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!

Current News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Our invited review entitled "Self-Assembled Discrete Metal-Organic Complexes: Recent Advances" was accepted in Inorganica Chimica Acta, Congrats Rana!

  17. 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 on the CNRS, (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France website.

  18. Congratulations to Selbi who was selected to give an oral presentation at the 2013 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM) which will be held in New Haven, Conneticut during October 23-26, 2013.

  19. ACS Honorarium Award: Congratulations to Thiru who got an ACS Honorarium award for his review in Chemical Review entitled "Click Chemistry for Drug Development and Diverse Chemical–Biology Applications". Thiru's review is one of the top 20 most read articles.

  20. Our Cover “Simultaneous Self-Assembly of a [2]Catenane, a Trefoil Knot, and a Solomon Link from a Simple Pair of Ligands” is online.
    Three molecular links were prepared in one pot from a single pair of chelating ligands. In their Communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201302425), L. J. Charbonnière, A. Trabolsi, et al. describe the self-assembly of a [2]catenane, a trefoil knot, and a Solomon link through combined metal templation, dynamic covalent-bond formation, and noncovalent interactions. During the reaction, product evolution was monitored by mass spectrometry, which provided evidence for mechanistic routes to all three products.

  21. Our manuscript entitled “Toward Theranostic Nanoparticles: CB[7]-Functionalized Iron Oxide for Drug Delivery and MRI” was accepted for publication in Journal of Material Chemistry B.
    Congratulations to Farah and our collaborators.

  22. Our manuscript entitled Simultaneous Self-Assembly of a [2]Catenane, a Trefoil Knot, and a Solomon Link from a Simple Pair of Ligands was selected to appear on the inside cover of Angewandte Chemie. Congratulations to Thiru!

  23. Congratulations to Selbi Nuryyeva, an undergraduate student from our research group, who obtained a travel grant to participate at the IUPAC 2013 in Turkey. Selbi will be presenting a poster.