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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9050107

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 doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.04.012

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. doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2019.01.010

 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. doi.org/10.1016/j.dyepig.2018.04.060 

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. doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.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 doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5065

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).”

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