32. Fruehwald H., Esfahani R.A.M, Ebralidze I.I, Zenkina O.V. Easton, E.B.* Fe-N3/C active catalytic sites for the oxygen reduction reaction prepared with molecular level geometry control via covalent immobilization of iron-terpyridine motif onto carbon. ChemElectroChem, 2019, 6, 1350-1358 Link.

31. Zhu C., Wu X., Zenkina O., Zamora M.T., Moffat K., Crudden C.M., Cunningham M.F. "Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization in Miniemulsion Using a TEGylated Ruthenium-Based Metathesis Catalyst." Macromol. 2018, 51 (22), 9088–9096. Link
30. Laschuk N.O., Ebralidze I.I., Poisson J., Egan J.G., Quaranta S., Allan J.T. S., Cusden H., Gaspari F., Naumkin F.Y., Easton E.B., Zenkina O.V. "Ligand Impact on Monolayer Electrochromic Material Properties." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10 (41), 35334–35343 Link
29. Egan J.G., Drossis N., Ebralidze I.I., Fruehwald H.M., Laschuk N.O., Poisson J., de Haan H.W., Zenkina O.V. "Hemoglobin-driven iron-directed assembly of gold nanoparticles." RSC Adv., 2018, 8, 15675–15686. Link
28. Poisson J, Geoffrey H.L., Ebralidze I.I., Laschuk N.O., Allan J.T.S., Deckert A., Easton E.B., Zenkina O.V. "Layer-by-Layer Assemblies of Coordinative Surface-Confined Electroactive Multilayers: Zigzag vs Orthogonal Molecular Wires with Linear vs Molecular Sponge Type of Growth." J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122, 3419–3427. Link
27. Allan J.T.S., Quaranta S, Ebralidze I.I., Egan J.G., Poisson J., Laschuk N.O., Gaspari F., Easton E.B., Zenkina O. V. "Terpyridine-based Monolayer Electrochromic Materials." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2017, 9, 40438−40445. Link
26. Man R.W.Y., Li C.-H., MacLean M.W.A., Zenkina O.V., Zamora M.T., Saunders L.N., Rousina-Webb A., Nambo M., Crudden C.M. "Ultra Stable Gold Nanoparticles Modified by Bidentate N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1576-1579. Link
25. Crudden C. M., Horton J. H., Narouz M. R., Smith C. A., Li Z., Munro K., Baddeley C. J., Larrea C. R., Drevniok B., McLean A. B, Zenkina O.V., Ebralidze I. I., She Z., Kraatz H-B, Mosey N.J, Saunders L.N., Akiko Yagi A. "Simple, direct methods for formation of self-assembled N-heterocyclic carbene monolayers on gold and their application in bio-sensing." Nature Commun. 2016, 7, 12654. Link
24. Laschuk N.O., Ebralidze I. I., Spasyuk D., Zenkina O. V. "Multi-readout logic gate for selective metal ions detection in parts per billion levels." Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 22, 3530-3535. Link
23. Laschuk N.O., Ebralidze I. I., Quaranta S., Kerr S., Egan J. G., Gillis S., Gaspari F., Latini A., Zenkina O.V., "Rational design of a material for rapid colorimetric Fe2+ detection." Materials & Design, 2016, 107, 18–25. Link
22. Zenkina, O. V., Gidron O., Shimon, L. J. W., Iron M. A., van der Boom M. E. “Mechanistic Aspects of Aryl-Halide Oxidation Addition, Coordination Chemistry and Ring-Walking by Palladium”. Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 45, 16113-16125. Link
21. Orbach M., Shankar S, Zenkina O. V., Milko P., Diskin-Posner Y., van der Boom. M. E. “Mechanistic Insight into the Formation of Bimetallic Palladium Complexes and the Fluxional Behavior of their Monometallic Precursors”. Organometallics 2015, 34, 1098-1106. Link
20. Keske E. C., Brandon D. Moore B.D., Zenkina O. V., Wang R., Schatte G., Crudden C. M., “Highly selective directed arylation reactions via back-to-back dehydrogenative C–H borylation/arylation reactions”. Chem Commun., 2014, 50, 9883-9886. Link
19. Crudden C. M., Horton J. H., Ebralidze I. I., Zenkina O. V., Keske E. C., Leake J. D., Rousina-Webb A., MacLean A., Drevniok B., Seki T., Wu G., Mosey N. J, She Z., Kraatz H.-B. “Ultra Stable Self-Assembled Monolayers of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on Gold”. Nature Chem. 2014, 6, 409–414 Link Highlighted by Ritter S. in Chem. Eng. News, March 27, 2014, 92, 13, 7-8.
18. Zenkina O. V., Keske E. C., Gurpaul K. S, Wang R., Crudden C. M. “Heteroleptic Rhodium NHC Complexes with Pyridine-Derived Ligands: Synthetic Accessibility and Reactivity Towards Oxygen”. Dalton. Trans, 2013, 42, 2282-2293. Link
17. Keske E. C., Zenkina O. V., Asadi A., Sun H., Praetorius J. M., Allen D. P, Covelli D., Brian O. P., Wang R., Kennepohl P., James B. R., Crudden C. M. “Dioxygen Adducts of Rhodium N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes”. 2013, Dalton Trans, 42, 7414-7423. Link
16. Orbah M., Zenkina O., Shimon L. J. W., Diskin-Posner Y., van der Boom M. E. “A Phosphine Accelerated ArF-Cloride Bond Activation Process by Palladium”. Organometallics, 2013, 32, 3074-3082. Link
15. Cipot-Wechsler J., Covelli D., Praetorius J. M., Hearns N., Zenkina O. V., Keske, E. C., Wang, R., Kennepohl P., Crudden C. M. “ Synthesis and Characterization of Cationic Rhodium Peroxo Complexes”. Organometallics, 2012, 31, 7306-7315 . Invited Cover article. Link
14. Keske E. C., Zenkina O. V., Wang R., Crudden C. M. “Synthesis and Structure of Palladium 1,2,3-Triazol-5-ylidene Mesoionic Carbene PEPPSI Complexes and Their Catalytic Applications in the Mizoroki–Heck Reaction”. Organometallics, 2012, 31, 6215–6221. Link
13. Keske E. C., Zenkina O. V., Wang R., Crudden C. M., “Synthesis and Structure of Silver and Rhodium 1,2,3-Triazol-5-ylidene Mesoionic Carbene Complexes”. Organometallics, 2012, 31, 456–461. Link
12. Zenkina O. V., Keske E. C., Wang R., Crudden C. M., “Dimeric Rhodium-Ethylene NHC Complexes as Reactive Intermediates for the Preparation Tetra-Heteroleptic NHC Complexes”. Organometallics, 2011, 30, 6423-6432. Link
11. Orbach M., Choudhury J., Lahav M., Zenkina O. V., Diskin-Posner Y., Leitus G., Iron M. A., van der Boom M. E., “Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions with Fluorinated Substrates: Mechanistic Insights into the Undesired Hydrodehalogenation of Aryl Halides”. Organometallics 2011, 31, 1271-1274. Link Highlighted in Org. Process Res. Dev., March 6, Vol. 16, 2012, 366-375.
10. Zenkina O. V., Keske E. C., Wang R., Crudden C. M., “Double Single–Crystal-To–Single–Crystal Transformation and Small Molecule Activation in Rhodium NHC Complexes”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 8100-8104. Link Publications paper and Back Cover article. Highlighted by Ritter S. in Chem. Eng. News, August 1, Vol. 89, 31, 2011, 37.
9. Zenkina, O. V., Karton, A., Shimon, L. J. W., Martin, J. M. L., van der Boom M. E. “A Coordination Controlled Aryl-Halide Oxidative Addition to Platinum”. Chem. Eur. J., 2009, 15, 10025-10028. Link Highlighted by Swager T. M. and Cox J. R. in Synfacts, 01, 2010, 0046. Link
8. Zenkina O. V., Konstantinovski L., Shimon L. J. W., Diskin-Posner Y., Iron M. A. and M. E. van der Boom, “Long-Range 'Through-Bond' Heteronuclear Communication in Platinum-Complexes”. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 4021-4030. Link
7. Altman M., Zenkina O. V., Ichiki T., Iron M. A., Evmenenko G., Dutta P., van der Boom M. E. "Positive Constructs: Charges Localized on Surface-Confined Organometallic Oligomers”. Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 4676-4684. Link
6. Zenkina O. V., Karton A., Freeman D., Shimon L. J. W., Martin J. M. L., van der Boom M. E. “Directing Aryl–I vs. Aryl–Br Bond Activation by Nickel via a Ring Walking Process”. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 5114-5121. Link
5. Altman M., Zenkina O., Evmenenko G., Dutta P., van der Boom M. E. “Molecular Assembly of a 3D-Ordered Multilayer”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 5040-5041. (Highlighted by JACS as a Hot Article). Link Highlighted by Ritter S. in Chem. Eng. News, April 21, 2008, 34, 50-51.
4. Zenkina O. V., Konsantinovski L., Freeman D., Shimon L. J. W., van der Boom M. E. “Fluxional Behavior of Platinum(0) Complexes: Intra- vs. Intermolecular reaction pathways”. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 3815-3822. Link
3. Zenkina O., Altman M., Leitus G., Shimon L. J. W., Cohen R., van der Boom M. E. ”From Azobenzene Coordination to Aryl-Halide Bond Activation by Platinum”. Organometallics 2007, 26, 4528-4534. Link
2. Cohen H., Zenkina O. V, Shukla A. D, van der Boom M. E. “Site Affinity Effects Upon Charge Injection into Siloxane-Based Monolayers”. J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 1506-1508. Link
1. Strawser D., Karton A., Zenkina O. V., Iron, M. A., Shimon, L. J. W., Martin, J. M. L., van der Boom M. E. “Platinum Stilbazoles: Ring-Walking Coupled with Aryl-Halide Bond Activation”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 9322-9323. See also Chem. Eng. News, September 19, 2005, 34-35. Link

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