Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Phone: (239) 590-1270
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: SH 442
Department of Chemistry and Department Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA; Postdoc, 2010-2012.
QUILL Research Centre, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Visiting Researcher 2008.
Catalysis Division, Department of Chemistry, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran, PhD, 2004-2009.
RESEARCHTo meet the challenges of chemistry in the technology age, chemists must develop novel methodologies to manipulate and create substances of increasing complexity and diversity with dramatically enhanced efficiency and practicality. In recent years, ionic liquids (ILs), molten salts with melting points lower than 100°C, have attracted great interest as environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional organic solvents (VOCs) for reactions and separations due to their often vanishingly-low vapor pressures and the ability to tune their properties using structural modifications. Advances in their development have transitioned them from the first generation, where they were merely regarded as solvents, to a second generation of "Task-specific ionic liquids" (TSILs) where functionalization of the cations or anions provides specific thermophysical or chemical properties designed to accomplish specific reactions or separations tasks. Our research interest focuses on the invention and development of new Task-specific ionic liquids by using the principle of "click" chemistry.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Ionic liquids, Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology, Catalysis, Synthetic Chemistry; Bio-Inspired Materials, Biomass Processing.
Junior Faculty Scholarship Excellence Award of FGCU, 2015.
National Science Foundation − Major Research Instrumentations (NSF−MRI): MRI: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer to Support Undergraduate Research and Chemical Education at Florida Gulf Coast University; Amount: $274.466; Award # CHE-1530959; Primary Investigator; 2015.
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R. A. O’Brien, M. Sanchez Zayas,* S. T. Nestor,* J. C. Gaitor,* R. E. Sykora, L. M. Paul,* F. A. Edhegard,* S. Minkowicz,* Y. Sheng, S. F. Michael, S. Isern, A. Mirjafari,
Biomimetic design of protic lipidic ionic liquids with enhanced fluidity, Accepted in New J. Chem., 2016,40 , 7795-7803. M. Sanchez Zayas,* S. T. Nestor,* J. C. Gaitor,* M. M. Reardon,* A. Mirjafari, “Click” synthesis of mercaptosilyl-functionalized ionic liquids via thiol-ene chemistry for use as hydrophobic surface coating agents. Accepted in
ECS Trans. 2016, In Press (Invited Book Chapter). M. Sanchez Zayas,* J. C. Gaitor,* S. T. Nestor,* S. Minkowicz,* Y. Sheng, A. Mirjafari,
Bifunctional hydrophobic ionic liquids: Facile synthesis by thiol–ene “click” chemistry. Green Chem. 2016, 18, 2443-2452. A. Mirjafari, R. A. O’Brien, J. H. Davis Jr.,
Synthesis and properties of lipid-inspired ionic liquids. In Ionic Liquids in Lipid Processing and Analysis, X. Xu, Z. Guo, L.-Z. Cheng (Eds.), The American Oil Chemists’ Society Press, Urbana, IL, 2016, 6, pp 205-223(Invited Book Chapter) B. A. Bruan,* J. L. Bradfield,* C. B. Henderson,* N. Mobarrez, Y. Sheng, R. A. O’Brien, A. C. Stenson, J. H. Davis, Jr., A. Mirjafari,
Click chemistry mediated synthesis of bio-inspired phosphonyl-functionalized ionic liquids. Green Chem. 2015, 17, 1259-1268. J. C. Gaitor,* M. Sanchez Zayas,* D. J. Myrthil,* F. White,** J. M. Hendrich,* R. E. Sykora, R. A. O'Brien, J. T. Reilly, A. Mirjafari,
Crystal structure of a methimazole-based ionic liquid. Acta Cryst. 2015, E71, o1008-o1009. A. Mirjafari, R. A. O’Brien, K. N. West, J. H. Davis, Jr.,
Synthesis of new lipid-inspired ionic liquids by thiol-ene chemistry: Profound solvent effect on reaction pathway. Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 7586-7580. B. A. Bruan,* J. L. Bradfield,* F. White,** J. Hendrich,* R. E. Sykora, A. Mirjafari,
Crystal structure of triphenyl(vinyl)phosphonium tetraphenylborate, Acta Cryst. 2014, E70, o1143. J. L. McDonald,** R. E. Sykora, P. Hixon,* A. Mirjafari, J. H. Davis, Jr.,
Impact of water on CO2 capture by amino acid ionic liquids. Environ. Chem. Lett. 2014, 12, 201-208. R. A. O’Brien, A. Mirjafari, K. L. Matsson,* S. M. Murray,** N. Mobarrez,** J. H. Davis Jr., K. N. West,
The effect of sulfur position on the melting points of lipidic 1-methyl-3-thiaalkylimidazolium ionic liquids. J. Phys. Chem. B 2014, 118, 10232-10239. A. Mirjafari,
Direct synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles from alcohols and a-hydroxyketones by microwave. Environ. Chem. Lett. 2014, 12, 177-183. J. Noei, A. Mirjafari,
Ionic liquid-induced conversion of methoxymethyl-protected alcohols into nitriles and iodides using [Hmim][NO3]. Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55, 4424-4426. C. G. Cassity,* A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez,** K. J. Strickland,* R. A. O’Brien, J. H. Davis, Jr.,
Ionic liquids of superior thermal stability. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 7590-7592 (highlighted in C&EN News, August 12, 2013, Volume 91, page 27, “Ionic Liquids at High Temps”). R. A. O’Brien, C. W. West, B. E. Hollingsworth,* A.C. Stenson, C. B. Henderson,* A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez, K. N. West, K. L. Matsson,* E. A. Salter, A. Wierzbicki, J. H. Davis Jr.,
A simple and rapid route to novel tetra(4-thiaalkyl)ammonium bromides. RSC Adv. 2013, 3, 24612-24617. S. M. Murry,** T. K. Zimlich,* A. Mirjafari, R. A. O’Brien, J. H. Davis Jr., K. N. West,
Thermophysical properties of imidazolium-based lipidic ionic liquids. J. Chem. Eng. Data 2013, 58, 1516-152. A. Mirjafari, L. N. Pham,* J. R. McCabe, N. Mobarrez, E. A. Salter, A. Wierzbicki, K.N. West, R. E. Sykora, J. H. Davis Jr.,
Building a bridge between aprotic and protic ionic liquids. RSC Adv. 2013, 3, 337-340. B. Mortazavi, A. Horel, J. S. Anders, A. Mirjafari, M. J. Beazleya,** P. A. Sobeckya,*
Enhancing the biodegradation of oil in sandy sediments with choline: A naturally methylated nitrogen compound. Environ. Pollut. 2013, 182, 53-62. A. Mirjafari, L. Pham,* P. J. Smith,* R. E. Sykora, J. H. Davis Jr.,
Molecular co-crystal structure of 1,10-phenanthroline with boric acid: novel aza-aromatic complex. Acta Cryst. 2013, E69, o1067–o1068. W. M. Reichert, A. Mirjafari, T. Goode,* N. G. Williams,* M. La,* V. Ho,* M. Yoder,* J. H. Davis, Jr.,
Synthesis of long chain Brønsted acidic ionic liquids, ECS Trans. 2013, 50, 623-630 (Invited Book Chapter). A. Mirjafari, R.A. O’Brien, S. M. Murray,** K. L. Matsson,* N. Mobarrez,** K.N. West, J. H. Davis Jr., L
ipid-inspired ionic liquids containing long-chain appendages: Novel class of biomaterials with attractive properties and applications. ACS Symp. Ser. 2012, 9, 199-216 (Invited Book Chapter). W. M. Reichert, A. Mirjafari, J. H. Davis, Jr., T. Goode,* N. G. Williams,* V. Ho,* M. Yoder,* M. La,*
Degradation of chitin utilizing acid functionalized ionic liquids technology. ACS Symp. Ser. 2012, 8, 189-198 (Invited Book Chapter).
Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Materials and Chemistry Editorial Board Member of Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics.