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 Adrián Puerta, Alexis R. Galán, Roderick Abdilla, Kaylie Demanuele, Miguel X. Fernandes, Giovanna Bosica, José M. Padrón. Naphthol-derived Betti bases as potential SLC6A14 blockers. Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine , 2019, 2(2): 35-40. DOI: 10.31083/j.jmcm.2019.02.7181

Lia, F.; Zammit-Mangion, M.; Farrugia, C. A First Description of the Phenolic Profile of EVOOs from the Maltese Islands Using SPE and HPLC: Pedo-Climatic Conditions Modulate Genetic Factors. Agriculture 2019, 9, 107.

Sammut, G., Sinagra, E., Sapiano, M., Helmus, R., de Voogt, W.P. – Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environment – (II) sediments, soils and groundwater. Science of the Total Environment 682 (2019) 180-189  DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.403

Pace, C., Vella, A.J., Contamination of water resources of a small island state by fireworks-derived perchlorate: A case study from Malta. Environmental Pollution 250 (2019) 475-481

Scerri, G. J., Spiteri, J. C., Mallia, C. J. J., & Magri, D. C. (2019). A Lab-on-a-Molecule with an Enhanced Fluorescent Readout on Detection of Three Chemical Species. Chemical Communications. doi:10.1039/c9cc00924h

Micallef D., Spiteri R., Baisch U. Vella-Zarb L., Terra verde: Overcoming the problem of transparency by crystal engineering. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2019.

 van de Streek, J.,  Alig, E., Parsons. S. and Vella-Zarb, L., A jumping crystal predicted with molecular dynamics and analysed with TLS refinement against powder diffraction data. International Union of Crystallography Journal, 6, 1, 2019. doi: 10.1107/S205225251801686X

 Magri, D.C. Recent Progress on the Evolution of Pourbaix Sensors: Molecular Logic Gates for Protons and Oxidants, Chemosensors, 2018, 6, 48, 1-9. doi:10.3390/chemosensors6040048.

Vella Refalo, M., Spiteri, J. C. & Magri, D. C. Covalent Attachment of a Fluorescent ‘Pourbaix Sensor’ onto a Polymer Bead for Sensing in Water, New Journal of Chemistry, 2018, 42, 16474-16477. DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ03224F

Spiteri, J. C., Johnson, A. D., Denisov, S. A., Jonusauskas, G.,  McClenaghan, N. D. & Magri, D. C. A Fluorescent AND Logic Gate based on a Ferrocene-Naphthalimide-Piperazine Format Responsive to Acidity and Oxidisability, Dyes & Pigments, 2018, 157, 278-283. 

Bosica, G., Abdilla, R. and Demanuele, K., Revisiting the Betti Synthesis: Using a Cheap, Readily Available, Recyclable Clay Catalyst under Solventless Conditions. C‐H Activation in Organic Synthesis, 44, 2018. doi: 10.1002/ejoc.201800826

Caligari Conti, M.; Aquilina, D.; Paternoster, C.; Vella, D.; Sinagra, E.; Mantovani, D.; Cassar, G.; Schembri Wismayer, P.; Buhagiar, J. Influence of Cold Rolling on in Vitro Cytotoxicity and Electrochemical Behaviour of an Fe-Mn-C Biodegradable Alloy in Physiological Solutions. Heliyon 2018, 4 (11), e00926.

Spiteri, J.C., Denisov, S.A., Jonusauskas, Klejna, G.S., Szaciłowski, K.,  McClenaghan, N.D.,  and Magri D.C., Molecular engineering of logic gate types by module rearrangement in ‘Pourbaix Sensors’: the effect of excited-state electric fields, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, 16, 6195-6201. DOI: 10.1039/c8ob00485d 

Bosica, G., Zammit, R., (2018) One-pot multicomponent nitro-Mannich reaction using a heterogeneous catalyst under solvent-free conditions. PeerJ 6:e5065

Caligari Conti, M., Xerri, G., Peyrouzet, F., Schembri Wismayer, P., Sinagra, E., Mantovani, D., Vella, D. &  Buhagiar., J. (2018) Optimisation of fluorapatite coating synthesis applied to a biodegradable substrate, Surface Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/02670844.2018.1491510 

Baisch, U., Rhauderwiek, T., Stock, N., Vella-Zarb, L.,  Just a solvent?” – The influence of solvent choice on successful cocrystal formation in solvent drop assisted grinding, Adv. Mater. Sci. Eng., 2018.

Lia, F., Morote Castellano, A., Zammit-Mangion, M. and Farrugia, C., Application of fluorescence spectroscopy and chemometric models for the detection of vegetable oil adulterants in Maltese virgin olive oils J Food Sci Technol., 2018, DOI: 10.1007/s13197-018-3131-0

Vella-Zarb, L, and Baisch, U., Crystal water as the molecular glue for obtaining different co-crystal ratios: the case of gallic acid tris-caffeine hexa-hydrate, Acta Crystallogr. E, Struct. Commun.2018, 74, 559-562.  DOI: 10.1107/S2056989018004528

Hicklin, W., Farrugia, P.S., Sinagra, E., Investigations of VOCs in and around buildings close to service stations, Atmospheric Environment, 2018, 172, 93-101. doi: 10.1016/ j.atmosenv.2017.10.012. 

Spiteri L., Baisch, U., and Vella-Zarb, L., Correlations and statistical analysis of solvent molecule hydrogen bonding – a case study of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), CrystEngComm, 2017, 20, 1291-1303. DOI: 10.1039/c7ce02206a

Vella-Zarb, L. and Baisch, U., Melaminium Lanthanide Oxalate Coordination Compounds – Synthesis and Structural Varieties, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 2017, 643, 1712-1716. DOI: 10.1002/zaac.201700299

Magri, D.C and Spiteri, J.C., Proof of principle of a three-input AND–INHIBIT–OR combinatorial logic gate array, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7OB01223C

Spiteri J.C., Mallia, C.J., Scerri, G.J., Magri, D.C., A fluorescent combinatorial logic gate with Na+/H+-enabled OR and H+-driven low-medium-high ternary logic functions, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7OB01828B

Bosica, G. and Abdilla, R.,  One-pot aza-Friedel-Crafts reaction for primary, secondary and tertiary anilines under heterogeneous catalysis revised: Regioselective one-pot aza-Friedel-Crafts reaction for primary, secondary and tertiary anilines using heterogeneous catalyst, Green Chemistry, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7GC02038D

Bosica, G. and Polidano, K., Solvent-Free Henry and Michael Reactions with Nitroalkanes Promoted by Potassium Carbonate as a Versatile Heterogeneous Catalyst, Journal of Chemistry, vol. 2017, Article ID 6267036, (2017). doi:10.1155/2017/6267036

Scerri, G. J., Cini, M., Schembri, J. S., da Costa, P. F., Johnson, A. D. and Magri, D. C., Redox-Enabled, pH-Disabled Pyrazoline–Ferrocene INHIBIT Logic Gates. ChemPhysChem., 2017. doi:10.1002/cphc.201700345

Mazzonello, A., Valdramidis, V., Farrugia, C., Grima, J.N., and Gatt, R.: Synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles. Journal of Modern Engineering Research, (2017), 7: 41.

Sammut, G., Sinagra, E., Helmus. R., de Voogt., P., Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environment – (I) surface water and rainwater. Science of the Total Environment (2017), 589, 182–190. j.scitotenv.2017.02.128

Baisch, U., Scicluna, M.C., Näther, C. & Vella-Zarb, L., Planar versus non-planar: The important role of weak C—H· · ·O hydrogen bonds in the crystal structure of 5-methylsalicylaldehyde, Acta Cryst. (2017). E73, 155–158.  DOI: 10.1107/S2056989017000238

* The authors would like to thank the University of Malta Research Fund Committee for the financial support and ERDF (Malta) for the financing of the testing equipment through the projects: “Developing an Interdisciplinary Material Testing and Rapid Prototyping R&D Facility (Ref. no. 012)” and “Strengthening of Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Electromagnetics RTDI Facilities (Ref. no. 018).”

National Chemistry Symposium

The Department of Chemistry will be hosting the National Chemistry Symposium 2019. 

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Last Updated: 13 January 2020

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