Justin Mobley

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  • NMR Center Director
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Chemistry
144 Chemistry-Physics Building
Research Interests:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016-2017, Post-Doc, Biochemistry, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center 
  • University of Kentucky, 2016, PhD, Chemistry 
  • Western Kentucky University, 2010 (Magna Cum Laude, Honors College), BS, Chemistry 

I work on numerous projects and help researchers from around campus understand their compounds using NMR techniques. I also work extensively in biomass characterization using NMR spectroscopy as well as biomass utilization. Currently, I am focused on oxidative techniques to depolymerize lignin as well as products and materials that can be made from lignin and other biomass components.

  1. Mobley, J.; Karlen, S.D.; Ralph, J. Synthesis of paracetamol from p-hydroxybenzamide. U.S. Patent No. 10,286,504

Selected Publications: 
  1. Stevens, J.; Das, L.; Mobley, J. K.; Asare, S.; Lynn, B.; Rodgers, D.; Shi, J. Understanding laccase-ionic liquid interactions toward biocatalytic lignin conversion in aqueous ionic liquids ACS Sus. Chem. & Eng. 2019 Accepted. doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b02151
  2. Muley, P. D.; Mobley, J. K.; Tong, X.; Novak, B.; Stevens, J.; Moldovan, D.; Shi, J.; Bolder, D. Rapid Microwave-Assisted Biomass Delignification and Lignin Depolymerization in Deep Eutectic Solvents. Energy Conversion and Management 2019, 196, 1080-1088. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2019.06.070
  3. Uddin, M. A.; Mobley, J. K.; Masud, A.; Tiu, T.; Calabro, R.; Kim, D. Y.; Richards, C.; Graham, K. Mechanistic Exploration of Dodecanethiol Treated Colloidal CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals with Photoluminescence Quantum Yields Reaching Near 100%. J. Phys. Chem.: C. 2019, 123, 18103-18112 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b05612
  4. Song, Y.; Motagamwala, A. H.; Karlen, S. D.; Dumesic, J.; Ralph, J.; Mobley J. K.*; Crocker, M. A Comparative Study of Secondary Depolymerization Methods on Oxidized Lignins. Green Chem. 2019, 21, 3940-3947. DOI: 10.1039/C9GC01663E
  5. Li, Y.; Li, S.; Kim, H.; Motagamwala, A.; Mobley, J. K.; Fengxia, Y.;, Tobimatsu, Y.; Havkin-Frenkel, D.; Chen, F.; Dixon, R. A.; Luterbacher, J.; Dumesic, J.; Ralph, J., “Ideal lignin" facilitates full biomass utilization, Sci. Advances. 2018, 4 (9), eaau2968.  DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2968
  6. Song, Y.; Mobley J. K.; Motagamwala, A. H.; Isaacs, M.; Dumesic, J.; Ralph, J.; Lee, A.; Wilson, K.; Crocker, M., Gold-catalyzed conversion of lignin to low molecular weight aromatics. Chemical Science 2018, 9, 8127-8133. DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03208D
  7. Fang, Z.; Mobley, J. K.; Meier, M. S. Dramatic Simplification of Lignin Heteronuclear Single Quantum Coherence Spectra from Ring-and-Puck Milling Followed by Oxidation. Energy & Fuels 2018 32 (11), 11632-11638 DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b02993
  8. Mobley, J. K.; Jennings, J. A.; Morgan, T.; Kiefer, A.; Crocker, M. Oxidation of Benzylic Alcohols and Lignin Model Compounds with Layered Double Hydroxide Catalysts, Inorganics, 2018, 6 (3), 75-92 10.3390/inorganics6030075
  9. Gao, R.; Li, Y.; Kim, H; Mobley, J. K.; Ralph, J., Selective Oxidation of Lignin Model Compounds, ChemSusChem 2018, 11 (13), 2045-2050 doi:10.1002/cssc.201800598
  10. Yao, S. G.; Mobley, J. K.; Ralph, J.; Crocker, M.; Parkin, S.; Meier, M. S., Mechanochemical treatment facilitates two-step oxidative depolymerization of lignin, ACS Sus. Chem. & Eng. 2018, 6 (5), 5990–5998. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b04597
  11. Dou, J.; Xu, W.; Koivisto, J.; Mobley, J. K.; Padmakshan, D.; Kögler, M.; Xu, C.; Willför, S.; Ralph, J.; Vuorinen, T., Characteristics of hot water extracts from the bark of cultivated willow (Salix sp.), ACS Sus. Chem. & Eng. 2018, 6 (4), 5566-5573. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00498
  12. Karlen, S. D; Smith, R. A.; Kim, H.; Padmakshan, D.; Bartuce, A.; Mobley, J. K.; Free, H. C. A.; Smith, B. G.; Harris, P. J.; Ralph, J., Highly decorated lignins in leaf tissues of the Canary Island date palm Phoenix canariensis. Plant Phys. 2017, 175 (3), 1058-1067 DOI: 10.1104/pp.17.01172
  13. Santillan-Jimenez, E.; Pace, R; Marques, M.; Morgan, T.; McKelphin, C.; Mobley, J.; Crocker, M., Extraction, characterization, purification and catalytic upgrading of algae lipids to fuel-like hydrocarbons. Fuel 2016, 180, 668-678.
  14. Mobley, J. K.; Yao, S. G.; Crocker, M; Meier, M. S., Oxidation of lignin and lignin β-O-4 model compounds via activated dimethyl sulfoxide. RSC Advances 2015, 5, 105136-105148.
  15. Mobley, J. K.; Crocker, M., Catalytic oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds over hydrotalcite and hydrotalcite-supported catalysts. RSC Advances 2015, 5, 65780-65797
  16. Patil, N. D.; Yao, S. G.; Meier, M. S.; Mobley, J. K.; Crocker, M., Selective Oxidation of the Cα-Cβ Linkage in Lignin Model Compounds by Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2015, 13, 3243-3254.
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