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Morozov, B. S.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Klemt, I.; Agafontsev, A. M.; Krishna, S.; Hampel, F.; Xu, H.-G.; Mokhir, A.; Guldi, D.; Kataev, E., Supramolecular Recognition of Cytidine Phosphate in Nucleotides and RNA Sequences.

JACS Au 2023 doi.org/10.1021/jacsau.2c00658

The article was published with a cover picture

Targeting RNA with small molecules represents a crucial challenge in reading and controlling genetic information. A supramolecular approach was developed to bind and detect cytosine in nucleotides and RNA. The cover art depicts the recognition of cytosine in RNA and the accumulation of the receptor in nuclei of cancer cells.

Kataev, E. A., Converting pH probes into “turn-on” fluorescent receptors for anions.

Chem Commun 2023, 59 (13), 1717-1727 doi.org/10.1039/D2CC06194E

The article was published with a cover picture

The feature article outlines the design concept for the construction of “turn-on” fluorescent receptors for anions involving fluorescent pH probes. Applications of this concept for the construction of synthetic fluorescent receptors for inorganic anions and nucleotides are described.


Sarkar, S.; Ballester, P.; Spektor, M.; Kataev, E. A., Micromolar Affinity and Higher: Synthetic Host-Guest Complexes with High Stabilities.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202214705

Ni, Y.; Han, Y.; Kataev, E. A.; Olson, M. A., Three-state fluorescence hydrochromism of a fluorophore–spacer–receptor system with variations in relative humidity.

Chem Commun 2022, 58 (97), 13463-13466. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2CC05878B

Akhmetov, V.; Feofanov, M.; Ruppenstein, C.; Lange, J.; Sharapa, D.; Krstić, M.; Hampel, F.; Kataev, E. A.; Amsharov, K., Acenaphthenoannulation Induced by the Dual Lewis Acidity of Alumina. Chem – Eur J 2022, 28 (31), e202200584 doi.org/10.1002/chem.202200584

The article was published with a cover picture: DOI: 10.1002/chem.202200584).

The dual Lewis acidity of alumina has been discovered and employed to activate C−F and triple C≡C bonds in a tandem manner to provide rapid access to elusive nonplanar PAHs such as π-extended helicenes, buckybowls and fragments of geodesic nanoribbons.


Ali, M.; Kataev, E.; Müller, J.; Park, H.; Halik, M. Hirsch, A. Host-Guest Systems on the Surface of Functionalized Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles (SPIONs) Utilizing Hamilton Receptors and Cyanurate Derivative Molecules Chem. – Eur. J. 2021, 27, 66, 16429-16439 https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202102581

Oshchepkov, A. S.; Reznichenko, O.; Xu, D.; Morozov, B. S.; Granzhan, A.; Kataev, E. A. Dye-functionalized phosphate-binding macrocycles: from nucleotide to G-quadruplex recognition and “turn-on” fluorescence sensing Chem. Commun. 2021, 67, 10632-10635 10.1039/d1cc04096k

Morozov, B. S.; Ravi, A.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Rüffer, T.; Lang, H.; Kataev, E. A., Helix-Like Receptors for Perrhenate Recognition Forming Hydrogen Bonds with All Four Oxygen Atoms. Chemosensors 2021, 9 (5), 93. (invited paper) https://doi.org/10.3390/chemosensors9050093

Agafontsev, A. M.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Shumilova, T. A.; Kataev, E. A.
Binding and Sensing Properties of a Hybrid Naphthalimide–Pyrene Aza-Cyclophane towards Nucleotides in an Aqueous Solution.
Molecules 2021, 26, (4), 980. (invited paper) doi.org/10.3390/molecules26040980

Oshchepkov, A. S.; Oshchepkov, M. S.; Oshchepkova, M. V.; Al-Hamry, A.; Kanoun, O.; Kataev, E. A.
Naphthalimide-Based Fluorescent Polymers for Molecular Detection.
Advanced Optical Materials 2021 https://doi.org/10.1002/adom.202001913


Agafontsev, A.M., Shumilova, T.A., Oshchepkov, A.S., Hampel, F. and Kataev, E.A.
Ratiometric Detection of ATP by Fluorescent Cyclophanes with Bellows‐Type Sensing Mechanism.
Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 44, p.9991 doi: 10.1002/chem.202001523

Hot Paper. The article was published with a cover picture: doi:10.1002/chem.202003014

The cover feature illustrates the mechanism of ATP detection by a new fluorescent receptor in aqueous solution. The receptor works like bellows: it exists in solution in a stacked form but opens only for binding of ATP.”
Highlighted in Chemistry Views: https://www.chemistryviews.org/ super ATP

Highlighted in Chemistry Views: https://www.chemistryviews.org/ super ATP

Oshchepkov, A. S.; Namashivaya, S. S. R.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Hampel, F.; Laikov, D. N.; Kataev, E. A.
Control of Photoisomerization of an Azoazacryptand by Anion Binding and Cucurbit[8]uril Encapsulation in an Aqueous Solution
J. Org. Chem. 2020, 85, 9255 doi.org/10.1021/acs.joc.0c01260

Oshchepkov, A.; Oshchepkov, M.; Kamagurov, S.; Redchuk, A.; Oshchepkova, M.; Popov, K.; Kataev, E.
Fluorescence detection of phosphonates in water by a naphthalimide-based receptor and its derived cryopolymers.
New J. Chem. 2020, 44, 12113 doi.org/10.1039/D0NJ01734E

Oshchepkov, A.; Oshchepkov, M.; Pavlova, G.; Ryabova, A.; Kamagurov, S.; Tkachenko, S.; Frolova, S.; Redchuk, A.; Popov, K.; Kataev, E. A.
Naphthalimide-functionalized Bisphosphonates: interaction with calcium(II) and sensing of calcification.
Sensor. Actuat. B-Chem. 2020, 314, 128047. doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2020.128047
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Morozov, B. S.; Namashivaya, S. S. R.; Zakharko, M. A.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Kataev, E. A. Anthracene-Based Amido−Amine Cage Receptor for Anion Recognition under Neutral Aqueous Conditions
ChemistryOpen 2020, 9, 171. doi.org/10.1002/open.201900309 (invited paper for the special issue dedicated to the 80th birthday of J.-M. Lehn)

The article was published with a cover picture and cover feature: doi.org/10.1002/open.202000010

Cover profile for this article can be found here doi.org/10.1002/open.202000009


Namashivaya, S. S. R.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Ding, H.; Förster, S.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Kataev, E. A.
Anthracene-based receptors with a turn-on fluorescence re-sponse for nitrate.
Org. Lett. 2019
, 21, 21, 8746–8750

Oshchepkov, A. S.; Shumilova, T. A.; Zerson, M.; Magerle, R.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Kataev, E. A.
Conformational Selection in Anion Recognition: cGMP-Selective Binding by a Naphthalimide-Functionalized Amido-Amine Macrocycle.
J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84 (14), 9034-9043.

The article was published with a cover picture https://pubs.acs.org/toc/joceah/84/14

Amido-amine macrocycles with naphthalimide dyes were designed to bind nucleoside monophosphates and oligonucleotides in aqueous buffered solution. The cover art illustrates the space of conformations, which adopt 2+2 and 4+4 macrocycles, depending on crystallization conditions and guest structures. The driving force for the conformational selection are π‒π interactions between aromatic rings.

Agafontsev, A. M.; Shumilova, T. A.; Rüffer, T.; Lang, H.; Kataev, E. A.
Anthracene-Based Cyclophanes with Selective Fluorescent Responses for TTP and GTP: Insights into Recognition and Sensing Mechanisms.
Chem .- Eur. J. 2019, 25 (14), 3541-3549.

Hot Paper. The article was published with a cover picture: doi.org/10.1002/chem.201900570

Cyclophanes with two anthracene rings can bind nucleoside triphosphates in aqueous solution. We have found that the five natural nucleotides produce not only different fluorescence responses upon binding to receptors, but also show different binding modes.”

Review article: Agafontsev, A. M.; Ravi, A.; Shumilova, T. A.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Kataev, E. A., Molecular Receptors for Recognition and Sensing of Nucleotides. Chem.-Eur. J. 2019, 25 (11), 2684-2694. doi.org/10.1002/chem.201802978


Ravi, A.; Krishnarao, P. S.; Shumilova, T. A.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Ruffer, T.; Lang, H.; Kataev, E. A.
Cation molecular exchanger based on a conformational hinge 
Org. Lett. 2018, 20 (19), 6211–6214.

Ravi, A.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; German, K. E.; Kirakosyan, G. A.; Safonov, A. V.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Kataev, E. A.
Finding a receptor design for selective recognition of perrhenate and pertechnetate: hydrogen vs. halogen bonding
Chem. Comm. 2018, 54,4826-4829.

Oshchepkov, A. S.; Shumilova, T. A.; Namashivaya, S. R.; Fedorova, O. A.; Dorovatovskii, P. V.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Kataev, E. A.
Hybrid macrocycles for selective binding and sensing of fluoride in aqueous solution
 J. Org. Chem. 2018 83 (4), 2145–2153

Shumilova, T. A.; Ruffer, T.; Lang, H.; Kataev, E. A.
Straightforward design of fluorescent receptors for sulfate: study of non-covalent interactions contributing to host-guest formation 
Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24(7), 1500-1504

The article was published with a cover picture: https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201705073

Much like catching a star in the night sky, selective recognition of sulfate anions in an aqueous solution remains a challenge in chemistry. Herein, the design and synthesis of a bright fluorescent sensor for sulfate is reported. Non-covalent interactions that contribute to the formation of receptor–sulfate complex were also studied to understand the sensing mechanism. Inspired by a character from the animated film “Hedgehog in the Fog”,


Mittapalli, R. R.; Namashivaya, S. S. R.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Shumilova, T. A.; Ruffer, T.; Lang, H.; Kataev, E. A.
Selective recognition of oxalate in water: effect of pH on binding strength and sensing mechanisms
Chem. Comm. 2017, 53 11345-11348

Weheabby, S.; Abdulmalic, M. A.; Kataev, E. A.; Shumilova, T. A.; Ruffer, T.
Synthesis and structure of large 24-mer and 36-mer oxamate-based macrocycles
Z. Naturfor. 2017  B 72, pp. 461–474
The article was published with a cover picture.

Oshchepkov, A. S.; Mittapalli, R. R.; Fedorova, O. A.; Kataev, E. A.
Naphthalimide-Based Polyammonium Chemosensors for Anions: Study of Binding Properties and Sensing Mechanisms
Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23(4), 9657–9665

Mittapalli, R. R.; Namashivaya, S. S. R.; Oshchepkov, A. S.; Kuczynska, E.; Kataev, E. A.
Design of anion-selective PET probes based on azacryptands: the effect of pH on binding and fluorescence properties
Chem. Comm. 2017, 53, 4822-4825.


Agafontsev, A. M.; Shumilova, T. A.; Panchenko, P. A.; Janz, S.; Fedorova, O. A.; Kataev, E. A.
Utilizing a pH-Sensitive Dye in the Selective Fluorescent Recognition of Sulfate 
Chem. – Eur. J. 2016, 22, 15069–15074

Kataev, E. A.; Shumilova, T. A.; Fiedler, B.; Anacker, T.; Friedrich, J.
Understanding Stacking Interactions between an Aromatic Ring and Nucleobases in Aqueous Solution: Experimental and Theoretical Study
J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 6505-6514

Kataev, E. A.; Reddy, M. R.; Reddy, G. N.; Reddy, V. H.; Reddy, C. S.; Reddy, B. V. S.
Supramolecular catalysis by beta-cyclodextrin for the synthesis of kojic acid derivatives in water
New J. Chem. 201640, 1693-1697

Kataev, E. A.; Backmann, N.; Shumilova, T. A.; Ruffer, I.; Lang, H.
Calix[4]pyrroles bearing quinolinium moiety for halide sensing in aqueous solution
Supramolecular Chemistry2016, 28, 53-61


Kataev, E.; Shumilova, T.
Investigation of Structural Mimetics of Natural Phosphate Ion Binding Motifs
Molecules2015, 20(2), 3354-3370

Kataev, E. A.; Pantos, P.; Karnas, E.; Kolesnikov, G. V.; Tananaev, I. G.; Lynch, V. M.; Sessler, J. L.
Perrhenate and pertechnetate anion recognition properties of cyclo[8]pyrrole
Supramolecular Chemistry, 2015, 27, 346-356

Panchenko, P. A.; Park, V. V.; Fedorova, O. A.; Fedorov, Y. V.; Kataev, E. A.
Cation-dependent spectral properties of fluorescent complexon based on 1,8-naphthalimide with PET mechanism of optical response
Russ. Chem. Bull. 2015, 8, 1871


Kataev, E. A.; Muller, C.; Kolesnikov, G. V.; Khrustalev, V. N.
Guanidinium- Based Artificial Receptors for Binding Orthophosphate in Aqueous Solution
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 2747-2753

Kataev, E. A.; Müller, C.
Recent advances in molecular recognition in water: artificial receptors and supramolecular catalysis
Tetrahedron, 2014, 70, 137-167 


Kataev, E. A.; Kolesnikov, G. V.; Arnold, R.; Lavrov, H. V.; Khrustalev, V. N.
Templating Irreversible Covalent Macrocyclization by Using Anions
Chem. – Eur. J. 2013, 19, 3710-3714 


Kataev, E.; Arnold, R.; Rüffer, T.; Lang, H.
Fluorescence Detection of Adenosine Triphosphate in an Aqueous Solution Using a Combination of Copper(II) Complexes
Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 7948-7950


Kolesnikov, G. V.; German, K. E.; Kirakosyan, G.; Tananaev, I. G.; Ustynyuk, Y. A.; Khrustalev, V. N.; Katayev,
E. A. Macrocyclic receptor for pertechnetate and perrhenate anions
Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9 (21), 7358-7364

Katayev, E. A.; Schmid, M. B.
Control of metal-directed self-assembly by metal-amine interactions
Dalton. Trans201140, 2778-2786

  • Gruber, B.; Kataev, E.; Aschenbrenner, J.; Stadlbauer, S.; König, B. Vesicles and Micelles from Amphiphilic Zinc(II)-Cyclen Complexes as Highly Potent Promoters of Hydrolytic DNA Cleavage. J Am Chem Soc 2011, 133, 20704.
  • M. Bhuyan, E. Katayev, S. Stadlbauer, H. Nonaka, A. Ojida, I. HamachiB. König, Rigid Luminescent bis-Zinc(II)-bis-Cyclen Complexes for the Detection of Phosphate Anions and non-covalent Protein Labeling in Aqueous Solution, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 2807–2817
  • L. I. Murtazina, A. V. Nemtarev, V. F. Mironov, A. I. Konovalov, I. S. Ryzhkina, E. A. Katayev. Self-association of a phosphate receptor along and with a lipidomimetic in water: Effect of receptor low concentrations on the catalytic activity of mixed systems. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2011511(4-6), 247-250


  • E.A. Katayev, J.L. Sessler, Yu.A. Ustynyuk, “New strategy and new methods for the synthesis of artificial macrocyclic anion receptors. Selective recognition of tetrahedral oxyanions. Russ. Chem. Bull. Int. Ed.201058(9), 1785-1798
  • I.C. Ryzhkina, L.I. Murtazina, E.D. Sherman, Yu.N. Valitova, E.A. Kataev, A.I Konovalov, “Aqueous solutions of the pyridine-pyrrole macrocycle at low concentrations: relationship of parameters of supramolecular nano-sized associates, their physicochemical properties and physiological activity.” Dokl. Akad. Nauk2010433, 142-146
  • Rizvan K. Askerov, Vladimir V. Roznyatovsky, Evgeny A. Katayev, Abel M. Maharramov and Victor N. Khrustalev, “27,28-Diphenyl-2,25-dioxo-30-oxa-3,10,17,24-tetraaza-29-thiopentacyclo[24,2,1,112,15,04,9,018,23]triaconta-5,7,9(4),10,12,14,16,18,20,22,26,28-dodecaene.”Acta Cryst E2010, o660-o661
  • Rizvan K. Askerov, Vladimir V. Roznyatovsky, Evgeny A. Katayev, Abel M. Maharramov and Victor N. Khrustalev., N,N ‘-Bis(2-aminophenyl)-3,4-diphenylthiophene-2,5-dicarboxamide acetonitrile solvate. Acta Cryst E201066, o793-o794


  • E. A. Katayev, G. V. Kolesnikov, V. N. Khrustalev, M. Yu. Antipin R. K. Askerov, A. M. Maharramov, K. E. German, G. A. Kirakosyan, I. G. Tananaev. T. V. Timofeeva, “Recognition of perrhenate and pertechnetate by a neutral macrocyclic receptor”, J. Radioanal. and Nucl. Chem2009, 282, 385-389 (invited)
  • E. A. Katayev, G. V. Kolesnikov, J. L. Sessler. Molecular recognition of pertechnetate and perrhenate. Chem. Soc. Rev.2009, 1572-1586(invited)


  • Evgeny A. Katayev, Ekaterina N. Myshkovskaya, Nikolay V. Boev, Victor N. Khrustalev, Anion binding by pyrrole-pyridine based macrocyclic polyamides, Supramol. Chem., 2008, vol 20, no. 7, 619-624 (featured on the cover)
  • E. A. Katayev, G.V. Lavrov, V.N. Khrustalev, Deprotonation induced activation of dipyrromethane-palladium complexes for dioxygen activationJ. Porph. and Phtal., 2008, 12, 1137-1145
  • E.A. Katayev, G.V. Kolesnikov, E.N. Myshkovskaya, I.G. Tananaev, Voprosy Radiacionnoy Bezopasnosti (in Russian)2008, pp. 16-22
  • Evgeny A. Katayev, Nikolay V. Boev, Ekaterina Myshkovskaya, Victor N. Khrustalev and Yuri. A. Ustynyuk, Expanding sapphyrin: towards selective phosphate binding. Chem. Eur. J., 200814, 9065-9073


  • E. K. Katayev, N. V. Boev, V. N. Khrustalev, Y. A. Ustynyuk, I. G. Tananaev, J. L. Sessler. Bipyrrole- and dipyrromethane-based amido-imine hybrid macrocycles. New receptors for oxoanions. J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 2886-2896
  • Evgeny A. Katayev, Kay Severin, Rosario Scopelliti, Yuri A. Usynyuk, Dioxygen activation by diiminodipyrromethane complexes of Ni, Pd and PtInorg. Chem.2007, 46, 5465-5467
  • Evgeny A. Katayev, Jonathan L. Sessler, Victor N. Khrustalev, Yuri A. Ustynyuk. Synthetic Model of the Phosphate Binding Protein: Solid State Structure and Solution Phase Anion Binding Properties of a Large Oligopyrrolic Macrocycle. J. Org. Chem2007, 72, 7244-7252
  • E. A. Katayev, G.V. Lavrov, V.V. Roznyatovskiy, V.N. Khrustalev. Palladium (ii) complex with 2,5-diamidothiophene-bipyrrole macrocycle. J. Struct. Chem2007, 48(5), 977-980


  • E. A. Katayev, Yu. A. Ustynyuk, J. L. Sessler. Receptors for tetrahedral oxyanions. Coord. Chem. Rev., 2006, 250, 3004-3037
  • Evgeny A. Katayev, Nikolay V. Boev, G. Dan Pantos, Yuriy A. Ustynyuk, Victor N. Khrustalev, Jonathan L. Sessler. New polypyrrole macrocycles for binding of tetrahedral oxyanions. J. Porphirins Phtalocyanines2006, 10, 703
  • Evgeny A. Katayev, Yuriy A. Ustynyuk, Vincent M. Lynch, and Jonathan L. Sessler. Mono-palladium (II) complexes of diamidopyridine-dipyrromethane hybrid macrocycles. Chemical Communication2006, 4682-4684
  • E. A. Katayev, G. D. Pantos, V. M. Lynch, J. L. Sessler, M. D. Reshetova, and Yu. A. Ustynyuk. New polydentate macrocyclic ligands of hybrid amine-imine and amide-imine types as artificial anion receptors. Synthesis and study of anion binding. Russ. Chem. Bull. Int. Ed., 2005, vol. 54, No. 1, 165-172
  • Jonathan L. Sessler, Evgeny Katayev, G. Dan Pantos, Pavel Scherbakov, Marina D. Reshetova, Victor N. Khrustalev, Vincent M. Lynch, and Yuri A. Ustynyuk. Fine Tuning the Anion Binding Properties of 2,6-Diamidopyridine Dipyrromethane Hybrid Macrocycles. J. Am. Chem. Soc., vol 127, No. 32, 2005, 11442-11446
  • Evgeny A. Katayev , G. Dan Pantos, Marina D. Reshetova, Victor N. Khrustalev, Vincent M. Lynch, Yuri A. Ustynyuk, Jonathan L. Sessler. Anion Induced Synthesis and Combinatorial Selection of Polypyrrolic Macrocycles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2005, 44, 7386-7390
  •  Jonathan L. Sessler, Evgeny KatayevG. Dan Pantos, and Yuri A. Ustynyuk, Synthesis and study of a new diamidodipyrromethane macrocycle. An anion receptor with a high sulfate-to-nitrate binding selectivity. Chem. Comm.2004, 11, 1276-1277. Featured in C & E News: “Macrocycle for Nuclear Waste,” Chemical Engineering News, June 7, 2004, p. 8
  • E. A. Katayev, M. D. Reshetova, and Yu. A. Ustynyuk, Binuclear and polynuclear transition metal complexes with macrocyclic ligands. New polydentate azomethine ligands based on 2,5-diformylpyrrole and 2,6-diformylpyridine, Russian Chem. BullInt. Ed., 2004, vol. 53, No 2, 335-340
  • Jonathan L. Sessler, G. Dan Pantos, Evgeny Katayev, and Vincent M. Lynch, Pyrazine Analogues of DipyrrolylquinoxalinesOrg. Lett., 2003. vol. 5, No. 22, 4141-4144.
  • Evgeny Katayev, Yahong Li and Aaron L. Odom. Insertion of an electron-rich alkyne into molybdenum amido bond. Chem. Commun2002, 838-839
  • A. Yu. Chernyadyev, E. A. Katayev, Yu. A. Ustynyuk, M. D. Reshetova, A. A. Sidorov, S. E. Nefedov, G. G. Alexandrov, I. A. Moiseev, I. L. Eremenko. Bi- and polinuclear transition metal complexes with macrocyclic ligands. New antiferromagnetic binuclear nickel complex in reaction of 1,2-diaminobenzene with pyrrole-2,5-dicarboxaldehyde and nickel pivalate. Russian. Chem. Bull. Int. Ed.2001, vol. 5, N. 12, 2445-2450