Raid E. Haddad

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Photoluminescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have received enormous attention because of their unique chemical, electronic and optical properties. Here a series of GQDs were synthesized under hydrothermal processes in order to investigate the formation process and optical properties of N-doped GQDs. Citric acid (CA) was used as a carbon precursor and(More)
We have demonstrated pressure-directed assembly for preparation of a new class of chemically and mechanically stable gold nanostructures through high pressure-driven sintering of nanoparticle assemblies at room temperature. We show that under a hydrostatic pressure field, the unit cell dimension of a 3D ordered nanoparticle array can be reversibly(More)
The view that the large red shifts seen in the UV-visible absorption bands of peripherally crowded nonplanar porphyrins are the result of nonplanar deformations of the macrocycle has recently been challenged by the suggestion that the red shifts arise from substituent-induced changes in the macrocycle bond lengths and bond angles, termed in-plane nuclear(More)
Previous studies of 5,10,15,20-tetraarylporphyrins have shown that the barrier for meso aryl-porphyrin rotation (DeltaG++(ROT)) varies as a function of the core substituent M and is lower for a small metal (M = Ni) compared to a large metal (M = Zn) and for a dication (M = 4H(2+)) versus a free base porphyrin (M = 2H). This has been attributed to changes in(More)
We report a simple confined self-assembly process to synthesize nanoporous one-dimensional photoactive nanostructures. Through surfactant-assisted cooperative interactions (e.g., π-π stacking, ligand coordination, and so forth) of the macrocyclic building block, zinc meso-tetra (4-pyridyl) porphyrin (ZnTPyP), self-assembled ZnTPyP nanowires and nanorods(More)
Binding of porphyrin to murine ferrochelatase, the terminal enzyme of the heme biosynthetic pathway, is investigated by employing a set of variants harboring mutations in a putative porphyrin-binding loop. Using resonance Raman (RR) spectroscopy, the structural properties of the ferrochelatase-bound porphyrins are examined, especially with respect to the(More)
Hollow metallic nanostructures exhibit important applications in catalysis, sensing, and phototherapy due to their increased surface areas, reduced densities, and unique optical and electronic features. Here we report a facile photocatalytic process to synthesize and tune hollow platinum (Pt) nanostructures. Through hierarchically structured templates,(More)
We report a facile solution process to synthesize monodisperse porous nanodiscs through confined molecular self-assembly of surfactants and ZnTPyP. The nanodiscs exhibit trimodal pores with fluorescent and crystalline wall structures, and are potentially important for sorption and separation, sensors, catalytic materials, electrode materials, etc.
We report the synthesis of hierarchical structured nanocrystals through an interfacial self-assembly driven microemulsion (μ-emulsion) process. An optically active macrocyclic building block Sn (IV) meso-tetraphenylporphine dichloride (tin porphyrin) is used to initiate noncovalent self-assembly confined within μ-emulsion droplets. In-situ studies of(More)
Abilities to control the size and shape of nanocrystals in order to tune functional properties are an important grand challenge. Here we report a surfactant self-assembly induced micelle encapsulation method to fabricate porphyrin nanocrystals using the optically active precursor zinc porphyrin (ZnTPP). Through confined noncovalent interactions of ZnTPP(More)