Institution name and department

Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology

Position held





Akadeemia tee 15, 12618, Tallinn Estonia



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Key words (up to 5)


·       Macrocy cles

·       Dynamic covalent chemistr y

·       Templated synthesis

·       Supramolec ular chemistry


·       NMR

·       Bindng studies

·       Host-guest interactions



Areas of Research/Expertise

I am leading a supramolecular chemistry group and our research interests are synthesis and characterisation of asymmetric container and host molecules, their formation, structure, chiroptical and supramolecular properties as well as their applications in chiral sensing.

I have expertise in organic synthesis, analytical methods of chiral compounds and organic compounds structure elucidation by NMR in solution phase. Additionally chracterisation of host-guest binding by various spectroscopic methods and ITC.



5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 

Kaabel, S.; Stein, R. S.; Fomitšenko, M.; Järving, I.; Friscic, T.; Aav, R. Size- Control by Anion Templating in Mechanochemical Synthesis of Hemicucurbiturils in the Solid State, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 6230. DOI: DOI:10.1002/ange.201813431. DOI:10.1002/ange.201813431.Back Cover:

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58/2019 DOI Link. First version as a preprint is available in  ChemRxiv Link.

5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry 

1.     Ustrnul, Lukas; Kaabel, Sandra; Burankova, Tatsiana; Martõnova, Jevgenija; Adamson, Jasper; Konrad, Nele; Burk, Peeter; Borovkov, Victor; Aav, Riina. Supramolecular chirogenesis in zinc porphyrins by enantiopure hemicucurbit[n]urils (n = 6, 8). Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 14434, DOI:  10.1039/c9cc07150d

2.     Prigorchenko, E. Kaabel, S., Narva, T., Baškir, A., Fomitšenko, M., Adamson, J., Järving, I., Rissanen, K., Tamm, T., Aav, R. Formation and trapping of the thermodynamically unfavoured inverted-hemicucurbit[6]uril Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 9307. DOI: 10.1039/c9cc04990h First version as a preprint is available in ChemRxiv Link

3.     Adamson, J.; Nazarski, R. B.; Jarvet, J.; Pehk, T.; Aav, R. Shortfall of B3LYP in Reproducing NMR JCH Couplings in Some Isomeric Epoxy Structures with Strong Stereoelectronic Effects: A Benchmark Study on DFT Functionals. ChemPhysChem 2018, 19, 631. DOI :  10.1002/cphc.201701125

4.     Kaabel, S.; Adamson, J.; Topić, F.; Kiesilä, A.; Kalenius, E.; Öeren, M.; Reimund, M.; Prigorchenko, E.; Lõokene, A.; Reich, H. J.; Rissanen, K.; Aav, R. Chiral hemicucurbit[8]uril as an anion receptor: selectivity to size, shape and charge distribution. Chem. Sci., 2017, 8 (3), 2184. DOI:  10.1039/C6SC05058A.

5.     Fomitšenko, M.; Peterson, A.; Reile, I.; Cong, H.; Kaabel, K.; Prigorchenko, E.; Järving I.; Aav R. A quantitative method for analysis of mixtures of homologues and stereoisomers of hemicucurbiturils that allows us to follow their formation and stability. New J Chem, 2017, 41, 2490. DOI:  10.1039/C6NJ03050E.

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Primary focus in mechanochemical research (enter as bullet points)

·       Development of mechanochemical reactions

·       Understading of templating and self-organisation in solid state reactions

·       Indetification of dynamic covalent bonds accsessible by mechanochemistry


Contact Info

  • Université de Montpellier & Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier (UMR 5253)
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    34296 Montpellier, Cedex 5 (France)

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