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40. Alba-Rubio, A. C.; Christopher, P.; Personick, M. L.; Stowers, K. J. “Recommendations to Standardize Reporting on the Synthesis of Heterogeneous Catalysts.” J. Catal. 2024, 429, 115259.  

Three people holding beakers. To their left, the lack of a synthesis protocol leads them to make three different products. To their right, a synthesis protocol helps them make the same product.

Independent Work at Wesleyan University (2015-2023)

39. Personick, M. L. “History and Fundamentals of the Colloidal Synthesis of Shaped Metal Nanoparticles.” In One Hundred Years of Colloid Symposia: Looking Back and Looking Forward, ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1457, Nagarajan, R., Ed. American Chemical Society: Washington, 2023; pp 247-283.

38. Halford, G. C.; Personick, M. L. “Bridging Colloidal and Electrochemical Nanoparticle Growth with In Situ Electrochemical Measurements.” Acc. Chem. Res. 202356, 1228-1238.

Cartoon of electrochemical synthesis, electrochemical measurements, and colloidal synthesis

37. Argento, G. M.; Judd, D. R.; Etemad, L. L.; Bechard, M. M.; Personick, M. L. “Plasmon-Mediated Reconfiguration of Twin Defect Structures in Silver Nanoparticles.” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2023, 127, 3890-3897.

Table of contents graphic showing reconfiguration of silver prisms to icosahedra to spheres and back to prisms

36. Wang, C. J.; Shapiro, E. F.; Personick, M. L. “Halide Ions on Metal Nanoparticles for Shape- and Composition-Controlled Synthesis.” In Encyclopedia of Nanomaterials (1st Edition), Yin, Y.; Lu, Y.; Xia, Y., Eds. Elsevier: Oxford, 2023; pp 263-276.

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35. Personick, M. L., “Plasmon-Mediated Syntheses of Polyhedral Noble Metal Nanoparticles.” In World Scientific Reference on Plasmonic Nanomaterials, Wang, J., Ed. World Scientific: Singapore, 2022; Vol. 22, pp 47-88.

34. McDarby, S. P.; Personick, M. L. “Potential-Controlled (R)Evolution: Electrochemical Synthesis of Nanoparticles with Well-Defined Shapes.” ChemNanoMat 20228, e202100472.

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33. McDarby, S. P.; Wang, C. J.; King, M. E.; Personick, M. L. “An Integrated Electrochemistry Approach to the Design and Synthesis of Polyhedral Noble Metal Nanoparticles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020142, 21322-21335. Supplementary cover article.

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32. Habib, A.; King, M. E.; Etemad, L. L.; Distler, M. E.; Morrissey, K. H.; Personick, M. L. “Plasmon-Mediated Synthesis of Hybrid Silver-Platinum Nanostructures.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2020124, 6853-6860.  †Authors contributed equally.

Table of contents graphic showing light-driven deposition of platinum on silver

31. King, M. E.; Kent, I. A.; Personick, M. L. “Halide-Assisted Metal Ion Reduction: Emergent Effects of Dilute Chloride, Bromide, and Iodide in Nanoparticle Synthesis.” Nanoscale 201911, 15612-15621.

Table of contents graphic showing mechanisms of metal reduction on a cubic nanoparticle.

30. Jung, H.; King, M. E.; Personick, M. L. “Strategic Synergy: Advances in the Shape Control of Bimetallic Nanoparticles with Dilute Alloyed Surfaces.” Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci. 201940, 104-117.    Authors contributed equally.


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29. Robertson, D. D.; Personick, M. L. “Growing Nanoscale Model Surfaces to Enable Correlation of Catalytic Behavior Across Dissimilar Reaction Environments.” Chem. Mater. 201931, 1121-1141. ("Up and Coming" Perspective Series) Front cover article.

Journal cover showing a single crystal surface, concave cubic nanoparticles, and a quartz reactor tube

28. King, M. E; Personick, M. L. “Iodide-Induced Differential Control of Metal Ion Reduction Rates: Synthesis of Terraced Palladium-Copper Nanoparticles with Dilute Bimetallic Surfaces.” J. Mater. Chem. A 20186, 22179-22188. (2018 Emerging Investigators Issue)

Table of contents graphic showing truncated cubic, trigonal, and terraced cube nanoparticles.

27. Stone, A. L.; King, M. E.; McDarby, S. P.; Robertson, D. D.; Personick, M. L. “Synthetic Routes to Shaped AuPt Core-Shell Particles with Smooth Surfaces Based on Design Rules for Au Nanoparticle Growth.” Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 201835, 1700401.

Table of contents graphic showing deposition of platinum and gold on a sphere to form a core-shell octahedron

26. Robertson, D. D.; King, M. E.; Personick, M. L. “Concave Cubes as Experimental Models of Catalytic Active Sites for the Oxygen-Assisted Coupling of Alcohols by Dilute (Ag)Au Alloys.” Top. Catal. 201861, 348-356.

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25. King, M. E.; Personick, M. L. “Defects by Design: Synthesis of Palladium Nanoparticles with Extended Twin Defects and Corrugated Surfaces.” Nanoscale 20179, 17914-17921.

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24. King, M. E.; Personick, M. L. “Bimetallic Nanoparticles with Exotic Facet Structures via Iodide-Assisted Reduction of Palladium.” Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 201734, 1600422. Inside cover article.

Table of contents graphic showing a vial and formation of rhombic dodecahedral and tetradecapod nanoparticles from seeds

Publications from Postdoctoral, Graduate, and Undergraduate Work

23. Personick, M. L.; Madix, R. J.; Friend, C. M. “Selective Oxygen-Assisted Reactions of Alcohols and Amines Catalyzed by Metallic Gold: Paradigms for the Design of Catalytic Processes.” ACS Catal. 20177, 965. Cover article.

22. Personick, M. L.; Montemore, M. M.; Kaxiras, E.; Madix, R. J.; Biener, J.; Friend, C. M. “Catalyst Design for Enhanced Sustainability Through Fundamental Surface Chemistry.” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2016374, 20150077. Cover article.

21. Wang, L.-C.; Personick, M. L.; Karakalos, S.; Fushimi, R.; Friend, C. M.; Madix, R. J. “Active Sites for Methanol Partial Oxidation on Nanoporous Gold Catalysts.” J. Catal. 2016344, 778.

20. Padmos, J. D.; Personick, M. L.; Tang, Q.; Duchesne, P. N.; Jiang, D.; Mirkin, C. A.; Zhang, P. “The Surface Structure of Silver-coated Gold Nanocrystals and Its Influence on Shape Control.” Nat. Commun20156, 7664.

19. Wang, L.-C.; Stowers, K. J.; Zugic, B.; Personick, M. L.; Biener, M. M.; Biener, J.; Friend, C. M.; Madix, R. J. “Exploiting Basic Principles to Control the Selectivity of the Vapor Phase Catalytic Oxidative Cross-coupling of Primary Alcohols over Nanoporous Gold Catalysts.” J. Catal. 2015329, 78.

18. Personick, M. L.; Zugic, B.; Biener, M. M.; Biener, J.; Madix, R. J.; Friend, C. M. “Ozone-Activated Nanoporous Gold: A Stable and Storable Material for Catalytic Oxidation.” ACS Catal. 20155, 4237.

17. Personick, M. L.; Mirkin, C. A. “Making Sense of the Mayhem Behind Shape Control in the Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013135, 18238.

16. Young, K. L.; Personick, M. L.; Engel, M.; Damasceno, P. F.; Barnaby, S. N.; Bleher, R.; Li, T.; Glotzer, S. C.; Lee, B.; Mirkin, C. A. “A Directional Entropic Force Approach to Assemble Anisotropic Nanoparticles into Superlattices.” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201352, 13980.

15. Liu, G.; Young, K. L.; Liao, X.; Personick, M. L.; Mirkin, C. A. “Anisotropic Nanoparticles as Shape-Directing Catalysts for the Chemical Etching of Silicon.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 12196.

14. Langille, M. R.; Personick, M. L.; Mirkin, C. A. “Plasmon-Mediated Syntheses of Metallic Nanostructures.” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201352, 13910.

13. Shin, Y. J.; Ringe, E.; Personick, M. L.; Cardinal, M. F.; Mirkin, C. A.; Marks, L. D.; Van Duyne, R. P.; Hersam, M. C. “Centrifugal Shape Sorting and Optical Response of Polyhedral Gold Nanoparticles.” Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4023.

12. Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Wu, J.; Mirkin, C. A. “Synthesis of Gold Hexagonal Bipyramids Directed by Planar-Twinned Silver Triangular Nanoprisms.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013135, 3800.

11. Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Wu, J.; Li, S.; Mirkin, C. A. “Plasmon-Mediated Synthesis of Silver Cubes with Unusual Twinning Structures Using Short Wavelength Excitation.” Small 20139, 1947.

10. Rycenga, M.; Langille, M. R.; Personick, M. L.; Ozel, T.; Mirkin, C. A. “Chemically Isolating Hotspots on Concave Nanocubes.” Nano Lett. 201212, 6218.

9. Langille, M. R.; Personick, M. L.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. “Defining Rules for the Shape Evolution of Gold Nanoparticles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012134, 14542.  Authors contributed equally.

8. Langille, M. R.; Zhang J.; Personick, M. L.; Li, S.; Mirkin, C. A. “Stepwise Evolution of Spherical Seeds into 20-Fold Twinned Icosahedra.” Science 2012337, 954.

7. Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. “Shape Control of Gold Nanoparticles by Silver Underpotential Deposition.” Nano Lett. 201111, 3394.

6. Langille, M. R.; Personick, M. L.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. “Bottom-Up Synthesis of Gold Octahedra with Tailorable Hollow Features.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133, 10414.

5. Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Harris, N.; Schatz, G. C.; Mirkin, C. A. “Synthesis and Isolation of {110}-Faceted Gold Bipyramids and Rhombic Dodecahedra.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133, 6170.

4. Zhang, J.; Langille, M. R.Personick, M. L.; Zhang, K.; Li, S.; Mirkin, C. A. “Concave Cubic Gold Nanocrystals with High-Index Facets.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010132, 14012.

3. Choi, S.; Personick, M. L.; Bogart, J. A.; Ryu, D.; Redman, R. M.; Laryea-Walker, E. “Oxidation of a Guanine Derivative Coordinated to a Pt(IV) Complex Initiated by Intermolecular Nucleophilic Attacks.” Dalton Trans. 201140, 2888.

2. Pirzada, Z.; Personick, M.; Biba, M.; Gong, X.; Zhou, L.; Schafer, W.; Roussel, C.; Welch, C. J. “Systematic Evaluation of New Chiral Stationary Phases for Supercritical Fluid Chromatography using a Standard Racemate Library.” J. Chromatogr. A 20101217, 1134.

1. Choi, S.; Vastag, L.; Larrabee, Y.C.; Personick, M. L.; Schaberg, K. B.; Fowler, B. J.; Sandwick, R. K.; Rawji, G. “The Importance of Pt(II) Catalyzed Pt(IV) Substitution for the Oxidation of Guanosine Derivatives by Pt(IV) Complexes.” Inorg. Chem. 200847, 1352