International PhD Projects Programme
The Foundation for Polish Science projects implemented during doctoral studies
within the international cooperation of scientific institutions
Abdul Raheem Keeri
University of Bologna, Italy – Prof. Pier Giorgio Cozzi
Zinc complexes with multifunctional pyrrole-based ligands as catalysts in organic synthesis
The generation of new chiral ligands that can control the chiral environment around active metal centers is of importance for asymmetric organic catalysis. This project seeks to develop efficient auxiliary ligands for zinc-catalyzed asymmetric epoxidation of enones or hydroamination of alkenes. The first avenue will focus on the design and synthesis of bi- and multifunctional ligands based on pyrrole scaffold and their transformation to corresponding organozinc complexes as catalysts for the hydroamination. In addition, the controlled oxygenation of RZn(L) complexes should provide novel zinc alkylperoxides which will be tested in the epoxidation reaction. The organic part of the project will be conducted in the Jurczak group at UW and the organometallic one in the Lewiński group at WUT, respectively – both groups have an extensive experience and interest in the proposed research topics.
Department of Chemistry, Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, France – Dr. Chantal Daniel
Department of Chemistry, Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France – Prof. Anne Milet
Department of Chemistry, Université Henri Poincaré de Nancy, Nancy, France
Towards Rational Design and Preparation of Functional Inorganic-Organic Materials by Non-covalent Driven Self-Assembly – Theoretical and Experimental Approach
A particularly demanding task in the area of hybrid organic–inorganic materials has been the engineering of well-defined void nanospaces capable of binding selectively a guest molecule to perform a specific function of the system such as catalysis, storage or separation. The goal of the proposed research is to design, prepare and characterize new metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and non-covalent porous materials (NPMs) of desired topology, unique guest-responsive framework and functionality based on coordination-driven and non-covalent interaction-driven self-assembly. Construction of predictable networks requires preparation and X-Ray diffraction studies of metal complexes with pre-designed ligands. The research in this area will be conducted in the Lewiński group at the Warsaw University of Technology. The key properties of MOFs and NPMs are governed by weak intermolecular forces in complexes or host-guest systems. The latter issue will be investigated in the Moszyński group at the University of Warsaw.