Elena S. Shubina

Head of the Laboratory
Elena S. Shubina
Personal Info
A.N.Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds (INEOS)
Russian Academy of Sciences, Vavilov St. 28, Moscow, 119991, Russia
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Academic Degree
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Moscow State University (1982)
D. Sc. in Chemistry, INEOS RAS (1997)
Prof. Physical Chemistry (2006)
1969-1974 - M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chemistry Department
1978-1982 - Postgraduate course at Moscow State University
1974-1978 - junior researcher, Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry
1982-1986 - junior research scientist, INEOS RAS
1986-1991 - research scientist, INEOS RAS
1991-1998 - senior research scientist, INEOS RAS
1998-2001 - leading research scientist, INEOS RAS
2001-2003 - leading researcher, Head of the Group of Metal Hydrides
2004 - present time - Head of the Laboratory of Metal Hydrides, INEOS RAS
Scientific Interests
Organometallic, Inorganic, Physical chemistry; molecular spectroscopy; structure and reactivity of transition metal hydride complexes and main group hydrides; intermolecular interactions; hydrogen bonding and proton transfer in organometallic chemistry; supramolecular design based on macrocyclic pyrazolates of copper(I) or silver(I) and metal-oxo clusters with organoelement and organic ligands

Three new types of intermolecular hydrogen bonds typical for organometallic compounds have been comprehensively explored: hydrogen bonds to transition metal atom as proton acceptor, to hydride ligand as proton acceptor and with hydride ligand as proton donor. Approaches to mechanistic studies of proton transfer reactions of transition metal and main group element hydrides have been developed. Their application allowed showing a guiding role of various unusual hydrogen bonds that determine the proton transfer pathway and the reaction selectivity. Relationship between the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of each reaction step and peculiarities of potential energy profiles have been deduced.


over 150 Papers in peer-review journals including 3 book chapters: “Dihydrogen bonded complexes and proton transfer to hydride ligand by spectral (IR, NMR) studies” in Recent Advances in Hydride Chemistry, Elsevier Science, 2001; “Weak Interactions and M-H Bond Activation” in Advances in Organometallic Chemistry: The Silver/Gold Jubilee International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Celebratory Book, First Edition. Ed.: A. J. L. Pombeiro. John Willey & Sons, Inc., 2014, chapt. 8, 97-109; “IR spectroscopy of hydrides and its application to hydrogen bonding and proton transfer studies” in Spectrosc. Prop. Inorg. Organomet. Compd., 2012, 43, 1–28

Supervisor of 10 Ph. D. Thesis

Invited Lecturer: Lecturer at Universities of Germany, India, Japan, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy in 1995-2014.
Visiting Professor at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon in 2001–2004 and Toulouse 2012

Plenary, Invited or Keynote lecturer at XIII FECHEM Conference on Organometallic Chemistry 1999; 12th International Conference on Boron Chemistry 2005; Japan, International Conference “From molecules towards materials”, Russia, 2005; International Conference on Cluster Chemistry and Polynuclear Compounds, Russia 2006, XVII EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Sofia, Bulgaria 2007,. XIII IMEBORON, Barcelone, Spain, 2008, XIV IMEBORON, Canada, 2011, International Conference on Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry, N. Novgorod, Russia, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, International Conference on Hydrogen and Hydrogen Storage: Methods and Materials, January, 2009, Bangalore, India, XXV ICOMC Portugal 2012, 79th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Chemical Society 2014; International Conference on Coordination Chemistry ICCC-41, Singapore, 2014, International Symposium on “New Horizons in Chemistry” and Interdisciplinary Symposium on Material Chemistry, Mumbai, India, 2014.

Total over 100 Communications at International scientific meetings

International and National Activity:
  • Russian representative in the EuCheMS Division on Organometallic Chemistry since 2007
  • Member of the Organizing Committees of International conferences on Organometallic Chemistry held in Russia since 1993
  • Organizer of Franco-Russian seminars “Homogeneous catalysis for the sustainable development” 2009, 2012, 2015
  • Russian Coordinator of the 3 bilateral Projects between CNR (Rome) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) in 2008-2009; 2010-2011; 2012-2013
  • Russian Coordinator of bilateral RFBR - CNRS Projects (PICS) in 2005-2007
  • Russian Coordinator of International research group (GDRI) “Homogeneous catalysis for the sustainable development” (France, Italy, Russia) 2008-2015
  • Russian Coordinator of RFBR (Russia)- CNR (Italy) research project 2015-2017
  • Responsible of 8 RFBR projects since 1995
  • Referee of the following international journals: Journal of the American Chemical Society; Coordination Chemistry Reviews; Chemistry – the European Journal; Chemical Communications; Organometallics; Dalton Transactions; Inorganic Chemistry; European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry; Journal of Organometallic Chemistry; Journal of Molecular Structure; Inorganica Chimica Acta; Inorganic Chemistry Communications; Journal of the Physical Chemistry.

  • J. Organomet. Chem., 2011, 696, 1174-1183
    P. A. Dub, J.-C. Daran, V. A. Kirkina, N. V. Belkova, E. S. Shubina, R. Poli
    Modeling the platinum-catalyzed intermolecular hydroamination of ethylene: the nucleophilic addition of HNEt2 to coordinated ethylene in trans-PtBr2(C2H4)(HNEt2)
  • Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 1367–1370
    V. A. Kirkina, A. Rossin, N. V. Belkova, M. R. Chierotti, L. M. Epstein, O. A. Filippov, R. Gobetto, L. Gonsalvi, A. Lledos, E. S. Shubina, F. Zanobini, M. Peruzzini
    Acid-base interaction between transition metal hydrides results in dihydrogen bonding and assists H2 evolution
  • Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 3325-3331
    V. N.Tsupreva, A. A. Titov, O. A. Filippov, A. N. Bilyachenko, A. F.Smol'yakov, F. M. Dolgushin, D. V. Agapkin, I. A. Godovikov, L. M. Epstein, E. S. Shubina
    Peculiarities of the Complexation of Copper and Silver Adducts of a 3,5-Bis(trifluoromethyl)pyrazolate Ligand with Organoiron Compounds
  • Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 444-450
    O.N. Kazheva, G.G. Alexandrov, A.V. Kravchenko, I.D. Kosenko, I.A. Lobanova, I.B. Sivaev, O. A. Filippov, E. S. Shubina, V.I. Bregadze, V.A. Starodub, L.V. Titov, L.I. Buravov, O.A. Dyachenko
    Molecular Conductors with a 8-Hydroxy cobalt Bis(dicarbollide) Anion
  • Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 12539-52
    A. Béthegnies, V. A. Kirkina, O. A. Filippov, J.-C. Daran, N. V. Belkova, E. S. Shubina, R. Poli
    Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of Relevance to the Rhodium-Based Catalyst for Ethylene Hydroamination