Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Tenure professor at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia

  • Her scientific interests focus on design of macrocyclic container molecules such as hemicucurbiturils, studies of their formation, structure, chiroptical and supramolecular properties, and applications. She graduated from TalTech with a BEng and MEng and obtained PhD in 2005 under supervision of Prof. Margus Lopp and Prof Tõnis Kanger. During her PhD studies worked in the group of Prof. A. Alexakis at the University of Geneva and after graduation she spent one academic year as a Fulbright visiting scientist with Prof. S. E. Denmark at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Since 2011, she has been a grantee of several independent grants and have built up her own research group at TalTech.

Selected publications

  • Kaabel S., Stein R. S., Fomitsenko M., Jarving 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 –6234. DOI:10.1002/ange.201813431. (Back Cover) First version as a preprint is available in ChemRxiv

  • Ustrnul, L.; Kaabel, S.; Burankova, T.; Martõnova, J.; Adamson, J.; Konrad, N.; Burk, P.; Borovkov, V.; Aav, R. (2019). Supramolecular chirogenesis in zinc porphyrins by enantiopure hemicucurbit[n]urils (n = 6, 8). Chemical Communications. 2019, 55, 14434-14437 DOI: 10.1039/c9cc07150d.

  • 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.

  • 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. Chemical Science, 2017, 8 (3), 2184−2190. doi: 10.1039/C6SC05058A.

  • Prigorchenko, E.; Öeren, M.; Kaabel, S.; Fomitšenko, M.; Reile, I.; Järving, I.; Tamm, T.; Topic, F.; Rissanen, K.; Aav, R. Template-controlled synthesis of chiral cyclohexylhemicucurbit[8]uril. Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 10921−10924.

  • Aav, R.; Shmatova, E.; Reile, I.; Borissova, M.; Topic, F.; Rissanen, K. New Chiral Cyclohexylhemicucurbit[6]uril. Organic Letters, 2013 15 (14), 3786−3789.10.1021/ol401766a.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Research and Innovation grant: H2020-FETOPEN, 828779, INITIO “INnovative chemIcal sensors for enanTioselective detectIon of chiral pOllutants” (period 01.01.2019- 31.12.2021, beneficiary: Tallinn University of Technology, PI;

  • Research grant: PRG399, Adaptable supramolecular chirality sensors, (period 01.01.2019- 31.12.2023), PI;

  • COST CA18112 – Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry (Estonian MCM: Riina Aav, period 05.12.2018-12.11.2022)

  • Research grant: PUT692 "Development of new molecular containers (1.01.2015−31.12.2018), PI,

  • Research grant: B25 "Development of New Chiral Hemicucurbiturils (1.09.2013−1.09.2016), PI,

  • Research grant: ETF8698 "Synthesis, Characterization and Application of New Asymmetric Iminophosphoranes (1.01.2011−31.12.2014), PI.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of council of TalTech Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, since 2019

  • Member of expert panel in Natural Sciences of Estonian Research Council, since 2019

  • Member of editorial Board of Taylor & Francis journal “Supramolecular Chemistry”, since 2019

  • Chair of reviewing panel of National Student Research Competition, since 2017

  • Elected member of council of TTU Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, 2017 − 2018

  • Board member of Estonian Chemical Society, since 2017

  • Elected member of council of TTÜ Faculty of Science, 2015 − 2016

  • Member of council of TUT Department of Chemistry, 2014 − 2016

  • National Student Research Competition Commissioner, 2014 − 2016

  • External Review Panel member of professional accreditation of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program in Northern (Arctic) Federal University (Russia), 2013

  • Organizing committee member of International Conference on Synthetic Organic Chemistry BOS2012, Tallinn, Estonia, 2012

  • Organizing committee member of International Conference on Synthetic Organic Chemistry BOS206, Tallinn, Estonia, 2006

  • Regularly participating in work of PhD defend committees at Tallinn University of Technology and have served as PhD theses referee/opponent as international expert

  • Member of Estonian Chemical Society, since 1994

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, three children.


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