Research Publications

Chemistry students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research in collaboration with faculty members. The results of this work frequently appear in peer-reviewed publications and are presented at venues such as the American Chemical Society National meeting.

Current and past UWF Chemistry students at ABRCMS 2018


Huggins, M. T.; Molek, K. S.; Cavnar, P.; Godfrey, L. Using Scholars Programs To Enhance Success of Underrepresented Students in Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, and STEM. Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence ACS Symposium Series 2019, 139–150.


Philips, A.; Cunningham, C.; Naran, K.; Kesharwani, T. Synthesis of 3-Halo-7-Azaindoles through a 5-Endo-Dig Electrophilic Cyclization Reaction. Synlett 201930 (10), 1246–1252.

Walter, C.; Fallows, N.; Kesharwani, T. Copper-Catalyzed Electrophilic Chlorocyclization Reaction Using Sodium Chloride as the Source of Electrophilic Chlorine. ACS Omega 20194 (4), 6538–6545.

Bokoskie, T.; Cunningham, C.; Kornman, C.; Kesharwani, T.; Pattabiraman, M. Iodocyclization in Aqueous Media and Supramolecular Reaction Control Using Water-Soluble Hosts. ACS Omega 20194 (18), 17830–17836.

Skinner, S. F.; Coro, R. A.; Farmer, W. M.; Lovett, J. H.; Lupton, J. C.; Moses, J. A.; Ortolano, B. M.; Reid, L. R.; Richardson, S. D.; Taylor, J. D.; ter Haar, L. W. Magnetocaloric Effect in the Triangulated Kagome Lattice Cu9Cl2(Cpa)6. AIP Advances 20199 (3), 035112.

Farmer, W. M.; Skinner, S. F.; ter Haar, L. W. Heat Capacity of the Highly Frustrated Triangulated Kagome Lattice Cu9Cl2(Cpa)6. AIP Advances 20188 (10), 101404.

Hamilton, H. S. C.; Farmer, W. M.; Skinner, S. F.; ter Haar, L. W. Metal Organic Framework Cu9Cl2(Cpa)6 as Tunable Molecular Magnet. AIP Advances 20188 (5), 055802.

Kesharwani, T.; Kornman, C.; Tonnaer, A.; Hayes, A.; Kim, S.; Dahal, N.; Romero, R.; Royappa, A. Sodium Halides as the Source of Electrophilic Halogens in Green Synthesis of 3-Halo- and 3,n-Dihalobenzo[b]Thiophenes. Tetrahedron 201874, 2973–2984.

Olaitan, A. D.; Ward, S.; Barnes, L. F.; Yount, J. R.; Zanca, B. A.; Schwieg, J. I.; Mccoy, A. L.; Molek, K. S. Small- and Large-Sized Iron(II, III) Oxide Nanoparticles for Surface-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry of Small Biomolecules. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 201832 (21), 1887–1896.

Barnes, K.W.; and C.J. Fields-Wolf, General Chemistry I Laboratory, University of West Florida, Pensacola, 2018. All royalties from this Laboratory Manual have been used to establish a UWF Chemistry scholarship.

Barnes, K.W.; and C.J. Fields-Wolf, General Chemistry II Laboratory, University of West Florida, Pensacola, 2018. All royalties from this Laboratory Manual have been used to establish a UWF Chemistry scholarship.

Royappa, A. T.; Tran, C. M.; Papoular, R. J.; Khan, M.; Marbella, L. E.; Millstone, J. E.; Gembicky, M.; Chen, B.; Shepard, W.; Elkaim, E. Copper(I) and Gold(I) Thiolate Precursors to Bimetallic Nanoparticles. Polyhedron 2018155, 359–365.

Gibbons, S. K.; Hughes, R. P.; Glueck, D. S.; Royappa, A. T.; Rheingold, A. L.; Arthur, R. B.; Nicholas, A. D.; Patterson, H. H. Synthesis, Structure, and Luminescence of Copper(I) Halide Complexes of Chiral Bis(Phosphines). Inorganic Chemistry 201756 (21), 12809–12820.

Olaitan, A. D.; Reyes, K. A.; Barnes, L. F.; Yount, J. R.; Ward, S.; Hamilton, H. S. C.; King, K. E.; Leeuwen, C. J. V.; Stepherson, J. R.; Vargas, T. K.; Kirkconnell, M. P.; Molek, K. S. Transition Metal Oxide Nanoparticles as Surfaces for Surface-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry of Asphaltenes. Petroleum Science and Technology 201735 (19), 1917–1924.

Kesharwani, T.; Giraudy, K. A.; Morgan, J. L.; Kornman, C.; Olaitan, A. D. Green Synthesis of Halogenated Thiophenes, Selenophenes and Benzo[b]Selenophenes Using Sodium Halides as a Source of Electrophilic Halogens. Tetrahedron Letters 201758 (7), 638–641.

Kabalka, G. W.; Moore, T. M.; Akula, M. R.; Collier, L.; Tamagnan, G.; Papin, C.; Alagille, D. Effect of Leaving Group Substituents on the Microfluidic Synthesis of [18F]3-Fluoro-5-[(Pyridin-3-Yl)Ethynyl]Benzonitrile ([18F]FPEB). Heterocycles 201795 (2), 807–815.

Saint-Louis, C. J.; Magill, L. L.; Wilson, J. A.; Schroeder, A. R.; Harrell, S. E.; Jackson, N. S.; Trindell, J. A.; Kim, S.; Fisch, A. R.; Munro, L.; Catalano, V. J.; Webster, C. E.; Vaughan, P. P.; Molek, K. S.; Schrock, A. K.; Huggins, M. T. The Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Fluorescent Polycyclic Azaborine Chromophores. The Journal of Organic Chemistry 201681 (22), 10955–10963.

Vaughan, P. P.; Wilson, T.; Kamerman, R.; Hagy, M. E.; Mckenna, A.; Chen, H.; Jeffrey, W. H. Photochemical Changes in Water Accommodated Fractions of MC252 and Surrogate Oil Created during Solar Exposure as Determined by FT-ICR MS. Marine Pollution Bulletin 2016104 (1-2), 262–268.

Kesharwani, T.; Kornman, C. T.; Tonnaer, A. L.; Royappa, A. D. ChemInform Abstract: Green Synthesis of Benzo[b]Thiophenes via Iron(III) Mediated 5-Endo-Dig Iodocyclization of 2-Alkynylthioanisoles. ChemInform 201647 (19).

Qian, E. A.; Wixtrom, A. I.; Axtell, J. C.; Saebi, A.; Jung, D.; Rehak, P.; Han, Y.; Moully, E. H.; Mosallaei, D.; Chow, S.; Messina, M. S.; Wang, J. Y.; Royappa, A. T.; Rheingold, A. L.; Maynard, H. D.; Král, P.; Spokoyny, A. M. Atomically Precise Organomimetic Cluster Nanomolecules Assembled via Perfluoroaryl-Thiol SNAr Chemistry. Nature Chemistry 20169 (4), 333–340.

Royappa, A. T.; Royappa, A. D.; Moral, R. F.; Rheingold, A. L.; Papoular, R. J.; Blum, D. M.; Duong, T. Q.; Stepherson, J. R.; Vu, O. D.; Chen, B.; Suchomel, M. R.; Golen, J. A.; Andre', G.; Kourkoumelis, N.; Mercer, A. D.; Pekarek, A. M.; Kelly, D. C. Copper(I) Oxalate Complexes: Synthesis, Structures and Surprises. Polyhedron 2016119, 563.

 Axtell, J. C.; Kirlikovali, K. O.; Djurovich, P. I.; Jung, D.; Nguyen, V. T.; Munekiyo, B.; Royappa, A. T.; Rheingold, A. L.; Spokoyny, A. M. Blue Phosphorescent Zwitterionic Iridium(III) Complexes Featuring Weakly Coordinating Nido-Carborane-Based Ligands. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016138 (48), 15758–15765.

Dziedzic, R. M.; Saleh, L. M. A.; Axtell, J. C.; Martin, J. L.; Stevens, S. L.; Royappa, A. T.; Rheingold, A. L.; Spokoyny, A. M. B–N, B–O, And B–CN Bond Formation via Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of B-Bromo-Carboranes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016138 (29), 9081–9084.

Gomez-Lopez, J. L.; Chávez, D.; Parra-Hake, M.; Royappa, A. T.; Rheingold, A. L.; Grotjahn, D. B.; Miranda-Soto, V. Synthesis and Reactivity of Bis(Protic N-Heterocyclic Carbene)Iridium(III) Complexes. Organometallics 201635 (18), 3148–3153.

Miura-Akagi, P. M.; Nakashige, M. L.; Maile, C. K.; Oshiro, S. M.; Gurr, J. R.; Yoshida, W. Y.; Royappa, A. T.; Krause, C. E.; Rheingold, A. L.; Hughes, R. P.; Cain, M. F. Synthesis of a Tris(Phosphaalkene)Phosphine Ligand and Fundamental Organometallic Reactions on Its Sterically Shielded Metal Complexes. Organometallics 201635 (13), 2224–2231.

Moore, T. M.; Akula, M. R.; Kabalka, G. W. Fluorine-18 Radiochemistry: A Novel Thiol-Reactive Prosthetic Group, [18F]FBAMPy. Natural Science 201608 (01), 1–7.

Molek, K. S.; Reyes, K. A.; Burnette, B. A.; Stepherson, J. R. Measuring the Speed of Sound through Gases Using Nitrocellulose. Journal of Chemical Education 201592 (4), 762–766.

Langdon, B. B.; Mirhossaini, R. B.; Mabry, J. N.; Sriram, I.; Lajmi, A.; Zhang, Y.; Rojas, O. J.; Schwartz, D. K. Single-Molecule Resolution of Protein Dynamics on Polymeric Membrane Surfaces: The Roles of Spatial and Population Heterogeneity. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 20157 (6), 3607–3617.

Whitaker, K. R.; Tylinski, M.; Ahrenberg, M.; Schick, C.; Ediger, M. D. Kinetic Stability and Heat Capacity of Vapor-Deposited Glasses of o-Terphenyl. The Journal of Chemical Physics 2015143 (8), 084511.