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Recent Publications


  • S. Chen, B. E. G. Lucier, W. Luo, X. Xie, K. Feng, H. Chan, V. V. Terskikh, X. Sun, T.-K. Sham, M. S. Workentin, and Y. Huang “Loading Across the Periodic Table: Introducing 14 Different Metal Ions To Enhance Metal-Organic Framework PerformanceACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018. DOI:10.1021.

  • Somasundaram, P. Gunawardene, A. M. Polgar, M. S. Workentin, and J. F. Corrigan “NHC Ligated Group 11 Metal-Arylthiolates Containing an Azide Functionality Amenable to “Click” Reaction Chemistry” Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 11184-11192.


  • A. J. Wallbank, T. P. Lebold, A. Borecki, A. M. Polgar, B. M. Waters, M. S. Workentin, and J. F. Corrigan "ZnII and CdII Ferrocenechalcogenolate Complexes” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2017, 372-377.

  • Simpson, P. Gobbo, F. C. Bononi, E. Murrell, M.S. Workentin, and L. G. Luyt “Bombesin-functionalized water-soluble gold nanoparticles for targeting prostate cancer” J. Interdisciplinary Nanomedicine, 2017, 2(4), 174-187.

  • Wilson Luo, Pierangelo Gobbo, Dewey A. Sutton, Chris D. McNitt, Vladimir V. Popik*, and Mark S. Workentin* “‘Shine & Click’ Photoinduced Interfacial Unmasking of Strained-Alkynes on Small Water Soluble Gold Nanoparticles” Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 1052-1059. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201603398. (Frontispiece)

  • Wilson Luo, Pierangelo Gobbo, Praveen Gunawardene and Mark S. Workentin* “A Water Soluble Fluorgenic AuNP Platform: A Model for Controlled Release of Molecules from AuNp Nanocarriers via Interfacial Staudinger-Bertozzi Ligation” Langmuir, 2017, 33, 1908-1913.


  • Gregory Q. Wallace, Mariachiara S. Zuin, Mohammadali Tabatabaei, Mark S. Workentin* and François Lagugné-Labarthet* “A nanoaggregate-on-mirror platform for molecular and biomolecular detection by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy” Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2016, 408, 609–618.

  • Max. Weissman, Kathleen T. Winger, Sara Ghiassian, Pierangelo Gobbo* and Mark. S. Workentin "Insights on the Application of the Retro Michael-Type Addition on Maleimide-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles in Biology and Nanomedicine" Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2016. DOI: 10.102/acs.bioconjchem.5b00600.


  • Gregory Q. Wallace, Mariachiara S. Zuin, Mohammadali Tabatabaei, Pierangelo Gobbo, François Lagugné-Labarthet* and Mark S. Workentin* “Gold nanosponges (AuNS): a versatile nanostructure for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic detection of small molecules and biomolecules”  Analyst, 2015140, 7278-7282

  • Barbon, S. M., Gobbo, P., Luo, W., Price, J. T., Biesinger, M. C., Workentin, M. S.*, Gilroy, J. B.* “An Azide-Functionalized Nitronyl Nitroxide Radical: Synthesis, Characterization, and Staudinger-Bertozzi Ligation Reactivity” Syn. Lett., 2015. DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1560707.

  • Pierangelo Gobbo, Tommasso Ramognoli, Stephanie M. Barbon, Jacqueline T. Price, Jennifer Keir, Joe B. Gilroy  and Mark S. Workentin* "Expanding the Scope of Strained-Alkyne Chemistry: a Protection-Deprotection Strategy via the Formation of a Dicobalt-Hexacarbonyl Complex" Chem. Commun., 2015 51, 6647-6651. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC01522G.

  • Pierangelo Gobbo, Praveen Gunawardene, Wilson Luo and Mark S. Workentin* "Synthesis of A Toolbox of Clickable Rhodamine B Derivatives" Syn. Lett., 2015. DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1380191.

  • Pierangelo Gobbo, Wilson Luo, Sung Ju CHo, Xiaoxiao Wang, Mark Beisinger, Robert H. E. Hudson and Mark S. Workentin* "Small Gold Nanoparticles for Interfacial Staudinger-Bertozzi Ligation" Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2015. DOI: 10.1039/C5OB00372E

  • Mahdi Hesari and Mark S. Workentin "Covalent modification of graphene and micro-diamond with redox active substrates via photogenerated carbenes" Carbon, 2015, 85, 159-167.

  • Sara Ghiassian, Mark Beisinger and Mark S. Workentin* "Synthesis of Small Water-Soluble Diazirine-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles and Their Photochemical Modification" Can. J. Chem., 2015 , 93(1), 98-105. DOI: 10.1139/cjc-2014-0287. Special Issue.

  • Nastaran Kazemi-Zanjani, Pierangelo Gobbo, Ziyan Zhu, Mark S. Workentin, François Lagugné-Labarthet "High Resolution Raman Imaging of bundles of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy" Can. J. Chem., 2015, 93(1), 51-59. DOI: 10.1139/cjc-2014-0247.  Special Issue.


  • Xiaoxiao Wang,‡a Pierangelo Gobbo,‡a,b Mojmir Suchy,a Mark S. Workentin*a,b and Robert H. E. Hudson*a,b "Peptide-decorated gold nanoparticles via strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition and post assembly deprotection" RSC Advances, 2014, accepted.

  • Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin*  and Zhifeng Ding* "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Au25(0) Nanocluster Electrochemiluminescence" Chem. Eur. J., 2014.TOC

  • David C. Magri  and Mark S. Workentin "Dissociative Electron Transfer to Diphenyl-Substituted Bicyclic Endoperoxides: The Effect of Molecular Structure on the Reactivity of Distonic Radical Anions and Determination of Thermochemical Parameters" Molecules, 2014,

  • Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin*  and Zhifeng Ding* "Highly Efficient Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Au38 Nanoclusters" ACS Nano, 2014. DOI: 10.1021/nn503176g

  • Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin*  and Zhifeng Ding* "Near-infrared electrochemiluminescence from Au25(SC2H4Ph)18+ clusters co-reacted with tri-n-propylamine" RSC Advances, 2014, in press June 2014.

  • Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin*  and Zhifeng Ding* "NIR Electrochemiluminescence from Au25− Nanoclusters Facilitated by Highly Oxidizing and Reducing Co-reactant Radicals" Chemical Science, 2014, in press.

  • Mahdi Hesari, Zhifeng Ding* and Mark S. Workentin* "Electrogenerated chemiluminescence of monodispersed Au144(SC2H4Ph)60 clusters" Organometallics, 201433, 4888-4892. DOI 10.1021/om500112j.

  • Reg Bauld, Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin, Giovanni Fanchini. "Tessellated gold nanostructures from Au144(SCH2CH2Ph)60 molecular precursors and their use in organic solar cell enhancement" Nanoscale, 2014. Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C4NR01821D.

  • Fard, M. Hesari, Mark S. Workentin, John F. Corrigan* "New Polydentate Trimethylsilyl Chalcogenide Reagents for the Assembly of Polyferrocenyl Architectures" Chem. Eur. J., 2014, (VIP) DOI: 10.1002/chem.201400185

  • Mahdi Hesari and Mark S. Workentin "Facile synthesis of Au23(SC(CH3)3)16 clusters" J. Mater. Chem. C, 20142, 3631-3638. DOI:10.1039/C4TC00059E.

  • Venter, Andrei; Hesari, Mahdi; Ahmed, M; Bauld, Reg; Workentin, Mark; Fanchini, Giovanni “Facile nucleation of gold nanoparticles on graphene-based thin films from Au144 molecular precursors" Nanotechnology201425, 135601. DOI:10.1088/0957-4484/25/13/135601

  • Gobbo,Z. Mossman, A. Nazemi, A. Niaux, M. Biesinger, E. Gillies and M. S. Workentin "Versatile Strained-Alkyne Modified Water-Soluble AuNPs for Interfacial Strain-Promoted Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition (I-SPAAC)" J. Mater. Chem. B20142, 1764-1769. DOI: 10.1039/C3TB21799J.


  • Magdzinski, P. Gobbo, C. D. Martin, M. S. Workentin, and P. J. Ragogna “A novel diiminopyridine ligand containing redox active Co(III) mixed sandwich complexes.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52(19), 11311–11319. DOI: 10.1021/ic401598eTOC

  • Mark Milnea, Pierangelo Gobboa,b, Nevin McVicarc, Robert Barthac, Mark S. Workentin*a,b, and Robert H. E. Hudson*a,b“Water-soluble gold nanoparticles (AuNP) functionalized with gadolinium (III) via Michael addition for use as a MRI contrast agent” J. Mater. Chem. B, 20131, 5628-5635. DOI: 10.1039/C3TB20699H

  • Pierangelo Gobbo,‡a Mia J. Biondi‡a,b, Jordan Feldb and Mark S. Workentin*a “Arresting the Time-Dependent H2O2 Induced Preparation of Gold Nanosponges (AuNS) to Gold Nanoparticles (AuNP): Application in Analytical Detection and Preparative Chemistry” J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013, 1 (33), 4048-4051. DOI:10.1039/C3TB20913J.

  • Pashaee, Farshid; Hou, Renjie; Gobbo, Pierangelo; Workentin, Mark; Lagugné-Labarthet, François Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Self-Assembled Thiolated Monolayers on Flat Gold Nanoplates Using Gaussian-Transverse and Radially Polarized Excitations accepted to J. Phys. Chem. C. ID: jp-2013-03157v.R1  Accepted May 2013.

  • Khadka, B. Khalili Najafabadi, M. Hesari, M. S. Workentin, J. F. Corrigan*, "Copper-chalcogenide Clusters Stabilized with Ferrocene Based Diphosphine Ligands" Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 6798-6805.

  • Kristen Snell, Michel Johnston, Hossein Ismaili, Mahdi Hesari and Mark S. Workentin*, "Interfacial Ketene via the Photo Wolff Rearrangement for the Modification of Monolayer Protected Gold Nanoparticles" Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 2013, 26, 601-607.

  • Dana K. Adkinson, David C. Magri, Jason L. Pitters, Keith Griffiths, Peter R. Norton and Mark S. Workentin* "Photolysis and Thermolysis of Pyridyl Acyl Azide Monolayers on Single Crystal Platinum" Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2013, 89, 1020–1028.

  • Pierangelo Gobbo, Samantha Novoa, Mark Biesinger, Mark S. Workentin*, "Interfacial strain-promoted alyne-azide cycloaddition (I-SPAAC) for the synthesis of nanomaterial hybrids." Chem. Commun., 2013, 49 (38), 3982 - 3984. DOI:10.1039/c3cc41634h.

  • Guterman, M. Hesari, P. J. Ragogna* and M. S. Workentin* “Harnessing the solution properties of Au25 in the solid state: Exploiting the ion exchange chemistry of a novel photocurable phosphonium support” Langmuir accepted March 2013.

  • Pierangelo Gobbo, Mark Biesinger, Mark S. Workentin "Facile Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticle (AuNP)-Decorated Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Hybrids through an Interfacial Michael Addition Reaction" Chem. Commun.2013, 49 (27), 2831 - 2833. DOI:10.1039/C3CC00050H.

  • Arash Akbari-Sharbaf, Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin and Giovanni Fanchini "Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in Positively Charged Au25 Molecular Clusters" Journal of Chemical Physics, 2013, 138, 24305.


  • Reg Bauld, Mahdi Hesari, Mark S. Workentin and Giovanni Fanchini "Nucleation of gold nanoparticles from Au25- molecular precursors in thermosetting polyimide thin films" Appl. Phys. Lett., 2012, 101, 243114.

  • Gobbo, S. Ghiassian, M. Hesari, K. G. StamplecoskieN. Kazemi, F. Lagugne-Labarthet, M.S. Workentin, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22 (45), 23971-23980.

  • Swanick, M. Hesari, M. S. Workentin, Z. Ding "Interrogating the Near-infrared Electrogenerated Chemi-luminescence of Au25(SC2H4Ph)18+ Clusters" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134 (37), 15205–15208.

  • Gobbo, M.S. Workentin "Improved Methodology for the Preparation of Water-Soluble Maleimide-Functionalized Small Gold Nanoparticles" Langmuir, 2012, 28 (33), pp 12357–12363.

  • Ghiassian, H. Ismaili, B. D. W. Lubbock, J. W. Dube, P. J. Ragogna*, M. S. Workentin* “Photoinduced Carbene Generation from Diazirine Modified Task Specific Phosphonium Ionic Liquids to Prepare Robust Hydrophobic Coatings” Langmuir, 2012, 28 (33), 12326–12333.

  • Khalili Najafabadi, M. Hesari, M. S. Workentin, J. F. Corrigan, J. Organomet. Chem., 2012, 703, 16-24.
  • Magdzinski, P. Gobbo, C. D. Martin, M. S. Workentin, and P. J. Ragogna "The Syntheses and Electrochemical Studies of a Ferrocene Substituted Diiminopyridine Ligand and Its P, S, Se, and Te Complexes" Inorg. Chem,. 2012, 51 (15), 8425–8432.

  • David C. Magri and Mark S. Workentin. "Kinetics of the Photoinduced Dissociative Reduction of the Model Alkyl Peroxides Di-tert-Butyl Peroxide and Ascaridole" Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry, 2012, 1(6), 303-315.

  • E. Snell, H. Ismaili, and M. S. Workentin* “Photoactivated Nitrene Chemistry to Prepare Gold Nanoparticle Hybrids with Carbonaceous Materials” Chem. Phys. Chem., 2012. DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201200240.

  • C. Magri and M. S. Workentin, “Redox Properties of Radicals” Encyclopedia of Radicals in Chemistry, Biology and Materials. Edited by Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu and Armido Studer. 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-470-97125-3.

  • Kurtis D. Hartlen, Hossein Ismaili, Jun Zhu and Mark S. Workentin* “Michael Addition Reactions for the Modification of Gold Nanoparticles Facilitated by Hyperbaric Conditions”  Langmuir, 2012, 28 (1), 864–871.



  • Visit Mark Workentin's Google Scholar webpage to see a full list of publications.