Dr. Gafney's Research

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Research Group:

Dr. Harry D Gafney
Dr. Edward Look
Dr. Jim Dimitrakopoulos
Dr. Parbatee Jagassar
Dr. Julie Leventhal
Dr. Gerson Aguirre "Mac Daddy"
Mr. Anthony Perri
Mr. Henry Shum
Mr. Daiki Okamoto
Mr. Abderrahim Chouaib
Mr. Joel Heitman

Research Projects:

Research in our laboratories falls in the general areas of inorganic chemistry, photochemistry and photophysics of transition metal complexes and oxides, and material science. The following describes a number of current projects and how we are attempting to apply the results of these projects to solving relevant problems.

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Recent Publications:


  • Gafney, H. D., Look, E. G. Zaitsev, V.; Xu, S.; "Photocatalyzed Conversion of CO2 to CH4: Nature and Distribution of Tungsten Oxides in Porous Vycor Glass"


  • Gafney, H.D.; Look E.G. "Photocatalyzed Conversion of CO2 to CH4: An Excited State Acid-base Mechanism" J. Phys. Chem. A (2013), 117(47), 12268-12279.


  • Gafney, H.D.; Jagassar, P.; Perri, A.; Ibarrola, G. "Ligand Initiated Self-Assembly of Pt and Ir Nanoparticles about Ru(II) Diimines in Room Temperature Fluid Solution" J. Phys. Chem. C (2013), 117(94), 1925-1934.


  • Gafney, H. D.; Amarasinghe, D. S.; Sunil, D. "Effect of CO Pressure Gradients on the Photo- and Thermal-Chemistry of Fe(CO)5 Physisorbed into Porous Vycor Glass" J. Phys. Chem. C (2011), 115(43), 20824-20831.


  • Gafney, H. D.; Zambrana, J. L.; Ferloni, E. X. "Excited-State Coordination Chemistry: Excited State Basicity of Bis(2,2'-bipyridyl)(2,3-dipyridylpyrazine)ruthenium(II)" J. Phys. Chem, (A) (2009), 113, 13457-13468.


  • Gafney, H.D.; Sunil, D.; Dong, J. "Influence of Amorphous Silica Matrices on the Formation, Structure and Chemistry of Iron and Iron Oxide Nanoparticles" J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2009), 131, 14768-14777.


  • Gafney, H.D.; Aebisher, D.; AQzar, N.S.; Zamadar, M.; Gandra, N.; Gao, R.; Greer, A."Singlet Oxygen Chemistry in Water. A Porous Vycor Glass-Supported Sensitizer" J. Phys. Chem, (B) (2008), 112(7), 1913-1917.


  • Gafney, H. D.; Zambrana, J. L.; Ferloni, E. X.; Colis, J. C. "Multiple Charge Transfer Emissions From Different Metal-Ligand Pairs in Ruthenium Diimines" Inorg. Chem. (2008), 47(1), 2-4.


  • Gafney, H.D.; Chatterjee, S.; Krikorian, M.; Gersten, B. "Synthesis and Self-Assembly of DMPC-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles, in Biomolecular and Biologically Inspired Interfaces and Assemblies, Mater. Res. Soc. (2007), 106, 1061-MM09-08.

Recent Ph.D. Theses:


  • Kowalczyk, M. “Bimolecular Encounters: Acid-Base or Electron Transfer Complexes. Experiment and Theory” CUNY, 2013.


  • Jagassar, P.S. “Synthesis, Characterization and Chemistry of Platinum and Iridium Nanoparticles in Solution and Nanoporous Silicas”, CUNY, 2012.


  • Ferloni, E., “Ground- and Excited-State Chemistry of (Bis(2,2’-Bipyridine)(2-(2-Pyridyl)Pyrazine)Ruthenium(II): Protonation and Coordination.”, CUNY, 2012 .


  • Amarasinghe, A. S. “Microstructural Environments and Redox States of Iron in Random and Ordered Porous Silica Matrices”, CUNY, 2007.


  • Zambrana, Jose, “Excited-State Acid-Base & Coordination Chemistry of Ruthenium(II) Diimines; Association with Various Metal Ions”, CUNY, 2007.

Contact Information:



Harry D. Gafney
Inorganic Chemistry
Remsen, Room 206E
Phone: 718-997-4114
Harry.Gafney@qc.cuny.edu
Last updated: 23 July 2014