Selected Publications

Work done at Clark University

* undergraduate student author, #graduate student author

    30. Chen X.#, Datta A.#, Smith, L.J., Granados-Focil S., Challenging the block copolymer design 

             conventions for ion transport: Diblock copolymers using ionic interactions as a 

             mechanically reinforcing mechanism. Solid State Ionics, submitted.

29. Migliaccio, L.*, Stockmal, K.*, Wei., J.#, Radu, A., Granados-Focil S., McGraw, C.,

Carbonate selective low-cost ISEs for environmental studies. Electroanalysis. Submitted.

  1. 28.Mendecki, L.#, Granados-Focil, S., Radu, A., Lumogallion-based fluorescent optical sensor for the determination of aluminium (III) with ultra-low detection limits., Analyst. Submitted.

27.Granados-Focil, A.A., Granados-Focil, S., Conde-Sotelo, V.M., Grimm, R.L., Gonzalez, F., Rojas-Santiago, E., Santolalla-Vargas, C.E., Vera, M.A., De los Reyes, J.A., Development of bifunctional hydrodeoxygenation catalyst Rh-HY for the generation of biomass-derived high energy density fuels. Submitted.

26.Doyle, R.P. #, and Granados-Focil, S. Carbonate-mediated alkyl functionalization of poly(ethylene imine), an efficient, mild, route towards fully functionalized PEI backbones. In revision.

25. Zhang, M. #, Zhao, M. #, Zhang, G., Sietnis, J. M., Granados-Focil, S., Pepi, M. S., Xu, Y., Tao, M., and Granados-Focil, S. Reaction kinetics of red mud-fly ash based geoplymers: Effects of curing temperature on chemical bonding, porosity, and mechanical strength. Link

24. De Porcellinis, D., Mecheri, B., D’Epifanio, A., Licoccia, S., Granados-Focil, S., Aziz, M.J.

      Sulfonated Poly (ether ether ketone) as cation exchange membrane for alkaline redox flow 

       batteries, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2018, 165 (5), A1137-A1139. Link

23.Guldentops, G.#, Ardito, G.#, Tao, M., Granados-Focil, S., Van Dessel, S.,  A numerical study of adaptive building enclosure systems using solid-solid phase change materials with variable transparency. Energy and Buildings, 2018, 167, 240-252. Link

22.Tyufekchiev, M.; Duan, P.; Schmidt-Rohr, K.; Granados-Focil, S.; Timko, M.T.; Emmert, M., Cellulase-Mimetic Solid Acids for Cellulose Hydrolysis: Structural Explanations for High Catalytic Activity, ACS Catalysis. 2018  8, 1464-1468. Link

21.Yu, X.; Granados-Focil, S.; Tao, M.; Burnham, N., Time- and composition- dependent evolution of distinctive microstructures in bitumen. Energy and Fuels, 2018, 32, 67-80. Link

  1. 20.Fallahi, A., Guldentops, G., Tao, M., Granados-Focil, S., Van Dessel, S., Review on solid-solid phase change materials for thermal energy storage: Molecular structure and thermal properties. Applied Thermal Engineering, 2017, 127, 1427-1441. Link

19. Wei, J.,# Trout, W.,* Simon, Y., Granados-Focil S., Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of 

      Triazole-Bearing Cyclobutenes: Diblock copolymer synthesis and evaluation of the effect of   

      side group size on polymerization kinetics.  Journal of Polymer Science Part A, Chemistry,

      2017, 55 (11) 1929-1939. Link

  1. 18.Nguyen, C-T., Deshmukh, P., Chen X. #, Granados-Focil, S., Kasi, R., Thermoreversible Ion gels 

      from side-chain liquid crystalline brush diblock copolymers, in Functional Polymers, Design,   

      Synthesis and Applications, edited by Raja Shunmugam, CRC press, Taylor and Francis, 2017,

      241-263. Link

  1. 17.Mendecki, L., Chen, X., Callan, N., Thompson, D. F., Schazmann, B., Granados-Focil, S., Radu, 

      A.Doyle,  Simple, Robust, and Plasticizer-Free Iodide-selective Sensor Based on

      Copolymerized  Triazole-based Ionic Liquid. Analytical Chemistry, 2016, 88 (8), 4311. Link

16. Mendecki, L.M., Fayose, T., Stockmal, K.A., Wei, J., Granados-Focil, S., McGraw, C.M., Radu, A.,

      Robust and ultrasensitive polymer membrane-based carbonate selective electrodes.

      Analytical Chemistry., 2015, 87 (15), 7515. Link

15. Granados-Focil, S. Stimuli-responsive polymers as active layers for sensors, in Functional 

      Polymer Coatings: Principles, Methods, and Applications, First Edition. Edited by Limin Wu and

      Jamil Baghdachi, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015. Link

14.Nguyen, C.T., Zhu, Y., Chen X., Sotzing, G.A., Granados-Focil, S., Kasi, R. M., Nanostructured

      ion-gels from liquid crystalline block copolymers and gold nanoparticles in ionic liquids:

      manifestation of mechanical and electrochemical properties. J. Mater. Chem. C., 2015, 3, 

      399-408. Link

13. Doyle, R., P. Chen, X., Macrae, M., Srungavarapu, A., and Granados-Foci, S., Poly-(ethylene-

      imine)-based polymer blends as lithium single-ion conductors. Macromolecules,   2014,47,

      3401. Link

12. Kokil, A., Renna, A.*, Kumar, J., Granados-Focil, S. Synthesis and Characterization of        

      Triazolium Iodide Ionic Liquid Electrolyte for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of  

      Macromolecular Science, part A, polymer chemistry, 2011, 48, 1022. Link

11. Sokolov, A., Atahan-Evrenk, S., Mondal, R., Akkerman, H.B., Sanchéz-Carrera, R.S., Granados-

      Focil, S., Schrier, J., Mannsfeld, S.C.B.,  Zoombelt, A.P.,  Bao, Z., and Aspuru-Guzik, A., From in  

      silico to carbon to device: Computational discovery and experimental characterization of a

      high hole mobility organic crystal. Nature Communications, 2011, 2, 437. Link

10. Granados-Focil, S., Conway, J.R.*, Meng, Y.#, Smith, L., Triazole functionalized sol-gel

      membranes, effect of crosslink density and heterocycle content on water free proton  

      conduction and membrane mechanical properties. Journal of Macromolecular Science, part A,

      polymer chemistry, 2010, 47, 1197. Link

Work done before coming to Clark University

     9.   Litt, M.; Granados-Focil, S.; Kang, J., Si, K., Wycisk, R., Rigid Rod Poly(p-Phenylene sulfonic  

            acid)  PEMs: High Conductivity at Low Relative Humidity Due to “Frozen-in-Free Volume”,  

            ECS Trans., 2010, 33, 695-710. Link

8.   Litt, M.; Granados-Focil, S.; Kang, J., Rigid Rod Polyelectrolytes with Frozen-In Free Volume:

      High Conductivity at Low RH. In Fuel Cell Chemistry and Operation, American Chemical

      Society: 2010; Vol. 1040, pp 49-63. Link

7.   Akbey, U., Granados-Focil,  S., Coughlin E.B., Graf, R., Spiess, H.W., 1H Solid-State NMR

      Investigation of Structure and Dynamics of Anhydrous Proton Conducting Triazole-

      Functionalized Siloxane Polymers. J.Phys. Chem. B., 2009, 113, 9151-9160. Link

  1. 6.  Litt, Morton H., Granados-Focil, Sergio, Liquid Crystal (polyphenylene sulfonic acids), U.S. Pat

      # 7375,176, 2008, 45 pp.

  1. 5. Granados-Focil, S., Woudenberg, R.C., Yavuzcetin, O., Tuominen, M.T., Coughlin, E.B., Water-

      free proton conducting polysiloxanes: A study on the effect of heterocycle structure.

      Macromolecules, 2007, 40, 8708-8713. Link

  1. 4.  Marwiset, S., Woudenberg, R.C., Granados-Focil, S., Yavuzcetin, O., Tuominen, M.T., Coughlin,

      E.B., Intrinsically conducting polymers and copolymers containing triazole moieties. Solid 

      State  Ionics, 2007, 178, 23-24, 1398-1403. Link

  1. 3.  Likhatchev D., Granados-Focil S., Barrientos-Gutierrez S.   Novel procedure for the synthesis 

      of fluorescent fused heterocyclic dyes and its application to vinylic polymers. MEX patent, 


2.   Likhatchev D., Granados-Fócil S., Gaviño R., Canseco M., Alexandrova L., High Perfomance

      Polymers, 1999, 11 (4), 405-415. Link

1.   Barrios, F; Granados, S; Talanquer, Vincente.  How do crystals form?    Educacion Quimica

     (Chemical Education), 1998, 9(3), 129-135.

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