16.   Imran, M.; Chen, M.S.* “Chemically Triggered Release of Singlet Oxygen from Bisphenalenyl Endoperoxides with a Brønsted Acid." (Front Cover Art) Org. Lett.2022, 24, 1947-1952.  Link via



15.   Imran, M.; Chen, M.S.* “Self-Sensitized and Reversible O2 Reactivity with Bisphenalenyls for Simple, Tunable, and Multicycle Colorimetric Oxygen-Sensing Films." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces202214, 1817-1825.  Link via



14.   Wehrmann, C. M.; Imran, M.; Pointer, C.; Fredin, L. A.*; Young, E. R.*; Chen, M.S.* “Spin multiplicity effects in singlet versus doublet emission: the photophysical consequences of a single electron.” Chem. Sci., 202011, 10212-10219.  Link via



13.   Imran, M.; Wehrmann, C. M.; Chen, M.S.* “Open-Shell Effects on Optoelectronic Properties: Antiambipolar Charge Transport and Anti-Kasha Doublet Emission from a N-Substituted Bisphenalenyl.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2020142, 38-43.  Link via



12.   Wehrmann, C. M.; Charlton, R. T.; Chen, M.S.* “A Concise Synthetic Strategy for Accessing Ambient Stable Bisphenalenyls toward Achieving Electroactive Open-Shell pi-Conjugated Materials.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 3240-3248.  Link via




11.   Douglas, J.D.; Chen, M.S.*; Niskala, J.R.; Lee, O.P.; Yiu, A.T.; Young, E.P.; Fréchet, J.M.J.*  “Solution-Processed, Molecular Photovoltaics that Exploit Hole Transfer from Non-Fullerene, n-Type Materials.”  Adv. Mater. 201426, 4313. Link via

10.   Chen, M.S.*; Lee, O.P.; Niskala, J.R.; Yiu, A.T.; Beaujuge, P.M.; Onishi, S.; Tassone, C.J.; Schmidt, K.; Toney, M.F.; Zettl, A.; Fréchet, J.M.J.* “Enhanced Solid-State Order and Field-Effect Hole Mobility through Control of Nanoscale Solution Aggregation.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013135, 19229.  Link via

• Highlighted in “Donor-Acceptor Polymers” ACS Selects, 2015, Virtual Issue 33.

9.   Chen, M.S.*; Niskala, J.R.; Unruh, D.A.; Chu, C.K.; Lee, O.P.; Fréchet, J.M.J.*  “Control of Polymer-Packing Orientation in Thin Films through Synthetic Tailoring of Backbone Coplanarity.”  Chem. Mater.2013, 25, 4088. Link via

8.   Hoffman, D.P.; Lee, O.P.; Millstone, J.E.; Chen, M.S.; Su, T.A.; Creelman, M.; Fréchet, J.M.J.; Mathies, R.A.*  “Electron Transfer Dynamics of Triphenylamine Dyes Bound to TiO2 Nanoparticles from Femtosecond Stimulated Raman.”  J. Phys. Chem C2013117, 6990. Link via

7.   Douglas, J.D.; Griffini, G.; Holcombe, T.W.; Young, E.P.; Lee, O.P.; Chen, M.S.*; Fréchet, J.M.J.*  “Functionalized Isothianaphthene Monomers That Promote Quinoidal Character in Donor-Acceptor Copolymers for Organic Photovoltaics.”  Macromolecules 201245, 4069-4074. Link via

• One of the most accessed articles in Macromolecules from April 2012 to June 2012.

6.   Lee, O.P.; Yiu, A.T.; Beaujuge, P.M.; Woo, C.H.; Holcombe, T.W.; Millstone, J.E.; Douglas, J.D.; Chen, M.S.*; Fréchet, J.M.J*.  "Efficient Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with High Fill Factors via Pyrene-Directed Molecular Self-Assembly."  Adv. Mater.201123, 5359. Link via

5.   Chen, M.S.; White, M.C.* “Combined Effects on Selectivity in Fe-Catalyzed Methylene Oxidation.”  Science 2010327, 566. Link via

• For perspective on this work see: M.J. Haas, “Unlocking Ketones.” SciBX, 20103, 1.

• For highlights see: “Methylene Magic.” Nature, 2010463, 590; S. Borman, “Choosing One Among Many.” Chem. & Eng. News, 201088, 54; A. Turley, “Targeted Bond Breakage.” Chem. & Ind. 2010Feb, 11.

4.   Vermeulen, N.A.; Chen, M.S.; White, M.C.*  “The Fe(PDP)-Catalyzed Aliphatic C-H Oxidation: A Slow Addition Protocol.”  Tetrahedron 2009, 65, 3078. Link via

3.   Chen, M.S.; White, M.C.*  “A Predictably Selective Aliphatic C-H Oxidation for Complex Molecule Synthesis.” Science 2007318, 783. Link via

• Included among advances in Science’s “Breakthrough of the Year” Special Issue, 2007318, 1848; “Highlights of 2007.”Chem. & Eng. News200785, 13; and “Cutting Edge Chemistry in 2007.” Chem. World20085, 24.

• For perspectives on this work see: R.H. Crabtree, “No Protection Required.” Science2007318, 756; M. Christmann, “Selective Oxidation of Aliphatic C-H Bonds in the Synthesis of Complex Molecules.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 200847, 2740; S.K. Ritter, “Iron’s Star Rising.” Chem & Eng. News200886, 53.

• For highlights see: J. Kemsley, “Catalyst Oxidizes Selectively.” Chem. Eng. News200785, 8; “Green Cleaver.” Nature2007450, 139; P. Walter, “Green Catalyst could Clean-Up in Drug Production.” Chem. & Ind.200721, 7; R. Van Noorden, “Step Change for Organic Synthesis.” Chem. World2007(12)23; K. Bullis, “Drugs that are Easier on the Environment.” Tech. Rev.2007Jan/Feb, 85.

2.   Chen, M.S.; Prabagaran, N.; Labenz, N.; White, M.C.*  “Serial Ligand Catalysis: A Highly Selective Allylic C-H Oxidation.”  J. Am. Chem. Soc.2005127, 6970. Link via

• For highlight see: “Catalysis with Serial Ligands.” Chem. & Eng. News 200583, 31.

1.   Chen, M.S.; White, M.C.* “A Sulfoxide Promoted, Catalytic Method for the Regioselective Synthesis of Allylic Acetates from Monosubstituted Olefins via C-H Oxidation.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004126, 1346. Link via