1. 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 (


Book Chapters:

  1. 1.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.

  2. 2.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.

  3. 3.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.

  4. 4.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.

  5. 5.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.

  6. 6.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. 1.Inventors: Asefa, T.; Mishler, R. E.; and Schiff, E. A.  “Mesoporous and Nanoporous Materials, and Methods of Synthesizing the Same” US Patent, Patent No.: 8,802,045; Issued Date: August 12, 2014.

  2. 2.Inventors: W. Whitnall; T. Asefa, G. A. Ozin “Hybrid Porous Organic-Metal Oxide Materials” US Patent, Patent No.: 7,767,620; Issued Date: August 3, 2010.

  3. 3.Inventors: T. Asefa and G. A. Ozin “Functionalized Periodic Mesoporous Materials, their Synthesis and Use” Licensed to ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (Annandale, NJ, USA); US Patent, Patent No.: 6,960,551; Issued Date: Nov. 1, 2005.

  4. 4.Inventors: Asefa, T. and Shi, Y.-L “Corrugated and Hollow Metal Oxide and Metal/Metal-Oxide Core-Shell Microparticles by Controlled Etching” US Provisional Patent Application Number: 20100093013; Application Date: April 15, 2010.

  5. 5.Inventors: Asefa, T. and Zou, X. “Nitrogen-Rich Carbon Nanotubes and Methods of Use Thereof” U.S. Provisional Patent Application no. 61/918,320; Application Date: December 19, 2013.

  6. 6.Inventors: Asefa, T.; Biradar, A. V. and Wang, Y. “Efficient and Recyclable Heterogeneous Nanocatalysts” US Provisional Patent Application No. 13/396,052; Filed February 20, 2012.

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

  8. 8.Inventors: Asefa, T.; Sharma, K. K.; and Anan, A. “Efficient and Selective Multifunctional Nanocatalysts by Solvent-Assisted Grafting of Organofunctional Goups on Nanoporous Materials” US Provisional Patent Application, Filed to US PTO in 2008.

  9. 9.Inventors: T. Asefa and R. Silva “Carbon Nanoneedles and Methods of Use Thereof” Provisional Application, US Prov. App No.: 61/673479; Invention Disclosure; Patent Application in Progress since January 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:


  1. 105. 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, Accepted for Publication and In Press: DOI: 10.1021/am507787t.

  2. 104. 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.

  3. 103. 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. 


  1. 102. 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. 101. 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. 100. 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. 99.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. 98.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. 97.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. 96.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. 95.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. 94.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. 93.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. 92.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. 91.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. 90.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. 89.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).

  2. 88.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.

  3. 87.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.

  4. 86.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.

  5. 85.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.

  6. 84.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.

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

  8. 82.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.

  9. 81.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.

  10. 80.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.

  11. 79.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.

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

  13. 77.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.

  14. 76.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. 75.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.

  2. 74.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.

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

  4. 72.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.

  5. 71.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.

  6. 70.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)

  7. 69.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.

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

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

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

  11. 65.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. 64.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.

  2. 63.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.

  3. 62.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.

  4. 61.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. 60.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. 59.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. 58.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. 57.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. 56.Das, S.; Asefa, T.* "Epoxide Ring Opening Reactions with Mesoporous Silica Supported Fe(III) Catalysts" ACS Catal., 2011, 1, 502-510.


  1. 55.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. 54.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. 53.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. 52.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. 51.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. 50.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. 49.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. 48.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. 47.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. 46.Wang, Y.; Asefa, T.* "Poly(allylamine)-Stabilized Colloidal Copper Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Morphology, and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Properties" Langmuir, 2010, 26, 7469-7474.

  11. 45.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. 44.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. 43.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. 42.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. 41.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. 40.Tao, Z.; Wang, G.; Goodisman, J, Asefa, T.* “Accelerated Oxidation of Epinephrine by Silica Nanomaterials” Langmuir, 2009, 25, 10183-10188.

  6. 39.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. 38.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. 37.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. 36.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. 35.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. 34.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. 33.Asefa, T. “Book Review of Bio-inorganic Hybrid Nanomaterials: Strategies, Synthesis, Characterization and Applications” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 8871-8871.

  3. 32.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. 31.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. 30.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. 29.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. 28.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. 27.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. 26.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. 25.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. 24.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. 23.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. 22.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. 21.Asefa, T.; Lennox, R. B. "Synthesis of gold nanoparticles via electroless deposition in SBA-15.” Chem. Mater., 2005, 17, 2481-2483.

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

  3. 19.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. 18.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. 17.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. 16.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. 15.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. 14.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. 13.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. 12.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. 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. 10.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. 9.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. 8.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. 7.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. 6.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. 5.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. 4.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)

  19. 3.Asefa, T.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Coombs, N.; Ozin, G. A. “Periodic mesoporous organosilicas with organic groups inside the channel walls.” Nature, 1999, 402, 867-871. (Cited 736 times to date)

  20. 2.Yoshina-Ishii, C.; Asefa, T.; Coombs, N.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Ozin, G. A. “Periodic mesoporous organosilicas, PMOs: fusion of organic and inorganic chemistry 'inside' the channel walls of hexagonal mesoporous silica.” Chem. Commun., 1999, 2539-2540. (Cited 232 times to date)

  21. 1.Lal, M.; Joshi, M.; Kumar, D. N.; Friend, C. S.; Winiarz, J.; Asefa, T.; Kim, K.; Prasad, P. N. “Inorganic-organic hybrid materials for photonics.” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 1998, 519, 217-225.


Total Citations = 4,300+; h-Index = 32