Chemistry faculty strive to publish papers in respected journals with undergraduate and graduate student co-authors. Lists of publications have been compiled here by their year of publication. To find lists of publications by individual faculty, please check faculty websites.

Current Publications


Key: Villanova Undergraduates, Villanova Graduate Students, Villanova Department of Chemistry Faculty

1.     Cresti, J.R., Manfredonia, A.J., Bragança, C.E., Boscia, J.A., Hurley, C.M., Cundiff, M.D., and Kraut, D.A., 2021. Proteasomal conformation controls unfolding ability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences118(25).

2.     Pinca, J.R., Duborg, W.G. and Jorn, R., 2021. Ion Association and Electrolyte Structure at Surface Films in Lithium-Ion Batteries. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C125(13), pp.7054-7066.

3.     Repash, E.M., Pensabene, K.M., Palenchar, P.M. and Eggler, A.L., 2021. Solving the Problem of Assessing Synergy and Antagonism for Non-Traditional Dosing Curve Compounds Using the DE/ZI Method: Application to Nrf2 Activators. Frontiers in pharmacology12, p.1384.

4.     Zhai, T., Zhang, F., Haider, S., Kraut, D. and Huang, Z., 2021. An Integrated Computational and Experimental Approach to Identifying Inhibitors for SARS-CoV-2 3CL Protease. Frontiers in molecular biosciences8, p.267.

5.     Benson, K.R., Stash, J., Moffa, K.L., Schmehl, R.H., Dudley, T.J. and Paul, J., 2021. Ruthenium complexes with asymmetric hydroxy-and methoxy-substituted bipyridine ligands. Polyhedron, p.115300.

6.     Martinez, K., Benson, K., Paul, J. and Schmehl, R.H., 2021. Photophysics of Ru (II) complexes with hydroxylated diimine ligands: Photoinduced electron/proton transfer to anthraquinone. Polyhedron207, p.115376.

7.     Saghatforoush, L., Hosseinpour, S., Moeini, K., Mardani, Z., Bezpalko, M.W. and Kassel, W.S., 2021. Investigation Of The Binding Ability Of A New Thiosemicarbazone-Based Ligand And Its Zn (Ii) Complex Toward Proteins And DNA: Spectral, Structural, Theoretical, And Docking Studies. Journal of Structural Chemistry62(5), pp.748-761.

8.     Sauerland, M., Mertes, R., Morozzi, C., Eggler, A.L., Gamon, L.F. and Davies, M.J., 2021. Kinetic assessment of Michael addition reactions of alpha, beta-unsaturated carbonyl compounds to amino acid and protein thiols. Free Radical Biology and Medicine169, pp.1-11.

9.     Domingo, L.R., Seif, A., Mazarei, E., Zahedi, E. and Ahmadi, T.S., 2021. Quasi-RRHO approximation and DFT study for understanding the mechanism and kinetics of nitration reaction of benzonitrile with nitronium ion. Computational and Theoretical Chemistry1199, p.113209.

10.   Domingo, L.R., Mazarei, E., Seif, A., Ríos-Gutiérez, M., Zahedi, E. and Ahmadi, T.S., 2021. Closer Investigation of the Kinetics and Mechanism of Spirovinylcyclopropyl Oxindole Reaction with 3Σ–g-O2 by Topological Approaches and Unraveling the Role of the I2 Catalyst. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

11.   Boschi, V. and Willenbring, J.K., Chemical and physical drivers of beryllium retention in two soil endmembers. Science of The Total Environment2021754, p.141591. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141591

12.   Sundberg, B.N. and Lagalante, A.F., Characterization of non-ionic surfactants in Winsor & Newton's water-mixable oil paints. Journal of Cultural Heritage202148, pp.54-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2020.12.008

13.   Michal P. Glogowski, Jay M. Matthews, Brian G. Lawhorn, Kevin P. C. Minbiole. Diastereoselective Copper-Mediated Conjugate Addition of Functionalized Magnesiates for the Preparation of Bisaryl NRF2 Activators. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2021, 86, 4, 3120–3137. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c02639

14.   Lea BarnyJulia TascaHugo Sanchez, Chelsea Smith, Suzanne Koptur, Tatyana Livshultz, Kevin P.C. Minbiole. Chemotaxonomic Investigation of Apocynaceae for Retronecine-Type Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids Using HPLC-MS/MS. Phytochemistry 2021Volume 185, May 2021, 112662. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2021.112662

15.   Javier A FelicianoAustin J. Leitgeb; Cassandra L. Schrank; Ryan A. AllenKevin PC Minbiole; William M. Wuest, Robert Carden. Trivalent Sulfonium Compounds (TSCs): Tetrahydrothiophene-based amphiphiles exhibit similar antimicrobial activity to analogous ammonium-based amphiphiles. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters 202137, p.127809. DOI: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2021.127809 

16.   Jenifer Walke, Matthew Becker, Arianna Krinos, Elizabeth (Burzynski) ChangCelina SantiagoThomas UmileKevin Minbiole, Lisa Belden. Seasonal changes and the unexpected impact of environmental disturbance on skin bacteria of individual amphibians in a natural habitat.  FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2021, Volume 97, Issue 3, March 2021, fiaa248. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiaa248

17.   Kyle J. SommersBrian S. BentleyRobert G. Carden, Savannah J. Post, Ryan A. Allen, Renee C. Kontos, Jacob W. Black, William M. Wuest, Kevin P. C. Minbiole. Metallocene QACs: The Incorporation of Ferrocene Moieties into monoQAC and bisQAC Structures. ChemMedChem 2021, 163467-471. DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.202000605 

18.   Silverberg, L.J., Mal, T.K., Pacheco, C.N., Povelones, M.L., Malfara, M.F., Lagalante, A.F., Olsen, M.A., Yennawar, H.P., Sobhi, H.F., Baney, K.R. and Bozeman, R.L., 2021. T3P-Promoted Synthesis of a Series of 2-Aryl-3-phenyl-2, 3-dihydro-4H-pyrido [3, 2-e][1, 3] thiazin-4-ones and Their Activity against the Kinetoplastid Parasite Trypanosoma brucei. Molecules, 26(20), p.6099.

19.   O’Reilly, M.C., Stoffregen, S.A., Peterson, K.P., Maddox III, M.P. and Schrank, C., 2021. Discovery-Based Bromination of Alcohols: An Organic Chemistry Experiment Supporting Spectroscopic Analysis and Mechanistic Reasoning. Journal of Chemical Education, 98(10), pp.3326-3332.

20.   Hurley C.M., Kraut D.A. (2021) Determination of Proteasomal Unfolding Ability. In: Cacace A.M., Hickey C.M., Békés M. (eds) Targeted Protein Degradation. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 2365. Humana, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-1665-9_12

Villanova University
Department of Chemistry
Mendal Hall, Room 215

Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Kevin Minbiole

Administrative Assistants
Melissa Steinman and Joan Kelly


Daniel Kraut, PhD, associate professor of Chemistry at Villanova.

Villanova Chemist Receives $579,508 Grant from NSF to Support His Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.