Loughborough University
final thesis copy.pdf (1.19 MB)

Atropoisomerism of nitrogen-based ligands and natural products

Download (1.19 MB)
posted on 2020-01-15, 15:25 authored by Claire M. Gillings
This thesis details the attempt to design and synthesis a range of ligands and organocatalysts based on a common backbone design. Initial results were promising with a number of ligands being generated from our common C2-symmetric backbone. Unfortunately none of the molecules synthesises gave promising results in test reactions. Variations on the initial design also failed to give any encouraging results. More positively, work on phosphorus-nitrogen (P,N) ligands was successful, with a number of different ligands being synthesised and metal complexes prepared. Pleasingly we were able to obtain X-ray crystallography of one of these complexes indicating that the ligand was complexed to the metal via the phosphorus moiety. Work using the Buchwald-Hartwig reaction for coupling aryl bromides to both 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline and 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline was successful, with methodology being developed which we believe can be applied to the synthesis of Ancistrocladinium A. In particular the coupling between 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline and 1-bromonaphthalene afforded us the full carbon skeleton of the ring system of the natural product in one step, from which we were able to generate the iminium salt. We also investigated an alternative route for the synthesis of Ancistrocladinium A achieving atropoisomerism. Experimental data is provided in chapter three, and all X-ray crystallography structures reported in chapter two are provided in the appendix.



  • Science


  • Chemistry


Loughborough University

Rights holder

© Claire M. Gillings

Publication date



A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.

EThOS Persistent ID



  • en


Steven D.R. Christie

Qualification name

  • PhD

Qualification level

  • Doctoral