Manuel Aquino

Manuel Aquino

Professor & Department Chair
3024
Physical Sciences Centre
(902) 867-5336

B.A. 1983 Queen's University
B.Sc. 1985 Queen's University
M.Sc. 1987 Queen's University
Ph.D. 1991 Carleton University (Dinuclear Pentaammineruthenium Complexes)

Conference Presentations

Invited Lectures

12. "A New Methodology for the Chirality Induction/Transfer at Ru(II)", Department of Chemistry, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, October 6, 2014.

11. "Chiral Induction at Ru(II): A Novel Approach", Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 13, 2013.

10. “Some Novel Aspects of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylate Chemistry”, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 8, 2005.

9. “Reaction of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylate with p-Acids: Adventures in Dimer Disassembly”, Department of Chemistry, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 10, 2004.

8. “The Many Faces of Diruthenium Carboxylate Chemistry”, Atlantic CIC Tour Speaker, Acadia University, Wofville, Nova Scotia; University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.  September 27 - October 2, 2001.

7. “The Many Faces of Diruthenium Carboxylate Chemistry”, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 30, 2000.

6. “Synthesis and Properties of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) tetrametallocenecarboxylates”, 34th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 9-14, 2000. [**Received CNC/IUPAC Travel Award to present at this Conference**].

5. “Inorganic Materials: A Coordination Chemist’s Perspective”, Honourary Guest Lecture, 1996 CIC-APICS Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, May 15-17, 1996.

4. “Molecular Wires and Polymeric Liquid Crystals Incorporating Dimetal Carboxylates”, Department of Chemistry, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 15, 1996.

3. “Dimetal Carboxylates: Building Blocks for Molecular Wires, Switches and Liquid Crystals”, Department of Chemistry, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, January 25, 1996.

2. “Bridge Mediated Metal-Metal Interactions: To Couple or Not to Couple”, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 24, 1995.

1. “The Active Site Chemistry of the Binuclear Iron Enzyme Purple Acid Phosphatase”, Inorganic Mechanisms Discussion Group Meeting, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, December 15, 1992.

Regular Conference Presentations (by myself, students or collaborators)

67. Anthony J. Aquino, Daniel Gerrior, T. Stanley Cameron, Dieter Klapstein and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Structure-Function Correlations in Mixed-Valent Diruthenium (II,III) Tetraacetate Complexes Containing Various Axially-Bound Pyridine Derivatives", 99th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Halifax, NS, June 4-8, 2016.  Poster given by A.J. Aquino.

66. Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Transfer of Chirality from Ligand to Metal Center: A New Methodology", 96th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Quebec City, PQ, May 26-30, 2013.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

65. Colin R. Kelly and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "The Effect of Phenyl Ring Position on Hydrocarbon Chains of Potential Diruthenium Liquid Crystals", 37th Annual Science Atlantic/CIC Student Chemistry Conference, Cape Breton University, May 15-17, 2012.  Poster given by C. Kelly.

64. Brandon R. Groves, Travis L. Lundrigan, Ramesh Vadavi and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Transfer of Chirality to Metal Centers: A Novel Approach", 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, PQ, June 5-9, 2011.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

63. Brandon R. Groves and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Chiral Induction via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetrabenzoate", 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, PQ, June 5-9, 2011.  Poster given by B.R. Groves.

62. Ernest Essoun and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate with Various P-N Donor Ligands", 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, PQ, June 5-9, 2011.  Talk given by E. Essoun.

61. Brandon R. Groves and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Induction of Handedness in a Diruthenium(II,III) Compound via a Unique Disassembly Process", 9th Annual Student Research Day, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, March 24, 2011.  Poster given by B.R. Groves.

60. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ramesh Vadavi, Eamonn D. Conrad, D. Ian Arbuckle and Travis L. Lundrigan, “Tetrahedral to Octahedral Chirality Transfer vis the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates”,  93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Toronto, ON, May 29-June 2, 2010.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino

59. Travis L. Lundrigan and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Chiral Induction Via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates”, 35th Annual APICS/CIC Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, May 13-15, 2010.  Talk given by T. Lundrigan.

58. Ernest Essoun and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “ Disassembly of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates with P,N-Donor Ligands”, 35th Annual APICS/CIC Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, May 13-15, 2010.  Poster given by E. Essoun.

57. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ramesh Vadavi, Eamonn D. Conrad and D. Ian Arbuckle, “Chiral Induction Via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates”, 42th IUPAC Congress, Glasgow, Scotland,  August 2-7, 2009.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

56. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ramesh Vadavi, Eamonn D. Conrad and D. Ian Arbuckle, “Chiral Induction Via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates”, 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Hamilton, ON, May 30-June 3, 2009.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

55. Kate Dunlop, Manuel A.S. Aquino, “The Binding of Weakly Coordinating Anions to Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, 34th Annual APICS/CIC Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, May 14-16, 2009.  Talk given by K. Dunlop.

54. D.Ian Arbuckle, Ramesh Vadavi, Eamonn D. Conrad, Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Chiral Induction Via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, 34th Annual APICS/CIC Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, May 14-16, 2009.  Talk given by I. Arbuckle.

53. Natasha F. O’Rourke, Mike G. Ronaldson, Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylate Complexes Containing Biologically Relevant Ligands”, 33rd Annual APICS/CIC Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, May 8-10, 2008.  Talk given by N.F. O’Rourke.  (**Co-winner of Best Overall Oral Presentation for N.F. O’Rourke**)

52. Elizabeth G. Corkum, Ian W. Wyman, Manuel A.S. Aquino, “The Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates by Mono- and Diphosphine Ligands” 33rd Annual APICS/CIC Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, May 8-10, 2008.  Talk given by E.G. Corkum.

51. Adrian H. Murray, Brian J. MacLean, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Synthesis and Polymerization of Dinuclear Ruthenium Complexes and their Disassembled Products” 32nd APICS/CIC Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Acadia University, Wolfville,  NS, May 17-19, 2007.  Talk given by A.H. Murray.

50. Mike G. Ronaldson, Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates with Biologically Relevant Ligands”, 32nd APICS/CIC Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, May 17-19, 2007.  Talk given by M.G. Ronaldson.  (**2nd Place Award in Best Oral Presentation Competition , Inorganic,  for M.G. Ronaldson**)

49. Adrian H. Murray, Brian J. MacLean, Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Polymerization of Dinuclear Ruthenium Complexes and their Associated Disassembled Products”, 3rd Annual Maritime Inorganic Discussion Weekend, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, March 3-4, 2007.  Talk given by A.H. Murray.  (**Winner Best Overall Oral Presentation for A.H. Murray**)

48. Eamonn D. Conrad, Manuel A.S. Aquino, T. Stanley Cameron, Kathy N. Robertson, ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(II) Complexes with Multichiral Sites”, 89th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Halifax, NS, May 27-31, 2006.  Poster given by E.D. Conrad.

47. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Eamonn D. Conrad, Andrew I. Wallbank, Adrian H. Murray, Brian J. MacLean, T. Stanley Cameron, Kathy N. Robertson, “The Disassembly of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates as a Route to the Preparation of Novel Ru(II) Complexes”, 89th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Halifax, NS, May 27-31, 2006.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

46. Eamonn D. Conrad, Manuel A.S. Aquino, T. Stanley Cameron, Kathy N. Robertson, “Synthesis of Novel Multichiral Ruthenium(II) Complexes”, 31st APICS/CIC Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Mount Allison University, NB, May 18-20, 2006.  Talk given by E.D. Conrad.

45. Eamonn D. Conrad, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Kathy N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron, “Synthesis of Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Multichiral Sites”, Maritime Inorganic Discussion Weekend, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, March 4-5, 2006.  Talk given by E.D. Conrad.

44. Terri L. Clarke, Luc J. Boudreau, Kathy N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Disassembly Reactions Involving Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates and Bidentate N-Donor Ligands as Novel Routes to Mononuclear Ruthenium(II) Complexes”, 88th Conference of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, Saskatoon, SA, May 28 – June 1, 2005.  Poster given by T.L. Clarke.

43. Terri L. Clarke, Luc J. Boudreau, Kathy N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Disassembly Reactions Involving Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates and Bidentate N-Donor Ligands as Novel Routes to Mononuclear Ruthenium(II) Complexes”, Maritime Inorganic Discussion Weekend 2005, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, March 19 – 20, 2005.  Poster presented by T.L. Clarke.

42. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ian W. Wyman, Luc J. Boudreau, Kathy N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “The Use of Directed Disassembly Reactions to Create Novel Heterodinuclear Complexes:  Reactions of p-Acid Ligands with the Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylate Core”, 87th Conference of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, London, ON, May 29 – June 1, 2004.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

41. Luc J. Boudreau and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Disassembly Reactions of the Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate Core with Bidentate Nitrogen Heterocycles", 29th APICS/CIC Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, May 13-15, 2004(**2nd Place Award in  Undergraduate Poster Competition (Inorganic Division) for L.J. Boudreau**).

40. Luc J. Boudreau and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis of Novel Heterodinuclear Inorganometallic Complexes", 2nd Annual Student Research Day, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, March 18, 2004.  Poster given by L.J. Boudreau.

39. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ian W. Wyman, Tara J. Burchell, Katherine N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “The Use of Directed Disassembly Reactions to Create Novel Heterodinuclear Complexes: Reactions of p-Acid Ligands with the Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate Core”, 39th IUPAC Congress / 86th Conference of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, Ottawa, ON, August 10-15, 2003.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino and I.W. Wyman.

38. Brendan R.A. Bland, Heather J. Gilfoy, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Katherine N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions in Purine and Pyrimidine-Type Base Adducts of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, 39th IUPAC Congress / 86th Conference of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, Ottawa, ON, August 10-15, 2003.  Poster given by B.R.A. Bland.

37. Ian W. Wyman, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Tara J. Burchell, Katherine N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “The Use of Directed Disassembly Reactions to Create Novel Heterodinuclear Complexes: Reactions of p-Acid Ligands with the Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate Core”, 28th APICS/CIC Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS, May 16-18, 2003(**Co-winner of the Best Graduate Poster Award for I.W. Wyman**).

36. Brendan R.A. Bland, Heather J. Gilfoy, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Katherine N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions in Purine and Pyrimidine-Type Base Adducts of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, 28th APICS/CIC Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS, May 16-18, 2003.  Talk given by B.R.A. Bland.

35. Ian W. Wyman and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Directed Disassembly of Diruthenium Carboxylate Compounds Using Phosphine Ligands”, 1st Annual Student Research Day, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, March 20, 2003(**Winner of Top Overall Poster Award for I.W. Wyman**).

34. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Constance E.J. van Rensburg, Elke Kreft, Jannie C. Swarts, Sean R. Dalrymple, Denise M. MacDonald, Michael W. Cooke and T. Stanley Cameron, “Cytotoxicity of a Series of Water-Soluble Mixed-Valent Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates”, 35th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Heidelberg, Germany, July 21-26, 2002.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

33. Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Redox Tuning and Metal-Metal Bond Activation in Diruthenium Tetraacetate”, 84th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, PQ, May 26-30, 2001.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

32. Tara J. Burchell, Glen G. Briand, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Reactivity and Magnetism of Phosphine Diadducts of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate: Steric Control of Reaction Pathway”, 84th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Montreal, PQ, May 26-30, 2001. (**Winner of the Best Undergraduate Poster Award (Inorganic Division) for T.J. Burchell**)

31. Tara J. Burchell, Glen G. Briand, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “The Study of Phosphine Diadducts of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, 2001 CIC-APICS Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Halifax, NS, May 18-20, 2001(**Winner of the CSC/Shell Award for Best Undergraduate Oral (Inorganic Division) for T.J. Burchell**)

30. Michael W. Cooke, Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron, Jannie C. Swarts and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Properties of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) tetrametallocene-carboxylates”, 83rd Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB, May 27 – 31, 2000.  Talk given by M.W. Cooke.

29. George Vamvounis, Jennifer F. Caplan, Michael W. Cooke, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Nitrogen and Sulphur Adducts of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium (II,III) Tetraacetate”, 82nd Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Toronto, ON, May 30 – June 2, 1999.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

28. Michael W. Cooke, Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron, Johannes C. Swarts and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Characterization of Mixed-Valent Diruthenium (II,III) tetraferrocene-carboxylates”, 1999 CIC-APICS Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Charlottetown, PE, May 17-19, 1999.  Poster given by M.W. Cooke.

27. George Vamvounis, Jennifer F. Caplan and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Diruthenium Complexes with Dimetal Carboxylate Specific Bridges:  Designing “Building Blocks” for Potential Molecular Magnetic Wires”, 3rd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Centre for Advanced Materials and Microstructures, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, December 12, 1998.  Poster given by G. Vamvounis.

26. Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Magnetic and Mesomorphic Properties of Polymeric Mixed-Valent Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates", Atlantic Section CIC AGM and Symposium, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, June 28-30, 1998.  Talk given by M.A.S Aquino.

25. George Vamvounis, Jennifer F. Caplan, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates with Nitrogen Donor Ligands:  Building Blocks for Molecular Wires and Inorganic Drugs", Atlantic Section CIC AGM and Symposium, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, June 28-30, 1998.  Poster given by G. Vamvounis.

24. Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "An Interesting Hydrogen Bonding Network in trans-[NH2(CH3)2][Ru(C2O4)2(H2O)2] . 4H2O", Atlantic Section CIC AGM and Symposium, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, June 28-30, 1998.  Poster given by C.A. Murphy.

23. Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron, Jannie C. Swarts and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Synthesis and Structure of a Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraferrocenecarboxylate", Atlantic Section CIC AGM and Symposium, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, June 28-30, 1998.  Poster given by C.A. Murphy.  

22. George Vamvounis, Jennifer F. Caplan, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates with Nitrogen Donor Ligands:  Building Blocks for Molecular Wires and Inorganic Drugs", 81st Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Whistler, BC, May 31 - June 4, 1998(**Winner of Best Undergraduate Poster Competition for G. Vamvounis**).

21. George Vamvounis, Jennifer F. Caplan, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates with Nitrogen Donor Ligands:  Building Blocks for Molecular Wires and Inorganic Drugs", 1998 CIC-APICS Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, St. John's, NF, May 14-16, 1998(**Winner of Best Oral Presentation (Inorganic Division) and Sepracor Award for Best Overall Presentation for G. Vamvounis**).

20. Chris A. White, Manuel A.S. Aquino and Robert J. Crutchley, “Conducting Coordination Polymer Precursors: The Role of Hyperconjugation”, 214th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, September 7-11, 1997.  Talk given by C.A. White.

19. Krista D. Drysdale, Ellen J. Beck, Jennifer F. Caplan, Denise M. MacDonald, Manuel A.S Aquino, Katherine N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel [Ru2(O2CCH3)4L2](PF6) Adducts”, 80th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Windsor, ON, June 1 - 4, 1997.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

18. Jennifer F. Caplan, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Susan Swansburg, Robert P. Lemieux, T. Stanley Cameron, “Mixed-Valent Ruthenium Carboxylate Polymers Displaying Room Temperature Mesomorphism”, 80th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Windsor, ON, June 1 - 4, 1997.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

17. Krista D. Drysdale, Ellen J. Beck, Jennifer F. Caplan, Denise M. MacDonald, Manuel A.S Aquino, Katherine N. Robertson and T. Stanley Cameron, “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel [Ru2(O2CCH3)4L2](PF6) Adducts”, 1997 CIC-APICS Atlantic Student Chemistry Conference, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB, May 14-16, 1997.  Poster given by D.M. Macdonald.

16. Janet Conradie, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Gert J. Lamprecht and Johannes C. Swarts, “Synthesis, Chemical Properties, Crystallography, Cyclic Voltammetry and Kinetic Results of Rh(I) Complexes Coordinated to Ferrocenyl Substituted Beta-Diketones”, 4th International Symposium on Applied BioInorganic Chemistry, Capetown, South Africa, April 1 – 4, 1997.  Talk given by J. Conradie.

15. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ellen J. Beck, Jennifer F. Caplan, Krista D. Drysdale, Raelene Lawrence, Denise MacDonald, T. Stanley Cameron, Katherine N. Robertson and Laurence K. Thompson,  “Diruthenium Carboxylates as Building Blocks for Molecular Magnetic Wires and Polymeric Liquid Crystals”, 31st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Vancouver, B.C., August 18-23, 1996.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

14. Krista D. Drysdale, Ellen J. Beck, Raelene Lawrence, Jennifer F. Caplan, Denise MacDonald, Manuel A.S. Aquino, T. Stanley Cameron, Katherine N. Robertson and Laurence K. Thompson,  “Dimetal Carboxylates: Building Blocks for Molecular Wires and Polymeric Metallomesogens”, 79th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, St. John’s, N.F., June 23-26, 1996.  Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

13. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Joo-Yeon Han, Jannie C. Swarts and A. Geoffrey Sykes, "The Electron-Transfer Reactivity of Ribonucleotide Reductase", 205th ACS National Meeting, Denver, Colorado, March 28-April 2, 1993.  Talk given by A.G. Sykes.

12. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Robert J. Crutchley, Florence L. Lee, Corrine Bensimon, Eric J. Gabe, John E. Greedan, “Magnetic and Electronic Coupling in Binuclear Ruthenium Complexes Bridged by Various 1,4-Dicyanamidobenzene Dianion Ligands”, 23rd Annual Inorganic Discussion Weekend, University of Waterloo, November 16-18, 1990.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

11. Akila A. Saleh, Kierstan McCaw, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Robert J. Crutchley, "Dependance of Ligand to Metal Charge Transfer Oscillator Strength on the Nature of the Ruthenium(III)-Cyanamide Bond: Outersphere and Innersphere Perturbations", 23rd Annual Inorganic Discussion Weekend, University of Waterloo, November 16-18, 1990.  Talk given by R.J. Crutchley.

10. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Robert J. Crutchley, Florence L. Lee, Eric J. Gabe and John E. Greedan, "Long-Range Antiferromagnetic Coupling between Ruthenium(III) Ions Bridged by 1,4-Dicyanamidebenzene Ligands", 200th ACS National Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 26-31, 1990.  Talk given by R.J. Crutchley.

9. Akila A. Saleh, Kierstan McCaw, Manuel A.S. Aquino and Robert J. Crutchley, “ Dependence of Ligand to Metal Charge Transfer Oscillator Strength on the Nature of the Ruthenium(III)-Cyanamide Bond”, 1st Symposium on Photoinduced Charge Transfer, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, June 7-9, 1990.  Talk given by R.J. Crutchley.

8. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Robert J. Crutchley, “Electronic Coupling in Binuclear Pentaamminne-ruthenium Complexes with Phenyl Cyanamide Ligands”, 22nd Annual Inorganic Discussion Weekend, Brock Univ., St. Catherines, Ontario, October 13-15, 1989. Talk given by M.A.S. Aquino.

7. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ann E. Bostock and Robert J. Crutchley, “Synthesis, Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry of Dinuclear Pentaamminneruthenium Complexes of Phenyl Cyanamide Ligands”, 21st Annual Inorganic Discussion Weekend, York University, North York, Ontario, October 14-16, 1988.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

6. Ann E. Bostock, Mark Naklicki, Manuel A.S. Aquino and Robert J. Crutchley, “Coordination and Electron-Transfer Chemistry of Pentaamminneruthenium Complexes of Phenyl Cyanamide Ligands”, Third Chemical Congress of North America, Toronto, Ontario, June 5-10, 1988.  Talk given by R.J. Crutchley.

5. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Ann E. Bostock and Donal H. Macartney, “Kinetics and Mechanisms of Reactions of Rhodium Complexes with Water-Soluble Phosphines”, Third Chemical Congress of North America, Toronto, Ontario, June 5-10, 1988.  Talk given by D.H. Macartney.

4. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Donal H. Macartney, “Reactions of Phosphine and Phosphite Adducts of Dirhodium Tetraacetate in Acetonitrile”, 19th Annual Inorganic Discussion Weekend, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, October 17-19, 1986.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

3. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Donal H. Macartney, “Ligand Substitution and Redox Reactions of Water-Soluble Phosphine Adducts of Dirhodium Tetraacetate”, 69th Canadian Chemical Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 1-4, 1986.  Talk given by D.H. Macartney.

2. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Donal H. Macartney, “Ligand Substitution and Redox Reactions of Water-Soluble Phosphine Adducts of Dirhodium Tetraacetate”, 191st ACS National Meeting, New York, N.Y., April 13-18, 1986.  Talk given by D.H. Macartney.

1. John Herbert, Manuel A.S. Aquino and Donal H. Macartney, “Substitution and Redox Reactions of Dirhodium Carboxylate Complexes”, 18th Annual Inorganic Discussion Weekend, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, October 25-27, 1985.  Poster given by M.A.S. Aquino.

Post Doctorate

1991-1993   University of Newcastle/King's College, UK - NATO Science Postdoctoral Fellow (group of Dr. A. Geoffrey Sykes, Bio-inorganic chemistry of the iron enzymes purple acid phosphatase (PAP) and ribonucleotide reductase (RNR))

Publications

Journal Articles Submitted or in Preparation

62. Anthony J. Aquino, Daniel Gerrior, T. Stanley Cameron, Dieter Klapstein, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Structure-Function Correlations in Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate Complexes Containing Various Axially-Bound Pyridine Derivatives", J. Mol. Struct., manuscript in preparation.

61. Meshari M. Aljohani, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate with Unsaturated Diphosphine Ligands", Polyhedron, manuscript in preparation.

60. Fawzia O. Elnajjar, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemistry of Ruthenium(II) and (III) Mono- and Bis-oxalato Complexes", Inorg. Chim. Acta, submitted for publication (Oct. 17, 2019).

Refereed Journal Articles

59.  Ruiyao Wang and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "1,3-Bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazolium perchlorate", IUCrData, 2019, 4, x190494.

58. Samuel A. Minaker, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "1,3-Bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl) imidazolium perchlorate", IUCrData, 2018, 3, x180516.

57. Ernest Essoun, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate with P-N Donor Ligands", Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2017, 454, 97-106.  [Invited manuscript for Special Issue on "Ruthenium Coordination Chemistry" in honor of Prof. K.J. Brewer].

56. Elizabeth G. Corkum, Ruiyao Wang and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Compromising the Metal-Metal Bond in Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate: Reaction of [Ru2(m-O2Me)4(MeOH)2]+ with Phosphines to Form "Ru(m-O2CMe)2(m-OMe)2Ru" Cores", Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2015, 424, 202-209. [Invited manuscript for Special Issue on "Metal-Metal Compounds and Metal Clusters" in honor of Prof. F.A Cotton].

55. Natasha F. O'Rourke, Michael Thomson, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, ”Tetrakis(m-n-butyrato-k8O:O')bis[(chloridorhenium(III)] (Re--Re)", Acta Cryst., 2014, E70, m349-m350.

54. Kate Dunlop, Ruiyao Wang, T. Stanley Cameron, Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Coordination of Weakly Binding Anions to [Ru2(m-O2CR)4]+ in Aqueous Solution", J. Mol. Struct., 2014, 1058, 122-129.

53. Karel G. von Eschwege, Lydia van As, Chris C. Joubert, Jannie C. Swarts, Manuel A.S. Aquino and T. Stanley Cameron, “Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemical Characterisation of a Novel Cobalt(III) tris-Dithizonato Complex”,  Electrochimica Acta, 2013, 112, 747-755.

52. Brandon R. Groves, D. Ian Arbuckle, Ernest Essoun, Travis L. Lundrigan, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Chiral Induction at Octahedral Ru(II) via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylates Using a Variety of Chiral Diphosphine Ligands", Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 11563-11572.

51. Natasha F. O'Rourke, Michael Ronaldson, T. Stanley Cameron, Ruiyao Wang, Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Equatorial p-p Interactions in Diruthenium(II,III) Tetracarboxylate Complexes Containing Extended p-Systems", J. Mol. Struct., 2013, 1052, 17-23.

50. Luc J. Boudreau, Terri L. Clarke, Adrian H. Murray, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Sterically-Directed Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate using Substituted and Unsubstituted 2,2'-Bipyridines and 1,10-Phenanthrolines", Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2013, 394, 152-158.

49. Karel G. Von Eschwege, Jannie C. Swarts, Manuel A.S. Aquino and T. Stanley Cameron, “(1,5-Diphenylthiocarbazonato-kS)trimethyltin(IV)”, Acta Cryst., 2012, E68, m1518.

48. Ramesh Vadavi, Eamonn D. Conrad, D. Ian Arbuckle, T. Stanley Cameron, Ernest Essoun, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Chiral Induction via the Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate by Chiral Diphosphines", Inorg. Chem. , 2011, 50, 11862-11864.

47. Samuel A. Minaker, Ruiyao Wang, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Tetra-m-acetato-k8O:O'-bis[3-cyanopyridine-kN1)ruthenium(II,III)](Ru-Ru)hexafluoridophosphate 1,2-dichloroethane monosolvate", Acta Cryst., 2011, E67, m1554.

46. Henno J. Gericke, Nicola I. Barnard, Elizabeth Erasmus, Jannie C. Swarts, Michael J. Cook and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Solvent and Electrolyte Effects in Enhancing the Identification of Intramolecular Electronic Communication in a Multi Redox-Active Diruthenium Tetraferrocenoate Complex, a Triple-Sandwiched Dicadmium Phthalocyanine and a Ruthenocene-Containing b-Diketone”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2010, 363, 2222-2232.

45. Michael Ronaldson, Chad R. Maheux, James M. Nyangulu, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “12-Ethoxy-2,3,8,9-tetramethyl-benzo-[c]-phenanthradine”, Acta Cryst., 2010, E66, o124.

44. Adrian H. Murray, Zhang Yue, Andrew I. Wallbank, T. Stanley Cameron, Ramesh Vadavi, Brian J. MacLean and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemistry of Mononuclear and Dinuclear Ruthenium-Thiophenecarboxylate Derivatives”, Polyhedron, 2008, 27, 1270-1279.

43. Tara J. Burchell, T. Stanley Cameron, Donal H. Macartney, Laurence K. Thompson, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Kinetics and Magnetism of Phosphane Diadducts of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2007, 4021-4027.

42. Andrew P. White, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron, Bernard V. Liengme, Daniel B. Leznoff, Simon Trudel, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Characterization of [M(DMSO)6][SnCl6] Complexes (M = Fe2+, Co2+ and Ni2+): An Old Mystery Solved”, Can. J. Chem., 2007, 85, 372-378.

41. David Wolstenholme, Manuel A.S. Aquino, T. Stanley Cameron, Joseph D. Ferrara, and Katherine N. Robertson “A Topological Analysis of the Inter-Ion Interactions of Tetraphenylphosphonium Squarate”, Can. J. Chem., 2006, 84, 804-811.

40. Ian W. Wyman, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron, Jannie C. Swarts, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemistry of (Ferrocene-2-propenoato-O,O’)bis[1,2-bis(di-phenylphosphino)ethane-P,P’]ruthenium(II) Hexafluorophosphate”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2006, 359, 3092-3096.

39. Ian W. Wyman, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron, Jannie C. Swarts, and Manuel A.S. Aquino,Synthesis and Characterization of a Ruthenocenecarboxylate-Containing Ru(II) Complex”, Organometallics, 2005, 24, 6055-6058.

38. Brendan R.A. Bland, Heather J. Gilfoy, Katherine N. Roberston, T. Stanley Cameron, George Vanvounis and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Hydrogen-Bonding in Diruthenium Tetraacetate Complexes with Biologically Relevent Axial Donors”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2005, 358, 3927-3936.

37. Jeanet Conradie, T. Stanley Cameron, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Gert J. Lamprecht and Jannie C. Swarts, “Synthetic, Electrochemical and Structural Aspects of a Series of Ferrocene-Containing Dicarbonyl Betadiketonato Rhodium(I) Complexes”, Inorg. Chim. Acta,  2005, 358, 2530-2542.

36. Ian W. Wyman, Tara J. Burchell, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron, and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Electrochemistry of Heterobimetallic Ferrocenecarboxylatoruthenium(II) Complexes”, Organometallics, 2004, 23, 5353-5364.

35. Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Recent Developments in the Synthesis and Properties of Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates”, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2004, 248, 1025-1045.  [Citation classic, 100+ citations].

34. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Ian Wyman, “Complexes Containing Metallocene Carboxylate Ligands”, Trends in Inorganic Chemistry, 2004, 8, 1-21.

33. Michael W. Cooke, T. Stanley Cameron, Katherine N. Robertson, Jannie C. Swarts and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Structure and Electrochemistry of Various Diruthenium(II,III) Tetrametallocene-carboxylates”, Organometallics, 2002, 21, 5962-5971.

32. Mark B. Twitchett, Gerhard Schenk, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Douglas T.-Y. Yiu, Tai-Chu Lau and A.Geoffrey Sykes, “Reactivity of MII Metal-Substituted Derivatives of Pig Purple Acid Phosphatase (Uteroferrin) with Phosphates”, Inorg. Chem., 2002, 41, 5787-5794.

31. Michael W. Cooke, Heather J. Gilfoy, Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron, Ellen J. Beck, George Vamvounis and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Synthesis and Crystal Structures of Urea and Thiourea Derivatives of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, Polyhedron, 2002, 21, 1235-1244.

30. Constance E.J. van Rensburg, Elke Kreft, Sean R. Dalrymple, Denise M. MacDonald, Michael W. Cooke, Jannie C. Swarts and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Cytotoxicity of a Series of Water-Soluble Mixed-Valent Diruthenium Tetracarboxylates”, Anticancer Res., 2002, 22, 889-892.

29. Heather J. Gilfoy, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino,  “Synthesis and Structure of the First Sulphur-Donor Adduct of a Diruthenium Tetracarboxylate”, Inorg. Chim. Acta., 2002, 331, 330-335. [Invited manuscript for Special Issue in honor of Prof. A.G. Sykes].

28. Heather J. Gilfoy, Katherine N. Robertson, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Tetra-m-acetato-O:O’-bis(quinoline-N)diruthenium(II,III) hexafluorophosphate quinoline solvate”, Acta Cryst., 2001, E57, m496-m497.

27. Glen G. Briand, Michael W. Cooke, T. Stanley Cameron, Heather M. Farrell, Tara J. Burchell and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “An Axial Phosphine Diadduct of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate”, Inorg. Chem., 2001, 40, 3267-3268.

26. Michael W. Cooke, Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron, Jannie C. Swarts and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Structure and Electrochemistry of Diruthenium (II,III) Tetraferrocenecarboxylate: Evidence for Ferrocenyl-Ferrocenyl Communication”, Inorg. Chem. Commun., 2000, 3, 721-725.

25. Christopher A. Murphy, T. Stanley Cameron, Michael W. Cooke and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Synthesis and Structure of trans-Dimethylammonium Bis(oxalato)diaquaruthenate(III) Tetrahydrate”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2000, 305, 225-229.

24. George Vamvounis, Jennifer F. Caplan, T. Stanley Cameron, Katherine N. Robertson and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemistry of Nitrogen Base Adducts of Tetraacetatodiruthenium (II,III): Dependence of Redox Potential and Ru-Ru Bond Length on Axial Ligand Donor Strength", Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2000, 304, 87-98.

23. W.C. (Ina) du Plessis, Johannes J.C. Erasmus, Gert J. Lamprecht, Jeanet Conradie, T. Stanley Cameron, Manuel A.S. Aquino and Jannie C. Swarts, "Cyclic Voltammetry of Ferrocene-Containing b-Diketones as a Tool to Obtain Group Electronegativities.  The Structure of 3-Ferrocenoyl-2-Hydroxy-1,1,1-Trifluoroprop-2-ene", Can. J. Chem., 1999, 77, 378-386.

22. Jennifer F. Caplan, Christopher A. Murphy, Susan Swansburg, Robert P. Lemieux, T. Stanley Cameron and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Evidence of Room Temperature Mesomorphism in a Mixed-Valent Diruthenium(II,III) Quinta-palmitoleate Polymer", Can. J. Chem., 1998, 76, 1520-1523.

21. Ellen J. Beck, Krista D. Drysdale, Laurence K. Thompson, Licun Li, Christopher A. Murphy and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Weak Intermolecular Antiferromagnetic Exchange in {[Ru2(O2CCH3)4(L)]X}n Polymers (L = 4,4'-Dipyridine and 1,4-Diazabicyclooctane, X = PF6- or BPh4-)", Inorg. Chim. Acta., 1998, 279, 121-125.

20. Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Diruthenium and Diosmium Tetracarboxylates: Synthesis, Physical Properties and Applications", Coord. Chem. Rev., 1998, 170, 141-202.  [Citation classic, 100+ citations].

19. Krista D. Drysdale, Ellen J. Beck, T. Stanley Cameron, Kathy N. Robertson and Manuel A.S. Aquino, “Crystal Structures and Physico-Chemical Properties of a Series of Mixed-Valent [Ru2(O2CCH3)4L2](PF6) Adducts (L = H2O, DMF, DMSO)”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 1997, 256, 243-252.

18. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Christopher A. White, Corinne Bensimon, J.E. Greedan and Robert J. Crutchley, “A Pentaammineruthenium(III) Dimer with the Novel Bridging Ligand 4,4’-Dicyanamidobiphenyl Dianion”, Can. J. Chem., 1996, 74, 2201-2208.

17. Joo-Sang Lim, Manuel A.S. Aquino and A. Geoffrey Sykes, “Mechanistic Studies on the Reactions of Mo(VI), W(VI), V(V) and As(V) Tetraoxo-Anions with the Fe(II)Fe(III) form of Purple Acid Phosphatase from Porcine Uteri (Uteroferrin)”, Inorg. Chem., 1996, 35, 614-618.

16. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Joo-Yeon Han, Jannie C. Swarts and A.Geoffrey Sykes, “Mechanistic Studies on the Binuclear Fe Enzymes Ribonucleotide Reductase and Purple Acid Phosphatase”, D.P Kessissogiou (Ed.), in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Holland, 1995, 57-65.

15. Manuel A.S. Aquino, William Clegg, Qiu-Tian Liu and A. Geoffrey Sykes, "Structure of Hexaaquatitanium(III) p-Toluenesulfonate Trihydrate",  Acta Crystallogr., Sect. C., 1995, 51, 560-562.

14. Jannie C. Swarts, Manuel A.S. Aquino, Joo-Yeon Han, Kin-Yu Lam and A. Geoffrey Sykes, "Kinetic Studies on the Reduction of the Tyrosyl Radical of the R2 Subunit of E. coli Ribonucleotide Reductase", Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1995, 1247, 215-224.

13. Manuel A.S. Aquino and A. Geoffrey Sykes, "Redox Reactivity of the Binuclear Iron Active Site of Porcine Purple Acid Phosphatase (Uteroferrin)", J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1994, 683-687.

12. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Joo-Sang Lim and A. Geoffrey Sykes, "Mechanism of the Reaction of Different Phosphates with the Fe(II)Fe(III) form of Purple Acid Phosphatase from the Porcine Uterus (Uteroferrin)", J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1994, 429-436.

11. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Robert J. Crutchley, Florence L. Lee, Eric J. Gabe and Corinne Bensimon, "Crystal Structures of 1,4-Dicyanomidobenzene Dianion Derivatives", Acta Crystallogr., Sect. C., 1993, 49, 1543-1547.           

10. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Joo-Sang Lim and A. Geoffrey Sykes, "Mechanism of the Reaction of Phosphate with Purple Acid Phosphatase", J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1992, 2135-2136.

9. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Florence L. Lee, Eric J. Gabe, Corinne Bensimon, John E. Greedan and Robert J. Crutchley, "Superexchange Metal-Metal Coupling in Dinuclear Pentaammineruthenium Complexes Incorporating a 1,4-Dicyanamidobenzene Dianion Bridging Ligand", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1992, 114, 5130-5140.

8. Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Synthesis of Dinuclear Pentaammineruthenium Complexes Bridged by Dicyanamidobenzene                Ligands", Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University Press, Ottawa, Ontario, 1991, 149 pp.

7. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Florence L. Lee, Eric J. Gabe, John E. Greedan and Robert J. Crutchley, "Long-Range Antiferromagnetic Coupling Between Two Ruthenium(III) Ions Bridged by a 1,4-Dicyanamidobenzene Dianion Ligand", Inorg. Chem., 1991, 30, 3234-3236.

6. Robert J. Crutchley, Akila A. Saleh, Kierstan McCaw and Manuel A.S. Aquino, "Dependence of Ligand to Metal Charge-Transfer Oscillator Strength on the Nature of the Ruthenium(III)-Cyanamide Bond", Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 1991, 194, 93-101.

5. Manuel A.S Aquino, Ann E. Bostock and Robert J. Crutchley, "A Pentaammineruthenium Mixed-Valence Complex with 1,4-Dicyanamido-2,3,5,6-tetrachlorobenzene Dianion as Bridging Ligand", Inorg. Chem., 1990, 29, 3641-3644.  

4. Manuel A.S. Aquino, Daniel A. Foucher and Donal H. Macartney, "Electron-Exchange and Electron-Transfer Reactions Involving the Dirhodium(II) Tetraacetate Couple in Acetonitrile", Inorg. Chem., 1989, 28, 3357-3361.

3. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Donal H. Macartney, "Ligand Substitution Reactions of Dirhodium(II) Tetraacetate with Water-Soluble Phosphines", Inorg. Chem., 1988, 27, 2868-2872.

2. Manuel A.S. Aquino and Donal H. Macartney, “Axial-Ligand Substitution Reactions of Dirhodium(II) Tetraacetate with Phosphines and Phosphites in Acetonitrile”, Inorg. Chem., 1987, 26, 2696-2700.

1. Manuel A.S. Aquino, " Ligand Substitution and Electron Transfer Reactions of Rh2(m-O2CCH3)4 Complexes", M.Sc. Thesis, Queen's University Press, Kingston, Ontario, 1987, 150 pp.

Research Interests

Research in our lab involves the synthesis, characterization and study of various, particularly mixed-valent, dimetal tetracarboxylates, M2(O2CR)4L2, where M has primarily been ruthenium (Ru), osmium (Os), rhodium (Rh) and copper (Cu) but now extends to rhenium (Re) as well.  These complexes are highly flexible “building blocks” which can be modified and linked together in various ways to generate such things as molecular magnetic and electronic devices (such as quantum-dot cellular automata), liquid crystals (metallomesogens) with novel properties, inorganic drugs for cancer treatment, and catalysts. 

The mixed-valent diruthenium complexes can also be “disassembled” into mononuclear Ru(II) and Ru(III) complexes that are difficult to synthesize via conventional routes.  This methodology is being further developed in our lab for very useful “chiral induction” reactions where "disassembly" takes place with chiral (R or S) phosphines leading to specific optical isomers (D or L) of octahedral ruthenium complexes in very high enantiomeric excess.

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