§ = Plata doctoral student
¥ = Plata undergraduate researcher
‡ = Plata serves on student’s thesis committee


  • §Falinski, M.M.; Plata, D.L.; Chopra, S.S.; Theis, T.L.; Gilbertson, L.M.; Zimmerman, J.B.; A framework for sustainable nanomaterial selection and design based on performance, hazard, and economic considerations, Nature Nanotechnology2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0120-4

  • Erythropel, H.C.; Zimmerman, J.B.; de Winter, T.M.; Petitjean, L.; Melnikov, F.; Lam, C.H.; Lounsbury, A.W.; Mellor, K.E.; §Janković, N.Z.; Tu, Q.; Pincus, L.N.; §Falinski, M.M.; §Shi, W.; Coish, P.; Plata, D.L.; Anastas, P.T.; The Green ChemisTREE: 20 years after taking root with the 12 principles, Royal Society of Chemistry: Green Chemistry2018, DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00482J

  • §Karatum, O.; Bhuiya, M.M.H.; Carroll, M.K.; Anderson, A.M.; Plata, D.L.; Life Cycle Assessment of Aerogel Manufacture on Small and Large Scales: Weighing the Use of Advanced Materials in Oil Spill Remediation, Journal of Industrial Ecology2018, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12720

  • §Shi, W.; Peng, Y.; Steiner III, S.A.; Li, J.; Plata, D.L.Carbon Dioxide Promotes Dehydrogenation in the Equimolar C2H2-CO2 Reaction to Synthesize Carbon Nanotubes, Small2018, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201703482

  • §Sumner, A.J.; Plata, D.L.; Exploring the hydraulic fracturing parameter space: a novel high-pressure, high-throughput reactor system for investigating subsurface chemical transformations, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts​, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C7EM00470B

  • §O’Connor, M.P.; §Coulthard, R.M.; Plata, D.L.; Electrochemical deposition for the separation and recovery of metals using carbon nanotube-enabled filters, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology​, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C7EW00187H


  • §Shi, W.; Xue, K.; Meshot, E.R.; Plata, D.L.; The carbon nanotube formation parameter space: data mining and mechanistic understanding for efficient resource use, Royal Society of Chemistry: Green Chemistry​, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7GC01421J

  • §Shi, W.; Li, J.; Polsen, E.S.; Oliver, C.R.; Zhao, Y.; Meshot, E.R.; Barclay, M.; Fairbrother, D.H.; Hart, A.J.; Plata, D.L.Oxygen-promoted catalyst sintering influences number density, alignment, and wall number of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, Royal Society of Chemistry: Nanoscale​, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6NR09802A


  • §O’Connor, M.P.; Zimmerman, J.B.; Anastas, P.T. ; Plata, D.L. A Strategy for Material Supply Chain Sustainability: Enabling a Circular Economy in the Electronics Industry through Green Engineering. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016. DOI:10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01954

  • ‡Hoelzer, K.; ​§Sumner, A.J.; §Karatum, O.; Nelson, R.K.; ​§Drollette, B.D.; §O’Connor, M.P.; D’Ambro, E.L; ‡Getzinger, G.; Ferguson, P.L.; Reddy, C.M.; Elsner, M.; Plata, D.L. Indications of Transformation Products in Hydraulic Fracturing Shale-Gas Wastewater. Environmental Science & Technology 2016 Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00430

  • Liggio, J.; Li, S; Hayden, K.; Taha, Y.M.; Stroud, C.; Darlington, A.; ​§Drollette, B.D.; Gordon, M.; Lee, P.; Liu, P.; Leithead, A.; Moussa, S.G.; Wang. D.; O’Brien, J.; Mittermeier, R.L.; Brook, J.R., Lu, G.; Staebler, R.M.; Han, Y.; Tokarek, T.W.; Osthoff, H.D.; Makar, P.A., Zhang, J.; Plata, D.L.; Gentner, D.R. Oil Sands operations as a large source of secondary organic aerosols. Nature 2016. DOI: 10.1038/nature17646

  • Dasgupta, S.; Di Giulio, R.T.; ​§Drollete, B.D.; Plata, D.L.; Brownawell, B.J.; McElroy, A.E. Hypoxia depresses CYP1A induction and enhances DNA damage, but has minimal effects on antioxidant responses in sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus) larvae exposed to dispersed crude oil. Aquatic Toxicology 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2016.05.022

  • Petersen, E.J.; Flores-Cervantes, D. X.; Bucheli, T.D.; Elliot, C.C.L.; Fagan, J.A.; Gogos, A.; Hanna, S.; Kagi, R.; Mansfield, E.; Bustos, A.R.M.; Plata, D.L.; Westerhoff, P; Winchester, M. R. Quantification of Carbon Nanotubes in Environmental Matrices: Current Capabilities, Case Studies, and Future Prospects. Environmental Science and Technology 2016 vol 50 (9). ​DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05647

  • §Karatum, O.; Steiner III, S.A.; Griffin, J.S.; ​§Shi, W.; Plata, D.L. Flexible, Mechanically Durable Aerogel Composites for Oil Capture and Recovery. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016 vol 8 (1). DOI:10.1021/acsami.5bo8439


  • §Drollette, B.D.; ​‡Hoelzer, K.; Warner, N.R.; Darrah, T.H.; ​§Karatum, O; §O’Connor, M.P.; Nelson, R.K.; Fernandez, L.A.; Reddy, C.M.; Vengosh, A.; Jackson, R.B.; Elsner, M.; Plata, D.L. (2015) Elevated Levels of Diesel Range Organic Compounds in Groundwater near Marcellus Gas Operations are Derived from Surface Activities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2015vol. 112, no.43, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1511474112

  • ‡Getzinger, G.; §O’Connor, M.P.; ‡Shregglmann, K.; §Drollette, B.D.; ​§Karatum, O.; Deshusses, M.A.; Ferguson, P.L.; Elsner, M.; Plata, D.L. Natural Gas Residual Fluids: Sources, Endpoints, and Organic Chemical Composition after Centralized Waste Treatment in Pennsylvania. Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (14), 8347-8355
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00471

  • Kekacs, D.; Drollette, B.; Brooker, M.; Plata, D.L.; Mouser, P.J. Aerobic biodegradation of organic compounds in hydraulic fracturing fluids. Biodegradation 2015 26 (4), 271-287 DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9733-6
  • §Gilbertson, L.M.; Zimmerman, J.B.; Plata, D.L.; Hutchinson, J.E.; Anastas, P.T. Designing nanomaterials to maximize performance and minimize implications guided by the principles of green chemistry. Chemical Society Reviews. 2015 DOI:10.1039/C4CS00445K
  • ‡Down, A.; ‡Schreglman, K.; Plata, D.L., Elsner, M.; Warner, N.; Vengosh, A.; Moore, K.; Coleman, D.; Jackson, R.B. Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA. Applied Geochemistry. 2015 DOI:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.01.018
  • Plata, D.L.; Hemingway, J.D.; Gschwend, P.M. Polyparameter linear free energy relationship for wood char-water sorption coefficients of organic sorbates. Environ. Toxicol. & Chemistry. 2015 DOI:10.1002/etc.2951

2014 and earlier

  • Jackson, R.B.; ‡Down, A.; Phillips, N.G.; Ackley, R.C.; Cook, C.W.; Plata, D.L.; Zhao, K. Natural gas pipeline leaks across Washington, DC. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014. 48 (3), 2051-2058. DOI:10.1021/es404474x
  • Wiesner, M.R.; Plata, D.L. Incinerator filters nanoparticles. Nature Nanotechnology. 2012 7 (8), 487-488. DOI:10.1038/nnano.2012.133
  • Plata, D.L.; Westerhoff, P.; Ferguson, P.L. Express it in numbers: Efforts to quantify carbon nanotubes in environmental matrices advance. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012 46 (22), 12243-12245. DOI:10.1021/es302789n
  • Plata, D.L.; Reddy, C.M.; Gschwend, P.M. Thermogravimetry- mass spectrometry for carbon nanotubes detection in complex mixtures. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012 46 (22), 12254-12261. DOI:10.1021/es203198x
  • Nessim, G.D.†; Seita, M.†; Plata, D.L.; O’Brien, K.P.; Hart, A.J.; Reddy, C.M.; Gschwend, P.M.; Thompson, C.V. Precursor gas chemistry determines the crystallinity of carbon nanotubes synthesized at low temperature. Carbon 2011, 49 (3), 804-810. †co-first authors. DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2010.10.018
  • Plata, D.L.†; ‡Meshot, E.R.†; Reddy, C.M.; Hart, A.J.; Gschwend, P.M. Multiple alkynes react with ethylene to enhance carbon nanotube synthesis, suggesting a polymerization-like formation mechanism. ACS Nano 2010, 4(12), 7185-7192. †co-first authors. DOI:10.1021/nn101842g
  • Plata, D.L.; Hart, A.J.; Reddy, C.M.; Gschwend, P.M. Early evaluation of environmental impacts of carbon nanotube synthesis by catalytic chemical vapor deposition. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (21), 8367-8343. DOI:10.1021/es901626p]
  • ‡Meshot, E.R.; Plata, D.L.; Tawfick, S.; Zhang, Y.; Verploegen, E.; Hart, A.J. Engineering vertically aligned carbon nanotube growth by decoupled thermal treatment of precursor and catalyst. ACS Nano 2009, 3 (9), 2477-2486. DOI:10.1021/nn900446a
  • Flores-Cervantes, D.X.; Plata, D.L.; MacFarlane, J.K.; Reddy, C.M.; Gschwend, P.M. Black carbon in the ocean: Inputs and cycling of highly recalcitrant organic carbon in the Gulf of Maine. Marine Chemistry 2009, 111 (3-4), 172-181. DOI:10.1016/j.marchem.2009.01.012
  • *Plata, D.L.; Gschwend, P.M.; Reddy, C.M. Industrially synthesized single-walled carbon nanotubes: Compositional data for users, environmental risk assessments, and source apportionment. Nanotechnology 2008, 19, 185706. DOI:10.1088/0957-4484/19/18/185706

* Most accessed Nanotechnology article in 2008 (within top 3 in Materials category).

  • **Plata, D.L.; Sharpless, C.M.; Reddy, C.M. Photochemical degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in oil films. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2008, 42(7), 2432-2438. DOI:10.1021/es702384f

** Best paper submitted by a graduate student, awarded by the Environmental Division of the American Chemical Society.

  • Arey, J.S.; Nelson, R.K.; Plata, D.L.; Reddy, C.M. Disentangling oil weathering using GCxGC. Part II. Mass transfer calculations. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2007, 41 (16), 5747-5755. DOI:10.1021/es070006p
  • Nelson, R.K.; Kile, B.M.; Plata, D.L.; Sylva, S.P.; Xu, L.; Reddy, C.M.; Gaines, R.B.; Frysinger, G.S.; Reichenbach, S.E. Tracking the Weathering of an Oil Spill with Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography. Environmental Forensics 2006, 7, 33–44. DOI:10.1080/15275920500506758
  • Plata, D.L.; Briones, Y.J.; Wolfe, R.L.; Carroll, M.K.; Bakrania, S.D.; Mandel, S.G.; Anderson, A.M. Aerogel-platform optical sensors for oxygen gas. J. Noncrystalline Solids 2004, 350, 326-335. DOI:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2004.06.046
  • Brown, G.E.; Gershaneck, D.L; Plata, D.L.; Golub, J.L. Ontogenetic changes in response to heterospecific alarm pheromones by juvenile largemouth bass are phenotypically plastic. Behaviour 2002, 139, 913-927. DOI:10.1163/156853902320387891
  • Brown, G.E.; Golub, J.L.; Plata, D.L. Attack cone avoidance during predator inspection visits by wild finescale dace (Phoxinus neogaeus): the effects of predator diet. J. Chem. Ecology 2001, 27, 1657-1666. DOI:10.1023/A:1010466410152