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Research Publications

Underlined names are WKU student co-authors. 


Kasumba J.; Appala K.; Conte E. D.; Agga G. E.; Loughrin J. H. “Anaerobic digestion of livestock and poultry manures spiked with tetracycline antibiotics.” Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes,2020, 55(2), 135-147.

Zhang, R.*, Klaine, S.; Alcantar, C.;Bratcher, F. “Visible light generation of high-valent metal-oxo intermediates and mechanistic insights into catalytic oxidations” J. Inorg. Biochem.,2020, 111246.

Klaine, S.; Lee, N. F.;Dames, A.; Zhang, R.* “Visible light generation of chromium(V)-oxo salen complexes and mechanistic insights into catalytic sulfide oxidation” Inorg. Chim. Acta,2020, 509, 119681.

Klaine, S.; Bratcher, F.;Winchester, M.; Zhang, R.* “Formation and kinetic studies of manganese(IV)-oxo porphyrins: Oxygen atom transfer mechanism of sulfide oxidations ” J. Inorg. Biochem. 2020, 204, 110986.


Ranburger, D.;Willis, B.; Kash, B.; Jeddi, H.;Alcantar, C.; Zhang, R.* Syntheitc and mechanistic investigations on manganese corroles catalyzed oxidation of sulfides with iodobenzene diacetate. Inorg. Chim. Acta,2019, 487, 41-49.

Couch, M.; Agga, G. E.; Kasumba, J.; Parekh, R. R.; Loughrin, J. H.; Conte, E. D. “Abundances of tetracycline resistance genes and tetracycline antibiotics during anaerobic digestion of swine waste” Journal of Environmental Quality, 2019, 48(1), 171-178.

Wang, B.; Howard, I. G.; Pope, J. W.; Conte, E. D.; Deng, Y. “Bis(imino)​pyridine iron complexes for catalytic carbene transfer reactions” Chemical Science,2019, 10(34), 7958-7963.

Gerelkhuu, Z.; Jung, D.; The Huy, B.; Tawfik, S. M.; Conte, M. L.; Conte, E. D.; Lee, Y.-I. “Highly selective and sensitive detection of catecholamines using NaLuGdF4:Yb3+​/Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles decorated with metal ions” Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical,2019, 284, 172-178.

Tice, N. C.; Wild, S.; Olmstead, C.; Stevens, E. D.; Yan, B.; Brooks, H.; Jenkins, J. Synthesis, Characterization, and Electronic and Structural Calculations of Some 1,4-Disubstituted Cyclopenta[d][1,2]oxazines, Heterocycles,2019, 98(12), 1707-1724.

Markham, J. P.; Wang, B.; Stevens, E. D.; Burris, S. C.; Yongming Deng “ortho-Alkylation of Pyridine N-Oxides with Alkynes by Photocatalysis: Pyridine N-Oxide as a Redox Auxiliary”  Chemistry – A European Journal, 2019, 25(26), 6638-6644.

Ballentine, M. D.; Embry, E. G.; Garcia, M. A.; Hill, L. J. “Deposition of metal particles onto semiconductor nanorods using an ionic liquid" Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2019, 10, 718-724


Bertram, J. R.; Nee, M. J. “A Buoyant, Microstructured Polymer Substrate for Photocatalytic Degradation Applications,” Catalysts,2018, 8, 482.

Davis, A.; Webb, C.; Sorensen, J.; Dixon, D. “Thermodynamic Constraints of Limestone-based Removal of Arsenic from Water,” Environ. Earth Sci.,2018, 77, 33.

Davis, A.; Webb, C.; Sorensen, J.; Dixon, D.; Hudson, R. “Geochemical Thermodynamics of Cadmium Removal from Water with Limestone,” Environ. Earth Sci.,2018 77, 33.

Ha, D. T.; Sthitodhi, G.; Ahn, C. H.; Segal, D. J.; Kim, M-S “Pathogen-specific DNA sensing with engineered zinc finger proteins immobilized on polymer chip,” Analyst, 2018 143, 4009-4016.

Fang, C. S.; Kim, K.; Ha, D. T.; Kim, M-S.; Yang, H. “Washing-free electrochemical detection of amplified double-stranded DNAs using a zinc finger protein,” Analytical Chemistry, 2018 90, 4776-4782.

Davis, A.; Webb, C.; Sorensen, J.; Dixon, D.; Hudson, R. “Geochemical Thermodynamics of Lead Removal from Water with Limestone,” Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 2018 229,177.

Monroe, J.D.; Hruska, H.L.; Ruggles, H.K; Williams, K.M.; Smith, M.E. "Anti-cancer characteristics and ototoxicity of platinum(II) amine complexes with only one leaving ligand", PLoS One,2018, 13(3), e0192505. 

Owens, C.; Griffen, K.; Khouryieh, H.; Williams, K. "Creaming and oxidative stability of fish oil-in-water emulsions stabilized by whey protein-xanthan-locust bean complexes: Impact of pH", Food Chemistry,2018, 239, 314-322.

Lee, N.-F.; Patel, D.;Liu, H. Y.; Zhang, R. “Insights from kinetic studies of photo-generated compound II models: Reactivity toward aryl sulfides”, J. Inorg. Biochem.,2018, 183, 56-65.


Gao, H.; Liu, Shuai; Li, Yafei; Conte, Eric; Cao, Y. “A critical review of spinel structured iron cobalt oxides based materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion,” Energies,2017, 10(11), 1787/1-1787/21.

Biechele-Speziale, John; Huy, Bui The; Nguyen, Thu Thuy T.; Vuong, Nguyen Minh; Conte, Eric; Lee, Yong-Ill, “A facile preparation of highly fluorescent carbon nitride nanoparticles via solid state reaction for optosensing mercury ions and bisphenol A,” Microchemical Journal, 2017, 134, 13-18.

Huy, B. T.; Pham, Q.-T.; Nguyen, T. T. A.; Conte, E.; Lee, Y.-I. “Development of a simple method for sensing melamine by SERS effect of Ag particles,” Journal of Luminescence,2017, 188, 436-440.

Gerelkhuu, Z.; Huy, B. T.; Chung, J. W.; Phan, T.-L.; Conte, E.; Lee, Y.-I. “Influence of Cr3+ on upconversion luminescent and magnetic properties of NaLu0.86-​xGd0.12F4:Cr3+x​/Er3+0.02 (0≤x≤0.24) material” Journal of Luminescence,2017, 187, 40-45.

K. J. Jones, L. H. Eckler, and M. J. Nee, “Effect of ionic strength on solvation geometry in aqueous nitrate ion,” Journal of Physical Chemistry A2017, 121, 2322-2330, DOI 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b12102.

J. R. Bertram, A. Penn, M. J. Nee, and H. Rathnayake, “A Novel n-Type Organosilane – Metal Ion Hybrid of Rhodamine-B and Copper Cation for Low Temperature Thermoelectric Materials,” ACS AppliedMaterials and Interfaces,2017, 9, 10946-10954.

Kim, M-S., and Kini, A. G. “Engineering and application of Zinc Finger Proteins and TALEs for biomedical research,” Molecules and Cells,2017, 40(8), 533-541.

Fang, C. S., Yu, B., Jon, S., Kim, M-S., Yang, H. “Ultrasensitive electrochemical detection of miRNA-21 using a zinc finger protein specific to DNA-RNA hybrids,” Analytical Chemistry,2017, 89, 2024-2031.

Slocum, D. W.; Maulden, E. A.; Whitley, P. E.; Reinscheld, T. K.; Jackson, C. S.; Maddox, J. B. “Anomalous ortho-proton acidities of the para-haloanisoles,” European Journal of Organic Chemistry,2017, 6882–6884.

Polapally, M.; Chen, B; Kinyon, J.; Yan, B.; Dalal, N. “Self-assembled hybrid solid of luminescent Ru(II)/Cu(II) polypyridyl metal-organic framework,” Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 2017, 84, 93-95.

Tice, N. C.; Collins, E. M.; Smith, D. L.; Snyder, C. A.; Yan, B.; Stevens, E. D. “Synthesis, Characterization, and Structure of Some 1,4-Disubstituted Cyclopenta[d][1,2]oxazines,”  Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry,2017, 54(6), 3235-3240.

Williams, K.M.; Gruner, M.; Gensheimer, J.; Wright, A.; Blair, M.; Autry, S.A.; Hammer, N.I. "Partial displacement of a triamine ligand from a platinum(II) complex after reaction with N-acetylmethionine", Inorg. Chim. Acta,2017, 458, 163-170.

Kwong, K.-W.; Patel, D.; Malone, J.; Lee, N.-F.; Kash, B.; Zhang, R. “An investigation of ligand effects on the visible light-induced formation of porphyrin–iron(IV)-oxo intermediates” New J. Chem.,2017, 41, 14334-14341.

Lee, N.-F.; Malone, J.; Jeddi, H.;Kwong, K.-W.; Zhang, R.  “Visible-light photolysis of corrole-managnese(IV) nitrites to generate corrole-manganese(V)-oxo complexes” Inorg. Chem. Commun., 2017, 82, 27-30.



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