Mark Fink


(504) 862-3568
School of Science & Engineering
Mark Fink


5008 Percival Stern Hall

Professor Fink's Group

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., 1983, Wisconsin


Areas of current interest:

  • The synthesis of multiply-bonded silicon compounds, to study the effects of silicon p-conjugation related to the concepts of aromaticity and anti- aromaticity.
  • Mechanistic investigations of transition-metal silicon chemistry, as it pertains to catalysis and materials synthesis.
  • The study of organosilicon photochemistry and reactive intermediates, in fluid solution, inert matrices, and in molecular beams.
  • The synthesis of novel precursors to technologically important ceramic fibers and thin films.


Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Dr. Fink's research interest in this area focuses primarily in the synthetic and mechanistic chemistry of silicon, boron and related elements.

Selected Publications

Hallmann, Steffen; Fink, Mark J.; Mitchell, Brian S.Mechanochemical synthesis of functionalized silicon nanoparticles with terminal chlorine groups, J Mat. Res. (2011) 26(8) 1052-1060.

Pichaandi, Kothanda Rama; Mague, Joel T.; Fink, Mark J., Synthesis of a tert-butyl substituted bis(silirane) and comparison with its methyl and phenyl analogs, J.Organmet. Chem., (2011) 696(10) 1957-1963.

Heintz, A.S.; Fink, M.J.; Mitchell, B.S. "Silicon Nanoparticles with Chemically Tailored Surfaces",  Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Appl. Organometal. Chem. 2010, 24, 236–240

Hallman, S.; Fink, M. J.; Mitchell, B.S., "Wetting Properties of Silicon Films from Alkyl-Passivated Particles Produced by Mechanochemical Synthesis", Journal of Colloid & Interface Science2010, 348, 634–641

Heintz, A.S.; Gonzalez, J.E.; Fink, M.J.; Mitchell, B.S. "Catalyzed Self-AldolReaction of Valeraldehyde via a MechanochemicalMethod", J. Mol. Catalysis A, 2009, 304,117-120

Medina-Ramıirez, Iliana E.; Fink, Mark J. ; Donahue, James P.,  "Tetrakis(l-triisopropylsilanethiolato)-1:2κ4S:S;2:3 κ4S:S-bis(triisopropylsilanethiolato)-1κS,3κS-trizinc(II) ", ActaCryst. , 2009, C65, m475–m477