Recent Publications


  1. Nelson R. Vinueza, Eurick S. Kim, Vanessa A. Gallardo, Nathan S. Mosier, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Nicholas C. Carpita and Hilkka I Kenttämaa “Tandem mass spectrometric characterization of the conversion of xylose to furfural” Biomass Bioenerg. 2015, 71, 1-5. Link to article>>

  2. Trenton Parsell, Sara Yohe, John Degenstein, Tiffany Jarrell, Ian Klein, Emre Gencer, Barron Hewetson, Matt Hurt, Jeong Im Kim, Harshavardhan Choudhari, Basudeb Saha, Richard Meilan, Nathan Mosier, Fabio Ribeiro, W. Nicholas Delgass, Clint Chapple, Hilkka I. Kenttämaa, Rakesh Agrawal and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “A synergistic biorefinery based on catalytic conversion of lignin prior to cellulose starting from lignocellulosic biomass” Green Chem., 2015, 17, 1492-1499.Link to article>>

  3. Basudeb Saha and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Current Technologies, Economics and Perspective for 2, 5-Dimethylfuran (DMF) Production from Biomass Derived Intermediates” ChemSusChem, 2015, 8, 1133-1142.Link to article>>

  4. Scott D. Hicks, Silei Xiong, Curt J. Bougher, Grigori A. Medvedev, James Caruthers and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Mechanistic study of a manganese porphyrin catalyst for on-demand production of chlorine dioxide in water” J. Porphyr. Phthalocya.(Special Issue in Celebration of Professor Shunichi Fuluzumi’s Career) 2015, 19, 492-499.Link to article>>

  5. Jieun Jung, Shuo Liu Kei Ohkubo, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar and Shunichi Fukuzumi “Catalytic Two-Electron Reduction of Dioxygen by Ferrocene Derivatives with Manganese(V) Corroles” Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 4285-4291.Link to article>>

  6. Ian Klein, Besudeb Saha and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Lignin Depolymerization over Ni/C Catalyst in Methanol a Continuation: Effect of Substrate and Catalyst Loading” Catal. Sci.&Tech. 2015, 5, 3242-3245.Link to article>>

  7. Robert B. Balow, Erik J. Sheets, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar and Rakesh Agrawal “Synthesis and Characterization of Copper Arsenic Sulfide Nanocrystals from Earth Abundant Elements for Solar Energy Conversion” Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 2290-2293.Link to article>>

  8. Ashish Bohre, Saikat Dutta, Basudeb Saha and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Upgrading Furfurals to Drop-in Biofuels: An Overview” ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2015, 3, 1263-1277.Link to article>>

  9. Shou Zhao and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Biobased Epoxy Nanocomposites Derived from Lignin-Based Monomers” Biomacromolecules 2015, 16, 2025-2031.Link to article>>

  10. Shou Liu, Jieun Jung, Kei Ohkubo, Scott D. Hicks, Curt J. Bougher, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar and Shunichi Fukuzumi “Activationless Electron Self-Exchange of High-Valent Oxo and Imido Complexes of Chromium Corroles” Inorg. Chem. 2015,54, 9223-9228.Link to article>>

  11. Yuan Jiang, Linan Yang, Christine M. Bohn, Guannan Li, Dong Han, Nathan S. Mosier, Jeffrey T. Miller, Hilkka I. Kenttämaa and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Speciation and kinetic study of iron promoted sugar conversion to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and levulinic acid (LA)” Org. Chem. Front, 2015, 2, 1388-1396.Link to article>>

  12. Curt J. Bougher, Shuo Liu, Scott D. Hicks and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar “Valence Tautomerization of High-Valent Manganese(V)-Oxo Corrole Induced by Protonation of the Oxo Ligand” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 14481-14487Link to article>>


    1. Jing Yi, Jeffrey T. Miller, Dmitry Y. Zemlyanov, Ruihong Zhang, Paul J. Dietrich, Fabio H. Ribeiro, Sergey Suslov, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “A Reusable Unsupported Rhenium Nanocrystalline Catalyst for Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Alcohols through gamma-C–H Activation” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 833-836. Link to article>>

    2. Basudeb Saha and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Advances in 5-hydroxymethylfurfural production from biomass in biphasic solvents” Green Chem. 2013, 16, 24-38. Link to article>>

    3. Basudeb Saha, Nathan S. Mosier, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Catalytic Dehydration of Lignocellulosic Derived Xylose to Furfural” in Plants and Bioenergy, Maureen C. McCann, Marcos S. Bukeridge, and Nichoas C. Carpita (eds.), Advances in Plant Biology 4, 2014, Springer, New York, pg. 267-276. Link to article>>

    4.  Scott D. Hicks, Doyeon Kim, Silei Xiong, Grigori A, Medvedev, James Caruthers, Seungwoo Hong, Wonwoo Nam, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Non-Heme Manganese Catalysts for On-Demand Production of Chlorine Dioxide in Water and Under Mild Conditions” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 3680-3686. Link to article>>

    5.  Silei Xiong, D. Keith Steelman, Grigori A. Medvedev, W. Nicholas Delgass, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, and James M. Caruthers, “Selective Degenerative Benzyl Group Transfer in Olefin Polymerization” ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 1162-1170. Link to article>>

    6.  Kothanda Rama Pichaandi, Michael G. Mozzotta, John S. Harwood, Phillip E. Fanwick, and Mahdi Abu-Omar, “Synthesis, Dynamics, and DFT Studies of Rhenium Dicarbonyl PNN Pincer Complexes in Three Different Oxidation States” Organometallics 2014, 33, 1672-1677. Link to article>>

    7. Hayley A. Brown, Silei Xiong, Grigori A. Medvedev, Young A. Chang, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, James M. Caruthers, and Robert M. Waymouth, “Zwitterionic Ring-Opening Polymerization: Models for Kinetics of Cyclic Poly(Caprolaction) Synthesis” Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 2955-2963. Link to article>>

    8. D. Keith Steelman, Silei Xiong, Grigori A. Medvedev, W. Nicholas Delgass, James M. Caruthers, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Effects of Electronic Perturbations on 1-Hexene Polymerization Catalyzed by Zirconium Amine Bisphenolate Complexes” ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 2186-2190. Link to article>>

    9. Shuo Liu, Kentaro Mase, Curt Bougher, Scott D. Hicks, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, and Shunichi Fukuzumi, “High-Valent Chromium-Oxo Complex Acting as an Efficient Catalyst Precursor for Selective Two-Electron Reduction of Dioxygen by a Ferrocene Derivative” Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 7780-7788.Link to article>>

    10. Michael G. Mazzotta, Dinesh Gupta, Basudeb Saha, Astam K. Patra, Asim Bhaumik, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Efficient Solid Acid Catalyst Containing Lewis and Brønsted Acid Sites for the Production of Furfurals” ChemSusChem 2014, 7, 2342-2350.Link to article>>

    11. Michael G. Mazzotta, Kothanda R. Pichaandi, Phillip E. Fanwick, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Concurrent Stabilization of p-Acceptor and p-Donor Ligands in Aromatized and Dearomatized Pincer [(PNN)Re(CO)(O)2] Complexes” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8320-8322.Link to article>>

    12. Basudeb Saha, Christine M. Bohn, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Zinc-Assisted Hydrodeoxygenation of Biomass Derived 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to 2,5-Dimethylfuran (DMF)” ChemSusChem. 2014, 7, 3095-3101.Link to article>>

    13. Kothanda Rama Pichaandi, Phillip E. Fanwick, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “C-H Activation of Methyltrioxorhenium by Pincer Iridium Hydride to Give Agile Ir-Re Bimetallic Compunds” Organometallics. 2014, 33, 5089-5092.Link to article>>

    14. Benjamin L. Wegenhart, Linan Yang, Soon Cheong Kwan, Remi Harris, Hilkka Kenttämaa, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “From Furfural to Fuel: Synthesis of Furoins by Organocatalysis and their Hydrodeoxygenation by Cascade Catalysis” ChemSusChem. 2014, 7, 2742-2747.Link to article>>

    15. Judith A. Ronau, Lake N. Paul, Julian E. Fuchs, Klaus R. Liedl, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, and Chittaranjan Das, “A Conserved Acidic Residue in Phenylalanine Hydroxylase Contributes to Cofactor Affinity and Catalysis” Biochemistry 2014, 53, 6834-6848.Link to article>>

    16. Md. Imteyaz Alam, Sudipta De, Bhagat Singh, Basudeb Saha, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Titanium hydrogenphosphate: An efficient dual acidic catalyst for 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) production” Appl. Catal. A: General 2014, 486, 42-48.Link to article>>

    17. Lindsay S. Hernández-Muñoz, Annia Galano, Pablo D. Astudillo-Sánchez, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar and Felipe J. González, “The mechanism of mediated oxidation of carboxylates with ferrocene as redox catalyst in absence of grafting effects. An experimental and theoretical approach” Electrochimica Acta 2014, 136, 542-549.Link to article>>


    1. Trenton Parsell, Benjamin Owen, Ian Klein, Tiffany Jarrell, Christopher Marcum, Laura Haupert, Lucas Amundson, Hilkka Kenttamaa, Fabio Ribeiro, Jeffrey T. Miller, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Cleavage and Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of C-O Bonds Relevant to Lignin Conversion Using Pd/Zn Synergistic Catalysis” Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 806-813.Link to article>>

    2. Judith A. Ronau, Lake N. Paul, Julian E. Fuchs, Isaac R. Corn, Kyle T. Wagner, Klaus R. Liedl, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Chittaranjan Das, “An additional substrate binding site in a bacterial phenylalanine hydroxylase” Eur. Biophys. J. 2013, 42, 691-708. Link to article>>

    3. Basudeb Saha, Dinesh Gupta, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Arindam Modak, and Asim Bhaumik, “Porphyrin based porous organic polymer supported iron(III) catalyst for efficient aerobic oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural into 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid” J. Cat. 2013, 299, 316-320. Link to article>>

    4. Yu Yang, Changwei Hu, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “The effect of hydrochloric acid on the conversion of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in AlCl3-H2O/THF biphasic medium” J. Mol. Catal. A: Chemical 2013, 376, 98-102. Link to article>>

    5. D. Keith Steelman, Silei Xiong, Paul D. Pletcher, Erin Smith, Jeffrey M. Switzer, Grigori A. Medvedev, W. Nicholas Delgass, James M. Caruthers, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Effects of pendant ligand binding affinity on chain transfer for 1-hexene polymerization catalyzed by single-site zirconium amine bis-phenolate complexes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 6280-6288. Link to article>>

    6. Isaac R. Corn, Pablo D. Astudillo-Sánchez, Michael J. Zdilla, Phillip E. Fanwick, Michael J. Shaw, Jeffery T. Miller, Dennis H. Evans, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Synthesis and electrochemical reactivity of molybdenum dicarbonyl supported by redox active a-diimine ligand” Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 5457-5463. Link to article>>

    7. Shuo Liu, Aysegul Senocak, Jessica L. Smeltz, Linan Yang, Benjamin Wegenhart, Jing Yi, Hilkka I. Kenttämaa, Elon A. Ison, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Mechanism of MTO-catalyzed deoxydehydration (DODH) of diols to alkenes using sacrificial alcohols” Organometallics 2013, 32, 3210-3219. Link to article>>

    8. D. Keith Steelman, Paul D. Pletcher, Jeffrey M. Switzer, Silei Xiong, Grigori A. Medvedev, W. Nicholas Delgass, James M. Caruthers, and Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, “Comparison of Selected Zirconium and Hafnium Amine Bis(phenolate) Catalysts for 1-Hexene Polymerization” Organometallics 2013, 32, 4862−4867. Link to article>>

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