Zerihun Assefa




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OfficeNew Science Building
Room: 348

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Zerihun Assefa


Ph D: Inorganic Chemistry, University of Maine, 1992

BS: Chemistry, Addis Ababa University, 1981

Research Interests

1) Development of “vapoluminescent” compounds that can incorporate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of interest and change their luminescent behavior. The synthesis of designer ligands capable of accepting targeted VOCs of interest are being conducted in the group for sensor application. 2) Tailoring late transition metal complexes and multidentate ligands for Simultaneous Sensitization of Lanthanide Emissions is the second area of interest. 3) Developing and fundamental understanding of white light-emitting novel materials is another area of research interest in the lab for lighting technology used for general illumination.

Recent Publications

Assefa, Zerihun   Rahn, Ian   Crawford, Carlos  Sykora, Ricahard  (2016).  Crystal structure of bis(1,3-diaminopropane-κ2N,N’)bis[2-(4- nitrophenyl) acetato-κO cadmium(II) .  (E72,  pp. 226-228).  Acta Cryst.

Agbeworvi, George   Assefa, Zerihun  Crawford, Carlos   Sykora, Richard   Taylor, Jared   (2016).  Higher coordinate gold(I) complexes with the weak Lewis base tri(4- fluorophenyl)phosphine. Synthesis, structural, and density functional theoretical studies.  (1108,  pp. 508-515).  Jornal of Molecular Structure .

Assefa, Zerihun   (2016).  Introducing research style approach in an open inquiry based instruction in upper undergraduate inorganic chemistry teaching laboratory course.  (21,  pp. 23-27).  The Chemical Educator.

Roberts, T.  Mehari, T.  Assefa, Z.  Sykora, R.  (2015).  Crystal structure of bis(1,3-diaminopropane-κ2N,N’)bis[2-(4- nitrophenyl) acetato-κO] zinc(II).  (E71,  1108,  pp. m240-m241).  Acta crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic communications.

Assefa, Zerihun  Agbeworvi, George   (2015).  Structure of Tert-Butyldiphenylphosphine oxide.   Acta Crystallographica.

White, Frankie  Pham, Lam  Xiang, Kang  Thomas, Rylee  Vogel, Paul  Crawford, Carlos  Assefa, Zerihun  Sykora, Richard  (2014).  Synthesis, structures, and photoluminescence properties of lanthanide dicyanoaurates containing dimeric aurophilic interactions.  (414,  pp. 240–249).  Inorganica Chimica Acta.