Casey Massena

Graduate Student


Personal Summary

• Utilization of organic chemistry and analytical techniques to create large and functional supramolecules, which have been featured in top chemistry journals (Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. and Chemical Communications)
• Planning and completion of gram-scale syntheses (up to 14 steps)
• Method development for difficult separations using chromatography and other separation techniques
• Characterization of small molecules and large supramolecules using NMR, UV-Vis, and IR spectroscopy, as well as mass spectrometry, DLS, and DSC
• Thermodynamic and  kinetic analysis of inclusion complexes in solution and the solid state


Massena, C. J.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B. "A Long‐Lived Halogen‐Bonding Anion Triple Helicate Accommodates Rapid Guest Exchange." Angewandte Chemie International Edition2018, published online.

Riel, A. M. S.; Decato, D. A.; Sun, J.; Massena, C. J.; Jessop M. J.; Berryman, O.B. “The Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonded-Halogen Bond: A New Strategy for Preorganization and Enhanced Binding.” Chemical Science, 2018, 9, 5828–5836.

Riel, A. M. S.; Jessop, M. J.; Decato, D. A.; Massena, C. J.; Nascimento, V. R.; Berryman O. B. “Experimental Investigation of Halogen-Bond Hard-Soft Acid-Base Complementarity.” Acta Crystallographica Section B, 2017, B73, 203–209.

Massena, C. J.; Wageling, N. B.; Decato, D. A.; Martin Rodriguez, E.; Rose, A. M.; Berryman, O. B. "A Halogen-Bond-Induced Triple Helicate Encapsulates Iodide." Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ï»¿2016, 55, 12398–12402.

Massena, C. J.; Riel, A. M. S.; Neuhaus, G. F.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B. “Solution and Solid-Phase Halogen and C–H Hydrogen Bonding to Perrhenate.” Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 1417–1420.