Supramolecular Multifunctional Systems (SMS)

Welcome to the Trabolsi Research Group website. We are located in the Experimental Research Building (C1) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Advances in supramolecular chemistry (chemistry of weak interactions) have allowed the engineering of several functional materials with numerous distinct function related components integrated in one system. Our group utilizes the concepts of molecular/ionic recognition coupled to self-assembly for the fabrication of multi-functional materials.

For more information about our research, please visit the Publication section. For more information about the group, we invite you to explore the various sections of the web page. Enjoy your visit!

News

  1. Congratulations to Tina Skorjanc on passing her PhD qualifying exam and becoming a PhD candidate. The committee members were Professor Marcus Weck and Professor Bart Kahr (NYUNY) and Professor Shady Amin and Professor Ali Trabolsi (NYUAD).

  2. Our manuscript entitled "Viologen-Based Conjugated Covalent Organic Networks via Zincke Reaction" was accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations to Gobinda, Tina and our collaborators.

  3. For our arabic readers: Our research on drug delivery was highlighted in Aalbayan.

  4. Our manuscript entitled "Selective Growth Inhibition of Cancer Cells with Doxorubicin-Loaded CB[7]-Modified Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles" was accepted and published in RSC Advances. Congratulations to Farah, Rana, Rkia and our collaborators.

  5. Al Jalila Foundation grant for our Metal complexes: Our research proposal entitled "Organometallic non-trivial structures as anti-cancer agents" has been accepted for funding from Al Jalila Foundation. The fund is over 2 years and for the development of unusual metal complexes for cancer treatment.

  6. Our manuscript entitled "Design of organic macrocycle-modified iron-oxide nanoparticles for drug delivery" was accepted and published in Chemistry-A European journal. Congratulations to Tina, Farah, and JC.

  7. The manuscript “An Ultra-Absorbent Alkyne-Rich Porous Covalent Polycalix[4]arene For Water Purification” has been highlighted in several media sources: NYUAD, Abudhabicityguide, Arabic News.

  8. A review written by Tina Skorjanc, (Global PhD student) Dr. Farah Benyettou (Research Scientist), Professor Ali Trabolsi (Assistant Professor of Chemistry) and collaborator J.-C. Olsen from Indiana University Kokomo in US entitled “Design of organic macrocycle-modified iron-oxide nanoparticles for drug delivery” is to be accepted after minor revision by Chem. Eur. J., 2017.

  9. Professor Ali Trabolsi visited the University of Houston in the US and gave an invited lecture entitled “Metal-Organic Non-trivial Structures: Chemistry and Function”.

  10. Professor Ali Trabolsi visited the University of Texas at Austin in the US and gave an invited lecture entitled “Metal-Organic Non-trivial Structures: Chemistry and Function”.

  11. Professor Ali Trabolsi visited the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and gave an invited lecture entitled “Metal-Organic Non-trivial Structures: Chemistry and Function”.

  12. Group member and Global PhD Student Tina Skorjanc, has been offered a “Student Grant” from the organizers of the "International Workshop on Advanced Materials" (IWAM) conference. The conference will take place from February 19 till 21, and it is organized by the Ras Al Khamiah Center for Advanced Materials for the 9th time.

  13. Our manuscript entitled "Microwave-assisted synthesis of a viologen-based covalent organic polymer with redox-tunable polarity for dye adsorption" was accepted and published in RSC Advances. Congratulations to Gobinda, Tina, Thiru, Selbi and our collaborators.

  14. Our manuscript entitled "An Ultra-Absorbent Alkyne-Rich Porous Covalent Polycalix[4]arene for Water Purification" was accepted for publication in Journal of Material Chemistry A. Congratulations to Dinesh, Ilma, and our collaborators.

  15. Our manuscript "Multifunctional Redox-Tuned Viologen-Based Covalent Organic Polymers" has been highlighted in Nature Middle East.

  16. Our book chapter entitled "Knots" was accepted for publication, as a contribution to Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry II. Congratulations to Rana and Ali.

  17. Our manuscript entitled "Multifunctional Redox-Tuned Viologen-Based Covalent Organic Polymers was accepted for publication in the Journal of Material Chemistry A. Congratulations to Gobinda, Thiru, Selbi, and our collaborators.

  18. Our manuscript entitled "Mesoporous γ-Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Magnetically Triggered Release of Doxorubicin and Hyperthermia Treatment" was accepted for publication in Chemistry - A European Journal. Congratulations to Farah, and our collaborators.

  19. Our manuscript entitled Redox-Responsive Viologen-Mediated Self-Assembly of CB[7]-Modified Patchy Particles was accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations to Farah Benyettou and our collaborators.

  20. Our manuscript entitled "Postsynthetic Modification of Cadmium-Based Links and Knots" was accepted for publication in Chemical Communication. Congratulations to Thiru Prakasam, Rana Bilbeisi and our collaborators.

  21. The manuscript "[C–H···Anion] Interactions Mediate the Templation and Anion Binding Properties of Topologically Non-Trivial Metal-Organic Structures in Aqueous Solutions" has been highlighted in Nature Middle East.

  22. Our manuscript entitled "[C–H•••Anion] Interactions Mediate the Templation and Anion Binding Properties of Topologically Non-Trivial Metal-Organic Structures in Aqueous Solutions" was accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Congratulations to Rana, Thiru, Roberto, and our collaborators.

  23. Our manuscript entitled "Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles for the Dual Delivery of Doxorubicin and Alendronate to Cancer Cells" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Material Chemistry B. Congratulations to Farah, and our collaborators.

  24. Our review entitled "Self-assembled discrete metal-organic complexes: Recent Advances" in Inorganica Chimica Acta was selected as Top 25 hottest Articles January-September 2014.

  25. Our manuscript entitled "Viologen-Templated Arrays of CB[7]-Modified Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles" was selected to appear on the front cover of Chemistry - A European Journal. Congratulations to Farah and collaborators.

  26. Our article " Dynamic Stereoisomerization in Inherently Chiral Bimetallic [2]Catenanes" which was accepted for publication in Chemical Communication is selected to appear as a cover article. Congratulations Thiru!

  27. Our proposal entitled “Advanced Materials for Reusable Sensing of Mercury Under pH Stimuli” has been accepted for funding from the Internal Research Grant at United Arab Emirates University. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Na’il Saleh, and Prof. Muna Bufaroosha, UAEU.

  28. Trabolsi Lab Wins Grant for Nanopartical Research. Link to article on Saalam: The NYUAD Blog

  29. Our manuscript entitled "Viologen-Templated Arrays of CB[7]-Modified Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles" was accepted for publication in Chemistry - A European Journal. Congratulations to Farah, and our collaborators.

  30. Al Jalila Foundation grant for our Nanoparticles: Our research proposal entitled "Toward Theranostic Nanoparticles: An Innovative Approach to Cancer Therapy and Diagnosis", has been accepted for funding from Al Jalila Foundation. The fund is over 2 years and for the development of smart materials for drug delivery and imaging.

  31. Our manuscript entitled "Dynamic Stereoisomerization in Inherently Chiral Bimetallic [2]Catenanes" was accepted for publication in Chemical Communication. Congratulations to Thiru, and our collaborators.

  32. REF Award for Trabolsi Group.  In collaboration with the Magzoub group at NYUAD, the Trabolsi group has received the Research Enhancement Fund (REF) award from NYUAD for the development of smart materials for drug delivery. The fund is over 2 years. Congratulations to all involved.

  33. Our manuscript entitled "Radical Cation Dimerization Overwhelms Inclusion in [n]Pseudorotaxanes" was accepted for publication in Chemistry - A European Journal. Congratulations to Katia, Thiru, Selbi and our collaborators.

  34. Our manuscript entitled Simultanous Self-Assembly of a [2]Catenane, a Trefoil Knot, and a Solomon Link from a Simple Pair of Ligands was highlighted in Chemistryviews.