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Dr. Ashley Smith

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    Position: Assistant Professor

    Department: Chemistry

    Office: Science Center 216

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    About Dr. Ashley Smith


    • B.A. in Chemistry, Washington & Jefferson College
    • Ph.D. in Inorganic/Materials Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environ. Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


  • Research & Teaching

    Green synthesis of nanoparticles, nanoparticle characterization, ligand exchange and quantification.

    Publications & Affiliations

    15. Smith, A. M.; Gilbertson, L. M. “Rational Ligand Design to Improve Agrochemical Delivery Efficiency and Advance Agriculture Sustainability.” ACS Sus. Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 13599-13610.

    14. Huston, E. M.; Milligan, J. A.; Powell, J. R.; Smith, A. M.; Neal, D.; Duval, K. M.; DiNardo, M. A.; Stoddard, C.; Bell, P. A.; Berning, A.; Wipf, P.; Bandik, G. C. “Development of an undergraduate course in laboratory safety through an academic/industrial collaboration.” J. Chem. Ed. 2018. 95, 577-583.

    10. Crawford, S. E.; Andolina, C. M.; Kaseman, D. C.; Ryoo, B. H.; Smith, A. M.; Johnston, K. A.; Millstone, J. E. “Efficient energy transfer from near-infrared emitting gold nanoparticles to pendant Ytterbium(III).” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 17767-17770. *Selected for inclusion in an ACS Select virtual issue highlighting outstanding work of young investigators.

    8.  Smith, A. M.; Millstone, J. E. “Ligand exchange and 1H NMR quantification of single- and mixed-moiety thiolated ligand shells on gold nanoparticles.” In Biomedical Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology; Petrosko, S. H., Day, E. S., Eds.; Springer: New York, 2017; 17-29.

    7. Smith, A. M.; Johnston, K. A.; Crawford, S. E.; Marbella, L. E.; Millstone, J. E. “Ligand density quantification on colloidal inorganic nanoparticles.” Analyst. 2017, 142, 11-29. *Analyst “2016 Hot Review Article,” as recommended by referees *Analyst “2017 Most Downloaded Articles” collection, as selected by the top 10 most downloaded articles in the journal in 2017

    4. Crawford, S. E.; Smith, A. M.; Andolina, C. M.; Marbella, L. E.; Johnston, K. A.; Straney, P. J.; Hartmann, M. J.; Millstone, J. E. “Ligand-mediated “turn on,” high quantum yield near-infrared emission in small gold nanoparticles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 14423-14429.

    1. Andolina, C. M.; Dewar, A. C.; Smith, A. M.; Marbella, L. E.; Hartmann, M. J.; Millstone, J. E. “Photoluminescent gold-copper nanoparticle alloys with composition-tunable near-infrared emission.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 5266-5269.

    Professional Memberships & Service

    American Chemical Society (ACS), Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP)