Laboratory 2-1. Coordination chemistry of macrocyclic compounds

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Main research themes of the Laboratory:

 «Macrocyclic receptors for molecular measuring devices»
 «Optical molecular devices for chemical sensors»
Group leader:  Mamardashvili N. Zh., Doctor of chemical sciences, Professor
The purpose of the investigations consists in elaboration of new ways of synthesis and investigation of the dependence between structure and properties of new macroheterocyclic ligands as the basis for creation of new substances and materials possessing special functional properties.
Supramolecular synthesis focusing on porphyrins, calix[4]pyrrols and calix[4]arens, their precursors and derivatives have been carried out.
Molecular recognition of host/guest molecules occurs with non-covalent bonds (ionic, H-bridge, charge transfer, hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions) has been investigated.
The features of the macrocyclic compounds response on the solvation, coordination and acid-basicity interactions effects have been estimated.
Collaboration with leading scientific schools working in this field:
  • University of Lund (Sweden), project “Design and practical application of perovskite-porphyrin nanomaterials”.
  • Leibniz Institute for Photonics and Technology, Jena (Germany), project “Porphyrin-containing organic membranes and functional devices.
  • Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg (France), project “Calixarene-porphyrin receptors for alkali metal cations.
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), project “Molecular recognition of amino acids by metalloporphyrins.
  • University of Osaka (Japan), project “Optically active supramolecular complexes of porphyrins.
  • Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk (Belarus), project “Creation of new photochromic materials based on tetrapyrrole compounds and optimization of their parameters.
Scientific results of investigations are summarized in the monographs:
«Synthetic receptors on the base of porphyrins and their conjugates with calix[4]arens». Koifman O.I., Mamardashvili N.Zh., Antipin I.S. // М.: Nauka, 2006, 246 p.
«Сomplexation of Porphyrins with Ions and Organic Molecules». In book. Chemical processes with participation of biological and related compounds. Leiden- Boston: Brill. 2008. P.117-168.
The results are also regularly reported at various conferences in Russia and abroad.
Research Projects and Grants:
  • Russian Science Foundation, projects №№ 14-13-00232 and No. 19-73-20079 Projects of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, projects № 14-03-00011, 18-43-370001 r_a, and 19-03-00078A.
  • Federal target program "Scientific and scientific-pedagogical personnel of innovative Russia" for 2009-2013 (G.K. No. 02.740.11.0857)INTAS, project YSF: 0037.
  • Grant of the Government of France for the exchange of scientific knowledge and technology, 2002-2003.
  • Seventh Framework Program of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities, project IRSES-GA-2009-247260.


Phd in chemistry
Phd in chemistry
Deputy director on research, Head of the laboratory
Doctor of сhemical sciences