanoparticle monolayer, now modified with adenine, is exposed to a second suspension of nanoparticles which will bind with the amine modified monolayer. Finally, a thin silica shell is formed about the structure via solgel chemistry to prevent dissolution or aggregation upon sonication/striping. Circular arrays of silver nanoparticels are developed using a template base self assembly. A 1.5 micron silica sphere is bound to poly(4-vinylpyridine) coated glass and used as a template. a mask of silica monoxide is vacuum deposited atop the spheres/glass leaving a ring just below the sphere untouched and able to bind silver nanoparticles. Optical microscopy reveal interesting results under depolarized light conditions, but ultimate structural analysis has proven elusive. Semiconducting p-type cuprous oxide was electrochemically deposited on both silver and indium tin oxide electrodes. Silver nanoparticles were incorporated into the architecture either atop the cuprous oxide or sandwiched between cuprous oxide and n-type material. Increases in photocurrent were observed in both cases and further work must be conducted to optimize a solid state device for photovoltaic applications.

  15. Synthesis, Characterization, and Gas Sensing Applications of WO3 Nanobricks

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    Xiao, Jingkun; Song, Chengwen; Dong, Wei; Li, Chen; Yin, Yanyan; Zhang, Xiaoni; Song, Mingyan

    2015-08-01

    WO3 nanobricks are fabricated by a simple hydrothermal method. Morphology and structure of the WO3 nanobricks are characterized by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. Gas sensing properties of the as-prepared WO3 sensor are systematically investigated by a static gas sensing system. The results show that the WO3 nanobricks with defect corners demonstrate good crystallinity, and the mean edge length and wall thickness are 1-1.5 and 400 nm, respectively. The WO3 sensor achieves its maximum sensitivity to 100 ppm ethanol at the optimal operating temperature of 300 °C. Ultra-fast response time (2-3 s) and fast recovery time (4-11 s) of the WO3 sensor toward 100 ppm ethanol are also observed at this optimal operating temperature. Moreover, the WO3 sensor exhibits high selectivity to other gases such as methanol, benzene, hexane, and dichloromethane, indicating its excellent potential application as a gas sensor for ethanol detection.

  16. Discrimination of enantiomers based on LSPR biosensors fabricated with weak enantioselective and nonselective receptors.

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    Guo, Longhua; Wang, Daifang; Xu, Yang; Qiu, Bin; Lin, Zhenyu; Dai, Hong; Yang, Huang-Hao; Chen, Guonan

    2013-09-15

    Chiral recognition based on enantioselective sensors is superior to conventional chromatographic enantioseparation techniques in terms of simplicity and rapidity. Normally, highly specific enantioselective receptors are used for the fabrication of enantioselective sensors. However, to date there only limited number of highly specific chiral selectors are reported, which greatly confines the development of enantioselective sensors. Herein, we demonstrate the feasibility of using relatively weak chiral selectors to construct an enantioselective biosensor for accurate chiral discrimination of enantiomers. The detection of racemic mixture of (R)- and (S)-1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-1-naphthylamine (TNA) was demonstrated as an example. The sensor was made up of a dual-channel microfluidic chip. One channel of the chip was modified with human serum albumin (HSA), which was reported to be a weak chiral selector for TNA; while the other channel was modified with a monoclonal anti-TNA antibody, which was a non-enantioselective TNA receptor. A portable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) detection system was integrated with the microfluidic chip to accomplish the signal collection. Our investigation revealed that the combination of LSPR responses obtained from the two channels can be used for quantitative discrimination of the (R)- and (S)-TNA. The limit of detection was found to be 150nM for (R)-TNA and 100nM for (S)-TNA. The feasibility of use relatively weak chiral selectors could potentially promote the development of various enantioselective sensors. PMID:23578974

  17. Total synthesis of (-)-deguelin via an iterative pyran-ring formation strategy.

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    Lee, Seungbeom; An, Hongchan; Chang, Dong-Jo; Jang, Jaebong; Kim, Kyeojin; Sim, Jaehoon; Lee, Jeeyeon; Suh, Young-Ger

    2015-05-28

    Enantioselective synthesis of (-)-deguelin was accomplished via an iterative pyran-ring formation approach. The key features involve the anionic addition of a chromene unit to aryloxy alkyl aldehyde for the double cyclization precursor and iterative pyran ring formation by Pd-catalyzed O-arylation and C-arylation, respectively. PMID:25940751

  18. Mn-based nanostructured building blocks: Synthesis, characterization and applications

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    Beltran Huarac, Juan

    The quest for smaller functional elements of devices has stimulated increased interest in charge-transfer phenomena at the nanoscale. Mn-based nanostructured building blocks are particularly appealing given that the excited states of high-spin Mn2+ ions induce unusual d-d energy transfer processes, which is critical for better understanding the performance of electronic and spintronic devices. These nanostructures also exhibit unique properties superior to those of common Fe- and Co-based nanomaterials, including: excellent structural flexibility, enhanced electrochemical energy storage, effective ion-exchange dynamics, more comprehensive transport mechanisms, strong quantum yield, and they act as effective luminescent centers for more efficient visible light emitters. Moreover, Mn-based nanostructures (MBNs) are crucial for the design and assembly of inexpensive nanodevices in diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), optoelectronics, magneto-optics, and field-effect transistors, owing to the great abundance and low-cost of Mn. Nonetheless, the paucity of original methods and techniques to fabricate new multifunctional MBNs that fulfill industrial demands limits the sustainable development of innovative technology in materials sciences. In order to meet this critical need, in this thesis we develop and implement novel methods and techniques to fabricate zero- and one-dimensional highly-crystalline new-generation MBNs conducive to the generation of new technology, and provide alternative and feasible miniaturization strategies to control and devise at nanometric precision their size, shape, structure and composition. Herein, we also establish the experimental conditions to grow Mn-based nanowires (NWs), nanotubes (NTs), nanoribbons (NRs), nanosaws (NSs), nanoparticles (NPs) and nanocomposites (NCs) via chemical/physical deposition and co-precipitation chemical routes, and determine the pertinent arrangements to our experimental schemes in order to extend our bottom-up approaches towards the fabrication of different types of functional MBNs. Likewise, strategic procedures that advance the facile integration of these self-assembled nanostructures with carbon-based and magnetic/optical materials, chalcogenides, oxides, and ferroics are widely analyzed and discussed. Furthermore, we present the attractive peculiarities of three versatile MBN systems (bridging the gap between their advantageous properties and the lack of methods for their fabrication): single-crystal saw-like MnS NRs, and single-crystal MnS NWs conformally coated with carbon; doped rare-earth manganite NCs, and carbon NTs conformally coated with doped rare-earth manganite; and ZnS:Mn NPs, and Fe3O4/ZnS:Mn NCs. Concerning the applicative significance, the main features of these three systems obtained by our method are suitable to advance direct applications in nanotechnology. In this regard, this work represents a step ahead in the following areas: i) alternative anode materials to enhance the capacity and cycling performance of low-drain, long-life, low-cost, high-energy density light-weight and safer lithium-ion batteries; ii) promising luminescent materials to improve the optoelectronic performance of visible light emitters; iii) new elements for field-effect transistors that outperform the transport properties of conventional carbon-based channels; iv) bifunctional materials exhibiting optical response sensitive to external magnetic fields vital for DMS; v) novel types of nanocantilevers useful for nanosensors and nanotweezers; vi) unique multiferroics materials that exhibit magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature for spintronics; vii) potential core-shell materials showing stress-free and protective carbon shells for shock-resistance semiconductors; and viii) high-quality ceramics useful as starting materials to deposit films by pulsed laser deposition, sputtering and thermal evaporation techniques.

  19. Surface modified mesostructured iron oxyhydroxide: synthesis, ecotoxicity, and application.

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    Choi, Jae-Woo; Mahendran, Basuvaraj; Chung, Seung-Gun; Kim, Song-Bae; Lee, Sang-Hyup

    2014-12-01

    Mesoporous iron oxide, particularly amine-functionalized FeO(x) and FeO(x), was investigated for the removal of toxic heavy metal anions of arsenic and chromium from an aqueous solution. As a control experiment for these toxic compounds, adsorption tests were also performed on Fe3O4 as their counterpart bulk chemical. The mesostructures were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, we prepared stock suspensions of meso-FeO(x), amine-functionalized meso-FeO(x) and Fe3O4 particles, and compared their acute toxicity against Daphnia magna. The 24 h-EC50 values of the amine-functionalized meso-FeO(x), meso-FeO(x) and Fe particle suspensions used in this study were 1682, 2549 and 95 mg/L, respectively. Organism toxicity caused by spills of adsorbents can be negated when the amine-functionalized meso-FeO(x), up to 1500 mg/L, is used as the adsorbent for heavy metal treatment. The adsorption of arsenic and chromium by the three adsorbents were examined, and different adsorption models were used to describe the equilibrium and kinetic data. The amine-functionalized meso-FeO(x) adsorbent was found to give the maximum adsorption capacities for arsenic and chromium (33.51 and 25.05 mg/g, respectively). This research gives promising results for the application of modified meso-FeO(x) as an adsorbent of toxic heavy metal anions from aqueous solutions. PMID:25654937

  20. Cyanosol thin films and their application in nanoalloy synthesis

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    Zhu, Shu

    Cyanogels are inorganic coordination polymers with metal centers interconnected by bridging cyano groups. Previously, the physical and chemical properties of bulk cyanogels were examined. Their applications as precursors to a series of materials were also explored. The current study is both an extension and an expansion of those studies. First, the sol-gel processing of bulk cyanogels is extended to the preparation of Pt/Co, Pt/Pd, Pt/Ru alloys, the composition control of Pd/Co alloy, and the syntheses of composite materials including sulfides and zeolite/cyanogel hybrids. Second and more importantly, a major part of the study concentrates on cyanosol thin films. It is found that a Pd/Co cyanosol thin film is composed of mono-dispersed spherical particles of 3nm in diameter. They form both clusters and super lattices. The bonding property of a Pd/Co cyanogel thin film is distinct from its bulk counterpart as 'all-bridging-cyanide' state is observed in the thin film. The difference is explained with reference to the formation mechanism of cyanogels, whose discloser is facilitated by the reaction quenching capability of the spin coating technique. Qualitatively, cyanogels formation is proposed to take place through a two-step mechanism: the formation of uniform sized nanometer scale sol particles and their coalescence to bigger gel particles. As for the Pd/Co cyanogel, the first step is quantitatively characterized to be a first order process. Various cyanosol thin films are processed by sol-gel technique, which yielded nanometer sized bi-metallic alloy particles. It is shown that the size and distribution of the alloy particles can be controlled by manipulating polymerization and spin coating conditions. This is the first case of using sol-gel technique for nanoalloy preparation and also by far the most convenient method for this purpose.

  1. Remote Enantioselection Transmitted by an Achiral Peptide Nucleic Acid Backbone

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    Kozlov, Igor A.; Orgel, Leslie E.; Nielsen, Peter E.

    2000-01-01

    short homochiral segment of DNA into a PNA helix could have guaranteed that the next short segment of DNA to be incorporated would have the same handedness as the first. Once two segments of the same handedness were present, the probability that a third segment would have the same handedness would increase, and so on. Evolution could then slowly dilute out the PNA part. This scenario would ultimately allow the formation of a chiral oligonucleotide by processes that are largely resistant to enantiomeric crossinhibition. It is important to note that the ligation of homochiral dinucleotides on a nucleic acid template would probably be at least as enantiospecific as the reaction that we have studied. The disadvantage of using chiral monomers as components of a replicating system arises from the difficulty of generating a first long homochiral template from a racemic mixture of monomers, although results of experiments designed to overcome this difficulty by employing homochiral tetramers have been reported.l l The probability of obtaining a homochiral n-mer from achiral substrates is approximately 1P-I if the nontemplate-directed extension of the primer is not enantioselective. Hence, it would be very hard to get started with a homochiral 40-mer, for example. No such difficulty exists in a scenario that originates with an achiral genetic material and in which the incorporation of very few chiral monomers in this achiral background gradually progresses towards homochirality. It seems possible that some PNA sequences could act as catalysts, analogous to ribozymes, even though PNA lacks clear metal binding sites. Although such catalysts could not be enantioselective, the incorporation of as few as two chiral nucleotides could then impose chiral specificity on the system. Furthermore, such patch chimeras could help to bridge the gap in catalytic potential between PNA and RNA, while guaranteeing enantioselectivity.

  2. Shape matters: synthesis and biomedical applications of high aspect ratio magnetic nanomaterials

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    Fratila, Raluca M.; Rivera-Fernández, Sara; de La Fuente, Jesús M.

    2015-04-01

    High aspect ratio magnetic nanomaterials possess anisotropic properties that make them attractive for biological applications. Their elongated shape enables multivalent interactions with receptors through the introduction of multiple targeting units on their surface, thus enhancing cell internalization. Moreover, due to their magnetic anisotropy, high aspect ratio nanomaterials can outperform their spherical analogues as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. In this review, we first describe the two main synthetic routes for the preparation of anisotropic magnetic nanomaterials: (i) direct synthesis (in which the anisotropic growth is directed by tuning the reaction conditions or by using templates) and (ii) assembly methods (in which the high aspect ratio is achieved by assembly from individual building blocks). We then provide an overview of the biomedical applications of anisotropic magnetic nanomaterials: magnetic separation and detection, targeted delivery and magnetic resonance imaging.

  3. Shape matters: synthesis and biomedical applications of high aspect ratio magnetic nanomaterials.

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    Fratila, Raluca M; Rivera-Fernández, Sara; de la Fuente, Jesús M

    2015-05-14

    High aspect ratio magnetic nanomaterials possess anisotropic properties that make them attractive for biological applications. Their elongated shape enables multivalent interactions with receptors through the introduction of multiple targeting units on their surface, thus enhancing cell internalization. Moreover, due to their magnetic anisotropy, high aspect ratio nanomaterials can outperform their spherical analogues as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. In this review, we first describe the two main synthetic routes for the preparation of anisotropic magnetic nanomaterials: (i) direct synthesis (in which the anisotropic growth is directed by tuning the reaction conditions or by using templates) and (ii) assembly methods (in which the high aspect ratio is achieved by assembly from individual building blocks). We then provide an overview of the biomedical applications of anisotropic magnetic nanomaterials: magnetic separation and detection, targeted delivery and magnetic resonance imaging. PMID:25877250

  4. Noble Metal Aerogels—Synthesis, Characterization, and Application as Electrocatalysts

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    2015-01-01

    Conspectus Metallic and catalytically active materials with high surface area and large porosity are a long-desired goal in both industry and academia. In this Account, we summarize the strategies for making a variety of self-supported noble metal aerogels consisting of extended metal backbone nanonetworks. We discuss their outstanding physical and chemical properties, including their three-dimensional network structure, the simple control over their composition, their large specific surface area, and their hierarchical porosity. Additionally, we show some initial results on their excellent performance as electrocatalysts combining both high catalytic activity and high durability for fuel cell reactions such as ethanol oxidation and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Finally, we give some hints on the future challenges in the research area of metal aerogels. We believe that metal aerogels are a new, promising class of electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) and will also open great opportunities for other electrochemical energy systems, catalysis, and sensors. The commercialization of PEFCs encounters three critical obstacles, viz., high cost, insufficient activity, and inadequate long-term durability. Besides others, the sluggish kinetics of the ORR and alcohol oxidation and insufficient catalyst stability are important reasons for these obstacles. Various approaches have been taken to overcome these obstacles, e.g., by controlling the catalyst particle size in an optimized range, forming multimetallic catalysts, controlling the surface compositions, shaping the catalysts into nanocrystals, and designing supportless catalysts with extended surfaces such as nanostructured thin films, nanotubes, and porous nanostructures. These efforts have produced plenty of excellent electrocatalysts, but the development of multisynergetic functional catalysts exhibiting low cost, high activity, and high durability still faces great challenges. In this Account, we demonstrate that the sol–gel process represents a powerful “bottom-up” strategy for creating nanostructured materials that tackles the problems mentioned above. Aerogels are unique solid materials with ultralow densities, large open pores, and ultimately high inner surface areas. They magnify the specific properties of nanomaterials to the macroscale via self-assembly, which endow them with superior properties. Despite numerous investigations of metal oxide aerogels, the investigation of metal aerogels is in the early stage. Recently, aerogels including Fe, Co, Ni, Sn, and Cu have been obtained by nanosmelting of hybrid polymer–metal oxide aerogels. We report here exclusively on mono-, bi- and multimetallic noble metal aerogels consisting of Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd and their application as electrocatalysts. PMID:25611348

  5. Synthesis and characterization of a photosensitive polyimide precursor and its photocuring behavior for lithography applications

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    Nguyen, Le Thu T.; Nguyen, Huu Nieu; La, Thai Ha T.

    2007-02-01

    Photosensitive polyimide (PSPI) is of great interest, especially in microelectronic industry and potentially in the photonics and MEMS applications. Here we report on our studies for optimization of synthesis conditions for a PSPI which can be used in lithography. The direct polymerization method using phenyl phosphonic dichloride (PPD) as an activator was used to synthesize poly(amic ester) (PAE) from pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA), 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA) and 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA). Main parameters of the synthesis procedure were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses. From that, synthesis conditions were determined. Characteristics of the synthesized PAE and the imidized film were studied by the means of DSC, thermalgravimetric analyses (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The glass transition temperature and the thermal stability of the imidized film were determined. Additionally, formulations of photo-PAE and the Irgacure 369 as photoinitiator were prepared and photocuring was tested by lithography. The results show that the images can be transferred to the PAE film by selective exposure.

  6. Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Cyclopropenimines as Enantioselective Brønsted Base Catalysts

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    Bandar, Jeffrey S.; Barthelme, Alexandre P.; Mazori, Alon Y.; Lambert, Tristan H.

    2015-01-01

    We recently demonstrated that chiral cyclopropenimines are viable Brønsted base catalysts in enantioselective Michael and Mannich reactions. Herein, we describe a series of structure-activity relationship studies that provide an enhanced understanding of the effectiveness of certain cyclopropenimines as enantioselective Brønsted base catalysts. These studies underscore the crucial importance of dicyclohexylamino substituents in mediating both reaction rate and enantioselectivity. In addition, an unusual catalyst CH···O interaction, which provides both ground state and transition state organization, is discussed. Cyclopropenimine stability studies have led to the identification of new catalysts with greatly improved stability. Finally, additional demonstrations of substrate scope and current limitations are provided herein. PMID:26504512

  7. Synthesis and characterization of stable iron-iron oxide core-shell nanoclusters for environmental applications.

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    Antony, Jiji; Qiang, You; Baer, Donald R; Wang, Chongmin

    2006-02-01

    Iron-iron oxide core-shell nanoclusters are of great interest due to their potential applications as a remedy for environmental contamination. We report the room-temperature synthesis of core-shell iron-iron oxide nanoclusters using our novel cluster deposition system. Various types of measurements such as Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray Diffraction, X-ray Photon Spectroscopy, and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy are conducted in characterizing nanoclusters. Stable, monodispersive iron-iron oxide core-shell nanocrystals are identified. PMID:16573063

  8. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

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    Terrones, Mauricio

    2003-08-01

    This account reviews the discovery, synthesis, properties, and the latest research advances of carbon nanotubes developed over the past 12 years. Because of their remarkable electronic and mechanical properties, carbon nanotubes are unique and exciting. The field has been developed rapidly, and the number of publications per year is increasing almost exponentially. Various technological applications are likely to arise using nanotubes for fabrication of flat panel displays, gas storage devices, toxic gas sensors, Li+ batteries, robust and lightweight composites, conducting paints, electronic nanodevices, etc. Further experimental and theoretical research is still necessary so that novel technologies will become a reality in the early twenty-first century.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of barium silicide (BaSi2) nanowire arrays for potential solar applications

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    Pokhrel, Ankit; Samad, Leith; Meng, Fei; Jin, Song

    2015-10-01

    In order to utilize nanostructured materials for potential solar and other energy-harvesting applications, scalable synthetic techniques for these materials must be developed. Herein we use a vapor phase conversion approach to synthesize nanowire (NW) arrays of semiconducting barium silicide (BaSi2) in high yield for the first time for potential solar applications. Dense arrays of silicon NWs obtained by metal-assisted chemical etching were converted to single-crystalline BaSi2 NW arrays by reacting with Ba vapor at about 930 °C. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy confirm that the converted NWs are single-crystalline BaSi2. The optimal conversion reaction conditions allow the phase-pure synthesis of BaSi2 NWs that maintain the original NW morphology, and tuning the reaction parameters led to a controllable synthesis of BaSi2 films on silicon substrates. The optical bandgap and electrochemical measurements of these BaSi2 NWs reveal a bandgap and carrier concentrations comparable to previously reported values for BaSi2 thin films.In order to utilize nanostructured materials for potential solar and other energy-harvesting applications, scalable synthetic techniques for these materials must be developed. Herein we use a vapor phase conversion approach to synthesize nanowire (NW) arrays of semiconducting barium silicide (BaSi2) in high yield for the first time for potential solar applications. Dense arrays of silicon NWs obtained by metal-assisted chemical etching were converted to single-crystalline BaSi2 NW arrays by reacting with Ba vapor at about 930 °C. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy confirm that the converted NWs are single-crystalline BaSi2. The optimal conversion reaction conditions allow the phase-pure synthesis of BaSi2 NWs that maintain the original NW morphology, and tuning the reaction parameters led to a controllable synthesis of BaSi2 films on silicon substrates. The optical bandgap and electrochemical measurements of these BaSi2 NWs reveal a bandgap and carrier concentrations comparable to previously reported values for BaSi2 thin films. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03668b

  10. Facile Synthesis of Chevrel Phase Nanocubes and their Applications for Multivalent Energy Storage

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    Cheng, Yingwen; Parent, Lucas R.; Shao, Yuyan; Wang, Chong M.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Li, Guosheng; Liu, Jun

    2014-08-14

    The Chevrel phases (CPs, MxMo6T8, M=metal, T=S or Se) are capable of rapid and reversible intercalation of multivalent ions and are the most practical cathode materials for rechargeable magnesium batteries. For the first time, we report a facile method for synthesizing Mo6S8 nanoparticles and demonstrate that these nanoparticles have significantly better Mg2+ intercalation kinetics compared with microparticles. The results described in this work could inspire the synthesis of nanoscale CPs, which could substantially impact their application.

  11. Wet-chemical synthesis and applications of non-layer structured two-dimensional nanomaterials

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    Tan, Chaoliang; Zhang, Hua

    2015-01-01

    Non-layer structured nanomaterials with single- or few-layer thickness have two-dimensional sheet-like structures and possess intriguing properties. Recent years have seen major advances in development of a host of non-layer structured ultrathin two-dimensional nanomaterials such as noble metals, metal oxides and metal chalcogenides. The wet-chemical synthesis has emerged as the most promising route towards high-yield and mass production of such nanomaterials. These nanomaterials are now finding increasing applications in a wide range of areas including catalysis, energy production and storage, sensor and nanotherapy, to name but a few. PMID:26303763

  12. Wet-chemical synthesis and applications of non-layer structured two-dimensional nanomaterials

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    Tan, Chaoliang; Zhang, Hua

    2015-08-01

    Non-layer structured nanomaterials with single- or few-layer thickness have two-dimensional sheet-like structures and possess intriguing properties. Recent years have seen major advances in development of a host of non-layer structured ultrathin two-dimensional nanomaterials such as noble metals, metal oxides and metal chalcogenides. The wet-chemical synthesis has emerged as the most promising route towards high-yield and mass production of such nanomaterials. These nanomaterials are now finding increasing applications in a wide range of areas including catalysis, energy production and storage, sensor and nanotherapy, to name but a few.

  13. The synthesis, characterization, and application of multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles

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    Tackett, Ronald J.

    In recent years, the field of nanotechnology has been one of extreme activity. Among other things, this activity is driven by the push for consumer technologies that are lighter, stronger, and most importantly smaller. With this push from the everyday consumer, the need for a basic understanding of the underlying physics of nanoscale materials has never been more evident. In this dissertation, the author investigates the many physical differences, in particular the differences in the magnetic properties, between nanoscale materials and their bulk counterparts. Starting out with a brief overview of magnetism, the author sets out to explore the fantastic changes in the magnetic properties of materials that occur when the physical dimensions of the materials become smaller than typical magnetic length scales. Among the first differences noticed arises when nanoscale ferromagnets are investigated. While the magnetic properties of bulk ferromagnets are governed by magnetic domain dynamics, when a material becomes small enough that only one domain is possible, a new type of magnetic behavior known as superparamagnetism arises. While this superparamagnetic behavior is well understood in terms of thermally activated spin reversal through an energy barrier, many factors, such as interactions between separate nanoparticles, cause deviations from this simple picture. The effects of these factors are investigated. In addition to the effects of interactions, the relation of nanoscale magnetics and its coupling to the dielectric properties of nanoparticles is investigated. This investigation, motivated by recent research focusing on the search for materials whose magnetic and electronic properties are influenced by each other, shows that nanomaterials can show a coupling between these properties that isn't necessarily the intrinsic coupling of the two properties, but an effect from the surface layers of nanoparticles, which are generally ignored in bulk systems due to the fact that they make up such a small percentage of the overall material. However, in nanoscale systems, the surface layers become much more involved in the determination of the overall behavior of the system as they are no longer a small percentage of the overall system, and cannot be ignored. A third investigation looks at magnetodielectric coupling that occurs in bulk Mn3O4 as a result of spin-lattice coupling with the lattice and the long-range magnetic order that develops in the system at low temperature. The motivation to study this bulk system becomes evident to the general theme of this dissertation when one asks the question, can this long-range order (extending over many unit cells of the lattice) occur in nanoscale systems (where only a few unit cells of material are present)? Preliminary data suggests that these long-range orders that occur in the bulk are not feasible in the nanoscale material. Finally, as consumer driven technology grows, the need for a single material that can be altered for use in a wide variety of applications becomes increasingly more evident. It is with this motivation that the author investigates the ability to tune the blocking temperature of an Fe3O4 nanoparticle system through cobalt doping, effectively changing the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the system. The author finds that up to small cobalt concentrations, the magnetocrystalline anisotropy was able to be linearly increased by increasing the amount of cobalt in the system, thus providing a nanoparticle system whose blocking temperature is effectively tunable. In addition to this tuning using the cobalt doping to change the anisotropy, it was found that altering the size of the nanoparticles was also an effective way to controllably tune the blocking temperature of a nanoparticle system. In addition to the author's main research aimed at this dissertation, the author provides a small outline of some work that was done outside of the scope of his dissertation research. It is shown that while this work did not directly contribute to the dissertation topic, it did broaden th

  14. Synthesis of Graphene Sheets and Their Application for Transparent Conductors

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    Zheng, Qingbin

    Graphene, a monolayer of sp2-bonded carbon atoms or one monolayer of graphite, has a special atomically thick two dimensional structure and possesses unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and optical properties. These properties make graphene a good candidate material for transparent conductors. Monolayer graphene oxide (GO) sheets with sizes ranging from a few to ˜200 mum are synthesized based on a chemical method. In order to obtain ultra-large graphene oxide (UL-GO), three main modifications were made in our experiments: i) using the natural graphite with a large lateral size (up to ˜800 mum) as starting material; ii) using intercalation and thermal shock to perform exfoliation, avoiding the destructive process of ultrasonication; iii) using a three-step centrifugation to sort the GO by sheet size. New thermal and chemical schemes, which include (i) a modified thermal treatment, (ii) acid treatment in a HNO3 bath and (iii) doping by immersing in a SOBr2 solution, are developed to treat graphene films to improve the electrical conductivity and transparency. It is shown that a longer thermal treatment at 1100 °C as well as additional acid and doping treatments reduce the sheet resistance by about 20--50% with improved transmittance. The final product has a sheet resistance of 1600 O/sq and a transparency of 82%, which is quite sufficient to replace the transparent conducting films made from indium tin oxide for many existing applications in photovoltaic cells and optoelectronics. The transmittance and sheet resistance measured after 3 months of exposure to air confirms the stability of the improved characteristics after the additional treatments. Transparent conductive films are produced using the ultra-large graphene oxide (UL-GO) sheets that are deposited layer-by-layer on a substrate using the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) assembly technique. The density and degree of wrinkling of the UL-GO monolayers are turned from dilute, close-packed flat UL-GO to graphene oxide wrinkles (GOWs) and concentrated graphene oxide wrinkles (CGOWs) by varying the LB processing conditions. The method demonstrated here opens up a new avenue for high-yield fabrication of GOWs or CGOWs that are considered promising materials for hydrogen storage, supercapacitors, and nanomechanical devices. The films produced from UL-GO sheets with a close-packed flat structure exhibit exceptionally high electrical conductivity and transparency after thermal reduction and chemical doping treatments. A remarkable sheet resistance of ˜500 O/sq at 90% transparency is obtained, which outperforms the graphene films grown on a Ni substrate by chemical vapor deposition. The technique used in this work to produce transparent conductive UL-GO thin films is facile, inexpensive, and tunable for mass production. Regarding the theoretical part, the effects of the degree of functionalization, molecular structure and molecular weight of functional groups on the Young's modulus of graphene sheets were investigated through molecular dynamics and molecular mechanics simulations. The dependence of shear modulus, strength and critical wrinkling strain of graphene sheets on the chemical functionalization was also examined. It is found that Young's modulus depends greatly on the degree of functionalization and molecular structure of the functional groups, while the molecular weight of the functional groups plays a minor role in determining Young's modulus. The chemical functionalization also reduces the shear modulus and critical wrinkling strain. The binding energy between the functional groups and the graphene sheets is mainly responsible for these findings.

  15. Synthesis and Biomedical Applications of Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles: From Sensors to Theranostics

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    Goel, Shreya; Chen, Feng; Cai, Weibo

    2013-01-01

    Copper sulfide (CuS) nanoparticles have attracted increasing attention from biomedical researchers across the globe, because of their intriguing properties which have been mainly explored for energy- and catalysis-related applications to date. This focused review article aims to summarize the recent progress made in the synthesis and biomedical applications of various CuS nanoparticles. After a brief introduction to CuS nanoparticles in the first section, we will provide a concise outline of the various synthetic routes to obtain different morphologies of CuS nanoparticles, which can influence their properties and potential applications. CuS nanoparticles have found broad applications in vitro, especially in the detection of biomolecules, chemicals, and pathogens which will be illustrated in detail. The in vivo uses of CuS nanoparticles have also been investigated in preclinical studies, including molecular imaging with various techniques, cancer therapy based on the photothermal properties of CuS, as well as drug delivery and theranostic applications. Research on CuS nanoparticles will continue to thrive over the next decade, and tremendous opportunities lie ahead for potential biomedical/clinical applications of CuS nanoparticles. PMID:24106015

  16. Biomolecular crystals for material applications and a mechanistic study of an iron oxide nanoparticle synthesis

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    Falkner, Joshua Charles

    The three projects within this work address the difficulties of controlling biomolecular crystal formats (i.e. size and shape), producing 3-D ordered composite materials from biomolecular crystal templates, and understanding the mechanism of a practical iron oxide synthesis. The unifying thread consistent throughout these three topics is the development of methods to manipulate nanomaterials using a bottom-up approach. Biomolecular crystals are nanometer to millimeter sized crystals that have well ordered mesoporous solvent channels. The overall physical dimensions of these crystals are highly dependent on crystallization conditions. The controlled growth of micro- and nanoprotein crystals was studied to provide new pathways for creating smaller crystalline protein materials. This method produced tetragonal hen egg-white lysozyme crystals (250--100,000 nm) with near monodisperse size distributions (<15%). With this degree of control, existing protein crystal applications such as drug delivery and analytical sensors can reach their full potential. Applications for larger crystals with inherently ubiquitous pore structures could extend to materials used for membranes or templates. In this work, the porous structure of larger cowpea mosaic virus crystals was used to template metal nanoparticle growth within the body centered cubic crystalline network. The final composite material was found to have long range ordering of palladium and platinum nonocrystal aggregates (10nm) with symmetry consistent to the virus template. Nanoparticle synthesis itself is an immense field of study with an array of diverse applications. The final piece of this work investigates the mechanism behind a previously developed iron oxide synthesis to gain more understanding and direction to future synthesis strategies. The particle growth mechanism was found to proceed by the formation of a solvated iron(III)oleate complex followed by a reduction of iron (III) to iron (II). This unstable iron(II) nucleates to form a wustite (FeO) core which serves as an epitaxial surface for the magnetite (Fe3O4) shell growth. This method produces spherical particles (6-60nm) with relative size distributions of less than 15%.

  17. Structural basis for high substrate-binding affinity and enantioselectivity of 3-quinuclidinone reductase AtQR

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    Hou, Feng; Miyakawa, Takuya; Kataoka, Michihiko; Takeshita, Daijiro; Kumashiro, Shoko; Uzura, Atsuko; Urano, Nobuyuki; Nagata, Koji; Shimizu, Sakayu; Tanokura, Masaru

    2014-04-18

    Highlights: • Crystal structure of AtQR has been determined at 1.72 Å. • NADH binding induces the formation of substrate binding site. • AtQR possesses a conserved hydrophobic wall for stereospecific binding of substrate. • Additional Glu197 residue is critical to the high binding affinity. - Abstract: (R)-3-Quinuclidinol, a useful compound for the synthesis of various pharmaceuticals, can be enantioselectively produced from 3-quinuclidinone by 3-quinuclidinone reductase. Recently, a novel NADH-dependent 3-quinuclidionone reductase (AtQR) was isolated from Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and showed much higher substrate-binding affinity (>100 fold) than the reported 3-quinuclidionone reductase (RrQR) from Rhodotorula rubra. Here, we report the crystal structure of AtQR at 1.72 Å. Three NADH-bound protomers and one NADH-free protomer form a tetrameric structure in an asymmetric unit of crystals. NADH not only acts as a proton donor, but also contributes to the stability of the ?7 helix. This helix is a unique and functionally significant part of AtQR and is related to form a deep catalytic cavity. AtQR has all three catalytic residues of the short-chain dehydrogenases/reductases family and the hydrophobic wall for the enantioselective reduction of 3-quinuclidinone as well as RrQR. An additional residue on the ?7 helix, Glu197, exists near the active site of AtQR. This acidic residue is considered to form a direct interaction with the amine part of 3-quinuclidinone, which contributes to substrate orientation and enhancement of substrate-binding affinity. Mutational analyses also support that Glu197 is an indispensable residue for the activity.

  18. RNA-Cleaving DNA Enzymes with Altered Regio- or Enantioselectivity

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    Ordoukhanian, Phillip; Joyce, Gerald F.

    2002-01-01

    In vitro evolution methods were used to obtain DNA enzymes that cleave either a 2',5' - phosphodiester following a wibonucleotide or a 3',5' -phosphodiester following an L-ribonucleotide. Both enzymes can operate in an intermolecular reaction format with multiple turnover. The DNA enzyme that cleaves a 2',5' -phosphodiester exhibits a k(sub cat) of approx. 0.01/ min and catalytic efficiency, k(sub cat)/k(sub m) of approx. 10(exp 5)/ M min. The enzyme that cleaves an L-ribonudeotide is about 10-fold slower and has a catalytic efficiency of approx. 4 x 10(exp 5)/ M min. Both enzymes require a divalent metal cation for their activity and have optimal catalytic rate at pH 7-8 and 35-50 C. In a comparison of each enzyme s activity with either its corresponding substrate that contains an unnatural ribonudeotide or a substrate that instead contains a standard ribonucleotide, the 2',5' -phosphodiester-deaving DNA enzyme exhibited a regioselectivity of 6000- fold, while the L-ribonucleotide-cleaving DNA enzyme exhibited an enantioselectivity of 50-fold. These molecules demonstrate how in vitro evolution can be used to obtain regio- and enantioselective catalysts that exhibit specificities for nonnatural analogues of biological compounds.

  19. Solution Synthesis and Processing of PZT Materials for Neutron Generator Applications

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    Anderson, M.A.; Ewsuk, K.G.; Montoya, T.V.; Moore, R.H.; Sipola, D.L.; Tuttle, B.A.; Voigt, J.A.

    1998-12-01

    A new solution synthesis route has been developed for the preparation of lead-based ferroelectric materials (patent filed). The process produces controlled stoichiometry precursor powders by non-aqueous precipitation. For a given ferroelectric material to be prepared, a metal acetate/alkoxide solution containing constituent metal species in the appropriate ratio is mixed with an oxalic acid/n-propanol precipitant solution. An oxalate coprecipitate is instantly fonned upon mixing that quantitatively removes the metals from solution. Most of the process development was focused on the synthesis and processing of niobium-substituted lead zirconate titanate with a Zr-to-Ti ratio of 95:5 (PNZT 95/5) that has an application in neutron generator power supplies. The process was scaled to produce 1.6 kg of the PNZT 95/5 powder using either a sen-ii-batch or a continuous precipitation scheme. Several of the PNZT 95/5 powder lots were processed into ceramic slug form. The slugs in turn were processed into components and characterized. The physical properties and electrical performance (including explosive functional testing of the components met the requirements set for the neutron generator application. Also, it has been demonstrated that the process is highly reproducible with respect to the properties of the powders it produces and the properties of the ceramics prepared from its powders. The work described in this report was funded by Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of barium silicide (BaSi2) nanowire arrays for potential solar applications.

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    Pokhrel, Ankit; Samad, Leith; Meng, Fei; Jin, Song

    2015-10-15

    In order to utilize nanostructured materials for potential solar and other energy-harvesting applications, scalable synthetic techniques for these materials must be developed. Herein we use a vapor phase conversion approach to synthesize nanowire (NW) arrays of semiconducting barium silicide (BaSi2) in high yield for the first time for potential solar applications. Dense arrays of silicon NWs obtained by metal-assisted chemical etching were converted to single-crystalline BaSi2 NW arrays by reacting with Ba vapor at about 930 °C. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy confirm that the converted NWs are single-crystalline BaSi2. The optimal conversion reaction conditions allow the phase-pure synthesis of BaSi2 NWs that maintain the original NW morphology, and tuning the reaction parameters led to a controllable synthesis of BaSi2 films on silicon substrates. The optical bandgap and electrochemical measurements of these BaSi2 NWs reveal a bandgap and carrier concentrations comparable to previously reported values for BaSi2 thin films. PMID:26440712