Kirill Tchabanenko
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    Research Statement

    •1. Research progress.

    Since my appointment for the lectureship position in August 2008 I initiated research in a new original area of organic chemistry centred around new applications of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of pyrilium ykides in synthesis. Progress was made in the following:

    •- Synthesis of tropolone based natural products via the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction. A concise approach to a family of complex natural products was developed and a short synthesis of a simplified structure vas published in Tetrahedron Letters, 2010, 51, 86-88.

    •- Development of the stereoselective cycloaddition of pyrylium ylides with chiral enamides. Positive results are currently being written-up as a manuscript due for submission in early July 2011.

    •- Development of organocatalytic 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions of pyrylium ylides. Screening of over 20 different organocatalysts, most of which were prepared in our lab, has identified primary amine-thiourea organocatalysts as the best candidates for the asymmetric organocatalytic cycloaddition reactions. Catalyst optimisation is currently under way.

    •- Synthesis of Englerin A inspired scaffolds. New methodology was developed for synthesis of new medicinal targets inspired by a complex biologically active natural product. A small library of compounds is currently being prepared. We hope to have this ready for biological testing before the end of 2011.

    The results were presented on two symposiums in QUB (July 2009 dedicated to the Honorary Degree Nomination of professor Amos B. Smith and in June 2010 Medicinal Chemistry Symposium jointly with the University of Malaya). Presentation was also made on the Gregynog Organic Chemistry Conference in September 2009. A poster presentation will be made on the RSC Synthetic Organic Chemistry meeting in Cambridge, July 2011.

    •2. Research plans.

    Short term. New stereoselective cycloaddition reactions of pyrylium ylides with chiral vinyl sulfoxides will be investigated within the next academic year. Further development of novel organocatalysts and synthesis of Englerin A analogues will be undertaken.

    Long term. New organocatalysts will be applied in novel organocatalytic pericyclic reactions, such as:

    •- Diels-Alder type cycloadditions;

    •- Nazarov-type cyclisations;

    •- Electrocyclisations;

    •- Cycloadditions of oxy-allyl cations.

    Development of new organocatalysts and new organocatalytic reactions is at the forefront of the research in the SynBioc Cluster in QUB. Commonly seen as 'green' these methods will make a strong contribution to the Queen's investment in development of environmentally friendly technologies. Also, being at the forefront of the current organic chemistry research, this research is guaranteed to generate high impact publications in top scientific journals.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Tetrahedron

      ISSNs: 0040-4020

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.709 SNIP 0.656


    • Tetrahedron Letters

      ISSNs: 0040-4039

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0040-4039

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.621 SNIP 0.576


    • Organic Letters

      ISSNs: 1523-7060

      American Chemical Society

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 2.441 SNIP 1.188


    • Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry

      ISSNs: 1477-0520

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-0539

      Royal Society of Chemistry

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.4 SJR 1.119 SNIP 0.757



      ISSNs: 0888-5885

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1520-5045

      American Chemical Society

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.58 SJR 0.907 SNIP 1.128


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