Tony DeMartino

Tony in Aida with Opera Santa Barbara
Graduate Student

Office Location

PSBN 3668


biological SMBs

photo-uncaging CS2




BS Biochemistry, Wake Forest University, 2010

BA German, Wake Forest University, 2010


Other than chemistry, I am an opera singer - this photograph is of me from Opera Santa Barbara's 2013 production of Verdi's Aida.


In a project started with Chris Bernt and Peter Burks, I am exploring the expansion of the photo-uncaging of the potential small molecule bioregulator (SMB) CS2 from a variety of transition metal-based platforms, including our CdSe quantum dot-(1,1-dithiooxlate) conjugates.  

I also work with the NO photoprecursor CrONO with a variety of materials (ranging from 2PA organic dyes to quantum dots to upconverting nanoparticles) to attempt to sensitize photorelease with longer wavelengths of light.  


  1. Anthony W. DeMartino, David F. Zigler, Jon M. Fukuto and Peter C. Ford "Carbon disulfide. Just toxic or also bioregulatory and/or therapeutic?" Chemical Society Reviews, 2017 DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00585C
  2. Bernt, C.M.; Burks, P.T; DeMartino, A.W.; Pierri, A.E.; Levy, E.S.; Zigler, D.F.; Ford, P.C. "Photocatalytic Carbon Disulfide Production via Charge Transfer Quenching of Quantum Dots." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 2192–2195, 2014.