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  1. Rastogi, S. K.; Anderson, H. E.; Lamas, J.; Barret, S.; Cantu, T.; Zauscher, S.; Brittain, W. J.; Betancourt, T. Enhanced release of molecules upon UV light irradiation from photoresponsive hydrogels prepared from bifunctional azobenzene and four-arm poly(ethylene glycol. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b16183. Published online February 21, 2017.
  2. Brittain, W. J.; Rastogi, S. K.; Rogers, R. A.; Rinaldi, P. Phenyl rotation barrier in Z-azobenzene: A physical organic problem in honor of J. D. R. J. Phys. Org. Chem. DOI: 10.1002/poc.3847. Published online April 14, 2018.


  1. Rastogi, S.K.; Zhao, Z.; Barrett, S. L.; Shelton, S. D.; Zafferani, M.; Anderson, H. E.; Blumenthal, M. O.; Jones, L. R.; Wang, L.; Li, X.; Streu, C. N.; Du, L.; Brittain, W. J. Photoresponsive azo-combretastatin A-4 analogues. Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2018, 143, 1-7.
  2. Das, S.; Duraia, E.-S. M.; Velev, O.; Amiri, M. D. Beall, G. W. Formation of periodic size-segregated stripe pattern via directed self-assembly of binary colloids and its mechanism. Appl. Surf. Sci. 2018, 435, 512-520.
  3. Dabbaghianamiri, M.; Beall, G. Self-assembling nanostructured intercalates via ion-dipole ponding. Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 3178-3184.
  4. Duraia, E.M.; Niu, S.; Beall, G.W.; Rhodes, C.P. Humic acid-derived graphene-SnO2 nanocomposites for high capacity lithium-ion battery anodes. J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Electron. 2018, 29, 8456-8464.
  5. Mustafa, W.A.; Algazzar, E.; Beall, G.W.; Rashed, S.S.; Rashad, E.M. Insecticidal effect of zinc oxide and aluminum oxide nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation technique on Culex quiquefasciatus larvae (Diptera:Culicidae). Intl. J. Appl. Res. 2018, 4, 290-297.
  6. Gujjari, A.; Rodriquez, B.V.; Pescador, J.; Maeder, C.; Beall, G.W.; Lewis, L. K. Factors affecting the association of single- and double-stranded RNAs with montmorillonite nanoclays. Intl. J. of Biol. Macromol. 2018, 109, 551-559.
  7. Duraia, E-S.M.; Fahami, A.; Beall, G.W. Modification of graphite and multiwall carbon nanotubes in the presence of urea. J. Electron. Mater. 2018, 47, 1176-1182.
  8. Rodriguez Amaya, L.; Betancourt, T.; Collins, K.H.; Hinojosa, O.; Corona, C. Undergraduate research experiences - mentoring, awareness, and perceptions - A case study at a Hispanic serving institution. International Journal of STEM Education. 2018, 5, 9.
  9. Wang, K.; Barker, K.; Betancourt, T.; Hall, C. Development of a simple coarse-grained DNA model for analysis of oligonucleotide complex formation. Mol. Simulat. 2018, 44, 1004-1015.
  10. English, L.R.; Tischer, A.; Demeler, A.K.; Demeler, B.; Whitten, S.T. Sequence Reversal Prevents Chain Collapse and Yields Heat-Sensitive Intrinsic Disorder. Biophysical Journal 2018, 115, 328-340.


  1. Fahami, A.; Beall, G. W.; Enayatpour, S.; Tavangarian, F.; Fahami, M. Rapid preparation of nano hexagonal-shaped hydrocalumite via one-pot mechanochemistry method. Appl. Clay Sci. 2017, 136, 90-95.
  2. Brown, C.; Rastogi, S. K.; Barrett, S. L.; Anderson, H. E.; Twichell, E.; Gralinski, S.; McDonald, A.; Brittain, W. J. Differential azobenzene solubility increases equilibrium cis/trans ratio in water. Photoch. Photobio. A 2017, 336, 140-145.
  3. Cantu T.; Walsh, K.; Pattani, V.; Moy, A.; Tunnell, J.; Irvin, J.; Betancourt, T. Conductive polymer-based nanoparticle for laser-mediated photothermal ablation of cancer: synthesis, characterization, and in vitro evaluation. Int. J. Nanomed. 2017, 17, 615-632.
  4. Perera, S.D.; Archer, R.; Damin, C.A.; Mendoza-Cruz, R.; Rhodes, C.P. Controlling interlayer interactions in vanadium pentoxide-poly(ethylene oxide) nanocomposites for enhanced magnesium-ion charge transport and storage. J. Power Sources 2017, 343, 580-591.
  5. Yarawsky, A. E.; English, L. E.; Whitten, S. T.; Herr, A. B. The proline/glycine-rich region of the biofilm adhesion protein aap forms an extended stalk that resists compaction. J. Mol. Biol. 2017, 429, 261-279.
  6. English, L. R.; Tilton, E. C.; Ricard, B. J.; Whitten, S. T. Intrinsic α helix propensities compact hydrodynamic radii in intrinsically disordered proteins. Proteins 2017, 85, 296-311.
  7. Fahami, A.; Nasiri-Tabrizi, B.; Beall, G. W.; Basirun, W. J. Structural insights of mechanically induced aluminum-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles by Rietveld refinement. Chin. J. Chem. Eng. 2017, 25, 238-247.
  8. Niu, S.; McFeron, R.; Godínez-Salomón, F.; Chapman, B. S.; Damin, C. A.; Tracy, J. B.; Augustyn, V.; Rhodes, C. P. Enhanced electrochemical lithium-ion charge storage of iron oxide nanosheets. Chem. Mater. 2017, 9, 7794-7807.
  9. Godinez-Salomon, F.; Mendoza-Cruz, R.; Arellano-Jimenez, M. J.; Jose-Yacaman, M.; Rhodes, C. P. Metallic two-dimensional nanoframes: Unsupported hierarchical nickel-platinum alloy nanoarchitectures with enhanced electrochemical oxygen reduction activity and stability. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2017, 9, 18660-18674.
  10. Godínez-Salomón, F.; Rhodes, C.P; Alcantara, K.S.; Zhu, Q.; Canton, S.E.; Calderon, H.A.; Reyes-Rodríguez, J.L.; Leyva, M.A.; Solorza-Feria, O., Tuning the oxygen reduction activity and stability of Ni(OH)2@Pt/C catalysts through controlling Pt surface composition, strain, and electronic structure. Electrochim. Acta 2017, 247, 958-96.
  11. Fahami, A.; Nasiri-Tabrizi, B.; Beall, G. W.; Tehrani, P. M.; Basirun, W. J. A top-down approach for the synthesis of nano-sized Ba-doped hydroxyapatite. J. Aust. Ceram. Soc. 2017, 53, 491-498.
  12. Dabbaghianamiri, M.; Das, S.; Beall, G. W. Improvement approach for gas barrier behavior of polymer/clay nanocomposite films. MRS Adv. 2017, 2, 3547-3552. Impact factor not available
  13. Fahami, A.; Duraia, E. M.; Beall, G. W.; Fahami, M. Facile synthesis and structural insight of chloride intercalated Ca/Al layered double hydroxide nanopowders. J. Alloys Compd. 2017, 727, 970-977.
  14. Das, S.; Duraia, E.-L. M.; Velev, O. D.; Gatabi, J. R.; Beall, G. W. Reduction of defects in self-assembling colloidal monolayers via surface modifiers and periodic mechanical vibration. Surf. Coat. Tech. 2017, 319, 353-3.
  15. Wang, L.; Zhang, Z.; Jiang, J.; Irvin, J. A.; Liu, C.; Wang, M.; Li, X. Self-assembly of tetrameric and hexameric terpyridine-based macrocycles using Cd(II), Zn(II), and Fe(II). Inorg. Chem. 2017, 57, 3548-3558.


  1. Rastogi, S.K.; Rogers, R.A.; Shi, J.; Brown, C. T.; Salinas, C.; Martin, K. M.; Armitage, J.; Dorsey, C.; Chun, G.; Rinaldi, P.; Brittain, W. J. Through-space 19F-19F spin-spin coupling in ortho-fluoro Z-azobenzene. Mag. Reson.Chem. 2016, 54, 126-131.
  2. Tomasso, M. E.; Tarver, M. J.; Devarajan, D.; Whitten, S. T. Hydrodynamic radii of intrinsically disordered proteins determined from experimental polyproline II propensities. PLoS Comput. Biol. 2016, 12(1), e1004686.
  3. Cantu, T.; Rodier, B.; Iszard, Z.; Kilian, A.; Pattani, V.; Walsh, K.; Weber, K.; Tunnell, J.; Betancourt, T.; Irvin, J. Electroactive polymer nanoparticles exhibiting photothermal properties. J. Vis. Exp. 2016, 107, e53631.
  4. Barker, K.; Rastogi, S. K.; Dominguez, J.; Cantu, T.; Brittain, W.; Irvin, J.; Betancourt, T. Biodegradable DNA-enabled poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels prepared by copper-free click chemistry. J. Biomater. Sci. Polym. Ed. 2016, 27, 22-39.
  5. Deardorff, C. L.; Sikma, R. E.; Rhodes, C. P.; Hudnall, T. W. Carbene-derived α-acyl iminium cations: organic molecules with readily tunable multiple redox processes. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 9024-9025.
  6. Fahami, A.; Beall, G. W. Mechanosynthesis and characterization of hydrotalcite like Mg-Al-SO4-LDH. Mater. Lett. 2016, 165, 192-195.
  7. Hamon, C.; Dorsey, C.; Özel, T.; Barnes, E.; Hudnall, T.; Betancourt, T. Near infrared aza-BODIPY dye loaded biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for optical cancer imaging. J. Nanopart. Res. 2016, 18, 1-11.
  8. Yan, X.; Wang, M.; Cook, T. R.; Zhang, M.; Saha, M. L.; Zhou, Z.; Li, X.; Huang, F.; Stang, P. Light-emitting superstructures with anion effect: coordination-driven self-assembly of pure tetraphenylethylene metallacycles and metallacages. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 4580-4588.
  9. Zhen, W.; Chen, L.; Yang, G.; Sun, B.; Wang, X.; Jian, B.; Yin, G.; Zhang, L.; Li, X.; Liu, M.; Chen, G.; Yang, H. Construction of smart supramolecular polymeric hydrogels cross-linked by discrete Organoplatinum (II) metallacycles via post-assembly polymerization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 4927-4937.
  10. Fahami, A.; Beall, G. W.; Betancourt, T. Synthesis, bioactivity and zeta potential investigations of chlorine and fluorine substituted hydroxyapatite. Mat. Sci. Eng. C 2016, 59, 78-85.
  11. Lambert, C. L.; Enters, M. E.; Rastogi, S. K.; Brown, C. T.; Shoulders, B. A.; Brittain, W. J.; Chang, J. Reaction mechanism for the formation of dialkylated nickel(II) salen involved in the catalytic reduction of (bromomethyl)cyclopropane. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2016, 163, G206-G210.
  12. Wang, M.; Wang, K.; Wang, C.; Huang, M.; Hao, X.-Q.; Shen, M.-Z.; Shi, G.-Q.; Zhang, Z.; Song, B.; Cisneros, A.; Song, M.-P.; Xu, B.; Li, X. Self-assembly of concentric hexagons and hierarchical self-assembly of supramolecular metal-organic nanoribbons at the solid/liquid interface. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 9258-9266.
  13. Li, Y.; Jiang, Z.; Wang, M.; Yuan, J.; Liu, D.; Yang, X.; Chen, M.; Yan, J.; Li, X.; Wang, P. Giant, hollow 2D metalloarchitecture: Stepwise self-assembly of a hexagonal supramolecular nut. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 10041-10046.
  14. Zhou, Z.; Yan, X.; Saha, M. L.; Zhang, M.; Wang, M.; Li, X.; Stang, P. J. Immobilizing tetraphenylethylene into fused metallacycles: Shape effects on fluorescence emission. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 13131-13134.
  15. Stein, M.; Chen, C.; Mullings, M.; Jamie, D.J.; Zaleski, A.; Mukherjee, P.; Rhodes, C.P. Probing the effect of high energy ball milling on the structure and properties of LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 cathodes, J. Electrochem. Energy Conv. Storage 2016, 13, 031001.
  16. Weigum, S.E.; Xiang, L.; Osta, E.; Li, L.; López, G.P. Hollow silica microspheres for buoyancy-assisted separation of infectious pathogens from stool. J. Chromatogr. A 2016, 1466, 29-36.
  17. Fahami, A.; Al-Hazmi, F. S.; Al-Ghamdi, A. A.; Mahmoud, W. E.; Beall, G. W. Structural characterization of chlorine intercalated Mg/Al layered double hydroxides: A comparison study between mechanochemistry and hydrothermal methods. J. Alloy Compd. 2016, 683, 100-107.
  18. Fahami, A.; Beall, G. W. Synthesis and characterization of hydrotalcite like compound via a facile solid state method. MRS Adv. 2016, 1, 2557-2562.


  1. Yu, J.; Martin, B.R.; Clearfield, A.; Luo, Z.; Sun, L. One-step direct synthesis of layered double hydroxide single layer nanosheets. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 9448-9451.
  2. Gonzalez, C. M.; Wu, W. -C.; Tracy, J. B.; Martin, B. R. Photochemical synthesis of size-tailored hexagonal ZnS quantum dots. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 3087-3090. I
  3. Sun, B.; Wang, M.; Lou, Z.; Huang, M.; Xu, C.; Li, X.; Chen, L.-J.; Yu, Y.; Davis, G. L.; Xu, B.; Yang, H.-B.; Li, X. From ring-in-ring to sphere-in-sphere: Self-assembly of discrete 2D and 3D architectures with increasing stability. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 1556-1564.
  4. Rastogi, S. K.; Rogers, R. A.; Shi, J.; Gao, C.; Rinaldi, P. L.; Brittain, W. J. Conformational dynamics of o-fluoro-substituted Z-azobenzene. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 11485-11490.
  5. Zimmerman, M. T.; Tischer, A.; Whitten, S. T.; Auton, M. Structural origins of misfolding propensity in the platelet adhesive Von Willebrand Factor A1 domain. Biophys. J. 2015, 109(2), 398-406.
  6. Li, H.; Zhang, H.; Lammer, A. D.; Wang, M.; Li, X.; Lynch, V. M.; Sessler, J. L. Quantitative self-assembly of a purely organic three-dimensional catenane in water. Nat. Chem. 2015, 7, 1003-1008.
  7. Yan, X.; Wang, H.; Hauke, C. E.; Cook, T. R.; Wang, M.; Saha, M. L.; Zhou, Z.; Zhang, M.; Li, X.; Huang, F.; Stang, P. J. A suite of tetraphenylethylene-based discrete organoplatinum(II) metallacycles: Controllable structure and stoichiometry, aggregation-induced emission, and nitroaromatics sensing. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 15276-15286.
  8. Özel, T.; White, S.; Nguyen, E.; Moy, A.; Brenes, N.; Choi, B.; Betancourt, T. Enzymatically activated near infrared nanoprobes based on amphiphilic block copolymers for optical detection of cancer. Laser Surg. Med. 2015, 47, 579-594.
  9. Marshall, A. S.; Rogers, R. A.; Perry, J. W.; Brittain, W. J. Transient absorption characterization of the ring-opening reaction of tetrahydrochromeno[2,3-b] indole. J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2015, 29, 221-226.
  10. Shi, Y.; Wang, M.; Ma, C.; Wang, Y.; Li, X.; Yu, G. A conductive self-healing hybrid gel enabled by metal-ligand supramolecule and nanostructured conductive polymer. Nano. Lett. 2015, 15, 6276 -6281. I
  11. Chen, L.; Ren, Y.; Wu, N.; Sun, B.; Ma, J.; Zhang, L.; Tan, H.; Liu, M.; Li, X.; Yang, H. Hierarchical self-assembly of discrete organoplatinum (II) metallacycles with polysaccharide via electrostatic interactions and their application for heparin detection. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 11725 – 11735.
  12. Yu, J.; Xiang, L.; Martin, B.; Clearfield, A.; Sun, L. Direct growth of layered intercalation compounds via single step one-pot in-situ synthesis. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 11398-11400.
  13. Fahami, A.; Beall, G. W. Structural and morphological characterization of Mg0.8Al0.2(OH)2Cl0.2 hydrotalcite produced by mechanochemistry method. J. Solid State Chem. 2016, 233, 422-427.
  14. Rodriquez, B. V.; Pescador, J.; Pollok, N.; Beall, G. W.; Maeder, C.; Lewis, L. K. Impact of size, secondary structure, and counterions on the binding of small ribonucleic acids to layered double hydroxide nanoparticles. Biointerphases 2015, 10, 041007.
  15. Fahami, A.; Beall, G. W. Mechanosynthesis of carbonate doped chloroapatite ZnO nanocomposite with negative zeta potential. Ceram. Int. 2015, 41, 12323-12330.
  16. Gu, R.; Lamas, J.; Rastogi, S. K.; Li, X.; Brittain, W. J.; Zauscher, S. Photocontrolled micellar aggregation of amphiphilic DNA-azobenzene conjugates. Colloid Surface B 2015, 135, 126-132.
  17. Cook, R.; Chen, Y.; Beall, G. W. Highly ordered self-assembling polymer/clay nanocomposite barrier film. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2015, 7, 10915-10919.


  1. Winkel, K. L.; Carberry, J. R.; Araya, M.; Wood, L. M.; Iszard, Z. W.; Cantu, T.; Martin, B.; Li, X.; Irvin, J. A. Donor-acceptor-donor polymers utilizing pyrimidine-based acceptors. React. Funct. Polym. 2014, 83, 113-122.
  2. Perez, R. B.; Tischer, A.; Auton M.; Whitten, S. T.; Alanine and proline content modulate global sensitivity to discrete perturbations in disordered proteins. Proteins 2014, 82, 3373-3384.
  3. Gonzalez, C. M.; Martin, B.; Betancourt, T. Photochemical synthesis of bimetallic and anisotropic Au-containing nanoparticles using a one-step protocol. J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 17574-17585.
  4. Rogers, R. A.; Rodier, A. R.; Stanley, J. A.; Douglas, N. A.; Li, X.; Brittain, W. J. A Study of the spriopyran-merocyanine system using ion mobility-mass spectrometry: experimental support for the cisoid conformation. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 3424-3426.


  1. Chen, H.; Wang, W.; Martin, J. C.; Oliphant, A. J.; Doerr, P. A.; Xu, J. F.; DeBorn, K. M.; Chen, C.; Sun, L. Extraction of lignocellulose and synthesis of porous silica nanoparticles from rice husks- A comprehensive utilization of rice husk biomass. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2013, 1, 254-259.
  2. Douglas, N. A.; Neef, C. A.; Rogers, R. A.; Stanley, J.; Armitage, J. A.; Martin, B.; Hudnall, T.; Brittain, W. J. Reactivity of tetrahydrochromeno[2,3-b]indoles: Chromic indicators of cyanide. J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2013, 26, 688-695.
  3. Wang, Q.; Yu, J.; Lui, J.; Guo, Z.; Umar, A.; Sun, L. Na+ and K+ - exchanged zirconium phosphate (ZrP) as high-temperature CO2 adsorbents. Sci. Adv. Mat. 2013, 5, 469-474.


  1. Wang, W.; Huang, Z.; Chen, H,; Tan, Z,; Wang, H,; Chen, C.; Sun, L. Methane hydrates with a high capacity and high formation rate promoted by biosurfactants. Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 11638-11640.
  2. Wang, W.; Martin, J.C.; Huang, R.; Huang, W.; Liu, A.; Sun, L. Synthesis of silicon complexes from rice husk derived silica nanoparticles. RSC Adv. 2012, 2, 9036-9041.