• DFT Studies of the Organocatalytic Aldol Reaction and a Frustrated Lewis Pair

      Movahedi, Shahab; Department of Chemistry
      The computational study, and in particular the density functional theory (DFT) study of the organocatalytic α-chlorination-aldol reaction and the chiral backbone Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) system served as a valuable tool for experimental purposes. This thesis describes methods to consider different transition states of the proline- catalyzed α-chlorination aldol reaction to determine the reasonable transition state in the reaction between the enamine and α-chloro aldehydes. Moreover, the novel intramolecular Frustrated Lewis pair based on a chiral backbone for the asymmetric hydrogenation of imines and enamines was designed and the ability of hydrogen splitting by this new FLP system was examined by computational modeling and calculating the hydrogen activation energy barrier.