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Normal-Coordinate Structural Decomposition (NSD)

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 Analyze porphyrin structures online using our NSD program. (Use Firefox or Chrome.

Fundamentals of Vibronic Spectroscopy
Copyright 2008-2013 by John A. Shelnutt. All rights reserved.
of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 Available
(Chapters 1-9 to be published by CRC Press in 2015)

Ripening Resistent Metal Nanostructures
"A Thermodynamic Perspective of the Metastability of Holey Sheets:  The Role of Curvature"
van Swol, F. et al., Phys.Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 13309-13318.

Cooperative Binary Ionic (CBI) Solids
"Charge effects on the structure and composition of porphyrin binary ionic solids:  ZnTPPS/SnTMePyP nanomaterials"
Martin, K. E.; et al., Chem. Mater. 2013, 25, 441-447.
"Hierarchical cooperative binary ionic porphyrin nanocomposites"  
Tian,Y., et al., Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 4863-4865. (Themed issue:  Porphyrin & Phthalocyanines)
"Donor-Acceptor Biomorphs from the Ionic Self-assembly of Porphyrins"
Martin, K. E., et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 8194-8201.
"Morphological Families of Self-assembled Porphyrin Structures and their Photosensitization of Hydrogen Generation"
Tian, Y., et al., Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 6069-6071. (Themed issue:  Supramolecular Chemistry)
Sn/Zn at 80C
"Binary Ionic Porphyrin Nanosheets: Electronic and Light-harvesting Properties Regulated by Crystal Structure"
Tian,Y., et al., Nanoscale 2012, 4, 1695-1700.Simple example

Crystal structure of ZnTPPS/SnTMePyP nanosheets (Use Chrome or Firefox for Jmol).

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"Self-assembled Porphyrin Nanostructures"
Medforth, C. J., et al., Chem. Commun.
2009, 7261-7277.
Feature Article

Shelnutt Festschrift (May-June 2011 issues on JPP website)
"Evolution of Dendritic Nanosheets into Durable Holey Sheets:
A Lattice Gas Simulation Study"

Challa, S. R., et al., J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2011, 15, 449-466.
Dedicated to John Shelnutt on his 65th birthday.

"Templated growth of platinum nanowheels using the inhomogeneous reaction environment of bicelles"
Garcia, R. M., et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2010, 13, 4846-4852. 
Themed Issue:  Materials innovation through interfacial physics and chemistry

2009 R&D 100 Award
NanoCoral: Dendritic Platinum Nanostructures for Renewable Energy Applications (pdf)

Left to right: (back) Sivakumar Challa, John Shelnutt, Yujiang Song, Frank van Swol, (front) James Miller, Craig Medforth
R&D100  Award Video, 2009 Federal Laboratories Consortium Award, and 2009 Videographers Award

John A. Shelnutt

Adjunct Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602-2556
NanoSEC at UGA
Current Address:
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
PO Box 5800, MS 1315
Albuquerque, NM 871
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