Francis D'Souza
Francis D'Souza

Title: Research Professor

Education: Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Research Area: Analytical and Supramolecular Chemistry

Phone: 316-978-7380

Fax: 316-978-3431

E-mail: francis.dsouza@wichita.edu

D'Souza Research Group

Principal Research Interests

  • Chemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry of Porphyrins and Carbon Nanomaterials
  • Light Energy Harvesting : Photoelectrochemistry and Photovoltaics
  • Electrochemical and Photochemical Sensors and Catalysts
  • Fluorescent Chemosensors and Biosensors
  • Conducting Nanocomposite Hybrid Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
Professional Activities
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, Electrochemical Society, Pennington, NJ, 2010
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow, 2008
  • Excellence in Research Award, 2006
  • University Board of Trustees Young Faculty Scholar Award, 1998
  • National Merit Scholarship, 1982-84
  • Gold Medal Winner in M.S. for Securing University First Rank, 1984

Representative Publications

  1. E. Maligaspe, A. S. D. Sandanayaka, T. Hasobe, O. Ito and F. D’Souza ‘Sensitive Efficiency of Photovoltaic Cell to Band Gaps of Semi-Conductive SWNTs with the Supramolecularly Attached Zinc Porphyrin bearing Pyrene Glues’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 8158-8164.

  2. D’Souza, F.; Ito, O. ‘Tetrapyrrole – Nanocarbon Hybrids: Self-assembly and Photoinduced Electron Transfer’ in Handbook of Porphyrin Science Eds. Kadish, K. M.; Guilard, R.; Smith K. M. World Science Publishers, 2010, Vol. 1, Chapter 4, pp 307-437.

  3. N. K. Subbaiyan, C. A. Wijesinghe and F. D’Souza “Supramolecular Solar Cells: Surface Modification of Nanocrytalline TiO2 with Coordinating Ligands to Immobilize Sensitizers and Dyads via Metal-Ligand Coordination for Enhanced Photocurrent Generation” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 14646-14647.

  4. D’Souza, F.; Maligaspe, E.; Ohkubo, K.; Zandler, M. E.; Subbaiyan, N. K.; Fukuzumi, S. ‘Photosynthetic Reaction Center Mimicry: Low-Reorganization Energy Driven Chrage Stablization in Self-Assembled Co-facial Zinc Phthalocyanine Dimer-Fullerene Conjugate’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 8787.

  5. D’Souza, F.; Maligaspe, E.; Zandler, M. E.; Subbaiyan, N. K.; Ohkubo, K.; Fukuzumi, S. ‘Metal Quinolinolate-Fullerere(s) Donor-Acceptor Complexes: Evidence for Organic LED Molecules Acting as Electron Donors in Photoinduced Electron Transfer’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 16959-16967.

  6. D’Souza, F.; Chitta, R.; Ohkubo, K.; Tasior, M.; Subbaiyan, N. K.; Zandler, M. E.; Rogachi, M.; Gryko, D. T.; Fukuzumi, S. ‘Corrole-Fullerene Dyads: Formation of Long-Lived Charge-Separated States in Non-Polar Solvents’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 14263-14272.

  7. R. Chitta, F. D’Souza, ‘Self-assembled tetrapyrrole-Fullerene and Tetrapyrrole-Carbon Nanotube Donor-acceptor Hybrids for Light Induced Electron Transfer Applications: A review.” J. Mater. Chem. 2008, 18, 1440-1471.

  8. D’Souza, F.; Chitta, R.; Sandanayaka, A. S. D.; Subbaiyan, N. K.; D’Souza, L.; Araki, Y.; Ito, O. ‘Supramolecular Carbon Nanotube-Fullerene Donor-Acceptor Hybrids for Photoinduced Electron Transfer’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 15865-15871.

  9. D’Souza, F.; Smith. P. M.; Zandler, M. E.; McCarty, A. L.; Itou, M.; Araki, Y.; Ito. O. “Energy Transfer Followed by Electron Transfer in a Supramolecular Triad Composed of Boron Dipyrrin, Zinc Porphyrin and Fullerene: A Model for Photosynthetic Antenna-Reaction Center Complex.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 7898.

  10. D’Souza, F., Deviprasad, G. R., El-Khouly, M. E., Fujitsuka, M., Ito, O., “Probing the Donor-Acceptor Proximity on the Physico-Chemical Properties of Porphyrin-Fullerene Dyads: ‘Tail-on’ and ‘Tail off’ Binding Approach.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 5277.

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