2/19/2018 - Jie's newest paper is in JACS! Way to go!

2/19/2018 - Shaoyang has a new paper! Great work!

2/8/2018 - Excited to be back from our trip to Argonne National Lab!

2/5/2018 - Welcome to our newest group members Dan and Hannah!

12/15/2017 - Welcome to our newest group member Brittany Bonnett! Great to have you!

6/14/2017 -
We have another successful defense! Congrats Dr. Epley!

2/1/2017 - Cherie's first paper accepted! And... selected for the cover! Awesome!

12/23/2016 -
Jennifer's first paper accepted! Way to go Jen!

11/22/2016 -
Dr. Morris selected to receive the I-APS Young Investigator Award. Proud to be part of such a supportive community!




















































39) Zhu, J.; Usov, P.; Xu, W.; Celis-Salazar, P.J.; Lin, S.; Kessinger, M.C.; Landaverde-Alvardo, C.; Cai, M.; May, A.M.; Slebodnick, C.; Zhu, D.; Senanyake, S.D.; Morris, A.J.* "A New Class of Metal-Cyclam based Zirconium Metal-Organic Frameworks for CO2 Adsorption and Chemical Fixation." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 993-1003
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b10643


38) Lin, S; Ravari, A.K., Zhu, J.; Usov, P.; Cai, M.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Pushkar, Y.; Morris, A.J.* “Insights into MOF Reactivity: Chemical Water Oxidation Catalysis [Ru(tpy)(dcbpy)OH2]2+ Modified Metal-Organic Framework.” ChemSusChem, 2018, 11, 463-471.
DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201701644


37) Epley, C.C.; Love, M.D.; Morris, A.J.* “Characterizing Defects in a UiO-AZB Metal-Organic Framework.” Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56 (22), 13777-13784
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01801

36) Rowe, J. M.; Soderstrom, E. M.; Zhu, J.; Usov, P. M.; Morris, A. J.* "Synthesis, Characterization and Luminescent Properties of Two New Zr(IV) Metal-Organic Frameworks Based on Anthracene Derivatives." Can. J. Chem. 2017. DOI: 10.1139/cjc-2017-0445

35) Celis-Salazar, P.J.; Epley, C.C.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Maza, W.A.; Usov, P.M.; Morris, A.J.* "Proton-Coupled Electron Transport in Anthraquinone-Based Zirconium Metal–Organic Frameworks.” Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56 (22), 13741-13747
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b016

34) Zhu, Jie; Maza, W.A.; Morris, A.J.* “Light-harvesting and energy transfer in ruthenium(II)-polypyridyl doped zirconium(IV) metal-organic frameworks: A look toward solar cell applications.” J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem, 2017, 344 ,64-77.


33) Usov, Pavel M.; Huffman, Brittany; Epley, C.C.; Kessinger, Matthew C.; Zhu, Jie; Maza, W.A.; Morris, A.J.* "Study of Electrocatalytic Properties of Metal–Organic Framework PCN-223 for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 33539-33543.


32) (Cover Article) Epley, C.C.; Roth, K.R.; Lin, S.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Grove, T.Z.; Morris, A.J.* "Cargo Delivery on Demand from Photodegradable MOF Nano-Cages." Dalt. Trans., 2017, 4917-4922.

Graphical abstract: Cargo delivery on demand from photodegradable MOF nano-cages

31) Rowe, J.M.; Hay, J.M.; Maza, W.A.; Chapleski, R.C.; Soderstrom, R.; Troya, D.; Morris, A.J.* "Systematic Investigation of the Excited-State Properties of Anthracene-Dicarboxylic Acids." J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem., 2017, 337, 207-215.

30) Landaverde-Alvarado, C.; Morris, A.J.; Martin, S.M.* "Gas Sorption and Kinetics of CO2 Sorption and Transport in a Polymorphic Microporous MOF with Open Zn(II) Coordination Sites." J. CO2 Util., 2017, 19, 40-48.


29) Barr, T.J.; Morris, A.J.; Taheri, A.; Meyer, G.J. "Charge Rectification at Molecular Nanocrystalline TiO2 Interfaces: Overlap Optimization To Promote Vectorial Electron Transfer." J. Phys. Chem. C. 2016, 120 (48), 27173-27181.

(Cover Article)
Lin, S.; Pineda-Galvan, Y.; Maza, W.A.; Epley, C.C.; Zhu, J.; Kessinger, M.C.; Pushkar, Y.; Morris, A.J.* “Electrochemical Water Oxidation by a Catalyst-Modified Metal Organic Framework Thin Film.” ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 514-522.

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27) Epley, C.C. and Morris, A.J., (2016) Metal-Organic Frameworks in Theranostic Nanomedicine, In Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): Chemistry, Technologies and Applications, Edited by Reeves, Priscilla, Nova Publisher.

26) Usov, P.M.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Maza, W.A.; Stratakes, B.; Epley, C.C.; Kessinger, M.C.; Zhu, J.; Morris, A.J.*“Cooperative Electrochemical Water Oxidation by Zr Nodes and Ni-porphyrin Linkers of a PCN-224 MOF Thin Film.” J. Mater. A., 2016, 4, 16818-16823.

Graphical abstract: Cooperative electrochemical water oxidation by Zr nodes and Ni–porphyrin linkers of a PCN-224 MOF thin film

25) Padilla, R.; Maza, W.A.; Dominijanni, A.J.; Winkel, B.S.J; Morris, A.J.*; Brewer, K.J. “Pushing the Limits of Structurally-Diverse Light-Harvesting Ru(II) Metal-Organic Chromophores for Photodynamic Therapy.” J. Photochem. Photobiol. A.: Chem., 2016, 322, 67-75.

24) Qin, M.; Maza, W.A.; Stratakes, B.M.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Morris, A.J.*; He, Z.* “Nanoparticulate Ni(OH)2 Films Synthesized from Macrocyclic Nickel(II) Cyclam for Hydrogen Production in Microbial Electrolysis Cells.” J. Electro. Soc., 2016, 163 (5), F437-F442.

23) Maza, W.A.; Morris, A.J.*; Mul, G.* (2016) Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Fuels by Novel Green Photo-active Nanomaterials, in Sustainable Energy and Environment Remediation (1st Edition), Edited by Nuraje, N.; Asmatula, R.; Mul, G., Royal Society of Chemistry, 202-239.

22) Maza, W.A.; Haring, A.J.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Epley, C.C.; Lin, S.Y.; Morris, A.J.* "Ruthenium(II)-polypyridyl metal-organic frameworks as a new class of sensitized solar cells." Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, pp 719-727. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/sc/c5sc01565k

Graphical abstract: Ruthenium(ii)-polypyridyl zirconium(iv) metal–organic frameworks as a new class of sensitized solar cells

21) Maza, W. A.; Padilla, R.; Morris, A.J.* "Concentration dependent dimensionality of resonance energy transfer in a post-synthetically doped morphologically homologous analogue of UiO-67 MOF with a ruthenium (II) polypyridyl complex." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (25), pp 8161–8168. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b03071


20) Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Landaverde-Alvarado, C.; Whiting, M.; Lin, S.; Slebodnick, C.; Marand, E.; Morris, A.J.* "Thermodynamic Study of CO2 Sorption by Polymorphic Microporous MOFs with Open Zn(II) Coordination Sites." Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 4328-4336. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic503047y

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19) Haring, A.J.; Pomatto, M.E.; Thornton, M.R.; Morris, A.J.* "MnII/III Complexes as Promising Redox Mediators in Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 15061–15067. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am503138d


18) Maza, W.A.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Epley, C.C.; Day, C.S.; Morris, A.J.* "Solvothermal Growth and Photophysical Characterization of a Ruthenium(II) Tris-(2,2'-Bipyridine)-Doped Zirconium UiO-67 Metal Organic Framework Thin Film." J. Phys. Chem. C. 2014, 118, 14200-14210.


17) Chen, B.; Haring, A.J.; Beach, J.A.; Li, M.; Doucette, G.S.; Morris, A.J.; Moore, R.B.; Priya, S. "Visible light induced photocatalytic activity of Fe(III)/Ti(III) Co-doped TiO2 nanostructures." RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 18033-18037.

16) Maza, W.A.; Morris, A.J.* "Photophysical Characterization of a Ruthenium(II) Tris-(2,2'-Bipyridine)-Doped Zirconium UiO-67 Metal Organic Framwork.' J. Phys. Chem. C. 2014, 118, 8803-8817.

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15) Haring, A.J.; Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Morris, A.J.* “Rethinking Band Bending at the P3HT-TiO2 Interface" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6 (6), 4394-4401.” J.

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14) Ahrenholtz, S.R.; Epley, C.C.; Morris, A.J.* “Solvothermal Preparation of an Electrocatalytic Metalloporphyrin MOF Thin Film and its Redox Hopping Charge Transfer Mechanism” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136 (6), 2464–2472. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja410684q

13) Haring, Andrew; Morris, A.J.; Hu, M. “Controlling Morphological Parameters of Anodized Titania Nanotubes for Optimized Solar Energy Applications” Materials, 2012, 5, 1890-1909.

12) Anz, S.J.; Fajardo, A.M.; Royea, W.J.; Lewis, N.S.; Morris, A.J., (2012) Semiconductor Photoelectrochemistry, In Characterization of Materials (2nd Edition), Edited by Kaufmann, Elton N, 2, 864-898.


Work prior to Virginia Tech

11) Bocarsly, A.B.; Gibson, Q.D.; Morris, A.J.; L’Esperance, R.P.; Detweiler, Z.M.; Lakkaraju, P.S.; Zeitler, E.L.; Shaw, T.W. “A Comparative Study of Imidazole and Pyridine Catalyzed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide at Illuminated Iron Pyrite Electrodes” ACS Catal., 2012, 2 (8), 1684-1692.

10) Keets, K.A.; Cole, E.B.; Morris, A.J.; Sivasankar, N.; Teamey, K.; Lakkaraju, P.S.; Bocarsly, A.B., "Analysis of Pyridinium Catalyzed Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical Reduction of CO2: Chemistry and Economic Impact. Indian J. Chem., Sect. A. 2012, 51A(9-10), 1284-1297.

9) Ardo, S.; Achey, D.; Morris, A.J.; Abrahamsson, M.; Meyer, G.J. “Non-Nernstian Two-Electron Transfer Photocatalysis at Metalloporphyrin-TiO2 Interfaces” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133(41), 16572-16580.

8) Morris, A.J.; McGibbon, R.T.; Bocarsly, A.B. “Electrocatalytic Carbon Activation: the Rate-Determining Step of Pyridinium-catalyzed CO2 Reduction.” ChemSusChem, 2011, 4, 191.

7) Cole, E. B.; Lakkaraju, P.S.; Rampulla, D.M.; Morris, A.J.; Abelev, E.; Bocarsly, A.B. “Using a One Electron Shuttle for the Multi-electron Reduction of CO2 to Methanol: Kinetic, Mechanistic, and Structural Insights.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132 (33), 11539.

6) Keets, K.; Morris, A.; Zeitler, E.; Lakkaraju, P.; Bocarsly, A. “Catalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol and Higher Order Alcohol at a Photoelectrochemical Interface.” Proc. SPIE, 2010, 7770, 77700R-1.

5) Morris, A.J.; Meyer, G.J. “Dynamics and Equilibrium of Heme Axial Ligation in Mesoporous Nanocrystalline TiO2 Thin Films.” Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49 (1), 29-37.

4) Morris, A.J.; Meyer, G.J.; Fujita, E. “Molecular Approaches to the Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide for Solar Fuels.” Acc. Chem. Res. 2009, 42(12), 1983-1994.

3) Morris, A.J.; Marton, A.; Meyer, G.J. “Halide Coordination to Zinc Porphyrin Sensitizers Anchored to Nanocrystalline TiO2.” Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47(17), 7681-7685.

2) Morris, A.J.; Meyer, G.J. “TiO2 Surface Functionalization to Control the Density of States.” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2008, 112(46), 18224-18231.

1) Staniszewski, A.; Morris, A. J.; Ito, T.; Meyer, G. J. “Conduction Band Mediated Electron Transfer Across Nanocrystalline TiO2 Surfaces.” J. Phys. Chem. B. 2007, 111(24), 6822-6828