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Dan Decato

Dan Decato

NMR & SMXDC Core Manager

Office: Chemistry
Email: daniel.decato@umontana.edu
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Personal Summary

Born in Connecticut, raised in a hockey rink. I spent half of my childhood in New Hampshire and the other half in Wisconsin. Growing up I enjoyed science and sports, but eventually hockey took priority. By the end of high school, I was attracting attention from division one colleges and NHL scouts. However, three knee injuries catalyzed my return to science midway through my undergraduate degree. My undergraduate work involved synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles as well as operating a transmission electron microscope, facilitating collaborative efforts. This turned out to be foreshadowing. During my doctoral studies, under the guidance of Professor Orion Berryman, I served dual roles as the department crystallographer and graduate research assistant. In 2020 I joined the University of Montana as a manager of the NMR and small molecule X-ray diffraction core facilities.


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2013) -- B.S. Chemistry ACS certified (Advisor: Jennifer Dahl)

University of Montana (2020) – PhD Organic Supramolecular Chemistry (Advisor: Orion Berryman)

Research Interests

All chemistry. I believe the way to innovation is through ‘cross-fertilization’ of different fields. Transformative science can be fostered by going to talks outside your field. The fields I am particularly fond of are crystal engineering, supramolecular chemistry, and uranium sequestration.


21. Decato, D. A.; Riel, A. M. S.; May, J.H.; Bryantsev, V.S.; Berryman, O.B., "Theoretical, Solid-State and Solution Quantification of the Hydrogen Bond Enhanced Halogen Bond" Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Accepted. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202012262

20. Turunen, L.; Németh, F. B.; Decato, D. A.; Pápai, I.; Berryman, O.; Erdelyi, M., “Halogen bonding: a world dissimilar to transition metal coordination” Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan Accepted DOI: 10.1246/bcsj.20200274

19. Decato, D. A.; Riel, A. M. S.; Berryman, O.B., “Structural Analysis of 1,3-bis(4-ethynyl-3-iodopyridinium)-benzene Halogen Bond Donors” Crystals, 2019, 9, 522.

18. AlAbbad, S.; Sardot, T.; Lekashvili, O.; Decato, D. A.; Lelj, Francesco.; Ross, A.J.B.; Rosenberg, E., “Trans influence and substituent effects on the HOMO-LUMO energy gap and Stokes shift in Ru mono-diimine derivatives” Journal of Molecular Structure, 2019, 1195, 620-631.

17. Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B. "Structural and Computational Characterization of a Bridging Zwitterionic-Amidoxime Uranyl Complex." Organic Chemistry Frontiers, 2019, 6, 1038 – 1043.

16. Massena, C.J.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O.B. "A Long‐Lived Halogen‐Bonding Anion Triple Helicate Accommodates Rapid Guest Exchange." Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, 57, 16109–16113.

15. Wageling, N. B.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B. "Steric Effects of pH Switchable, Substituted (2-pyridinium)urea Organocatalysts: a Solution and Solid Phase Study." Supramolecular Chemistry, 2018, 30, 1004–1010.

14. Riel, A. M. S. ‡; Decato, D. A. ‡; Sun, J.; Massena, C.J.; Jessop, M.J.; and Berryman, O.B., “Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonded-Halogen Bond: A New Strategy for Preorganization and Enhancement.” Chemical Science. 2018, 9, 5828–5836. ‡ Co-authors (each author contributed equally).

13. Hintz H. A.; Sortedahl N. J.; Meyer S. M.; Decato, D. A.; Dahl B. J., “The Synthesis of Lactone-Bridged 1,3,5-triphenylbenzene Derivatives as pi-Expanded Coumarin Triskelions.” Tetrahedron Letters, 2017, 58, 4703-4708.

12. Stierle, A.; Stierle, D.; Decato, D. A.; Priestley, N. D.; Alverson, J. B.; Hoody, J.; McGrath, K., Klepacki, D., “The Berkeleylactones, Antibiotic Macrolides from Fungal Coculture.” Journal of Natural Products, 2017, 80, 1150-1160.

11. Pohkrel, S.; Decato, D.A.; Ross, A.J.B.; Terwilliger, M; Rosenberg, E.,  “Synthesis, Structure, Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of Ru(TFA)(CO)(PPh3)2(L) (L=2-phenylpyridine, 2-p-tolylpyridine) and Ru(CO)(PPhMe2)2(L)(L') (L= TFA, H) (L'= bipyridine, L'= 4,4'-dimethylbipyridine) Relationships Between Ancillary Ligand Structure and Chemical Properties.”  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2017, 849–850, 306-314.

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

9. Waller, A. N.; Weiss, N. M.; Decato, D. A.; Phillips, J. A., “Structural and energetic properties of haloacetonitrile – GeF4 complexes.” Journal of Molecular Structure, 2017, 1130, 984-993.

8. 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, 2016, 55, 12398–12402.

7. Riel, A. M. S.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O.B., “Protonation and Alkylation Induced Multidentate C-H Anion Binding to Perrhenate.” Crystal Growth Design, 2016, 16, 974–980.

6. Wageling, N. B.; Neuhaus, G. F.; Rose, A. M.; Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B., “Advantages of Organic Halogen Bonding for Halide Recognition.” Supramolecular Chemistry, 2016, 28, 665-672

5. Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B., “Crystal Structure of [1,1':3',1''-terphenyl]-2',3,3''-tricarboxylic acid.” Acta Crystallographica Section E. 2015, E71, o667-o668.

4. Stierle, A.; Stierle, D.; Decato, D. A., “Crystal Structure and Absolute Configuration of Preaustinoid A1.” Acta Crystallographica Section E. 2015, E71, o596-o597.

3. Stierle, A.; Stierle, D.; Decato, D. A., “Redetermination and Absolute Configuration of Berkeleydione.” Acta Crystallographica Section E. 2015, E71, o248.

2. 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.

1. Laskowski, A. E.; Decato, D. A.; Strandwitz, M. S.; Dahl, J. A., Microwave Synthesis of a Bimodal Mixture of Triangular Plate and Spheroidal Silver Nanoparticles. MRS Communications, 2015, 5, 311-317.



3. Decato, D. A.; John, E.; Berryman, O. B., (2017). 1. Introduction to Halogen Bonding; History, Fundamentals, and Highlights. Halogen Bonding in Solution. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. (Released soon!)

2. Decato, D. A.; Berryman, O. B., (2017). 12. Simultaneous Halogen and Hydrogen Bonding to Carbonyl and Thiocarbonyl Functionality. Multi-Component Crystals: Synthesis, Concepts, Function (pp. 272-288). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

1. Riel A. M. S.‡; Wageling, N. B.‡; Decato, D. A.‡; Berryman, O.B., Anion–Arene Interactions and the Anion–π Phenomenon. In Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier, 2016, ISBN 9780124095472.  ‡ authors contributed equally


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