Brian L. Conley

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Control of stem cell fate by modulating biophysical cues (e.g., micropatterns, nanopatterns, elasticity and porosity of the substrates) has emerged as an attractive approach in stem cell-based research. Here, we report a method for fabricating combinatorial patterns of graphene oxide (GO) to effectively control the differentiation of human adipose-derived(More)
We report on the synthesis of a platinum(IV) compound containing a di-2-pyridyl ketone (dpk) ligand that is stable both in its anhydrous form [Pt(dpk)Cl(4)] (1) and in its hydrated form [Pt(dpk-O-OH)Cl(3)].H-phenCl (2). The crystal structure of the hydrated form shows that one of the hydroxide groups from the resulting gem-diol has undergone a(More)
We describe an efficient homogeneous ruthenium catalyst for the dehydrogenation of ammonia borane (AB). This catalyst liberates more than 2 equiv of H(2) and up to 4.6 system wt % H(2) from concentrated AB suspensions under air. Importantly, this catalyst is robust, delivering several cycles of dehydrogenation at high [AB] without loss of catalytic(More)
Ruthenium(III) chloride hydrate is a convenient catalyst for the addition of active methylene compounds to aryl alkynes. These reactions are rapid, operationally simple, and high yielding in cases. Most significantly, no precautions are required to exclude air or water from the reactions. All reagents are commercially available at reasonable prices, and the(More)
Selective, low-temperature hydroxylation of alkanes catalyzed by transition-metal complexes is an important area of study, given its possible applications to natural-gas conversion as well as to more efficient production of bulk chemicals and energy. Several promising electrophilic catalysts that couple C–H activation to facile oxy-functionalization of the(More)
We propose a mechanistic model for three-stage dehydrogenation of ammonia borane (AB) catalyzed by Shvo's cyclopentadienone-ligated ruthenium complex. We provide evidence for a plausible mechanism for catalyst deactivation, the transition from fast catalysis to slow catalysis, and relate those findings to the invention of a second-generation catalyst that(More)