Deepa Devarajan

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Much of the recent research on homogeneous alkane oxidation has focused on the use of transition metal catalysts. Here, we report that the electrophilic main-group cations thallium(III) and lead(IV) stoichiometrically oxidize methane, ethane, and propane, separately or as a one-pot mixture, to corresponding alcohol esters in trifluoroacetic acid solvent.(More)
Direct partial oxidation of methane, ethane, and propane to their respective trifluoroacetate esters is achieved by a homogeneous hypervalent iodine(III) complex in non-superacidic (trifluoroacetic acid) solvent. The reaction is highly selective for ester formation (>99%). In the case of ethane, greater than 0.5 M EtTFA can be achieved. Preliminary kinetic(More)
Accurate computation of singlet-triplet energy gaps of diradicals remains a challenging problem in density-functional theory (DFT). In this work, we propose a variational extension of our previous work [D. H. Ess, E. R. Johnson, X. Q. Hu, and W. T. Yang, J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 76 (2011)], which applied fractional-spin density-functional theory (FS-DFT) to(More)
Despite the prevalence of the N-H aziridine motif in bioactive natural products and the clear advantages of this unprotected parent structure over N-protected derivatives as a synthetic building block, no practical methods have emerged for direct synthesis of this compound class from unfunctionalized olefins. Here, we present a mild, versatile method for(More)
The properties of disordered proteins are thought to depend on intrinsic conformational propensities for polyproline II (PPII) structure. While intrinsic PPII propensities have been measured for the common biological amino acids in short peptides, the ability of these experimentally determined propensities to quantitatively reproduce structural behavior in(More)
Chiral auxiliaries are promising emerging tools for the asymmetric synthesis of octahedral metal complexes. We recently introduced chiral salicyloxazolines as coordinating bidentate chiral ligands which provide excellent control over the metal-centered configuration in the course of ligand substitution reactions and can be removed afterward in an(More)
1-Diphenylphosphinonaphthyl-8-triphenylstibonium triflate ([][OTf]) was prepared in excellent yield by treating 1-lithio-8-diphenylphosphinonaphthalene with dibromotriphenylstiborane followed by halide abstraction with AgOTf. This antimony(v) cation was found to be stable toward oxygen and water, and exhibited exceptional Lewis acidity. The Lewis acidity of(More)
Ammonia, alkyl amines, and aryl amines are found to undergo rapid intermolecular N-H oxidative addition to a planar mononuclear σ(3)-phosphorus compound (1). The pentacoordinate phosphorane products (1·[H][NHR]) are structurally robust, permitting full characterization by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Isothermal(More)
The Rh(III) complexes [((t)bpy)2Rh(OMe)(L)][X]n ((t)bpy = 4,4'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-bipyridyl; L = MeOH, n = 2, X = OTf (OTf = trifluoromethanesulfonate), TFA (TFA = trifluoroacetate); L = TFA, n = 1, X = OTf) have been shown to activate dihydrogen via net 1,2-addition of the H-H bond across the Rh(III)-OMe bond. The bis(methoxide) complex(More)
Density functional theory (DFT), absolutely localized molecular orbital (ALMO) analysis, and quasiclassical trajectories (QCTs) were used to study the structure, barrier heights, thermodynamics, electronic properties, and dynamics of dihydrogen (H2) activation by singlet divalent main group compounds (ER2; E = C, Si, Ge). ALMO energy and charge(More)