Center for Green Chemistry

at the University of Massachusetts Boston


Green Chemistry-Related Publications

2015 |2014 | 2013| 2012 | 2011| 2010 | 2009


Huang, X.; Pham, K.; Yi, W.; Zhang, X.; Clamens C.; Hyatt, J. P.; Jasinsk, J. P.; Tayvah, U.; Zhang, W. “Recyclable Organocatalyst-promoted One-pot Asymmetric Synthesis of Spirooxindoles Bearing Multiple Stereogenic Centers” Adv. Synth. Catal. 2015, 357, in press.

Jiang, L.; Yi, W.-B.; Lu, G.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “Direct Trifluoromethylthiolation and Perfluoroalkylthiolation of SP2 C-H Bonds with NaSO2CF3 or NaSO2Rf” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, article asap

Huang, X.; Pham, K.; Zhang, X.; Yi, W.-B.; Hyatt, J. P.; Tran, A. P.; Jasinski, J. P.; Zhang, W. “Recyclable Organocatalyst-promoted One-pot Michael/aza-Henry/lactamization Sequence for Fluorinated 2-Piperidinones Bearing Four Stereogenic Centers” RSC Advances 2015, 5, 71071-71075

Nişancı B.; Ganjehyan, K.; Metin, O.; Daştan, Torok, B. “Graphene-supported NiPd alloy nanoparticles: A novel and highly efficient heterogeneous catalyst system for the reductive amination of aldehydes” J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2015, 409, 191-197.

Schaefer, C.; Mhadgut, S. C.; Kugyela, N.; Torok, M. Torok, B. “Proline-induced enantioselective heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of isophorone on basic polymer-supported Pd catalysts” Catal. Sci. Tech. 2015, 5, 716-723.

Cho, H.; Madden, R.; Nisanci, B.; Torok, B. “The Paal–Knorr reaction revisited. A catalyst and solvent-free synthesis of underivatized and N-substituted pyrroles” Green Chem. 2015, 17, 1088-1099.

G. Banks, M. Clinchot, S. Cullipher, R. Huie, J. Lambertz, R. Lewis, C. Ngai, H. Sevian, G. Szteinberg, V. Talanquer, M. Weinrich. "Uncovering chemical thinking in students' decision making: A fuel-choice scenario." J. Chem. Educ2015, 92, 1610-1618

S. Cullipher, H. Sevian, V. Talanquer. "Reasoning about benefits, costs, and risks of chemical substances: Mapping different levels of sophistication." Chem. Educ. Res. Pract2015, 16, 377-392

Qian, J.; Yi, W.; Huang, X.; Miao, Y.; Zhang, J.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “One-Pot Synthesis of 3,5-Disubstituted and Polysubstituted Phenols from Acyclic Precursors” Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 1090-1093.

Pham, K.; Huang, X.; Zhang, W. “One-Pot Fluorination and Mannich Reactions of 1,3-Dicarbonyl Compounds” Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 1998-2000.

Ngo, K.T.; Rochford, J.; Hao, F.; Batarseh, A.; Chitre, K.; Rangan, S.; Bartynski, R. A.; Galoppini, E. “Photoelectrochemical Properties of Porphyrin Dyes with a Molecular Dipole in the Linker” Faraday Discuss. 2015, accepted.An, L.-T.; Cai, J. J.; Pan, X.-Q.; Chen, T.-M.; Zou, J.-P.;  Zhang , W. “Ga(DS)3-Catalyzed Double Hydroarylation of Acetylenic Esters with Indoles for The Synthesis of Diindolyl Esters” Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 3996-3998.

Lee, N.A.; Frenzel, B. A.; Rochford, J. Hightower S.E. “Dye-sensitized solar cell performance of a cobalt(III/II) redox mediator with the 2,6-bis(8-quinolinyl)pyridine ligand” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2015, accepted.

“Zhou, Y.; Lee, N.A.; Ngo, K.T.; Peng, X.; Feng, Y.; Rochford, J. “Rigid triarylamine donor–π–acceptor porphyrin dyes and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells” RSC Advances 2015, 5, 41193-41202.


Maertens, A.; Anastas, N.; Spencer, P. J.; Stephens, M.; Goldberg, A.; Hartung, T. “Food for Thought - Green Toxicology.” ALTEX. 2014, 31, 243-249.

Cho, H.; Török, F.; Török, B. “Energy efficiency of heterogeneous catalytic microwave-assisted organic reactions” Green Chem. 2014, 16, 3623-3634.

Thuo, M. M.; Martinez, R. V.; Liu, X.; Atkinson, M. B.; J. Bloch, J. F. Whitesides, G. M. “Low-Cost microfluidic devices derived from embossed hydrophobic paper” Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 4230-4237.

Nicholas Anastas is writing a textbook chapter titled “Embedding Toxicology into the Chemistry Curriculum” as part of a multi-authored textbook on worldwide trends in green chemistry education.

Solan, A.;  Nisanci, B.;  Belcher, M.; Young, J.; Schäfer, C.;  Wheeler, K. A.; Török, B.; Dembinski, R. “Catalyst-free chemo-/regio-/stereo-selective amination of alk-3-ynones. Synthesis of 1,5-benzodiazepines and 3-amino-2-alkenones.” Green Chemistry. 2014, 16, 1120-1124.


Huang, Y.; Zhang, W. “Magnetic nanoparticle-supported organocatalysis.” Green Process. Synth. 2013, 2, 603-609.

Yi, W.-B.; Zhang, Z.; Huang, X.; Tanner, A.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “One-pot Fluorination and Asymmetric Michael Addition Promoted by Recyclable Fluorous Organocatalyst.” RSC Advances. 2013, 3, 18267-18270.

Kadam, A.; Bellinger, S.; Zhang, W. “Atom- and Step-Economic Synthesis of Biaryl Substituted Furocoumarins, Furoquinolones and Furopyrimidines by Multicomponent Reactions and One-Pot Synthesis.” Green Process. Synth. 2013, 2, 491-497.

Huang, X.; Yi, W.-B.; Ahad, D.; Zhang, W. “Recyclable Cinchona Alkaloid-Catalyzed Asymmetric Michael Addition Reaction.” Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 6064-6066.

Kadam, A.; Nguyen, M.; Kopach, M.; Richardson, P.; Gallou, F.; Wan, Z.-K.; Zhang, W. “Comparative Performance Evaluation and Systematic Screening of Solvents in a Range of Grignard Reactions.” Green Chemistry. 2013, 15, 1880-1888.

Zhao, H.C.; Mello, B.; Fu, B.-L.; Chowdhury, H.; Szalda, D.J.; Tsai, M.-K.; Grills, D.C.; Rochford, J.  "An investigation of monomeric versus dimeric fac-Re(I) tricarbonyl systems containing the non-innocent 8-oxyquinolate ligand.” Organometallics. 2013, asap. 


Gennaco, M. A.; Huang, Y.-w.; Hannun, R. A.; Dransfield, T. J. “Absolute Rate Constants for the Reaction of OH with Cyclopentane and Cycloheptane from 233 to 351 K” J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012, 116, 12438-12443.

Cullipher, S.; Sevian, H.; Talanquer, V. "A learning progression approach to studying benefits, costs and risks in chemical design." La Chimica Nella Scuola. 2012, 34, 344-351.

Prof. Nicholas Anastas published a chapter, “Green Toxicology,” in Green Techniques in Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry (Wiley, 2012) which is edited by Wei Zhang and Berkeley Cue.

Lu, Q.; Song, G.; Jasinski, J. P.; Keeley, A. C.; Zhang, W. “One-pot double [3+2] Cycloaddition for Diastereoselective Synthesis of Tetracyclic Pyrrolidine Compounds.” Green Chemistry. 2012, 14, 3010-3012.

Yi, W.-B.; Huang, X.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “One-Pot Fluorination Followed by Michael Addition or Robinson Annulation for Preparation of α-Fluorinated Carbonyl Compounds.” Green Chemistry. 2012, 14, 3185-3189.

Yi, W.-B.; Huang, X.; Zhang, Z.; Zhu, D.-Z.; Cai, C.; Zhang, W. “Recyclable Fluorous Cinchona Alkaloid Ester as an Organocatalyst for Asymmetric Fluorination of β-Ketoesters.” Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 1233-1240.

Zhang, W., Cue, B. Eds. Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry; Wiley, 2012.

Zhang, W. “Fluorous Synthesis” in Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, Zhang, W.; Cue, B. W. Eds., Wiley, 2012, p443-468.

Cue, B. “Green chemistry strategies for medicinal chemists” in Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, Zhang, W.; Cue, B. W. Eds., Wiley, 2012, p553-572.

Zhang, J.; Cue, B. “Green process chemistry in the pharmaceutical  industry:  Recent cases studies” in Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, Zhang, W.; Cue, B. W. Eds., Wiley, 2012, p631-658.

Zhang, W. “Laboratory profile of the Green Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Boston.” Green Processing and Synth. 2012, 1, 291-293.

Yi, W.-B., Shi, X.-L., Cai, C., Zhang, W. “Polymer-supported Pd(0) Catalyst for Copper- and Ligand-free Sonogashira Reactions in Aqueous Media.” Green Processing and Synth. 2012, 1, 175-180.

Zhao, H.; Harney, J.; Huang, Y.-T.; Yum, J.-H. Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Tsai, M.-K.; Rochford, J. "Evaluation of a Ruthenium Oxyquinolate Architecture for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" Inorganic Chemistry. 2012, 51, 1-3.

A. Daştan, A. Kulkarni, B. Török "Environmentally Benign Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds by Combined Microwave-Assisted Heterogeneous Catalytic Approaches" Green Chemistry. 2012, 14, 17-37.


A. Kulkarni, W.-H. Zhou, B. Török "Heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of unprotected indoles in water: A green solution to a long-standing challenge" Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 5124-5127.

Zhang, W. “Fluorous Organocatalysis” a book chapter in Fluorous Chemistry, Top. in Curr. Chem. Horvath, I. Ed. Springer, 2011, p175-190.

B. Török, A. Kulkarni, R. DeSousa, K. Satuluri, M. Török, G. K. S. Prakash "Synthesis and application of polystyrene nanospheres supported platinum catalysts in enantioselective hydrogenations" Catal. Lett. 2011, 141, 1435-1441.

Atanassova, V.; Ganno, K.; Kulkarni, A.; Landge, S. M.; Curtis, S.; Foster, M.; Török, B. "Oxidative Coupling of Amines to Imines on K-10 Montmorillonite: A Mechanistic Study." Appl. Clay Sci. 2011, in press.

Borkin, D.; Landge, S. M.; Török, B. "Enantioselective Friedel-Crafts reaction of indoles with trifluoroacetaldehyde catalyzed by cinchona alkaloids." Chirality 2011, in press.

Zhang, Z.; Zhang, W. "Fluorous Organocatalysis - A Green Approach for Asymmetric Synthesis” Chimica Oggi (Chemistry Today), 2011, 28 (3), 32-34.

Ding, S.; Le-Nguyen, M., Xu, T.; Zhang, W. "Fluorous Benzaldehyde-based Synthesis of Biaryl-substituted Oxazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonanes." Green Chemistry. 2011, 13, 847-849.

Kulkarni, A.; Gianatassio, R.; Török, B. "Pd/C catalyzed reductive formylation of indoles and quinolines using formic acid" Synthesis 2011, 1227-1232.

Borkin, D.; Morzhina, E.; Datta, S.; Rudnitskaya, A.; Sood, A.; Török, M.; Török, B. "Heteropoly Acid-Catalyzed Microwave-Assisted Three-Component Aza-Diels-Alder Cyclizations: Diastereoselective Synthesis of Potential Drug Candidates for Alzheimer’s Disease" Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9, 1394-1401.

Zhang, W. "Review of Microwave Heating as a Tool for Sustainable Chemistry" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3218

Kulkarni, A.; Torok, B. "Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenations as an Environmentally Benign Tool for Organic Synthesis" Curr. Org. Synth. 2011, 8, 187-207.

Bag, S.; Dasgupta, S.; Torok, B. “Microwave-Assisted Heterogeneous Catalysis: An Environmentally Benign Tool for Contemporary Organic Synthesis" Curr. Org. Synth. 2011, 8, 237-261.

Datta, S.; Sood, A.; Torok, M. “Steps Toward Green Peptide Synthesis” Curr. Org. Synth. 2011, 8, 262-280.

Kadam, A.; Zhang, Z.; Zhang, W. “Microwave-Assisted Fluorous Multicomponent Reactions - A Combinatorial Chemistry Approach for Green Organic Synthesis” Curr. Org. Synth. 2011, 8, 295-309.

Li, D.-P.; Zhang, G.-L.; An, L.-T.; Zou, J.-P.; Zhang, W. "Solvent- and Catalyst-free Synthesis of 2,3-Dihydro-1H-benzo[d] imidazoles." Green Chemistry. 2011, 13, 594-597

Rudnitskaya, A.; Torok, B.; Dransfield, T. “A B3LYP/6-31+G(d) study of the reaction pathways and conformational preference in a model Chichibabin reaction” Comput. Theoretical Chem. 2011, 963, 191-199.


Mudhoo, A.; Sharma, S. K.; Zhang, W. “Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Versatile Research Perspective”, a book chapter in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Research; Mudhoo, A.; Sharma, S. K. Eds., CRC Press Taylor & Francis, 2010, pp1-52.

Borkin, D. A.; Carlson, A.; Torok, B. “K-10-Catalyzed Highly Diastereoselective Synthesis of Aziridines” Synlett 2010, 745-748

Kulkarni, A. Torok, B. “Microwave-assisted Multicomponent Domino Cyclization-Aromatization: An Efficient Approach for the Synthesis of Substituted Quinolines.” Green Chemistry. 2010, 12, 875-878.

Pan, X.-Q.; Zou, J.-P.; Wang, L.; Zhang, W. “Manganese(III)-Mediated Direct Phosphonation of Arylalkenes and Arylakynes” Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 1721-1723.

Wang, L.; Cai, C.; Curran, D. P.; Zhang, W. “Enantioselective α-Chlorination of Aldehydes with Recyclable Fluorous (S)-Pyrrolidine-Thiourea Bifunctional Organocatalyst” Synlett 2010, 433-436.


Zhang, W. “Green Chemistry Aspects of Fluorous Techniques – Opportunities and Challenges for Small-Scale Organic Synthesis.” Green Chemistry. 2009, 11, 911-920.