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  1. “Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” ~736 pages, Edited by Vivek Polshettiwar and Tewodros Asefa, John Wiley & Sons,  Inc., 2013. ISBN: 978-1-118-14886-0 (


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Book Chapters:


  1. Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.* “Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers: Nanoporous Materials for Electrocatalysis” Book Chapter; In: Rothenberg, G. (ed.) in Volume “Porous Materials for Energy Applications” in “Handbook of Porous Materials”, World Scientific, Singapore., 2020.              .
  2. Asefa, T.*;  Dubovoy, V. “Ordered Mesoporous/Nanoporous Inorganic Materials via Self-Assembly” Invited Book Chapter In: Atwood, J. L., (ed.) Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry II, 2017, vol. 9, pp. 157-192. Oxford: Elsevier.

  3. Asefa, T.; Huang, X. “Nanocatalysis: Catalysis by Nanomaterials” Invited Book Chapter in Handbook of Solid State Chemistry, First Edition. Edited by Richard Dronskowski, Shinichi Kikkawa, and Andreas Stein, 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co.

  4. Polshettiwar, V.*; Asefa, T.*; “Introduction to Nanocatalysis” Book Chapter In Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” (V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 1-10.

  5. Asefa, T.*; Biradar, A. V.; Das, S.; Sharma, K. K.; Silva, R. “Nanocatalysts for the Heck Coupling Reactions” Book Chapter in “Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” (V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 11-50.

  6. Asefa, T.*; Biradar, A. V.; Das, S.; Sharma, K. K. “Nanostructured Catalysts for the Aldol, Knoevenagel, and Henry Reactions” Book Chapter in “Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” (V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 221-250.

  7. Asefa, T.*; Anan, A.; Duncan, C. T.; Xie, Y. “Spherical & Anisotropic Non-Magnetic Core-shell Nanomaterials - Synthesis and Characterization” Invited Book Chapter in “Non Magnetic Bi-Metallic and Metal Oxide Nanomaterials for Life Sciences", Editor: Challa S. S. R. Kumar, Wiley-VCH, Volume 3, Chapter 9, 2009, pp. 281-330.

  8. Asefa, T.*; Anan, A.; Duncan, C. T.; Xie, Y. “Functionalized Nanoporous and Mesoporous Heterogeneous Catalysts – New Synthetic Strategies and Applications” Invited Book Chapter in “Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Progress”, Editor: Mathias B. Gunther, Nova Publishers, New York, Chapter 2, 2009, pp. 81-110.

  9. Asefa, T.*; Sharma, K. K.; Anan, A.; Vathyam, R.; Buckley, R. P.; Dam, H. M.; Xie, Y.; Quinlivan, S.; Wang, G.; Duncan, C. “Efficient and Selective Nanoporous Catalysts by Placing Multiple Site-Isolated Functional Groups on Mesoporous Materials” Invited Book Chapter in “Nanoporous Materials” (A. Sayari and M. Jaroniec, eds.), World Scientific Publ. Co., Singapore, 2008, pp. 497-508.


Issued Patents and Provisional Patents:


  1. Inventors: Asefa, T.*; Dubovoy, V.; Ganti, A.; Boyd, J. M. "Banzalkonium-embedded mesostructured silica compositions and uses of same" United States Patent; Patent No.: 11,547,680; January 10, 2023.                                                                                                                                 
  2. Inventors: Asefa, T.*; Folmann, HDM; Silva, R.; Oliveira, O. "Multifunctional Hybrid Aerogels" United States Patent Application; Patent No.: 20200181347; June 11, 2020.

  3. Inventors: Landers, J.; Niemark, A. V.; Asefa, T.; Vishnyakov, A.; Goswami, A.; Ortiz, J. C. "Multicatalyst Polyelectrolyte Membranes and Materials and Methods utilizing the Same" United States Patent; Patent No.: 10,722,743; Issued: July 28, 2020.

  4. Inventors: Yoon, C. W.; Ham, H.-C.; Nam, S.-W.; Asefa, T.*; Koh, K.; Han, J.; Yoon, S.-P.; Park, H.-S.; Jeon, M. "Catalyst for Dehydrogenation of Formate and Hydrogenation Reaction of Bicarbonate and Preparation Methods Thereof" United States Patent; Patent No.: 10,688,474, June 23, 2020.

  5. Inventors: Asefa, T.*; Silva, R. "Polymer-Derived Catalysts and Methods of Use Thereof" United States Patent; Patent No.: 9985296; Issued: May 29, 2018.

  6. Inventors: Asefa, T.*; Biradar, A. V.; Wang, Y. "Efficient and Recyclable Heterogeneous Nanocatalysts" United States Patent; Patent No.: 9,283,545; Issued: March 15, 2016.

  7. Inventors: Asefa, T.*, Shi, Y.-L. “Corrugated and Nanoporous Microstructures and Nanostructures, and Methods for Synthesizing the Same” United States Patent; Patent No.: 9176140; Issued: November 3, 2015.

  8. Inventors: Asefa, T.*, Fuller, R.; Schiff, E. A. “Mesoporous and Nanoporous Materials, and Methods of Synthesizing the Same” United States Patent, Patent No.: 8,802,045; Issue Date, August 12, 2014.

  9. Inventors: W. Whitnal, T. Asefa, G. A. Ozin “Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Mesoporous Materials”, United States Patent, Patent Number: 7767620; Issued: August 3, 2010; Licensed to Novx Systems Inc.

  10. Inventors: T. Asefa and G. A. Ozin “Functionalized Organometallic Crystalline Mesoporous Material Prepared by Metalation-Condensation of Organometallic Compounds” United States Patent; Patent No.: 6,960,551, Issued November 1, 2005; Licensed to ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, USA.

  11. Inventors: T. Asefa and A. V. Biradar “Gold Nanocatalysts and Methods of Use Thereof” Provisional United States Patent Application No.: 61/484,040; Application Number: 13/467,492; Filed on May 9, 2011.

  12. Inventors: T. Asefa, A. V. Biradar and Y. Wang “Efficient and Recyclable Heterogeneous Nanocatalysts” United States Patent Application No. 13/396,052; Filed February 14, 2012

  13. Inventors: T. Asefa and R. Silva “Carbon Nanoneedles and Methods of Use Thereof” Invention Disclosure; Patent Application in Progress.

  14. Inventors: T. Asefa and R. Silva “Continuous and Selective Henry Reaction over Nanoporous Silica-Supported Amine Catalyst on Fixed Bed Reactor” Invention Disclosure; United States Patent Application, In Progress.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

(Total Citations: 31,000+; h-Index = 72; i10 Index = 185):



(220) Liu, Y.; Deng, C.; Liu, F.; Dai, X.; Yang, X.; Chen, Y.; Wu, Z.; Guo, S.; Asefa, T.*; Liu, Y.* "Coupling Electron Donors with Proton Repulsion via Pt-N3-S Sites to Boost CO2 Reduction in CO2/H2 Fuel Cell" Nano Energy, 2024, Accepted for Publication: In Press.Nano Energy 24

(219) Mikmeková, E. M.; Materna, J.; Konvalina, I.; Mikmeková, S.; Müllerová, I.; Asefa, T. "A soft Touch With Electron Beams: Digging Out Structural Information of Nanomaterials With Advanced Scanning Low Energy Electron Microscopy Coupled With Deep Learning" Ultramicroscopy, 2024, 262, 113965.Ultramicroscopy 24 

(218) Luo, X.; Lei, X.; Yang L.; Zhao, J.; Asefa, T.*, Qiu, R.*; Huang, Z.* "Ball Milling of La2O3 Tailors Crystal Structure, Reactive Oxygen Species, and Free Radical and Non-Free Radical Photocatalytic Pathways" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2024, 16, 18671-18685.                                 .  ACS AMI 24

(217) Muneeswaran, Z. P.; Teoman, B.; Wang, Y.; Chaudhry, H.; Brinzari, T. V.; Verma, G.; Ranasinghe, L.; Kaler,K. R.; Huang, X.; He, X.; Thomas, B.; Xu, S.; Cheng, C.-Y.; Boyd, J. M.; Chen, D.; Hao, Z.; Ma, S.; Asefa, T.; Pan, L.*; Dubovoy, V.* "Novel Anionic Surfactant-modified Chlorhexidine and Its Potent Antimicrobial Properties" Dalton. Trans., 2024, 5, 2670-277.                                                                                                                                                  .Dalton Trans 2024       

(216) Yang, G.; Hu, F.; Cui, L.-L.; Fan, M.; Ge, X.; He, X.*; Zhang. W.*; Asefa, T.* "Deriving Paired Fe Sites on N-Doped Carbon from Fe (III)-Tetrapyridinylporphyrin-Modified ZIF-8: Robust Electrocatalysts for Air Electrodes in Zinc-Air Batteries" Inorg. Chem. Front., 2024, 11, 1764-1774.                                                          .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .             Inorg Chem Front 24



(215) Li, Y.; Thomas, B.; Tang, C.; Asefa, T.* "Enhancing the Electrocatalytic Activities of Metal Organic Frameworks for Oxygen Evolution Reaction with Bimetallic Groups" Dalton Trans., 2023, 52, 17834-17845.                                                                                                             .Dalton Trans

(214) Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Cox, J.; Thomas, B.; Asefa, T.* "Nanomaterials for Removal of Phenolic Derivatives from Water Systems: Progress and Future Outlooks" Molecules, 2023, 28, 6568.                                                            .Molecules

(214) Xing, T.; Wang, Y.; Shang, Y.; Zhao, R.*; Du, J.*; Asefa, T.* "Heterojunction-Engineered Reduced Graphene Oxide/SnO2 with Mesoporous Structures for Gas Chemosensors" ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2023, 6, 13984–13993.Appl Nano Mater

(213) Xie, H.; Du, B.; Huang, X.; Zeng, D.; Meng, H.; Lin, H.; Li, W.; Asefa, T.*; Meng, Y.* High Density Single Fe Atoms on Mesoporous N‐Doped Carbons: Noble Metal‐Free Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acidic and Alkaline Media" Small, 202319, 2303214.                                 .Small 23

(212) Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Norambuena, J.; Hu, H.; Thomas, B.; Tang, C.; Boyd, J. M.*; Asefa, T.* "Repurposing Anthelmintics: Rafoxanide- and Copper-Funcionalized SBA-15 Carriers Against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2023, 15, 17459-17469 .  ACS AMI 23

(211) Thomas, B.; Tang, C.; Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Asefa, T.* "Incorporation of Bismuth Increases the Electrocatalytic Activity of Cobalt Borates for Oxygen Evolution Reaction" ChemPlusChem, 2023, e202300104.                                                                                                                                           .ChemPlusChem

(210) Weng, Z.; Huang, H.; Li, X.; Zhang, Y.; Shao, R.; i, Y.; Lu, Y.; Zeng, X.; Zou, J.; Chen, L.; Li, W.; Meng, Y.*; Asefa, T.*; Huang, C.* "Coordination Tailoring of Epitaxial Perovskite-Derived Iron Oxide Films for Efficient Water Oxidation Electrocatalysis" ACS Catal., 2023, 13, 2751-2760.              ACS Catal 23




(209) Tang, C.; Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Thomas, B.; Asefa, T.* "Selective and Efficient Extraction of Iron from Water Systems with a Recyclable Phytate-Polyaniline Hydrogel" J. Cleaner Prod., 2022380, 135006.

JCleanerProd 22

(208) Bedin, K. C.; Cazetta, A. L.; Souza, I. P. A. F.; Spessato, L.; Zhang, T.; Araújo, R. A.; Silva, R.; Asefa, T.; Almeida, V. C.* "N-doped Spherical Activated Carbon from Dye Adsorption: Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Hydrazine Oxidation and Oxygen Reduction" J. Environ. Chem. Eng.202210, 107458.JEnvironChemEng 

(207) Luo, X.; Asefa, T.; Qiu, R.; Su, C.; Cui, L.; Huang, Z.* "Robust Adsorption and Persulfate-Based Degradation of Doxycycline by Oxygen Vacancy-Rich Copper-Iron Oxides Prepared through a Mechanochemical Route" ACS EST Water20222, 1031-1045.


(206) Tang, C.; Thomas, B.; Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Mikmekova, E.; Asefa, T.* "Metal-Functionalized Hydrogels as Efficient Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces202214, 20919-20929.      


(205) Mulik, B. B.; Bankar, B. D.; Munde, A. V.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* Sathe, B. R.*  "Facile Synthesis and Characterization of γ-Al2O3 Loaded on Reduced Graphene Oxide for Electrochemical Reduction of CO2" Sustain. Energy Fuels20226, 5308-5315.


(204) Tang, C.; Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Thomas, B.; Yeh, Y.-W.; Batson, P. E.; Asefa, T.* "Hierarchichally Ordered Nanoporous Carbon with Exclusively Surface-Anchored Cobalt as Efficient Electrocatalyst” Small Methods, 20226, 2200519.                                                                             .Small Methods 2022




(203) Teaman, B.; Muneeswaran, Z. P.; Verma, G.; Chen, D.; Brinzari, T. V.; Almeda-Ahmadi, A.; Norambuena, J.; Xu, S.; Ma, S.; Boyd, J. M.; Armentante, P. M.; Potanin, A.; Pan, L.; Asefa, T.*; Dubovoy, V.* "Cetylpyridinium Trichlorostannate: Synthesis, Antimicrobial Properties, and Controlled Release Properties via Electrical Resistance Tomography" ACS Omega, 2021, 6, 35433-35441.                                                                                                                              .ACS Omega 21

(202) Ramírez-Hernández, M.; Thomas, B.; Tang, C.; Huang, Z.*; Asefa, T.* "Electrocatalytc Degradation of Tetracycline by Cu/PANI-SBA-15 on Ni Foam via Persulfate-Based Adanced Oxidation Process” ChemElectroChem, 2021, 8, 4296-4304.                                                                                 .ChemElectroChem 2021

(201) Chen, X.; Li, Y.; Cui, L.; Dou, Z.; He, X.*; Fan, M.*; Asefa, T.* ”Sulfur-Bridged Iron-Phthalocyaninine on CuxO/Cu Foam: Efficient and Durable Eletrocatalytci for Overall Water Splitting Sustain. Energ. Fuels, 2021, 5, 5985-5993.                                                                     . SustainEnergyFuels

(200) Du, Q.; Zhao, R.; Guo, T.; Liu, L.; Chen, X.; Zhang, J.; Du, J.*; Li, J.; Mai, L.*; Asefa, T.* "Highly Dispersed Mo2C Nanodots in Carbon Nanocages Derived from Mo-based Xerogel: Efficient Electrocatalysts for Hydrohgen Evolution" Small Methods, 2021, 2100334.SmallMethods Sept21 

(199) Guzmán, L.; Parra-Cid, C.; Guerrero-Muñoz, E.; Peña-Varas, C.; Polo-Cuadrado, E.; Duarte, Y.; Castro, R. I.; Nerio, L. S.; Araya-Maturana, R.; Asefa, T.; Echeverría, J.; Ramírez, D.; Forero-Doria, O.* "Antimicrobial Properties of Novel Ionic Liquids Derived from Imidazolium Cation with Phenolic Functional Groups" Bioorg. Chem., 2021, 115, 105289.                                                                                                                                                                 .    BioorgChem

(198) Huang, Z.*; Shen, M.; Liu, J.; Ye, J.; Asefa, T.* "Facile Synthesis of an Effective g-C3N4-based Catalyst for Advanced Oxidation Processes and Degradation of Organic Compounds" J. Mater. Chem. A, 2021, 9, 14841-14850.                                                       . JMCA 2021

(197) Asefa, T.*; Tang, C.; Ramirez,-hernandez, M. "Nanostructured Carbon Eelctrocatalysts for Energy Conversions" Small, 20217, 2007136. Small 2021 b

(196) Kadam, R. G.; Zhang, T.; Zaoralova, D.; Medved, M. Bakandristsos, A.; Tomanec, O.; Petr, M.; Zhu Chen, J.; Mller, J. T.; Otyepka, M.; Zboril, R.*; Asefa, T.* Gawande, M. B.* "Single Co-Atoms as electrocatalysts for Efficient Hydrazine Oxidation Reaction" Small, 202117, 2006477. Small 2021 a

(195) Fragal, E. H.;  Fragal, V. H.; Tambourgi, E. B.; Rubira, A. F.; Silva, R.; Asefa, T.* "Nanoporous Carbons Derived from Metal-Conjugated Phosphoprotein/Silica: Efficient Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Hydrazine Oxidation Reactions" J. Electroanal. Chem. 2021, 882, 114997..JElectroanalChem

(194) Qi, Y.; Yuan, S.; Cui, L.; Wang, Z.; He, X.*; Zhang, W.*; Asefa, T.* "(Fe,Co)/N-Doped Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Efficient Electrocatalysts for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries" ChemCatChem, 202113, 1023-1033.                                                                                                                                                              .ChemCatChem 2020




(193) Fragal, V. H.; Fragal, E. H; Silva, E. P.; Acerce, M.; Chhowalla, M.; Rubira, A. F.; Tambourgi, E. B.; Asefa, T.*; Silva, R.* "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Co-doped Nanoporous Carbons from Phosphoprotein/Silica Self-assemblies for Energy Storage in Supercapacitors" ChemElectroChem, 20207, 4773-4781.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  . ChemElectroChem

(192) Chen, L.; Cui, L.; Wang, Z.; He, X.*; Zhang, W.*; Asefa, T* "Co8FeS8/N,S-Doped Carbon Derived from Fe-Co/S-Bridged Phthalocyanine: Efficient Dual Function Air Electrode catalysts for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries" ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2020, 8, 13147-13158.ACS Sustain Chem Eng Aug 2

(191) Liu, S.; Zhang, J.; Wang, H.; Asefa, T.*; Huang, X.* "A Facile Route to Efficient Water Oxidation Electrodes via Electrochemical Activation of Iron in Nickel Sulphate Solution" ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2020, 8, 15550-15558.                                                                                                                             .ACS Sustain Chem Eng Aug 1

(190) Yuan, S.; Cui, L.; He, X.*; Zhang, W.*; Asefa, T.* "Ni Foam-Supported Fe,Ni-Polyporyphyrin Micropaticles: Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting in Alkaline Media" Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2020, 45, 28860-28869.                                                                                 .IJHE Aug 2020

(189) Yuan, S.; Cui, L.; Dou, Z.; Ge, X.; He, X.*; Zhang, W.*; Asefa, T.* "Nonprecious Bimetallic Sites-Coordinated N-Doped Carbons with Efficient and Durable Catalytic Activity for Oxygen Reduction" Small, 2020, 16, 2000742.                                                                                                                       .Small June 2020

(188) Wang, L.; Cui, L.; Ge, X.; Yue, N.; He, X.*; Zhang, W.*; Asefa, T.* "Mn/Cu Nanoclusters-Grafted N-Doped Carbon Nanotubes: Robust Oxygen Electrode Catalysts for Zinc-Air Batteries" Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2020, 45, 27230-272243.IJHE June 2

(187) Tang, C.; Asefa, T.* "Ternary ZIF-8-Derived Dual Metal CoCu Nanoparticles in Porous Carbon Polyhedrons as Efficient Catalysts for Methanol Oxidation" J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020,8, 12285-12290.                                                                                                                                                                                            .JMCA 2020 2

(186) Chen, H.; Liang, X.; Liu, Y.; Ai, X.; Asefa, T.; Zou, X.* "Active Site Engineering in Porous Electrocatalysts" Adv. Mater., 2020, 2002435.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     .Adv Mater

(185) Chen, H.; Shi, L.; Liang, X.; Wang, L.; Asefa, T.; Zou, X.* "Optimization of Active Sites via Crystal Phase, Composition, and Morphology for Efficient Low-Iridium Oxygen Evolution Catalysts" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 132, 19822-19826.                                                                                                   .Angew Chem 2020 1

(184) Zhang, T.; Low, J.; Yu, J.; Tyryshkin, A.*; Mikmekova, E.*; Asefa, T.* "A Blinking Mesoporous TiO2-x Composed of Nanosized Anatase with Unusually Long-Lived Charge-Carriers" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 15000-15007.

Also, featured in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), National Science Foundation, on Rutgers Today, Eureka Alert and several major news outlets:


Angew 2020

(183) Liu, Y.; Zhang, T.; Dai, X.; Tan, Q.; Chen, Y.; Liu, Y.*; Asefa, T* "Ordered Nanoporous Nitrogen- and Oxygen-codoped Cabon Nanospheres as Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells" ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2020, 3, 5139-5148.ACS ANM

(182) Dubovoy, V.; Desai, P.; Hao, Z.; Cheng, C.y.; Verma, V.; Wojtas, L.; Brinzzari, T. V.; Boyd, J. M.; Ma, S.; Asefa, T.; Pan, L.* "Synthesis, Characterization and Antimicrobial Investigation of a Novel Chlorohexidine Cyclamate Complex" Crys. Growth Des. 2020, 20, 4991-4999.GCD

(181) Liu, Y.; Li, Y.; Chen, Y.; Qu, T.; Shu, C.; Yang, X.-D.; Zhu, H.; Guo, S.; Zhao, S.; Asefa, T.*; Liu, Y.* "A CO2/H2 Fuel Cell: Reducing CO2 while Generating Electricity" J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 8329-8336.                                                                                                                                                               .JMCA 2020

(180) Dubovoy, V.; Nawrocki, S.; Verma, G.; Wojtas, L.; Desai, P.; Primit, Al.-Tameemi, H.; Brinzari, T.; Stranick, M.; Chen. D.; Xu, Ma, S.; Boyd, J.; Asefa, T.; Pan, L.* "Synthesis and Characterization and Investigation of Antimicrobial Activity of Cetylpyridinium Tetrachlorozincate" ACS Omega, 2020, 5, 10359-10365.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .ACS Omega 20

(179) Follmann, H. D. M.*; Oliveira, O. N.; Martins, A.; Bidoai, D.; Nakamura, C.; Rubira, A. F.; Silva, R.; Asefa, T.* "Nanofibrous Silica Microparticles/Polymer Hybrid Aerogels for Sustained Delivery of Poorly Water-Soluble Hydrophobic Drug Campthotecin" J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2020, 567, 92-102.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .JCIS

(178) Cazetta, A. L.; Spessato, L.; M, S.; Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.; Silva, T.; Almeida, V. C.* "Sugarcane Vinasse-Derived Nanoporous N-S-Doped Carbon Materials Decorated with Co: A New Efficient Multifunctional Electrocatalyst" Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2020, 45, 9669-9682.IJHE 20

(177) Zhao, R.; Wang, H.; Gao, N.; Liu, R.; Guo, T.; Wu, J.; Zhang, T.; Li, J.*; Du, J.*; Asefa, T.* "Hollow Hemispherical Carbon Microspheres with Mo2C nanoparticles Synthesized by Precursor Design: Effective Noble Metal-Free Catalysts for Dehydrogenation" Small Methods 2020, 4, 1900597.         .Small Methods




(176) Yuan, S.; Weng, M.; Liu, D.; He, X.*; Cui, L.*; Asefa, T*, "Hollow Spherical (Co,Zn)/N,S-Doped Carbons: Efficient Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction in Both Alkaline and Acdic Media" ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 18912-18925.                                                                             .ACS Sustain 2019

(175) Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.* "Nanoporous Materials for Electrocatalysis" Book Chapter; In Rothenberg, G. (Ed.); in Volume “Porous Materials for Energy Applications” in “Handbook of Porous Materials”, World Scientific, Singapore., 2019.                                                                            . Book Chapt

(174) Mikmeková, E. M.*; Frank, L.; Konvalina, I.;  Müllerová, I.; Zhang, T.; Asefa, T. "Contamination Mitigation Strategy for Ultra-Low Energy Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy" Microsc. Microanal. 2019, 25, 500-501.MM

(173) Tang, C.; Zhang, H.; Xu, K.; Zhang, Q.; Liu, J.; He, C.; Fan, L.*; Asefa, T.* "Unconventional Molybdenum Carbide Phases with High Electrocatalytic Activity for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction" J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 18030-18038.JMCA 2019

172) Weng, M.; Liu, D.; He, X.*; Asefa, T.* "Fe3C Nanoparticles-loaded 3D Nanoporous Carbon: A Highly Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Media" Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 2019, 44, 21506-21517.                               .Int J Hydrogen

(171) Asefa, T.*; Koh, K.; Yoon, C. W.* "CO2-Mediadted H2 Storage and Release with Nanostructured Catalysts: Recent Progress, Challenges and Perspectives" Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 1, 1901158.                                                                                                                    .Adv Energy Mater 1

(170) Zhang, H.; Shi, W.; Gao, N.; Zhao, R.; Ahmed, Md. M.; Zhang, T.; Li, J.*; Du, J.*; Asefa, T.* "Highly Sensitive and Selective Gas-Phase Ethanoloamine Sensor by Doping Sulfur into Nanostructured ZnO" Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical 2019, 296, 126633.                                                                  .Sensors 2019

(169) Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.* "Heteroatom-Doped Carbon Materials for Hydrazine Oxidation" Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1804394.Adv Mater 2018

(168) Silva, T.; Cazetta, A. L.; Zhang, T.; Koh, K.; Silva, R.; Asefa, T.*, Almeida, V.* "Nanoporous Heteroatom-doped Carbons Derived from Cotton Waste: Efficient Hydrazine Oxidation Electrocatalysts" ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, 2, 2313-2323.                                                                              .ToC Figure Revised

(167) Fragal, V. H.; Fragal, E. H.; Zhang, T.; Huang, X.; Cellet, T. S. P.; Pereira, G. M.; Jitianu, A.; Rubira, A. F.; Silva, R.*; Asefa, T* "Deriving Efficient Porous Heteroatom-Doped Carbon Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation from Transition Metal Ions-Coordinated Casein" Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1808486.                                                                                                                                                                                                .AFM 2018

(166) Liu, Y.; Chen, Y.; Ming, J.; Chen, L.; Shu, C.; Qu, T.; Tan, Q.; Liu, Y.*; Asefa, T.* "Harvesting Waste Heat Energy by Promoting H+ Ion Concentration Difference with a Fuel Cell Structure" Nano Energy 2019, 57, 101-107.                                                                  .NanoEnergy2018

(165) Panão, C. O.;  Campos, E. L. S.; Lima, H. H. C.; Rinaldi, A. W.; Lima-Tenório, M. K.; Tenório-Neto, E. T.; Guilherme, M. R.; Asefa, T.; Rubira, A. F.* "Ultra-Absorbent Hybrid Hydrogel Based on Alginate and SiO2 Microspheres: A High-Water-Content System for Removal of Methylene Blue" J. Mol. Liq. 2019, 276, 204-213.                                                                                                                                                                  .JMolLiq




(164) Dubovoy, V.; Ganti, A.; Zhang, T.; Al-Tameemi, H.; Cerezo, J. D.; Boyd, J. M.*; Asefa, T.* "One-Pot Hydrothermal Synthesis of Benzalkonium-Templated Mesostructured Silica Antibacterial Agents" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 13534-13537.

(163) He, S.; Meng, Y.*; Wu, Q.; Yang, J.; Huang, S.; Li, X.; Tong, S.; Asefa, T.*; Wu, M.* "Ta-Doped Porous TiO2 Nanorods Arrays by Substrate-Assisted Synthesis: Efficient Photoelectrocatalysts for Water Oxidation" Nanoscale 2018, 10, 19367-19374.

(162) Wang, H; Zhang, N.; Liu, R.; Zhao, R.; Guo, T.; Li, J.; Asefa, T.*; Du, J.* "Efficient Catalysts for Cyclohexane Dehydrogenation Synthesized by Mo-Promoted Growth of 3-D Block Carbon Coupled with Mo2C" ACS Omega 2018, 3, 10773-10780.

(161) Zhang, T.; Souza, I. P. A. F.; Xu, J.; Almeida, V. C.*; Asefa, T.* "Mesoporous Graphitc Carbon Nitrides Decorated with Cu Nanoparticles: Efficient Photocatalysts for Degradation of Tartrazine Yellow Dye" Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 636 (1-14).

(160) Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.* "Copper Nanoparticles/Polyaniline-derived Mesoporous Carbon Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation" Front. Chem. Sci. Eng. 2018, 12, 329-338. 

(159) Yang, X.; Hu, X.; Wang, X.; Fu, W.; Asefa, T.*; He, X.* "Metal-Organic Framework-Derived Fe3C@NC Nanohybrids as Highly-Efficient Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts in Both acidic and Basic Media" J. Electroanal. Chem. 2018, 823, 755-764.

(158) Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.* "Copper Nanoparticles/Polyaniline-derived Mesoporous Carbon Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation" Front. Chem. Sci. Eng. 2018, Accepted for Publication: In Press: DOI: 10.1007/s11705-018-1741-8.

(157) Peta, S.; Zhang, T.; Dubovoy, V.; Koh, K.; Hu, M.; Wang, X.; Asefa, T.* "Template-free Synthesis of Highly Selective Amorphous Aluminosilicate Catalyst for Toluene Alkylation" Appl. Catal. A 2018, 556, 155-159.

(156) Follmann, H. D. M.; Oliveira, O. N.; Lazarin-Bidóia, D.; Nakamura, C. V.; Huang, X.; Asefa, T.*; Silva, R.* “Multifunctional Hybrid Aerogels: Hyperbranched Polymer-Trapped Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Sustained and Prolonged Drug Release” Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 1704–1715

(155) Cazetta, A.; Zhang, T.; Silva, T. L.; Almeida, V. C.*; Asefa, T.* “Bone Char-Derived Metal-Free N- and S-Co-Doped Nanoporous Carbon and its Efficient Electrocatalytic Activity for Hydrazine Oxidation” Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 2018, 225, 30–39. 

(154) Zhang, T.; Low, J.; Koh, K.; Yu, J.; Asefa, T.* “Mesoporous TiO2 Comprising Small, Highly Crystalline Nanoparticles for Efficient CO2 Reduction by H2O” ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2018, 6, 531–540.

(153) Peta, S.; Zhang, T.; Dubovoy, V.; Koh, K.; Hu, M.; Wang, X.; Asefa, T.* "Facile Synthesis of Efficient and Selective Ti-Containing Mesoporous Silica Catalysts for Toluene Oxidation" J. Mol. Catal. A, 2018, 444, 34–41.

(152) Silva, T. L.; Cazetta, A. L.; Pezoti, O.; Zhang, T.; Silva, R.; Asefa, T.; Almeida, V. C.* "Mesoporous Activated Carbon Fibers Synthesized from Denim Fabric Waste: Efficient Adsorbents for Removal of Textile Dye from Aqueous Solutions" J. Clean. Prod., 2018, 171, 482–490.




(151) Ma, X.-X.; Asefa, T.*; He, X.-Q.* "Hierarchically Porous Co3C/Co-N-C Modified Graphitic Carbon: A Trifunctional Corrosion-Resistant Electrode for Oxygen Reduction, Hydrogen Evolution and Oxygen Evolution Reactions" Electrochemica Acta, 2017, 257, 40–48.

(150) Follmann, H. D. M.; Naves, A. F.; Araujo, R. A.; Dubovoy, V.; Huang, X.; Asefa, T.; Silva, R.; Oliveira, O. N.* "Hybrid Nanocomposites as Multifunctional Biomaterials" Curr. Pharma. Des., 2017, 23, 3794-3813.

(149) Chen, Y.; Yu, G.; Chen, W.*; Liu, Y.; Li, G.-D.; Zhu, P.*; Tao, Q.; Li, Q.; Liu, J.; Shen, X.; Li, H.; Huang, X.; Wang, D.; Asefa, T.;* Zou, X.* “A Nonprecious Electrocatalyst Comprising Borophene Subunits Beats Platinum in Hydrogen Evolution Reaction at Large Current Densities” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 12370-12373. (Also, on the Front Cover of JACS; Featured in JACS Spotlights; and Featured in Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), 2017, 95, Issue 30, Page 8).

(148) Huang, X.; Zhang, T.; Asefa, T.* "Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Microparticles and Micromotors with Single Holes Templated by Colloidal Silica-Assisted Gas Bubbles" Small, 2017, 13, 1700256 (1-6).

(147) Zhang, T.; Low, J.; Huang, X.; Al-Sharab, J. F.; Yu, J.;* Asefa, T.* “Copper-Decorated Microsized Nanoporous TiO2 Photocatalysts for CO2 Reduction by H2O” ChemCatChem, 2017, 9, 3054–3062.

(146) Asefa, T.*; Huang, X. "Heteroatom-Doped Carbon Materials for Electrocatalysis" Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 10703–10713. (Also on the Front Cover of the journal).

(145) Koh, K.; Jeon, M.; Yoon, C. W.*; Asefa, T.* "Formic Acid Dehydrogenation over Pd NPs Supported on Amine-Functionalized SBA-15: Effect of Catalyst Structure on Activity" J. Mater. Chem A, 2017, 5, 16150–16161 (Also on the Front Cover of the Journal and a Hot Paper).

(144) Wu, Y.; Liu, Y.; Li, G.-D.; Zou, X.; Lian, X.; Wang, D.; Sun, L.; Asefa, T.*; Zou, X.* "Efficient Electrocatalysis of Overall Water Splitting by Ultrasmall NixCo3-xS4 Coupled Ni3S2 Nanosheet Arrays" Nano Energy, 2017, 35, 161–170.

(143) Faber,* K. T.; Asefa, T.; Backhaus-Ricoult, M.; Brow, R.; Chan, J.; Dillon, S.; Fahrenholtz, W.; Finnis, M. W.; Garay, J. E.; Garcia, E.; Gogotsi, Y.; Haile, S. M.; Halloran, J.; Hu, J.; Huang, L.; Jacobsen, S.; Lara-Curzio, E.; LeBeau, J.; Lee, W. E.; Levi, C. G.; Levin, I.; Lewis, J. A.; Lipkin, D. M.; Lu, K.; Luo, J.; Maria, J.-P.; Martin, L. W.; Martin, S.; Messing, G.; Navrotsky, A.; Padture, N.; Randall, C.; Rohrer, G. S.; Rozenflanz, A.; Schaedler, T.; Schlom, D.; Sehirlioglu, A.; Stevensen, A.; Tani, T.; Tikare, V.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Wang, H.; Yildiz, B. “The Role of Ceramic and Glass Science Research in Meeting Societal Challenges: Report from an NSF-Sponsored Workshop” J. Am. Cer. Soc., 2017, 100, 1777-1803.

(142) Fragal, E. H.; Fragal, V. H.; Huang, X.; Campos, A.; Cellet, T. P.; Pereira, G. M.; Mikmekova, E.; Rubira, A. F.; Silva, R.;* Asefa, T* “From Ionic Liquid-Modified Cellulose Nanowhiskers to Highly Active Metal-Free Nanostructured Carbon Catalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation Reaction” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 1066-1077.

(141) Koh, K.; Jeon, M.; Chevrier, D. M.; Zhang, P.; Yoon, C. W.*; Asefa, T.* “Novel Nanoporous N-Doped Carbon-Supported Ultrasmall Pd Nanoparticles: Efficient Catalysts for Hydrogen Storage and Release” Appl. Catal. B: Environ.2017, 203, 820-828.

(140) Zhang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Ma, X.; Guo, W.; Wang, C.; Asefa, T.*; He, X.* “A Facile Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Highly Porous Carbon Nanoplatelets: Efficient Catalysts for Oxygen Electroreduction” Sci. Rep. (Nature Pub. Group), 2017, 7, 43366.

(139) Zhu, Y.; Nakanishi, T.; Kanamori, K.; Nakanishi, K.*; Ichii, S.; Iwaida, K.; Masui, Y.; Kamei, T.; Shimada, T*; Kumamoto, A.; Ikuhara, Y. H.; Jeon, M.; Hasegawa, G.; Tafu, M.; Yoon, C. W.*; Asefa, T* “Amine/Hydrido Bifunctional Nanoporous Silica with Small Metal Nanoparticles Made Onsite: Efficient Dehydrogenation Catalyst” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2017, 9, 36-41.

(138) Huang, S.; Meng, Y.*; He, S.; Goswami, A.; Wu, Q.; Li, J.; Tong, S.; Asefa, T.*; Wu, M.* “N-, O- and S-tridoped Carbon-encapsulated Co9S8 Nanomaterials: Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting” Adv. Funct. Mater., 2017, 27, 1606585.

(137) Martins, A. C.; Cazetta, A. L.; Pezoti, O.; Souza, J. R. B.; Zhang, T.; Pilau, E. J.; Asefa, T.; Almeida, V. C.* “Sol-gel Synthesis of New TiO2/Activated Carbon Photocatalyst and its Application for Degradation of tetracycline” Ceramic Int. 2017, 43, 4411-4418.




(136) Asefa, T.* "Metal-Free and Noble Metal-Free Heteroatom-Doped Nanostructured Carbons as Prospective Sustainable Electrocatalysts" Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 9, 1873–1883.

(135) Koh, K.; Meng, Y.; Huang, X.; Zou, X.; Chhowalla, M.; Asefa, T.* "N- and O-Doped Mesoporous Carbons Derived from Rice Grains: Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation" Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 13588–13591.

(134) Chen, H.; Yu, G.; Li, G.-D.; Xie, T.; Sun, Y.; Liu, J.; Li, H.; Huang, X.; Wang, D.; Asefa, T.*; Chen, W.*; Zou, X.* "Unique Electronic Structure in a Porous Ga-In Bimetallic Oxide Nano-Photocatalyst with Atomically Thin Pore Walls" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11442–11446.

(133) Landers, J.; Colon-Ortiz, J.; Zong, K.; Goswami, A.; Asefa, T.; Vishnyakov, A.; Neimark, A. V.* "In Situ Growth and Characterization of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles Within Polyelectrolyte Membranes" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11522–11527.

(132) Huang, X.; Zhou, L.-J.; Voiry, D.; Chhowalla, M.; Zou, X.*; Asefa, T.* "Monodisperse Mesoporous Carbon Nanoparticles from Polymer/Silica Self-Aggregates and Their Electrocatalytic Activities" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2016, 8, 18891–18903.

(131) Wu, Y.; Li, G.-D.; Yang, L.; Liu, Y.; Lian, X.; Asefa, T.*; Zou, X.* "Overall Water Splitting Catalyzed Efficiently by an Ultrathin Nanosheet-Built, Hollow Ni2S3-Based Electrocatalyst" Adv. Funct. Mater., 2016, 26, 4839–4847.

(130) Asefa, T.; Huang, X. “Nanocatalysis: Catalysis by Nanomaterials” Invited Book Chapter in Handbook of Solid State Chemistry, (Ed. Andreas Stein), John Wiley and Sons, 2016, Accepted for Publication; In Press.

(129) Voiry, D.; Fullon, R.; Yang, J.; Silva, C. C. C.; Kappera, R.; Bozkurt, I.; Kaplan, D.; Lagos, M.; Batson, P.; Gupta, G.; Mohite, A.; Dong, L.; Er, D.; Shenoy, V.; Asefa, T.; Chhowalla, M. "The Role of Electronic Coupling between Substrate and 2D MoS2 Nanosheets on Electro-Catalytic Production of Hydrogen" Nature Mater., 2016, 15, 1003–1009.

(128) Fragal, V. H.; Cellet, T. S. P.; Pereira, G. M.; Fragal, E. H.; Costa, M. A.; Nakamura, C. V.; Asefa, T.; Rubira, A. F.; Silva, R.* "Ultrathin Layers of PVA and PAA and In Situ Formed Ag Nanoparticles as Versatile Antimicrobial Surfaces" Int. J. Biol. Macromol., 2016, 91, 329–337.

(127) Huang, X.; Zhang, T.; Zou, X.; Tao, Z.*; Asefa, T.* "Improving Dissolution of Fenofibrate with Yeast Cells-Derived Hollow Core/Shell Carbon Microparticles" RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 30226–30233.

(126) Du, J.*; Huang, X.; Zhao, R.; Li, J.; Asefa, T.* "Hierarchically Self-Assembled Star-Shaped ZnO Microparticles: Novel Materials for Electrochemical Sensing of Amines" Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22, 8068–8073.

(125) Cazetta, A. L; Martins, A. C.; Pezoti, O.; Bedin, K. C.; Beltrame, K. K.; Asefa, T.; Almeida, V. C.* "Synthesis and Application of N–S-Doped Mesoporous Carbon obtained from Nanocasting Method using Bone Char as Heteroatom Precursor and Template" Chem Eng. J., 2016, 300, 54–63.

(124) Du, J.*; Wu, J.; Zhao, R.; Yao, H.; Asefa, T.; Li, J. "Synthesis and Gas-Sensing Performance of Column-Shaped Zinc Oxide Doped with Graphene" Mater. Today, 2016, 3, 345–349.

(123) Cazetta, A.; Pezoti, O.; Bedin, K.; Silva, T.; Paesano Junior, A.; Asefa, T.*; Almeida, V.* "Magnetic Activated Carbon Derived from Biomass Waste by Concurrent Synthesis: Efficient Adsorbent for Toxic Dyes" ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2016, 4, 1058–1068.

(122) Gawande, M. B.; Goswami, A.; Felpin, F.-X.; Asefa, T.; Huang, X.; Silva, R.; Zou, X.; Zboril, R.*; Varma, R.* "Cu and Cu-Based Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Applications in Catalysis" Chem. Rev., 2016, 116, 3722–3811.

(121) Martins, A.; Huang, X.; Goswami, A.; Koh, K.; Meng, Y.; Almeida, V.; Asefa, T.* Reviewer “Fibrous Porous Carbon Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation” Carbon, 2016, 102, 97–105.

(120) Biradar, A. A.; Biradar, A. V.; Sun, T.; Chan, Y.; Huang, X.; Asefa, T.* "Bicinchoninic Acid-Based Colorimetric Chemosensor for Detection of Low Concentrations of Cyanide" Sensors Actuators B, 2016, 222, 112–119.

(119) Datta, K. J.; Gawande, M. B.; Datta, K. K. R.; Ranc, V.; Pechousek, J.; Krizek, M.; Tucek, J.; Kale, R.; Pospisil, P.; Varma, R. S.; Asefa, T.; Zoppellaro, G.*; Zboril, R.* "Micro–mesoporous iron oxides with record efficiency for the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide: morphology driven catalysis for the degradation of organic contaminants" J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 596–604.

(118) Fragal, V. H.; Cellet, T. S.; Fragal, E. H.; Pereira, G. M.; Garcia, F. P.; Nakamura, C. V.; Asefa, T.; Rubira, A. F.; Silva, R.* "Controlling Cell Growth with Tailorable 2D Nanohole Arrays" J. Colloid Interface Sci., 2016, 466, 150–161.

(117) Araujo, R. A.; Rubira, A. F.; Asefa, T.; Silva, R.* "Metal Doped Carbon Nanoneedles and Effect of Carbon Organization with Activity for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER)" Carbohydr. Polym., 2016, 137, 719–725.




(116) Feng, L.-L.; Yu, G.; Wu, Y.; Li, G.-D.; Li, H.; Sun, Y.; Asefa, T.*; Chen, W.*; Zou, X.* High-Index Faceted Ni3S2 Nanosheet Arrays as Highly Active and Ultrastable Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 14023–14026. Featured in JACS Spotlight:

(115) Zhang, T.; Huang, X.; Asefa, T.* "Nanostructuring Polymers with High Surface Area using Inorganic Templates for Efficient Extraction of Anionic Dyes from Solutions" Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 16135–16138.

(114) Zou, X.; Sathe, B.; Silva, R.; Goswami, A.; "Bio-Inspired Synthesis of Efficient H2-Evolving Electrocatalysts: Cu Ions-Doped g-Carbon Nitride” Appl. Surf. Sci. 2015, 357, 221–228.

(113) Liu, Y.; Yu, G.; Li, G.-D.; Sun, Y.; Asefa, T.*; Chen, W.*; Zou, X.* "Coupling Mo2C with Nitrogen-Rich Nanocarbon Leads to Efficient Hydrogen-Evolution Electrocatalytic Sites" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 10752–10757. (Front Cover).

(112) Gawande, M.; B.*; Guo, H.; Asefa, T.; Goswami, A.; Biradar, A. V.; Peng, D.-L.; Zboril, R.*; Varma, R. S.* "Core-Shell Nanoparticles: Applications in Catalysis and Electrocatalysis" Chem Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 7540-7590.

(111) Silva, R.; R. Silva, G. M. Pereira, D. Voiry, M. Chhowalla, T. Asefa* "Co3O4 Nanoparticles/Cellulose Nanowhiskers-Derived Amorphous Carbon Nanoneedles: Sustainable Materials for Supercapacitors and Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis" RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 49385–49391.

(110) Huang, X.; Zou, X.; Meng, Y.; Mikmeková, E.; Chen, H.; Voiry, D.; Goswami, A.; Chhowalla, M.; Asefa, T.* "Yeast Cells-Derived, Heteroatom-Doped, Hollow Core/Shell Nanocarbons as Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Hydrazine Oxidation Reactions" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 1978–1986.

(109) Biradar, A. V.*; Patil, V. S.; Chandra, P.; Asefa, T.* "Trifunctional Mesoporous Silica-Based, Highly Active Catalyst for One-Pot, Three-Step Cascade Reactions" Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 8496–8499.

(108) Huang, X.; Zhang, T.; Goswami, A.; Luo, F.; Asefa, T.* "Glutathione-Triggered Release of Model Drug Molecules from Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles with Non-Redox Process" RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 28836–28839.

(107) Voiry, D.; Goswami, A.; Kappera, R.; Silva, C. C. C.; Kaplan, D.; Fujita, T.; Chen, M.; Asefa, T.; Chhowalla* "Covalent Functionalization of Monolayered Transition metal Dichalcogenides by Phase Engineering" Nature Chem., 2015, 7, 45–49.

(106) Alves, D. C. B. *; Silva, R.; Voiry, D.; Asefa, T.; Chhowalla, M. “Copper nanoparticles stabilized by reduced graphene oxide for CO2 reduction reaction” Mater. Renew. Sustain. Energy 2015, 4:2, 1-7.

(105) Martins, A. C.; Junior, O. P.; Cazetta, A. L.; Bedin, K. C.; Yamazaki, D. A. S.; Bandoch, G. F. G.; Asefa, T.; Visentainer, J. V.; Almeida, V. C.* "Removal of Tetracycline by NaOH-Activated Carbon Produced from Macadamia Nut Shells: Kinetic and Equilibrium Studies" Chem. Eng. J., 2015, 260, 291–299.

(104) Al-Sharab, J.*; Mikmekova, E.; Das, S.; Goswami, A.; El-Sheikh, S. M.; Ismail, A. A.; Hesari, M.; Maran, F.; Asefa, T. "Low Energy TEM Characterizations of Ordered Mesoporous Silica-Based Nanocomposite Materials for Catalytic Applications" Microsc. Microanal. 2014, 20, 1900-1901.




  1. Koh, K.; Seo, J.-E.; Lee, J. H.; Goswami, A.*, Yoon, C. W.*; Asefa, T.* "Ultrasmall palladium nanoparticles supported on amine-functionalized SBA-15 efficiently catalyze hydrogen evolution from formic acid" J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 20444–20449.

  2. Meng, Y.; Voiry, D.; Goswami, A.; Zou, X.; Huang, X.; Chhowalla, M.; Liu, Z.*; Asefa, T.* "Nitrogen and Sulfur Co-Doped Mesoporous Carbons as Metal-Free Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction and Alcohol Oxidation Reactions" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 13554–13557.

  3. Huang, X.; Tao, Z.; Praskavich Jr., J. C.; Goswami, A.; Al-Sharab, J.-F.; Minko, T.; Polshettiwar, V.; Asefa, T.*  "Silica Microspheres (KCC-1) with Fibrous Pore Structure Possess High DNA Adsorption Capacity and Effectively Deliver Genes" Langmuir, 2014, 30, 10886–10898.

  4. Meng, Y.; Zou, X.; Huang, X.; Goswami, A.; Liu, Z.*; Asefa, T.* "Polypyrrole-Derived Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Carbons as Metal-Free Catalyst for Hydrazine Electrooxidation" Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 6510–6516.

  5. Almeida, V. C.; Silva, R.; Acerce, M.; Junior, O. P.; Cazetta, A. L.; Chhowalla, M.; Asefa, T.* "N-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Carbons with Improved Charge Storage Capacity by Tailoring N-Dopant Density with Solvent-Assisted Synthesis" J. Mater. Chem. A., 2014, 2, 15181–15190.

  6. Sathe, B. R.; Zou, X.; Asefa, T.* “Metal-Free B-Doped Graphene with Efficient Electrocatalytic Activity for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction” Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 2023-2030. 

  7. Zou, X.; Huang, X.; Goswami, A.; Silva, R.; Sathe, B. Asefa, T.* “Cobalt-Embedded N-Rich Carbon Nanotubes Efficiently Catalyze Hydrogen Evolution Reaction at All pH’s” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 4372-4376; Featured in Chemical and Engineering (C&EN) News, for details click here).


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  1. Zou, X.: Wang, P. -P.; Li, C.; Zhao, J.; Wang, D.; Asefa, T.*; Li, G. -D.* “One-pot Cation Exchange Synthesis of 1D Porous CdS/ZnO Heterostructures for Visible-Light-Driven H2 Evolution” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 4682–4689.

  2. Das, S.; Goswami, A.; Hesari, M.; Maran, F.; Asefa, T.* "Reductive Deprotection of Monolayer Protected Nanoclusters: An Efficient Route to Supported Ultrasmall Au Nanocatalysts for Selective Oxidation” Small, 2014, 10, 1473–1478.

  3. Nguyen-Phan, T.-D.; Pham, V. H.; Chung, J. S.; Chhowalla, M.; Asefa, T.; Kim, W.-J.; Shin, E.*  "Photocatalytic Performance of Sn-doped TiO2/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite Materials" Appl. Catal. A: Gen., 2014, 473, 21–30.

  4. Pezoti-Junior, O.; Gomes, R.; Cazetta, A. L.; Barizão, E. O.; de Souza, I. P. A. F.; Asefa, T.; Almeida, V. C. "Synthesis of ZnCl2-Activated Carbon from Macadamia Nut Endocarp (Macadamia Integrifolia) by Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis: Optimization using RSM and Blue Methylene Adsorption" J. Anal. Appl. Pyrol., 2014, 105, 166–176.

  5. Jain, R. N.; Huang, X.; Das, S.; Silva, R.; Ivanova, V.; Minko, T.; Asefa, T.* "Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Glucose- and pH-Stimulated Release of Insulin" Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. (Wiley), 2014, 640, 616–623.

  6. Huang, X.; Goswami, A.; Zou, X.; Hayes, S.; Shah, V.; Minko, T.; Tao, Z.*; Asefa, T.* "Nanostructured TiO2 Catalyzed Oxidations of Caffeine and Isocaffeine and their Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity towards Ovarian Cancer Cells", BioNanoScience, 2014, 4, 27–36.




  1. Zou, X.†; Goswami, A.†; Asefa, T.* "Efficient Noble Metal-Free (Electro)Catalysis of Water and Alcohol Oxidations by Zinc−Cobalt Layered Double Hydroxide" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 17242–17245 († contributed equally).

  1. Voiry, D.; Yamaguchi, H; Li, J.; Silva, R.; Alves, D. C. B.; Fujita, T.; Chen, M.; Asefa, T.; Shenoy, V.; Eda, G.; Chhowalla, M.* "Enhanced Catalytic Activity in Strained Chemically Exfoliated WS2 for Hydrogen Evolution" Nature Mater., 2013, 12, 850–855.

  2. Silva, R.; Voiry, D.; Chhowalla, M.; Asefa, T.* "Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction: Polyaniline-Derived N- and O-Doped Mesoporous Carbons" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 7823–7826.

  3. Voiry, D.; Salehi, M.; Silva, R.; Fujita, T.; Chen, M.; Asefa, T.; Shenoy, V. B.; Eda, G.; Chhowalla, M.* "Conducting MoS2 Nanosheets as Catalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction" Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 6222–6227.

  4. Linguito, S. L.; Zhang, X.; Padmanabhan, M.; Biradar, A.; V.; Xu, T.; Emge, T. J.; Asefa, T.; Li, J.* "New Polyoxomolybdate Compounds Synthesized in situ Using Ionic Liquid 1-Butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium Tetrafluoroborate as Green Solvent" New J. Chem., 2013, 37, 2894–2901.

  5. Zou, X.; Su, J.; Silva, R.; Goswami, A.; Sathe, B. R.; Asefa, T.* "Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction Catalyzed by Low-Density Ni-Doped Co3O4 Nanomaterials Derived from Metal-Embedded Graphitic C3N4" Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 7522–7524.

  6. Asefa, T.* “Nanocrafting Iron-Cobalt for Fischer-Tropsch Catalysis”, Invited Highlight Paper, ChemCatChem, 2013, 5, 1698–1700.

  7. Nguyen-Phan, T.-D.; Oh, E.-S.; Chhowalla, M.; Asefa, T.*; Shin, E. W.* "Hierarchical Macrochanneled Layered Titanates with “House-of-Cards”-Type Titanate Nanosheets and their Superior Photocatalytic Activity" J. Mater. Chem. A., 2013, 1, 7690–7701.

  8. Cazetta, A. L.; Junior, O. P.; Vargas, A. M. M.; da Silva, A. P.; Zou, X.; Asefa, T.; Almeida, V. C.* "Thermal Regeneration Study of High Surface Area Activated Carbon Obtained from Coconut Shell: Characterization and Application of Response Surface Methodology" J. Anal. Appl. Pyrol., 2013, 101, 53–60.

  9. Zou, X.; Silva, R.; Huang, X.; Asefa, T.* "Self-Cleaning porous TiO2-Ag Core-Shell Nanocomposite Material for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering" Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 382–384.

  10. Al Samri, M. T.; Silva, R.; Almarzooqi, S.; Albawardi, A.; Othman, A. R. D.; Al Hanjeri, R. S. M. S.; Al Dawaar, S. K. M.; Tariq, S.; Souid, A.-K.*; Asefa, T.* "Lung Toxicities of Core-Shell-Shell Nanomaterials Composed of Carbon, Cobalt and Silica" Int. J. Nanomedicine, 2013, 8, 1223–1244.

  11. Zou, X.; Tao, Z.*; Asefa, T.* "Semiconductor and Plasmonic Photocatalysis for Selective Organic Transformations" Invited Review Paper, Curr. Org. Chem., 2013, 17, 1274–1287.

  12. Aburawi, E. H.; Qureshi, M. A.; Oz, D.; Tariq, S.; Das, S.; Goswami, A.; Asefa, T.; Biradar, A. V.; Souid, A.-K.; Adeghate, E.*; Howarth, F. C.* "Biocompatibility of Calcined Mesoporous Silica particles with Ventricular Myocyte: Structure and Function" Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2013, 26, 26–36.

  13. Das, S.; Goswami, A.; Murali, N.; Asefa, T.* "Efficient Tertiary Amine/Weak Acid Bifunctional Mesoporous Silica Catalysts for Michael Addition Reactions" ChemCatChem, 2013, 5, 910–919.




  1. Silva, R.; Asefa, T.* "Noble Metal-Free Oxidative Electrocatalysts: Polyaniline and Co(II)-Polyaniline Nanostructures Hosted in Nanoporous Silica" Adv. Mater., 2012, 24, 1878–1883.

  1. Silva, R.; Al-Sharab, J.; Asefa, T.* "Edge Plane-Rich Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanoneedles (CNNs) and Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalysts" Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 7171–7175.

  2. Asefa, T.*; Tao, Z.* "Mesoporous Silica and Organosilica Materials: Review on their Synthesis and Organic Functionalization" Can. J. Chem., 2012, 90, 1015–1031.

  3. Zhang, J.; Biradar, A. V.; Pramanik, S.; Emge, T. J.; Asefa, T.*; Li, J.* "A New Layered Metal-Organic Framework as a Promising Heterogeneous Catalyst for Olefin Epoxidation Reactions" Chem. Commun., 2012, 48,  6541–6543.

  4. Woronowicz, K.;*, Ahmed, S.; Biradar, A. A.; Biradar, A. V.; Birnie, D. P.; Asefa, T.; Niederman, R. A.*, "Near-IR Absorbing Solar Cell Sensitized With Bacterial Photosynthetic Membranes" Photochem. Photobio., 2012, 88, 1467–1472.

  5. Asefa, T.*; Tao, Z.* "Biocompatibility of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles" Invited Review Paper, Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2012, 25, 2265–2284. (This review has been featured in ACS’s CRT website: Click here to see)

  6. Al Samri, M. T.; Biradar, A. V.; Alsuwaidi, A. R.; Balhaj, G.; Al-Hammadi, S.; Shehab, S.; Al-Salam, S.; Tariq, S.; Pramathan, T.; Benedict, S.; Asefa, T.*; Souid, A.-K.* “Study on In Vitro Biocompatibility of Calcined Mesoporous Silica Particles with Fetal Blood Cells” Int. J. Nanomedicine, 2012, 7, 3111–3121.

  7. Das, S.; Asefa, T.* "Core-Shell-Shell Microsphere Catalysts Containing Au Nanoparticles for Styrene Epoxidation" Top. Catal., 2012, 55, 587-594.

  8. Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* "Nanosized Gold Catalyzed Oxidation of Alkyl-Substituted Benzenes" Appl. Catal. A: Gen., 2012, 435-436, 19–26.

  9. Asefa, T.* "Chiral Nematic Mesoporous Carbons from Self-Assembled Nanocrystalline Cellulose", Invited Highlight Paper, Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 2008–2010.

  10. Wang, Y.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* "Hollow SiO2/Pd Nanoparticles/Porous SiO2/ZrO2 Core/Multi-Shell Nanospheres with Tunable Structures and Efficient Catalytic Properties" ChemSusChem, 2012, 5, 132–139.




  1. Silva, R.; Biradar, A. V.; Fabris, L.*; Asefa, T.* "Au/SBA-15 Based Robust and Convenient to Use Powdered Nanomaterial for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)" J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 22810–22817.

  1. Biradar, A. V.; Biradar, A. A.; Asefa, T.* "Silica-Dendrimer Core-Shell Nanospheres with Encapsulated Ultrasmall Palladium Nanoparticles as Efficient and Easily Recyclable Heterogeneous Nanocatalysts" Langmuir, 2011, 27, 14408–14418.

  2. Ahmed, S.; Du Pasquier,A.; Birnie, D. P.*; Asefa, T* "Self-Assembled TiO2 with Increased Photoelectron Production, and Improved Conduction and Transfer: Enhancing Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 3002–3010.

  3. Al-Sharab, J.; Halim, H.; Ahmed, S.; Asefa, T.; Birnie, D.; Tse, S.; Kear, B. “Flame Synthesis of C-Doped TiO2 Nanopowders for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells” Microsc. Microanal., 201117, 1694–1695. 

  4. Ahmed, S.; Du Pasquier, Asefa, T.*, Birnie D. P. III;* "Beneficial Microstructured TiO2 Photoanodes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Highly Improved by Simple Surface Treatment" Adv. Energy Mater., 2011, 1, 879-887.

  5. Vathyam, R.; Wondimu, E.; Zhang, C.; Das, S.; Hayes, S.; Tao, Z.; Asefa, T.* "Improving Drug Adsorption and Release Properties on Nanostructured Materials with Temperature" J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 31135–31150.

  6. Duncan, C. T.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* "Aminotroponiminate/Aminotroponate-Zinc Complexes Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Catalysts for Intramolecular Hydroamination of Non-Activated Alkenes with Varied Steric and Electronic Properties" ACS Catal., 2011, 1, 736–750.

  7. Sharma, K. K.; Biradar, A. V.; Das, S.; Asefa, T.* "Bifunctional Organic-Inorganic Mesoporous Catalyst for Tandem Reactions" Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2011, 21, 3174-3182.

  8. Al-Salam, S.; Al Samri, M. T.; Al Shamsi, M.; Tariq, S.; Benedict, S.; Sudhadevi, M.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.;* Souid, A.-K.* "In Vitro Study of Calcined Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles in Mouse Lung" Toxicol. Sci., 2011, 122, 86-99.

  9. Das, S.; Asefa, T.* "Epoxide Ring Opening Reactions with Mesoporous Silica Supported Fe(III) Catalysts" ACS Catal., 2011, 1, 502-510.




  1. Al Shamsi, M.; Al Samri, M. T.; Al-Salam, S.; Conca, W.; Shaban, S.; Benedict, S.; Tariq, S.; Biradar, A.; Penefsky, H. S.; Asefa, T.;* Souid, A.-K.* "Biocompatibility of Calcined Mesoporous Silica Particles with Cellular Bioenergetics in Murine Tissues", Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2010, 23, 179–1805.

  2. Biradar, A. V.; Sharma, K. K.; Asefa, T.* "Continuous and selective Henry Reaction over Nanoporous Silica-Supported Amine Catalyst on Fixed-Bed Reactor" Appl. Cat. A General., 2010, 389, 19–26.

  3. Dikarev, E. V.; Kumar, D. K.; Filatov, A. S.; Anan, A.; Xie, Y.; Asefa, T.; Petrukhina, M. A. "Recyclable Dirhodium Catalysts Embedded into Nanoporous Surface-Functionalized Organosilica Hosts for Cyclopropanation Reactions" ChemCatChem, 2010, 11, 1461-1466.

  4. Tao, Z.; Xie, Y.; Goodisman, J.;* Asefa, T.* "Isomer-Dependent Adsorption and Release of Cis- and Trans-platin Anticancer Drugs by Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles" Langmuir, 2010, 26, 8914–8924.

  5. Wang, Y.; Biradar, A.V.; Asefa, T.* "Nanosphere Supported Shaped Pd Nanoparticles Encapsulated with Nanoporous Silica Shell: Efficient and Recyclable Nanocatalysts" J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 7834-7841.

  6. Duncan, C. T.; Biradar, A. V.; Rangan, S.; Mishler, R. E.; Asefa, T.* "Trimming Nanostructured Walls while Fluorinating their Surfaces: A Route to Widening Pores of Nanoporous Materials and Making Nanocatalysts" Chem. Mater., 2010, 17, 4950-4963.

  7. Wang, Y.; Biradar, A. V.; Wang, G.; Shrama, K. K.; Asefa, T.* "Controlled Synthesis of Cuboctahedral Copper Nanoparticles in Aqueous Phase and their Catalytic Properties" Chem. Eur. J., 2010, 16, 10735-10743.

  8. Biradar, A. A.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* "Immobilization of Flavin-Containing Monooxygenase on Corrugated Silica Nanospheres and their Biocatalytic Activities" ChemCatChem, 2010, 8, 1004-1010.

  9. Tao, Z.; Toms, B. B.; Goodisman, J.;* Asefa, T.* "Enhancing Cytotoxicity of Platinum Anticancer Drugs by Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles" ACS Nano, 2010, 2, 789-794.

  10. Wang, Y.; Asefa, T.* "Poly(allylamine)-Stabilized Colloidal Copper Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Morphology, and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Properties" Langmuir, 2010, 26, 7469-7474.

  11. Sharma, K. K.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* "Substituent- and Catalyst-Dependent Selectivity to Aldol and Nitrostyrene Product in Heterogeneous Base Nanocatalysis" ChemCatChem, 2010, 2, 61-66.




  1. Tao, Z.; Xie, Y.; Toms, B. B.; Goodisman, J.; Asefa, T.* “Mesoporosity and Functional Group Dependent Cytotoxicity of Silica Nanomaterials” Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2009, 22, 1869-1880.

  2. Mishler, R. E.; Biradar, A. A.; Duncan, C. T.; Schiff, E. A.*, Asefa, T.*, “Solvent-Washable Polymer Templated Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica and Solid Acid Nanocatalysts in One-Pot” Chem. Commun., 2009, 6201-6203.

  3. Asefa, T.*, Duncan, C. T.; Sharma, K. K. Invited Critical Review Paper “Recent Advances in Nanostructured Sensors and Biosensors” Analyst, 2009, 134, 1980-1990. (The Top Most Accessed Article between September – December 2009).

  4. Duncan, C. T.; Fleitsch, S.; Asefa, T.* “Efficient Nanoporous Silica-Supported Zn-Tropone Heterogeneous Catalyst for Intramolecular Hydroamination Reaction” ChemCatChem, 2009, 1, 365-368.

  5. Tao, Z.; Wang, G.; Goodisman, J, Asefa, T.* “Accelerated Oxidation of Epinephrine by Silica Nanomaterials” Langmuir, 2009, 25, 10183-10188.

  6. Asefa, T.*, Invited Commentary Paper on “Entrapping Cinchona Alkaloids within Metals: Chirally Imprinted Palladium by Rothenberg et al. Nature Chemistry, 2009”, Chemtracts Org. Chem., 2009, 1, 160-167.

  7. DiPasqua, A. J.; Shi, Y.-L.; Mishler, R. E.; Dabrowiak, J. D.*; Asefa, T.* “Preparation of Antibody-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles” Mater. Lett., 2009, 63, 1876-1879.

  8. Wang, G.; Otuonye, A.; Blair, E. A.; Denton, K.; Tao, Z.; Asefa, T.* “Functionalized Mesoporous Materials with Improved Adsorption Capacity and Release Properties for Different Drug Molecules: A Comparative Study” J. Solid State Chem., 2009, 182, 1649-1660.

  9. Xie, Y.; Sharma, K. K.; Anan, A.; Wang, G.; Biradar, A. V.; Asefa, T.* “Efficient Nanostructured Catalysts for Aldol Condensation Reaction” J. Catal., 2009, 265, 131-140.

  10. Asefa, T.*; Wang, G.; Blair, E. A.; Otuonye, A., Denton, K. “Multifunctional Nanoporous Materials for Adsorption and Controlled Drug Release” Adsorption, 2009, 15, 287-299.




  1. Sharma, K. K.; Buckley, R. P.; Asefa, T.* “Optimizing Cooperative Acid-Base Bifunctional Mesoporous Catalysts for the Henry Reaction: Effects of Separation Distance of Site-Isolated Groups on Cooperative Catalysis” Langmuir, 2008, 24, 14306-14320.

  2. Asefa, T. “Book Review of Bio-inorganic Hybrid Nanomaterials: Strategies, Synthesis, Characterization and Applications” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 8871-8871.

  3. Asefa, T.*, Shi, Y.-L. “Corrugated Nanospheres and Nanocages: Synthesis via Controlled Etching and Improving Chemical Delivery and Electrochemical and Biosensing Applications” J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 5604-5614.

  4. Anan, A.; Vathyam, R.; Asefa, T. * “Controlling the Henry Reaction Products: Nitroalcohol versus Nitrostyrene by Simple Change of Amino-Groups of Aminofunctionalized Mesoporous Catalysts” Catal. Lett., 2008, 126, 142-148.

  5. Xie, Y.; Quinlivan, S.; Asefa, T.* “Tuning Metal Nanostructures within SBA-15 by Changing Metal Complexes Reduced In-situ with Grafted Imines and Hemiaminals” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2008, 112, 9996-10003.

  6. Tao, Z.; Morrow, M. P.; Sharma, K. K.; Duncan, C.; Anan, A.; Asefa, T.; Penefsky, H. S.; Goodisman, J.*, Kader, A.* “Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles Inhibit Cellular Respiration” Nano Lett., 2008, 8, 1517-1526.

  7. Anan, A.; Sharma, K. K.; Asefa, T.* “Selective Efficient Trifunctional Nanoporous Catalysts for Nitroaldol Condensation: Co-Placement of Site-Isolated Multiple Functional Groups on Mesoporous Materials” J. Molecular Catal. A, 2008, 288, 1-13. (Chosen as an Editor’s Choice Article).

  8. Sharma, K. K.; Anan, A.; Buckley, R. P.; Ouellette, W.; Asefa, T.*"Towards Efficient Nanoporous Catalysts: Controlling Site-Isolation and Concentration of Grafted Catalytic Sites on Nanoporous Materials with Solvents and Colorimetric Elucidation of their Site-Isolation” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 218-228. (Cited 14 times to date)

  9. Di Pasqua, A. J.; Sharma, K. K.; Shi, Y.-L.; Toms, B. B.; Ouellette, W.; Dabrowiak, J. C.*, Asefa, T.* “Cytotoxicity of mesoporous silica nanomaterials” J. Inorg. Biochem., 2008, 102, 1416-1423. (Cited 16 times to date)




  1. Sharma, K. K.; Asefa, T.* “Efficient bifunctional nanocatalysts by simple postgrafting of spatially-isolated catalytic groups on mesoporous materials” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 2879-2882. (Cited 27 times to date)

  2. Shi, Y.-L.; Asefa, T.* “Tailored core-shell-shell nanostructures: Sandwiching gold nanoparticles between silica cores and tunable silica shells” Langmuir, 2007, 23, 9455-9462. (Among the Top Ten Most Accessed Articles in 2007 and Cited 15 times to date).

  3. Otuonye, A.; Asefa, T.* “Efficient and Selective Nanoscale Catalysts by Solvent-Assisted Site-Isolated Grafting (SASIG) of Multiple Functional Groups on Mesoporous Materials” Chemtracts Inorg. Chem., 2007, 20, 85-93.




  1. Asefa, T.*, Shi, T.-L. “Super-stable high-quality Fe3O4 dendron-nanocrystals dispersible in both organic and aqueous solutions” Chemtracts Inorg. Chem., 2006, 19, 299-305.


Publications Prior to 2006


  1. Asefa, T.; Lennox, R. B. "Synthesis of gold nanoparticles via electroless deposition in SBA-15.” Chem. Mater., 2005, 17, 2481-2483.

  2. Whitnall, W.; Asefa, T.; Ozin, G. A. “Hybrid periodic mesoporous organosilicas” Adv. Funct. Mater., 2005, 15, 1696-1702.

  3. Asefa, T.; Kruk, M.; Coombs, N.; Grondey, H.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G. A. “Novel Routes to Periodic Mesoporous Aminosilicas, PMAs: Ammonolysis of Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 1662-11673.

  4. Kruk, M.; Asefa, T.; Coombs, N.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G. A. “Synthesis and characterization of ordered mesoporous silicas with high loadings of methyl groups” J. Mater. Chem., 2002, 12, 3452-3457.

  5. Kuroki, M.; Asefa, T.; Whitnal, W.; Kruk, M.; Yoshina-Ishii, C.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G.A. “Synthesis and Properties of 1,3,5-Benzene Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica (PMO): Novel Aromatic PMO with Three Point Attachments and Unique Thermal Transformations.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 13886-13895.

  6. Kruk, M.; Asefa, T.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G. A. “Synthesis and characterization of methyl and vinyl-functionalized ordered mesoporous silicas with high organic content.” Stud. Surf. Sci. Catal., 2002, 141, 197-204.

  7. Asefa, T.; Ozin, G. A.; Grondey, H.; Kruk, M.; Jaroniec, M. “Recent developments in the synthesis and chemistry of periodic mesoporous organosilicas.” Stud. Surf. Sci. Catal., 2002, 141, 1-26.

  8. Asefa, T.; Coombs, N.; Grondey, H.; Jaroniec, M.; Kruk, M.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Ozin, G. A. “Bio-inspired nanocomposites: from synthesis toward potential applications.” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 2002, 711, 347-357.

  9. Kruk, M.; Asefa, T.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G.A. “Metamorphosis of Ordered Mesopores to Micropores: Periodic Silica with Unprecedented Loading of Pendant Reactive Organic Groups Transforms to Periodic Microporous Silica with Tailorable Pore Size.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 6383-6392.

  10. Matos, J. R.; Kruk, M.; Mercuri, L. P.; Jaroniec, M.; Asefa, T.; Coombs, N.; Ozin, G. A.; Kamiyama, T.; Terasaki, O. “Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica with Large Cagelike Pores.” Chem. Mater., 2002, 14, 1903-1905.

  11. Temtsin, G.; Asefa, T.; Bittner, S.; Ozin, G.A. “Aromatic PMOs: tolyl, xylyl and dimethoxyphenyl groups integrated within the channel walls of hexagonal mesoporous silicas.” J. Mater. Chem., 2001, 11, 3202-3206.

  12. Asefa, T.; Kruk, M.; MacLachln, M.J.; Coombs, N.; Grondey, H.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G. A. “Sequential hydroboration-alcoholysis and epoxidation-ring opening reactions of vinyl groups in mesoporous vinylsilica.” Adv. Funct. Mater., 2001, 11, 447-456.

  13. Asefa, T.; Kruk, M.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Coombs, N.; Grondey, H.; Jaroniec, M.; Ozin, G. A. “Novel Bifunctional Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas, BPMOs: Synthesis, Characterization, Properties and in-Situ Selective Hydroboration-Alcoholysis Reactions of Functional Groups.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 8520-8530.

  14. Dag, O.; Yoshina-Ishii, C.; Asefa, T.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Grondey, H.; Coombs, N.; Ozin, G. A. “Oriented periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) film with organic functionality inside the channel walls.” Adv. Funct. Mater., 2001, 11, 213-217.

  15. Asefa, T.; Coombs, N.; Dag, O.; Grondey, H.; MacLachlan, M.J.; Ozin, G.A.; Yoshina-Ishii, C. “Periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs): nanostructured organic-inorganic hybrid materials.” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 2001, 628, CC3.9.1-CC3.9.8.

  16. Asefa, T.; Yoshina-Ishii, C.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Ozin, G. A. “New nanocomposites: putting organic function 'inside' the channel walls of periodic mesoporous silica.” J. Mater. Chem., 2000, 10, 1751-1755. (Among the 10 most accessed articles in 2000 and was on the Front Cover and Cited 136 times to date)

  17. MacLachlan, M. J.; Asefa, T.; Ozin, G. A. “Writing on the wall with a new synthetic quill.” Chem. Eur. J., 2000, 6, 2507-2511. (On Front Cover and Cited 102 times)

  18. Asefa, T.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Grondey, H.; Coombs, N.; Ozin, G. A. Metamorphic channels in periodic mesoporous methylenesilica.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2000, 39, 1808-1811. (Cited over 171 times to date)

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