Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Sygula, Andrzej

Committee Member

Zhang, Dongmao

Committee Member

Mead, Keith T.

Committee Member

Foster, Stephen C.

Committee Member

Mlsna, Todd E.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access



Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Chemistry


The first section of this dissertation (Chapter I-III) describes the development of new methodologies for the rhodium catalyzed C-N bond formation between sp3 hybridized carbon atom of phenyl substituted alpha-lactams and the nitrogen atom of indole derivatives. Phenyl substituted alpha-lactams generated in situ from the corresponding alpha-bromoamides reacted with indoles in the presence of rhodium catalyst to afford the ring opening products of alpha-lactams. The scope of this methodology was extended to various types of indole derivatives including electron donating and withdrawing substituents. Furthermore, a series of functionalized phenyl substituted alpha-lactams generated in situ reacted with indole to assess the viability of this methodology. The developed method provides an atom-economical approach for the formation of substituted alpha-amino amides in good to excellent yields. The main goal of the research described in the second section (Chapter IV-VII) is the synthesis of the corannulene-based molecular receptors with polar tethers and their immobilization on silica gel. First, we have considered a preparation of bis-corannulenoanthracene, formally possessing the pentacene core as a potential precursor for a series of barrelene based bis-corannulene receptors with polar groups. Bis-corannulenoanthracene was synthesized by the double Diels-Alder cycloaddition of isocorannulenofuran with bis-benzyne precursor, followed by deoxygenation of the endoxide adducts. While bis-corannulenoanthracene is stable enough to be isolated and stored, its pentacene core undergoes facile cycloaddition with maleic anhydride to afford bis-corannulene molecular receptor with the barrelene tether adorned with the anhydride moiety. The 1H NMR titration experiments carried out in chlorobenzene-d5 proved the high binding affinity of the receptor toward C60. In addition, the presence of polar anchors on its tether allowed for its deposition on silica gel through the (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane linker.



molecular receptors||corannulene||indole||alpha-lactam||C-N bond formation