Independent Career

M. D. Schulz, M. B. J. Atkinson, R. J. Elsey, M. M. Thuo, “Copper(I) halides inhibit olefin isomerized by-products from phosphine-based Grubss’ metathesis catalysts in polar protic solvents’ Trans. Metal Chem. in press DOI: 10.1007/s11243-014-9858-1

TOCM. M. Thuo, R. V. Martinez, X. Liu, M. B. J. Atkinson, J. F. Bloch, G. M. Whitesides, “Low-Cost microfluidic devices derived from embossed hydrophobic paper” Chem. Mater. 2014 in press DOI: 10.1021/cm501596s

ChemMatEmbossing figC. Zhao, M. Thuo, X.Y. Liu, “A microfluidic paper-based electrochemical biosensor array for multiplexed detection of metabolic biomarkers,” Sci. Tech. Adv. Mat., 2013 14 054402 PDF

device electrochemical

Pre-Independent Career

J. R. Barber, H. J. Yoon, C. M. Bowers, M. M Thuo, B. Breiten, D. M. Gooding, and G. M Whitesides “The Influence of Environment on the Measurement of Rates of Charge Transport across AgTS/SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions” Chem. Mater. 2014 26 (13), 3938–3947 (IF 8.2)  PDF

ChemMatJabu fig

Mohammad H. Al-Sayah, Carleen M. Bowers, M. M. Thuo, Mostafa Baghbanzadeh, Mathieu Gonidec, George M. Whitesides “Replacing –CH2CH2CH2– with –NHCONH– near the Silver Electrode Does not Significantly Change Rates of Tunneling across Ag-SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions” NanoLett 2013 Submitted (IF 13.03)

replacinh ch with noconh


Felice C. Simeone, Martin M. Thuo, Hyo-Jae Yoon, Jabulani R. Barber, George M. Whitesides “Defining injection conductance for charge transport by tunneling across SAMs” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013 135 (48), 18131-18144 (IF 9.91) PDF

defining injection

Bwambok, D. K., Thuo, M M., Atkinson, M. B. J., Mirica, K.A., Shapiro, D.N., Whitesides, G. M. Paramagnetic ionic liquids for density-based measurements using magnetic Levitation. Anal. Chem. 2013 85 (17), 8442–8447 (IF 5.70) PDF

ionic liquids denisty

Atkinson, M. B. J., Bwambok, D. K., Jie C., Prashant C., Thuo, M. M., Mace, C.R., Mirica, K.A., Myerson, A., Whitesides, G.M. Separation and Isolation of Polymorphs, Enantiomorphs, and Racemate Crystal Forms by Density Using Magnetic Levitation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013 52, (39), 10208–10211 (IF 13.46) PDF


Glavan, A. C., Martinez, R. V., Maxwell, E. J., Subramania, A. B., Nunes, R. M. D., Thuo, M. M., and George M. Whitesides. Rapid Fabrication of Pressure-driven Open-Channel Microfluidic Devices in Highly Hydrophobic Paper. Adv. Function. Mat. 24(1), 60-70 (IF 10.18) PDF

rapid fab

Thuo, M. M.; Reus, W. F.; Simeone, F. C.; Kim, C.; Schulz, M. D.; Yoon, H. J.; Whitesides, G. M., Replacing -CH2CH2– with -CONH- Does Not Significantly Change Rates of Charge Transport through AgTS-SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn Junctions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134 (26), 10876-10884 (IF 9.91) PDF

does not change

Yoon, H. J.; Shapiro, N. D.; Park, K. M.; Thuo, M. M.; Soh, S.; Whitesides, G. M., The Rate of Charge Tunneling through Self-Assembled Monolayers Is Insensitive to Many Functional Group Substitutions. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51 (19), 4658-4661 (IF 13.46) PDF


Reus, W. F.;# Thuo, M. M.;# Shapiro, N. D.; Nijhuis, C. A.; Whitesides, G. M., The SAM, Not the Electrodes, Dominates Charge Transport in Metal-Monolayer//Ga2O3/Gallium-Indium Eutectic Junctions. ACS Nano 2012, 6 (6), 4806-4822 (# co-first author) (IF 11.42) PDF

sam not electrode

Reus, W. F.; Nijhuis, C. A.; Barber, J. R.; Thuo, M. M.; Tricard, S.; Whitesides, G. M., Statistical Tools for Analyzing Measurements of Charge Transport. J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116 (11), 6714-6733 (IF 4.81) PDF

stat tools

Cademartiri, L.; Thuo, M. M.; Nijhuis, C. A.; Reus, W. F.; Tricard, S.; Barber, J. R.; Sodhi, R. N. S.; Brodersen, P.; Kim, C.; Chiechi, R. C.; Whitesides, G. M., Electrical Resistance of AgTS-S(CH2)n-1CH3//Ga2O3/EGaIn Tunneling Junctions. J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116 (20), 10848-10860 (IF 4.81) PDF

resistance of J

Liu, X.-Y.; O’Brien, M.; Mwangi, M., Xiujun Li, Whitesides, George M. (2011) “Paper-based piezo-resistive MEMS force sensors” MEMS 2011 Conference proceedings PDF


Derda, R.; Tang, S. K. Y.; Laromaine, A.; Mosadegh, B.; Hong, E.; Mwangi, M.; Mammoto, A.; Ingber, D. E.; Whitesides, G. M., Multizone paper platform for 3D cell cultures. PLoS One 2011, 6 (5), e18940 (IF 4.09) PDF

multizone cell culture

Liu, X.-Y.; Mwangi, M.; Li, X.-J.; O’Brien, M.; Whitesides, G. M., Paper-based piezoresistive MEMS sensors. Lab on a Chip 2011, 11 (13), 2189-2196. (IF 6.26) PDF


Thuo, M. M.; Reus, W. F.; Nijhuis, C. A.; Barber, J. R.; Kim, C.; Schulz, M. D.; Whitesides, G. M., Odd-Even Effects in Charge Transport across Self-Assembled Monolayers. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133 (9), 2962-2975 (IF 9.91) PDF


Atkinson, M. B. J.; Sokolov, A. N.; Bucar, D.-K.; Mariappan, S. V. S.; Mwangi, M. T.; Tiedman, M. C.; MacGillivray, L. R., Applications of hydrogen-bond-acceptor templates to direct in-phase’ reactivity of a diene diacid in the solid state. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2011,10 (9), 1384-1386 (IF 2.41) PDF

hydrogen bond acceptors

Mwangi, M. T.; Schulz, M. D.; Bowden, N. B., Sequential Reactions with Grubb’s Catalyst and AD-mix-α/β Using PDMS Thimbles. Org. Letts. 2009, 11 (1), 33-36 (IF 5.86) PDF

sequential grubbs

Mwangi, M. T.; Gikonyo, N. K.; Ndiege, I. O., Repellent properties of δ-octalactone against the tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans morsitans. J. Insect Sci. 2008, 8, 43 (IF 1.01) PDF


Mwangi, M. T.; Runge, M. B.; Hoak, K. M.; Schulz, M. D.; Bowden, N. B., A materials approach to site-isolation of Grubbs catalysts from incompatible solvents and m-chloroperoxybenzoic acid. Chem.—Eur. J. 2008, 14 (22), 6780-6788 (IF 5.93) PDF

a materials approach

Runge, M. B.; Mwangi, M. T.; Miller, A. L., II; Perring, M.; Bowden, N. B., Cascade reactions using LiAlH4 and Grignard reagents in the presence of water. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2008, 47 (5), 935-939 (IF 13.46) PDF

cascade reactions lialh4

Runge, M. B.; Mwangi, M. T.; Bowden, N. B., New selectivities from old catalysts. Occlusion of Grubbs’ catalysts in PDMS to change their reactions. J. Organomet. Chem. 2006, 691 (24-25), 5278-5288 (IF 2.38) PDF

new selectivities

Mwangi, M. T.; Runge, M. B.; Bowden, N. B., Occlusion of Grubbs’ Catalysts in Active Membranes of Polydimethylsiloxane: Catalysis in Water and New Functional Group Selectivity. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128 (45), 14434-14435 (IF 9.91) PDF

occulusion of grubbs

Plettner, E.; Mohle, A.; Mwangi, M. T.; Griscti, J.; Patrick, B. O.; Nair, R.; Batchelor, R. J.; Einstein, F., 2-Chlorobicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene-2-carboxamide and 2-chlorobicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2-carboxamide as precursors of bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-one and bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one: resolution, absolute configuration and hydrogen-bonding properties. Tet. Asym. 2005, 16 (16), 2754-2763 (IF 2.65) PDF