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74. Zhou, T.; Bai, P.; Seipmann, I.; Clark, A. E. Deconstructing the Confinement Effect Upon the Organization and Dynamics of Water in Hydrophobic Nanoporous Materials – Lessons Learned from Zeolites, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, DOI 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04991.

73. Clark, A. E.; Braley, J.; Yang, P. Coordination of Actinides and the Chemistry Behind Solvent Extraction, in Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Actinide Chemistry, Wiley, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-119-11552-6.

72. Zhou, T.; McCue, A.; Ghadar, Y.; Bako, I.; Clark, A. E. On the Behavior of Capillary Wave Fronts and Their Role in Defining Interfacial Regions of Water, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b07406.

71. Freiderich, J.; Burn, A.; Leigh, M.; Nash, K.; Clark, A. E. A Combined Density Functional Theory and Spectrophotometry Study of the Bonding Interactions of [NpO2M]4+ Cation-Cation Complexes, Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56, 4788–4795.

70. Hayes, T. R.; Bottorff, S. C.; Slocumb, W. S.; Barnes, C. L.; Clark, A. E.; Benny, P. D. Influence of Bidentate Ligand Donor Types on the Formation and Stability in 2+1 fac-[MI(CO)3]+ (M = Re, 99mTc) Complexes, Dalton Transactions, 2017, 46, 1134-1144.


69. Wu, J.; Kucukkal, M.; Clark, A. E. H2 Adsorbed Site-to-Site Electronic Delocalization Within IRMOF-1: Understanding Non-negligible Interactions at High Pressure. Materials. 2016, 9, 578.

68. Kelley, M. P.; Yang, P.; Clark, S. B.; Clark, A. E. Structural and Thermodynamics Properties of the Curium(III) Ion Solvated by Water and Methanol. Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, 55, 4992-4999.

67. Ghadar, Y.; Christensen S.; Clark A. E. Influence of Aqueous Ionic Strength Upon Liquid:Liquid Interfacial Structure, Special Issue of Fluid Phase Equilibria, 2016, 55, 126-134. Invited article – special issue Aqueous Solutions: Bulk Fluids and Interfaces.


66.  Clark, A. E. Intermolecular Network Theory: A General Approach for Understanding the Structural and Dynamic Properties of Liquids and Solutions. In Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry; Dixon, D. A., Ed., 2015, pp 313–359

65.  Kelley, M.; Donley, A.; Clark, S.; Clark, A. E. Structure and Dynamics of NaCl Ion Pairing in Solutions of Water and Methanol Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2015 In Press.

64.  Knorr, F.; McHale, J. L.; Clark, A. E.; Marchioro, A.; Moser, J. –E. Dynamics of Interfacial Electron Transfer from Betanin to Nanocrystalline TiO2: The Pursuit of Two-Electron Injection. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015 119, 19030–19041.

63. Zhou, T.; Ozkanlar, A.; Clark, A. E. Understanding Hydrogen Bond Reorientation Dynamics in Water: Two Classes of Reorientation Processes. Journal of Chemical Physics ,2015 submitted

62. Clark, A. E.; Samuels, A.; Wisuri, K.; Landstrom, S.; Saul, T. Sensitivity of Solvation Environment to Oxidation State and Position in the Early Actinide Period, Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, 54, 6216-6225.

60. Ghadar, Y.; Parmar, P.; Samuels, A.; Clark, A. E. Solutes at the Liquid:Liquid Phase Boundary – Solubility and Solvent Conformational Response Alter Interfacial Microsolvation Reactions, Journal of Chemical Physics, 2015, 142, 104707.

59. Samuels, A. C.; Victor, E. M.; Clark, A. E.; Wall. N. A.  Rh(III) Extraction by Phosphinic Acids Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 2015, 33, 418-428.

58.  Parmar, P.; Samuels, A.; Clark, A. E. Applications of Polarizable Continuum Models to Determine Accurate Solution-phase Thermochemical Values Across a Broad Range of Cation Charge – The Case of U(III-VI), Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2015, 11, 55-63


57.  Parmar, P., Peterson, K. A.; Clark, A. E. Static Electric Dipole Polarizabilities of An5+/6+ and AnO2+/2+ (An = U, Np, and Pu) Ions Journal of Chemical Physics, 2014, 141, 234304.

56.  Samuels, A.; Boele, C. A.; Bennett, K. T.; Clark, S. B .; Wall, N. A.; Clark, A. E. An Integrated Computational and Experimental Protocol for Understanding Rh(III) Speciation in Hydrochloric and Nitric Acid Solutions Inorganic Chemistry, 201453, 12315-12322.

55.  Ozkanlar, A.; Zhou, T.; Clark, A. E. Towards a Unified Descriptions of Hydrogen Bond Networks of Liquid Water: A Dynamics Based Approach Journal of Chemical Physics, 2014141, 214107.

54. Yang, X.; Clark, A. E. Preferential Solvation and Crystallization/Dissolution Mechanisms in Metal Organic Frameworks Inorganic Chemistry 201453, 8930-8940.

53. Wang, C. -H. W.; Bai, P.;  Siepmann, J. I.; Clark, A. E. Deconstructing hydrogen bond networks of solvents confined in nanoporous materials: Implications for alcohol-water separation Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014118, 19723-19832.

52.  Hauck, B. C.; Davis, E. J.; Clark, A. E.; Siems, W. F.; Harden, C. S.; McHugh, V. M.; Hill, H. H. Jr. Using Ion Mobility Measurements to Determine the Water Content of a Drift Gas in Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 368, 37-44

51. Ghadar Y.; Clark A.E. Intermolecular Network Analysis of the Liquid and Vapor Interfaces of Pentane and Water: Microsolvation Does Not Trend with Interfacial Properties,  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics201416, 12475 – 12487.

50. A. Ozkanlar, M.P. Kelley, and A. E. Clark “Water Organization and Dynamics on Mineral Surfaces Interrogated by Graph Theoretical Analyses of Intermolecular Chemical Networks”, Minerals, 2014, 4, 118-129.

49. A. Ozkanlar and A. E. Clark ChemNetworks: A Complex Network Analysis Tool For Chemical Systems, Journal of Computational Chemistry 2014, 35, 495-505.


48. Parmar, P. K.; Peterson, K. A.; Clark, A. E. Static Electric Dipole Polarizabilities of Tri- and Tetravalent U, Np, and Pu Ions, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013117, 11874-11880.

47. Ozkanlar, A.; Samuels, A.; Clark, A. E.  A Proposed Mechanism for Controlling Hydride Formation in Transition Metal Doped Mg Using an External Magnetic Field, Chemical Physics Letters 2013, 560, 10-14.

46. Kuta, J.; Wang, Z.; Wisuri, K.; Wander, M. C. F.; Wall, N. A.; Clark, A. E. Aqueous Surface chemistry of alpha-Uranophane. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 2013, 103, 184-196.


45. Ozkanlar, A.; Clark, A. E. Sensitivity of the Properties of Ruthenium “Blue Dimer” to Method, Basis Set, and Continuum Model, J. Chem. Phys. 2012, 136, 204104. Link to article

44. Hudelson, M.; Mooney, B. L.; Clark, A. E. Determining Polyhedral Arrangements of Atoms Using PageRank. J. Math. Chem. 2012, 50, 2342. Link to article

43. Mooney, B. L.; Corrales, L. R.; Clark, A. E. Novel Analysis of Cation Solvation Using Graph Theoretic Approaches J. Phys. Chem. B. 2012, 116, 4263Link to article

42. Zakharova, N. L.; Crawford, C. L.; Hauck, B. C.; Hill, H. H.; Clark, A. E. An Assessment of Computational Methods for Obtaining Gas Phase Structural Information of Moderately Flexible Biomolecules from Ion Mobility Spectrometry Measurements, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spect. 2012, 23, 792.

41. Mooney, B. L.; Corrales, L. R.; Clark, A. E. moleculaRnetworks: an Integrated Graph Theoretic and Data Mining Tool to Explore Solvent Organization in Molecular Simulation. J. Comp. Chem2012, 33, 853. Link to article

40. Ghadar, Y.; Clark, A. E. Coupled-cluster, Moller-Plesset (MP2), density-fitted local MP2, ans DFT Examination of the Energetic and Structural Features of Hydrophobic Solvation, J. Chem. Phys. 2012136, 054305. Link to Article

39. Taw, F. L.; Clark, A. E.; Mueller, A. H.; Janicke, M. T.; Cantat, T.; Scott, B. L.; Hay, P. J.; Hughes, R. P.; Kiplinger, J. K. Titanium(IV) Trifluoromethyl Complexes: New Perspectives on Bonding from Organometallic Fluorcarbon Chemistry.Organometallics2012, 31, 1484.


38. Hurst, J. K.; Clark, A. E. Mechanisms of Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Ruthenium Coordination Complexes, Prog. Inorg. Chem.2011, 57, 1 – 54.

37. Kuta, J.; Wander, M. C. F.; Wang, Z.; Jian, S.; Wall, N. A.; Clark, A. E. Trends in Ln(III) Sorption to Quartz Assessed by Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Laser Induced Fluorescence Studies. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011115, 21120.

36.  Ozkanlar, A.; Cape, J.; Hurst, J. Clark, A. E. “Covalent-hydration” Reactions in Model Monomeric Ru 2,2′-bipyridine Catalysts: Spectroscopic Signatures and Thermodynamic Favorability as a Function of Metal Oxidation and Overall Spin States, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 8177.


35. Takami, T.; Clark, A. E.; Mazur, U.; Hipps, K. W. Building Self-Assembled Molecular Layers with Axially Substituted Titanium Phthalocyanines, Langmuir, 2010, 26, 12709.

34. Kuta, J.; Clark, A. E.  Trends in Aqueous Hydration Across the 4f Period Assessed by DFT, MP2, and MCSCF Methods, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 7808.

33. Waldher, B.; Kuta, J.; Chen, S.; Henson, N.; Clark, A. E.  ForceFit: A Code to Fit Classical Force Fields to Quantum Mechanical Potential Energy Surfaces, J. Comput. Chem. 2010, 31, 2307.

32. Wander, M. C. F.; Clark, A. E. Gradient Fit Function for 2-Body Potential Energy Surfaces Based Upon a Harmonic Series. Mol. Sim. 2010, 31, 2307.


31. Kvamme, B.; Wander, M. C. F.; Clark, A. E. The Role of Basis Set Superposition Error in Water Addition Reactions to Ln(III). Int. J. Quant. Chem. 2009, ASAP Article.   Link to Article

30. Wander, M. C. F.; Kubicki, J. D.; Clark, A. E.; Schoonen, M. A. Ferrous Iron Reduction of Superoxide – a Proton Coupled Electron Transfer 4-Point Test. J. Phys. Chem. A 2009 113, 1020-1025.Link to Article

29. Bhattacharrryya, S.; Clark, A. E.; Pink, M.; Zaleski, J. M. Structure Modulated Electronic Structure Contributions to Metalloenediyne Reactivity: Synthesis and Thermal Bergman Cyclization of MLX2 Compounds. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 3916-3925. Link to Article

28. Clark, A. E.; Bhattacharryya, S.; Zaleski, J. M. Density Functional Analysis of Ancillary Ligand Electronic Contributions to Metal-Mediated Enediyne Cyclization. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 3926-3933. Link to Article


27. Wander, M. C. F.; Clark, A. E. Structural and Dielectric Properties of Quartz-Water Interfaces. J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112 19986-19994.    Link to Article

26. Wander, M. C. F.; Clark, A. E. Hydration Properties of Aqueous Pb(II) Inorg. Chem. 2008 47, 8233-8241. Link to Article

25. Dinescu, A.;  Clark, A. E. Thermodynamic and Structural Features of Aqueous Ce(III), J. Phys. Chem. A 2008 12, 11198-11206. Link to Article

24. Clark, A. E. Density Functional and Basis Set Dependence of Predicted Ln(H2O)83+ Properties. J. Comp. Theory Chem. 2008, 4, 708. Link to Article

23. Hurst, J. K.; Cape, J. L.; Clark, A. E.; Das, S.; Qin, C. Mechanisms of Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Ruthenium Diimine Complexes. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 1753-1764.  Link to Article


22. Clark, A. E.; Qin, C.; Li, A. D. Q. Beyond exciton theory: A time-dependent DFT and Franck-Condon study of perylene diimide and its chromophoric dimer. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 7586.   Link to Article

21. Peterangelo, S. C.; Hart,  R. T.; Clark,  A. E. Correlations between rheological properties of zinc carboxylate liquids and molecular structure. J. Phys. Chem. B 2007, 111, 7073.   Link to Article

20. Qin, C.; Clark, A. E. DFT Characterization of the Optical and Redox Properties of Natural Pigments Relevant to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2007, 438, 26.     Link to Article

19. Davidson, E. R.; Clark, A. E. Analysis of wave functions for open-shell molecules. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2007, 9, 1881.   Link to Article


18. Clark, A. E. TDDFT Studies of the Photoswitching of the Two-Photon Absorption Spectra in Stilbene, Metacyclophenadiene, and Diarylethene Chromophores. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2006, 110, 3790.   Link to Article

17.  Bruhn, G.;  Davidson, E. R.;  Mayer, I.; Clark, A. E. Löwdin Population Analysis With and Without Rotational Variance. Int. J. Quant. Chem. 2006, 106, 2065.  Link to Article


16. Veauthier, J. M.; Schelter, E. J.; Kuehl, C. J.; Clark, A. E.; Scott, B. L.; Morris, D. E.; Martin, R.L.; Thompson, J. D.; Kiplinger, J. K.; John, K. D. Ligand substituent effect observed for ytterbocene 4′-cyano-2,2′:6′,2′ ‘-terpyridine, Inorg. Chem.  2005, 44, 5911. Link to Article

15. Clark, A. E.;  Martin, R. L.; Hay, P. J.; Green, J. C.; Jantunen, K.C.; Kiplinger, J. L. Electronic structure, excited states, and photoelectron spectra of uranium, thorium, and zirconium bis(ketimido) complexes (C5R5)2M[-N=CPh2]2 (M = Th, U, Zr; R = H, CH3), J. Phys. Chem. A. 2005, 109, 5481.  Link to Article

14. Davidson, E. R.; Clark, A. E. Spin polarization and annihilation for radicals and diradicals, Int. J. Quant. Chem. 2005, 103, 1.   Link to Article


13. Clark, A. E.; Sonnennberg, J.; Hay, P. J.; Martin, R. L. A TDDFT description of Density and wave function analysis of actinide complexes: What can fuzzy atom, atoms-in-molecules, Mulliken, Löwdin, and natural population analysis tell us? J. Chem. Phys. 2004, 121, 2563.   Link to Article


12. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R.; Zaleski, J. M. A TDDFT description of the low-energy excited states of copper and zinc metalloenediynes. Chem. Comm. 2003, 23, 2876. Link to Article

11. Bhattacharyya, S.; Clark, A. E.; Pink, M.; Zaleski, J. M. Isolation of electronic from geometric contributions to Bergman cyclization of metalloenediynes. Chem. Comm. 2003, 10, 1156.   Link to Article

10. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R. Population analyses based upon projection operators. Int. J. Quant. Chem. 2003, 93, 384. Link to Article

9. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R. p-Benzyne derivatives that have exceptionally small singlet-triplet gaps and even a triplet ground state. J. Org. Chem. 2003, 68, 3387.   Link to Article

8. Kraft, B.; Coalter, N. L.; Clark, A. E.; Huffman, J. C.; Zaleski, J. M. Photo-thermally induced cyclization of metalloenediynes via near-infrared ligand-to-metal charge transfer excitation. Inorg. Chem. 2003, 42, 1663. Link to Article


7. Davidson, E. R.; Clark, A. E. Model molecular magnets. J. Phys. Chem. A 2002, 106, 7456.   Link to Article

6. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R. Local Spin III: Wave function analysis along a reaction coordinate, H atom Abstraction and addition processes of benzyne. J. Phys. Chem. A 2002, 106, 6890.   Link to Article

5. Davidson, E. R.; Clark, A. E. Local Spin II. Molec. Phys. 2002, 100, 373.  Link to Article


4. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R. Model studies of hydrogen-atom abstraction by ortho-, meta-, and para-benzynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 10691.   Link to Article

3. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R.Local Spin. J. Chem. Phys. 2001, 115, 7382.   Link to Article

2. Clark, A. E.; Davidson, E. R.; Zaleski,  J. M. UDFT and MCSCF descriptions of the photochemical Bergman cyclization of enediynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 2650.   Link to Article


1. Camacho, M. B.; Clark, A. E.; Liebrecht, T.; DeLuca, J. P. A phenyliodonium ylide as a precursor for dicarboethoxycarbene: Demonstration of a strategy for carbene generation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 5210. Link to Article

Workshop Reports and Conference Proceedings

DOE Office of Science Workshop on Computational Materials Science and Chemistry for Innovation, Separations and Fluidic Processes Panel member:

DOE BES Basic Research Needs for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, Predictive Modeling and Simulation panel member:

Clark, S. B.; Nash, K.; Benny, P.; Clark, A. E.; Wall, N. A.; Wall, D.; Yoo, C. -S. Radiochemistry Education at Washington State University: Sustaining Academic Radiochemistry for the Nation, American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, 2009.