Stefan Zahn

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Two series of 1-alkylpyridinium and N-alkyl-N-methylpiperidinium ionic liquids functionalized with a nitrile group at the end of the alkyl chain have been synthesized. Structural modifications include a change of the alkyl spacer length between the nitrile group and the heterocycle of the cationic core, as well as adding methyl or ethyl substituents on(More)
Three different imidazolium-based ionic liquids, 1,3-dimethylimidazolium chloride, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide, are investigated by Car-Parrinello simulations. A common behavior, such as a broad electric dipole moment distribution of the ions and a related high degree of locality, is found to(More)
To gain insight into IL5 receptor subunit recruitment mechanism, and in particular the experimentally elusive pathway for assembly of signaling subunit beta(c), we constructed a soluble beta(c) ectodomain (s(beta)(c)) and developed an optical biosensor assay to measure its binding kinetics. Functionally active s(beta)(c) was anchored via a C-terminal His(More)
In this study we present the results of a first principles molecular dynamics simulation of a single 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium chloride [C(2)C(1)im][Cl] ion pair dissolved in 60 water molecules. We observe a preference of the in plane chloride coordination with respect to the cation ring plane as compared to the energetic slightly more demanding on top(More)
In order to test the validity of the cluster ansatz approach as well as of the continuum model approach and to learn about the solvation shell, we carried out first-principles molecular dynamics simulations of the alanine hydration. Our calculations contained one alanine molecule dissolved in 60 water molecules. Dipole moments of individual molecules were(More)
We present high-level benchmark calculations of interaction energies of 236 ion pair structures of ionic liquids constituting a new IL-2013 set. 33 different approaches using various basis sets are validated against these benchmark data. Overall, traditional functionals like B3LYP, without an explicit dispersion correction, should be avoided when(More)
Halogen bonds are specific embodiments of the sigma hole bonding paradigm. They represent directional interactions between the halogens chlorine, bromine, or iodine and an electron donor as binding partner. Using quantum chemical calculations at the MP2 level, we systematically explore how they can be used in molecular design to address the omnipresent(More)
As part of a long-term study of the chemical defenses of Norway spruce (Picea abies) against herbivores and pathogens, a phytochemical survey of the phenolics in the bark was carried out. Eight stilbene glucoside dimers, designated as piceasides A-H (1a-4b), were isolated as four 1:1 mixtures of inseparable diastereomers. Their structures were determined by(More)
We target the gatekeeper MET146 of c-Jun N-terminal kinase 3 (JNK3) to exemplify the applicability of X···S halogen bonds in molecular design using computational, synthetic, structural and biophysical techniques. In a designed series of aminopyrimidine-based inhibitors, we unexpectedly encounter a plateau of affinity. Compared to their QM-calculated(More)