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Donald Camaioni

Catalysis Science
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K2-57
Richland, WA 99352

PNNL Publications



  • Hu JZ, C Wan, A Vjunov, M Wang, Z Zhao, MY Hu, DM Camaioni, and JA Lercher. 2017. "Al MAS NMR Studies of HBEA Zeolite at Low to High Magnetic Fields." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121(23):12849-12854.  doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03517
  • Ikuno T, J Zheng, A Vjunov, M Sanchez-Sanchez, MA Ortuno, DR Pahls, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, Z Li, D Ray, BL Mehdi, ND Browning, O Farha, J Hupp, CJ Cramer, L Gagliardi, and JA Lercher. 2017. "Methane oxidation to methanol catalyzed by Cu-oxo clusters stabilized in NU-1000 metal-organic framework." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(30):10294-10301.  doi:10.1021/jacs.7b02936
  • Liu Y, A Vjunov, H Shi, S Eckstein, DM Camaioni, D Mei, E Barath, and JA Lercher. 2017. "Enhancing the catalytic activity of hydronium ions through constrained environments." Nature Communications 8:Article No. 14113.  doi:10.1038/ncomms14113
  • Platero-Prats AE, A League, SV Bernales Candia, J Ye, LC Gallington, A Vjunov, N Schweitzer, Z Li, J Zheng, BL Mehdi, AJ Stevens, A Dohnalkova, M Balasubramanian, O Farha, J Hupp, ND Browning, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, JA Lercher, DG Truhlar, L Gagliardi, C Cramer, and KW Chapman. 2017. "Bridging Zirconia Nodes within a Metal-Organic Framework via Catalytic Ni-hydroxo Clusters to Form Hetero-Bimetallic Nanowires." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(30):10410-10418.  doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04997
  • Zhao Z, H Shi, C Wan, MY Hu, Y Liu, D Mei, DM Camaioni, JZ Hu, and JA Lercher. 2017. "“On the Mechanism of Phenol Alkylation in Zeolite H-BEA Using In Situ Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy”." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(27):9178-9185.  doi:10.1021/jacs.7b02153
  • Zheng J, VRS Vemuri, L Estevez, PK Koech, T Varga, DM Camaioni, TA Blake, BP McGrail, and RK Motkuri. 2017. "Pore-Engineered Metal-Organic Frameworks with Excellent Adsorption of Water and Fluorocarbon Refrigerant for Cooling Applications." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(31):10601-10604.  doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04872


  • Singh N, Y Song, OY Gutierrez, DM Camaioni, CT Campbell, and JA Lercher. 2016. "Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Phenol over Platinum and Rhodium: Unexpected Temperature Effects Resolved." ACS Catalysis 6(11):7466-7470.  doi:10.1021/acscatal.6b02296


  • Ginovska-Pangovska B, T Autrey, KK Parab, ME Bowden, RG Potter, and DM Camaioni. 2015. "Heterolysis of H2 Across a Classical Lewis Pair, 2,6-Lutidine-BCl3: Synthesis, Characterization, and Mechanism." Chemistry - A European Journal 21(4):15713-15719.  doi:10.1002/chem.201501899
  • Vjunov A, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, JZ Hu, SD Burton, I Arslan, and JA Lercher. 2015. "The impact of aqueous medium on zeolite framework integrity." Chemistry of Materials 27(9):3533-3545.  doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01238
  • Vjunov A, JL Fulton, T Huthwelker, S Pin, D Mei, GK Schenter, N Govind, DM Camaioni, JZ Hu, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Correction to “Quantitatively probing the Al distribution in zeolites”." Journal of the American Chemical Society 137(6):2409.  doi:10.1021/ja513077w
  • Vjunov A, MA Derewinski, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Impact of zeolite aging in hot liquid water on activity for acid-catalyzed dehydration of alcohols." Journal of the American Chemical Society 137(32):10374-10382.  doi:10.1021/jacs.5b06169
  • Chase Z, S Kasakov, H Shi, A Vjunov, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, M Balasubramanian, C Zhao, Y Wang, and JA Lercher. 2015. "State of Supported Nickel Nanoparticles during Catalysis in Aqueous Media." Chemistry - A European Journal 21(46):16541-16546.  doi:10.1002/chem.201502723
  • Foraita SD, JL Fulton, ZA Chase, A Vjunov, P Xu, E Barath, DM Camaioni, C Zhao, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Impact of the oxygen defects and the hydrogen concentration on the surface of tetragonal and monoclinic ZrO2 on the reduction rates of stearic acid on Ni/ZrO2." Chemistry - A European Journal 21(6):2423-2434.  doi:10.1002/chem.201405312
  • Hu JZ, MY Hu, Z Zhao, S Xu, A Vjunov, H Shi, DM Camaioni, CHF Peden, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Sealed Rotors for In Situ High Temperature High Pressure MAS NMR." Chemical Communications 51(70):13458-13461.  doi:10.1039/c5cc03910j
  • Kasakov S, C Zhao, E Barath, ZA Chase, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, A Vjunov, H Shi, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Glucose- and Cellulose-Derived Ni/C-SO3H Catalysts for Liquid Phase Phenol Hydrodeoxygenation." Chemistry - A European Journal 21(4):1567-1577.  doi:10.1002/chem.201405242
  • Kasakov S, H Shi, DM Camaioni, C Zhao, E Barath, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Reductive deconstruction of organosolv lignin catalyzed by zeolite supported nickel nanoparticles." Green Chemistry 17(11):5079-5090.  doi:10.1039/c5gc02160j
  • Zhi Y, H Shi, L Mu, Y Liu, D Mei, DM Camaioni, and JA Lercher. 2015. "Dehydration pathways of 1-propanol on HZSM-5 in the presence and absence of water." Journal of the American Chemical Society 137(50):15781-15794.  doi:10.1021/jacs.5b09107


  • Kumar N, DM Camaioni, M Dupuis, S Raugei, and AM Appel. 2014. "Mechanistic Insights into Hydride Transfer for Catalytic Hydrogenation of CO2 with Cobalt Complexes." Dalton Transactions 43(31):11803-11806.  doi:10.1039/c4dt01551g
  • Vjunov A, JL Fulton, T Huthwelker, S Pin, D Mei, GK Schenter, N Govind, DM Camaioni, JZ Hu, and JA Lercher. 2014. "Quantitatively Probing the Al Distribution in Zeolites." Journal of the American Chemical Society 136(23):8296-8306.  doi:10.1021/ja501361v
  • Lercher JA, AM Appel, T Autrey, RM Bullock, DM Camaioni, HM Cho, DA Dixon, Z Dohnalek, F Gao, VA Glezakou, MA Henderson, JZ Hu, E Iglesia, AJ Karkamkar, BD Kay, GA Kimmel, JC Linehan, J Liu, I Lyubinetsky, D Mei, CHF Peden, RJ Rousseau, GK Schenter, WJ Shaw, J Szanyi, H Wang, Y Wang, and RS Weber. 2014. "Multifunctional Catalysts to Synthesize and Utilize Energy Carriers." In Frontiers at the Interface between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, II, pp. 207-219.  U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Washington, DC. 
  • Norton JR, T Spataru, DM Camaioni, SJ Lee, G Li, J Choi, and JA Franz. 2014. "Kinetics and Mechanism of the Hydrogenation of CpCr(CO)3·/[CpCr(CO)3]2 Equilibrium to CpCr(CO)3H." Organometallics 33(10):2496-2502.  doi:10.1021/om4012399
  • Vjunov A, MY Hu, J Feng, DM Camaioni, D Mei, JZ Hu, C Zhao, and JA Lercher. 2014. "Following Solid-Acid-Catalyzed Reactions by MAS NMR Spectroscopy in Liquid Phase -Zeolite-Catalyzed Conversion of Cyclohexanol in Water." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53(2):479-482.  doi:10.1002/anie.201306673


  • Chase Z, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, D Mei, M Balasubramanian, VT Pham, C Zhao, RS Weber, Y Wang, and JA Lercher. 2013. "State of Supported Pd during Catalysis in Water." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117(34):17603-17612.  doi:10.1021/jp404772p
  • Karkamkar AJ, K Parab, DM Camaioni, D Neiner, HM Cho, TK Nielsen, and T Autrey. 2013. "A Thermodynamic and Kenetic Study of the Heterolytic Activation of Hydrogen by Frustrated Borane-Amine Lewis Pairs." Dalton Transactions 42(3):615-619.  doi:10.1039/c2dt31628e


  • Hu MY, J Feng, DM Camaioni, RVF Turcu, CHF Peden, JA Lercher, and JZ Hu. 2012. "IN-SITU MAGIC ANGLE SPINNING NMR INVESTIGATIONS ON CATALYTIC CONVERSION OF BIOGENIC MOLECULES IN THE PRESENCE OF AQUEOUS WATER." In Proceedings of the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, August 19-23, 2012, Philadelphia, PA, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 215-217.  American Chemical Society, Washington DC. 
  • Camaioni DM, B Ginovska-Pangovska, GK Schenter, SM Kathmann, and T Autrey. 2012. "Analysis of the Activation and Heterolytic Dissociation of H2 by Frustrated Lewis Pairs: NH3/BX3 (X = H, F, and Cl) ." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 116(26):7228-7237.  doi:10.1021/jp3039829
  • van der Eide EF, TL Liu, DM Camaioni, ED Walter, and RM Bullock. 2012. "Facile Thermal W-W Bond Homolysis in the N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Containing Tungsten Dimer [CpW(CO)2(IMe)]2." Organometallics 31(5):1775-1789.  doi:10.1021/om201162g
  • Zhao C, DM Camaioni, and JA Lercher. 2012. "Selective catalytic hydroalkylation and deoxygenation of substituted phenols to bicycloalkanes." Journal of Catalysis 288:92-103.  doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2012.01.005


  • Ginovska-Pangovska B, DM Camaioni, and M Dupuis. 2011. "About the Barriers to Reaction of CCl4 with HFeOH and FeCl2." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 115(31):8713-8720.  doi:10.1021/jp2019928
  • Mock MT, RG Potter, MJ O'Hagan, DM Camaioni, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, and DL DuBois. 2011. "Synthesis and Hydride Transfer Reactions of Cobalt and Nickel Hydride Complexes to BX3 Compounds ." Inorganic Chemistry 50(23):11914-11928.  doi:10.1021/ic200857x
  • Su Y, HM Brown, G Li, XD Zhou, JE Amonette, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, and ZC Zhang. 2011. "Accelerated Cellulose Depolymerization Catalyzed by Paired Metal Chlorides in Ionic Liquid Solvent." Applied Catalysis. A, General 391(1-2):436-442.  doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2010.09.021


  • Li G, DM Camaioni, JE Amonette, ZC Zhang, TJ Johnson, and JL Fulton. 2010. "[CuCln](2-n) Ion-Pair Species in 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride Ionic Liquid-Water Mixtures: Ultraviolet-Visible, X-ray Absorbtion Fine Structure, and Density Functional Theory Characterization ." Journal of Physical Chemistry B 114(39):12614-12622.  doi:10.1021/jp106762b
  • Potter RG, DM Camaioni, M Vasiliu, and DA Dixon. 2010. "Thermochemistry of Lewis Adducts of BH3 and Nucleophilic Substitution of Triethylamine on NH3BH3 in Tetrahydrofuran." Inorganic Chemistry 49(22):10512-10521.  doi:10.1021/ic101481c


  • Camaioni DM, B Ginovska, and M Dupuis. 2009. "Modeling the Reaction of Fe Atoms with CCl4 ." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113(5):1830-1836. 
  • Grant DJ, DA Dixon, D Camaioni, RG Potter, and KO Christe. 2009. "Lewis Acidities and Hydride, Fluoride, and V Affinities of the BH3-X-n(n) Compounds for (X = F, Cl, Br, I, NH2, OH, and SH) from Coupled Cluster Theory." Inorganic Chemistry 48(18):8811-8821. 
  • Grant DJ, MH Matus, K Anderson, DM Camaioni, S Neufeldt, CF Lane, and DA Dixon. 2009. "Thermochemistry for the Dehydrogenation of Methyl Substituted Ammonia Borane Compounds." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 113(21):6121-6132. 
  • Mock MT, RG Potter, DM Camaioni, J Li, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, B Twamley, and DL DuBois. 2009. "Thermodynamic Studies and Hydride Transfer Reactions from a Rhodium Complex to BX3 Compounds ." Journal of the American Chemical Society 131(40):14454-14465. 


  • Ginovska B, DM Camaioni, and M Dupuis. 2008. "The H2O2+OH ? HO2+H2O reaction in aqueous solution from a charge-dependent continuum model of solvation ." Journal of Chemical Physics 129(1):Article Number: 014506 . 
  • Ginovska B, DM Camaioni, M Dupuis, CA Schwerdtfeger, and Q Gilcrease. 2008. "Charge-Dependent Cavity Radii for an Accurate Dielectric Continuum Model of Solvation with Emphasis on Ions: Aqueous Solutes with Oxo, Hydroxo, Amino, Methyl, Chloro, Bromo and Fluoro Functionalities." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 112(42):10604-10613.  doi:10.1021/jp804092v
  • Parvanov VM, GK Schenter, NJ Hess, LL Daemen, MA Hartl, AC Stowe, DM Camaioni, and T Autrey. 2008. "Materials for Hydrogen Storage: Structure and Dynamics of Borane Ammonia Complex." Dalton Transactions (33):4514-4522.  doi:10.1039/b718138h
  • Shaw WJ, JC Linehan, NK Szymczak, DJ Heldebrant, CR Yonker, DM Camaioni, RT Baker, and T Autrey. 2008. "In Situ Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopic Studies of the Thermal Decomposition of Ammonia Borane in Solution." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 47(39):7493-7496.  doi:10.1002/anie.200802100


  • Ginovska B, DM Camaioni, and M Dupuis. 2007. "Reaction Pathways and Excited States in H2O2+OH ? HO2+H2O : A New ab initio Investigation ." Journal of Chemical Physics 127(8):084309, 1-9.  doi:10.1063/1.2755765
  • Heldebrant DJ, JC Linehan, DM Camaioni, SD Rassat, F Zheng, and T Autrey. 2007. "EFFECT OF ADDITIVES ON THE THERMOLYSIS OF AMMONIA BORANE." In 234th American Chemical Society Conference Proceedings - Reprints of Symposia - Division of Fuel Chemistry., vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 563-564.  American Chemical Society, Washington DC. 
  • Matus MH, K Anderson, DM Camaioni, T Autrey, and DA Dixon. 2007. "Reliable Predictions of the Thermochemistry of Boron-Nitrogen Hydrogen Storage Compounds: BxNxHy, x=2,3 ." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 111(20):4411-4421.  doi:10.1021/jp070931y


  • Filipiak P, DM Camaioni, RW Fessenden, I Carmichael, and GL Hug. 2006. "Reactions of 1-Hydroxy-1-methylethyl Radicals with NO2-: Time-Resolved Electron Spin Resonance." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 110(38):11046-11052.  doi:10.1021/jp062398c
  • Schwerdtfeger CA, and DM Camaioni. 2006. "Parameterizing Potential-Derived Charge-Dependent Cavity Radii for Continuum Solvation Models: Aqueous Solutes with Oxo, Hydroxo, Amino, and Methyl Functionalities." Journal of Undergraduate Research VI:147. 


  • Camaioni DM, and CA Schwerdtfeger. 2005. "Comment on “Accurate Experimental Values for the Free Energies of Hydration of H+, OH-, and H3O+”." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 109(47):10795-10797. 
  • Garrett BC, DA Dixon, DM Camaioni, DM Chipman, MA Johnson, CD Jonah, GA Kimmel, JH Miller, T Rescigno, PJ Rossky, SS Xantheas, SD Colson, AH Laufer, D Ray, PF Barbara, DM Bartels, KH Bowen, KH Becker, SE Bradforth, I Carmichael, JV Coe, LR Corrales, JP Cowin, M Dupuis, KB Eisenthal, JA Franz, MS Gutowski, KD Jordon, BD Kay, JA La Verne, SV Lymar, TE Madey, CW Mccurdy, D Meisel, S Mukamel, AR Nilsson, TM Orlando, NG Petrik, SM Pimblott, JR Rustad, GK Schenter, SJ Singer, A Tokmakoff, LS Wang, C Wittig, and TS Zwier. 2005. "Role of Water in Electron-Initiated Processes and Radical Chemistry: Issues and Scientific Advances." Chemical Reviews 105(1):355-389.  doi:10.1021/cr030453x


  • Autrey T, AK Brown, DM Camaioni, M Dupuis, NS Foster, and AD Getty. 2004. "Thermochemistry of Aqueous Hydroxyl Radical from Advances in Photoacoustic Calorimetry and ab Initio Continum Solvation Theory." Journal of the American Chemical Society 126(12):3680-3681. 
  • Franz JA, JC Birnbaum, DS Kolwaite, JC Linehan, DM Camaioni, and M Dupuis. 2004. "Activation of the Sulfhydryl Group by Mo Centers: Kinetics of Reaction of Benzyl Radical with a Binuclear Mo(mu-SH)Mo Complex and with Arene and Alkane Thiols." Journal of the American Chemical Society 126(21):6680-6691. 
  • Franz JA, WJ Shaw, CN Lamb, T Autrey, DS Kolwaite, DM Camaioni, and MS Alnajjar. 2004. "Absolute Rate Constants for Reactions of Tributylstannyl Radicals with Bromoalkanes, Episulfides, and alpha-Halomethyl-Episulfides, -Cyclopropanes, and -Oxiranes: New Rate Expressions for Sulfur and Bromine Atom Abstraction." Journal of Organic Chemistry 69(4):1020-1027. 
  • Hug GL, DM Camaioni, and I Carmichael. 2004. "EPR Detection of HNO2- in the Radiolysis of Aqueous Nitrite and Quantum Chemical Calculation of Its Stability and Hyperfine Parameters." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 108(31):6599-6604. 


  • Camaioni DM, M Dupuis, and J. Bentley. 2003. "Theoretical Characterization of Oxoanion, XOmn-, Solvation." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 107:5778-5788.  doi:10/1021/jp0343537
  • Franz JA, M Dupuis, DM Camaioni, and JC Birnbaum. 2003. "Density functional theoretical study of the S-H bond strengths in organic thiols and a model MoS cluster." Chapter 059 FUEL in 226th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, vol. 226, no. Part 1, p. U538.  American Chemical Society, Washington, DC. 



  • Camaioni DM, and T Autrey. 2001. "Thermochemical Kinetic Analysis of Mechanism for Thermal Oxidation of Organic Complexants in High-Level Wastes." In Nuclear Site Remediation: First Accomplishments of the Environmental Management Science Program, ACS Symposium Series 778 , ed. P. Gary Weller and William R. Heineman, pp. 299-313.  American Chemical Society , Washington, DC. 
  • Camaioni DM, JT Bays, WJ Shaw, JC Linehan, and JC Birnbaum. 2001. "Radical and Non-Radical Mechanisms for Alkane Oxidations by Hydrogen Peroxide-Trifluoroacetic Acid." Journal of Organic Chemistry 66(3):789-795.  doi:10.1021/jo005617d
  • Autrey T, DM Camaioni, PH Kandanarachchi, and JA Franz. 2001. "Comparison of Diffusion Coefficients of Aryl Carbonyls and Aryl Alcohols in Hydroxylic Solvents. Evidence that the Diffusion of Ketyl Radicals in Hydrogen-Bonding Solvents is Not Anomalous?" Journal of Physical Chemistry A 105(24):5948-5953. 
  • Bredt PR, FJ Brockman, DM Camaioni, AR Felmy, JW Grate, BP Hay, NJ Hess, PD Meyer, CJ Murray, DM Pfund, Y Su, EC Thornton, WJ Weber, and JM Zachara. 2001. Science To Support DOE Site Cleanup: The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Environmental Management Science Program AwardsPNNL-13564, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Cook AR, N Dimitrijevic, BW Dreyfus, D Meisel, LA Curtiss, and DM Camaioni. 2001. "Reducing Radicals in Nitrate in Solutions. The NO32- System Revisited." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 105(14):3658-3666.  doi:10.1021/jp0038052
  • Meisel D, DM Camaioni, and TM Orlando. 2001. "Radiation and Chemistry in Nuclear Waste: The NOx System and Organic Aging." Chapter 21 in Nuclear Site Remediation: First Accomplishments of the Environmental Management Science Program, ACS Symposium Series, vol. 778, Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 


  • Petrik NG, K Knutsen, E Paparazzo, AS Lea, DM Camaioni, and TM Orlando. 2000. "Electron Beam Induced Damage of NaNO3 Single Crystals: An Energy, Temperature, and Quantum State Resolved Study." Journal of Physical Chemistry B 104(7):1563-1571. 
  • Fessenden RW, D Meisel, and DM Camaioni. 2000. "Addition of Oxide Radical Ion (O-) to Nitrite and of Oxide Ion (O2-) to Nitrogen Dioxide." Journal of the American Chemical Society 122(15):3773-3774. 
  • Franz JA, DM Camaioni, T Autrey, JC Linehan, and MS Alnajjar. 2000. "Measurement of Select Radical Processes in Hydrocarbon Pyrolysis." Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 54(1-2):37-64. 
  • Sharma AK, GB Josephson, DM Camaioni, and SC Goheen. 2000. "Destruction of Pentachlorophenol using Glow Discharge Plasma Process ." Environmental Science and Technology 34(11):2267-2272. 

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