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Welcome to the Interlab Website. Our objective is to provide useful information to the chemical community that is relevant to our research and teaching activities. It is our hope that prospective graduate students and postdoctoral collaborators might be introduced to the types of research projects that are being pursued in our laboratory from the "Research" and "Publications" sections. The "Current Members" section should give an accurate perspective of both group size and diversity. If you want to find out where the graduates go after their appointments in the group, go to the "Former Members" database and identify those individuals who have pursued either academic or industrial careers. Throughout the academic year, group members participate in an informal seminar series where literature topics relevant to our research interests are presented. If you go to the "Group Seminars" data base you will find a list of the topics covered.

Pierre M. Esteves




Research Interests (see also the Research and Publications)

Interlab research group usually has as goal Energy related issues. We study many interests around this central theme from studying basic single electron transfer processes in organic chemistry, to applications, such as finding inhibitors for methane hydrate formation in deep water drilling processes for petroleum exploration. We always try to give computational/experimental chemistry training to our students, since we do believe that this interface is a fruitful area. Our main projects and interests are shown below.

·         Energy and Petroleum Chemistry.

·         Carbocation and Hydrocarbon chemistry.

·         Catalysis

·         Nanotechnology

·         Mechanistic studies of chemical reactions.

·         Single Electron Transfer processes in Organic Chemistry.

·         Structural Chemistry.

·         Ab initio molecular dynamics techniques in Organic Chemistry.

·         Alkane activation by superacids and in the gas phase.

·         Use of theoretical methods and isotopic labeling techniques in the investigation of reaction mechanisms.


Contact Information


Prof. Pierre M. Esteves (Personal Web Page)

Institute of Chemistry

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Centro de Tecnologia, Bl. A, sala 613

Telephone: 55-(21) 2562-7363

FAX: 55-(21) 2562-7256



Selected Recent Publications (for the full publication list see Publications)


  • Electrophilic Aromatic Nitration: Understanding Its Mechanism and Substituent Effects , Queiroz, J. F.; Carneiro, J. W. M.; Sabino A. A.; Sparapan, R.; Eberlin, M. N.; Esteves, P. M. J. Org. Chem. 2006, 71(16) , 6192-6203. ( )
  • A New Regioselective Bromination of Activated Aromatic Rings , Almeida, L. S. de; Esteves, P. M.; Mattos, M. C. S. Synthesis 2006, No 2 , 221-223. ( )
  • Trichloroisocyanuric Acid in H2SO4 : an Efficient Superelectrophilic Reagent for Chlorination of Isatin and Aromatic Compounds, Mendonça, G. F.; Magalhães, R. R.; Mattos, M. C. S.; Esteves, P. M. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. 2005, 16 (4), 695-698. (
  • The Isobutylene-Isobutane Alkylation Process in Liquid HF Revisited, Esteves, P. M.; Araújo, C. L. ; Horta, B. A. C.; Alvarez, L. J.; Zicovich-Wilson, C. M.; Ramírez-Solís, A. J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 127 (24), 12946-12955. (
  • Neutral structures having a planar-tetracoordinated carbon based on spiropentadienes analogues, Esteves, P. M.; Ferreira,N. B. P., Correa, R. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127 (4), 8680-8685. (
  • N-Halosuccinimide/BF3-H2O, Efficient New Electrophilic Halogenating Systems for Aromatics, Prakash, G. K. S.; Mathew, T.; Hoole, D.; Esteves, P. M.; Wang, Q.; Rasul,R; and Olah, G. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126(48),15770-15776. ( 
  • Unified Mechanism Concept of Electrophilic Aromatic Nitration Revisited: Convergence of Computational Results and Experimental Data, Esteves, P. M.; Carneiro, J. W. M.; Cardoso, S. P.; Barbosa, A. G. H.; Laali, K. K.; Rasul, G.; Prakash, G. K. S.; e Olah, G. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125(16),4836-4849. ( 
  •  The Nature of Superacid Electrophilic Species in HF/SbF5: A DFT Study, Esteves, P. M.; Ramirez-Solis A.; and Mota, C. J. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124(11), 2672-2677. (
  • Protonation of Small Alkanes in Liquid Superacids: Absence of Intramolecular 13C and 2H Scrambling in Propane and Isobutane, Esteves, P. M.; Goeppert, A.; Sassi, A.; Sommer, J.; Karlsson, A.; Ahlberg, P.; and Mota, C. J. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 10628-10629. (
  • The Alkane s Bond Basicity Scale Revisited, Esteves, P. M; Alberto, G. G. P. Ramirez-Solis A.; and Mota, C. J. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 7345-7348. (



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