Paul F. Smith, Ph.D.


Paul F. Smith (he/him) Assistant Professor of Chemistry 219.464.5376 Center for the Sciences 201


Inorganic chemistry


Post-Doc – Stony Brook University/Brookhaven National Lab (2018)
Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry – Rutgers University (2015)
B.S. – Gettysburg College (2010)

Research Interests

Electrochemistry of materials for battery and electrocatalyst applications, study and catalysis of multielectron transfer reactions, coordination compounds which structurally mimic metal oxide unit cells.


Journal Articles:
  • Smith, P.F.; Brady, A.B.; Lee, S.-Y.; Bruck, A.M.; Wu, L.; Zhu, Y.; Takeuchi, K.J.; Takeuchi, E.S., Marschilok, A. “Deliberately Designed Atomic-Level Silver Containing Interface Results in Improved Rate Capability and Utilization of Silver Hollandite for Lithium-Ion Storage.” ACS. App. Mater. Interfaces. 2018, 10(1), 400-407.
  • Abraham, A.; Huang, J.; Smith, P.F.; Marschilok, A.; Takeuchi, K.; Takeuchi, E. “Demonstration of a self-forming solid-state rechargeable Li/I2 battery” J. Electrochem. Soc. 2018, 165 (10), A2115-A2118.
  • Zhang, Y.; Pelliccione, C.J; Brady, A.B.; Smith, P.F.; Marschilok, A.C.; Takeuchi, K.J.; Takeuchi, E.S. “Probing Li Insertion Mechanism of ZnFe2O4 in Li-ion Batteries: A combined XRD, EXAFS and DFT study.” Chem. Mater. 2017, 29(10), 4282-4292.
  • Bruck, A.M.; Gannett, C.N.; Bock, D.C.; Smith, P.F.; Marschilok, A.C.; Takeuchi, K.J.; Takeuchi, E.S. “The Electrochemistry of Fe3O4/Polypyrrole Composite Electrodes in Lithium-Ion Cells: The Role of Polypyrrole in Capacity Retention.” J. Electrochem Soc., 2017, A6260-A6267.
  • Zhang, B.; Smith, P.F.; Lee, S.-Y.; Wu, L.; Zhu, Y.; Takeuchi, E.S.; Marschilok, A.C.;  Takeuchi, K.J. “Tailoring the Ag+ Content within the Tunnels and on the Exposed Surfaces of α-MnO2 Nanowires: Impact on Impedance and Electrochemistry.” J. Electrochem Soc., 2017, 164, A6163-A6170.
  • Smith, P.F.; Takeuchi, K.J.; Marschilok, A.C.; Takeuchi, E.S. “Holy Grails in Chemistry: Investigating and Understanding Fast Electron/Cation Coupled Transport Within Inorganic Ionic Matrices.” Acc. Chem. Res., 2017, 50, 544-548
  • P. F. Smith, B. J. Deibert, S. Kaushik, G. Gardner, S. Hwang, H. Wang, J. F. Al-Sharab, E. Garfunkel, L. Fabris, J. Li, and G. C. Dismukes, “Coordination Geometry and Oxidation State Requirements of Corner Sharing MnO6 Octahedra for Water Oxidation Catalysis: An Investigation of Manganite (γ-MnOOH),” ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 2089–2099.
  • Davis, K.; Palenik, M.; Yan, L.; Smith, P.F.; Seidler, G.; Dismukes G.C.; Pushkar, Y. “X-ray Emission Spectroscopy of Mn Coordination Complexes towards Interpreting the Electronic Structure of the Oxygen Evolving Complex of Photosystem II.” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2016, 120(6), 3326-3333.
  • Smith, P.F.; Hunt, L.; Laursen, A.B.; Sagar, V.; Kaushik, S.; Calvinho, K.U.D.; Marotta, G.; Mosconi, E.; De Angelis, F.; Dismukes, G.C. “Water Oxidation by the [Co4O4(OAc)4(py)4]+ Cubium is initiated by OH Addition.” J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2015, 137(49), 15460-15468.
  • Deibert, B.; Zhang, J.; Smith, P.F.; Chapman, K.W.; Rangan, S.; Banerjee, D.; Tan, K.; Wang, H.; Pasquale, N.; Chen, F.; Lee, K.-B.; Dismukes, G.C.; Chabal, Y.J.; Li, J. “Surface and Structural Investigation of MnOx Birnessite-type Water Oxidation Catalyst Formed Under Photocatalytic Conditions.” Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 14218-14228.
  • Smith, P.F.; Kaplan, C.; Sheats, J.E.; Robinson, D.M.; McCool, N.S.; Mezle, N.; Dismukes, G.C. “What determines catalyst functionality in molecular water oxidation? Dependence on ligand and metal nuclearity in cobalt clusters.” Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 2113-2121.
  • Smith, P.F.; Korsan, J.M.; Grimm, T.R.; Grzybowski, J.J. “Reaction of Boronic Acids with BF4? It depends on the acidity.” Inorg. Chem. Comm., 2014 (48), 144-146.
  • Carrell, T.G.; Smith, P.F.; Dennes, T.J.; Dismukes, G.C. “Entropy and Enthalpy Contributions to the Kinetics of Proton Coupled Electron Transfer to the Mn4O4(O2PPh2)6 Cubane”. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16(24), 11843-11847.
  • Gardner, G.P.; Go, Y-.B.; Robinson, D.M.; Smith, P.F.; Hadermann, J.; Abakumov, A.; Greenblatt, M.; Dismukes, G.C. “Structural requirements in lithium cobalt oxides for the catalytic oxidation of water.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 1616-1619.
Book chapters
  • Cady, C. W; Robinson, D.M.; Smith, P.F.; Swiegers, G.F. “Conclusion and Future Perspectives: Drawing Inspiration from the Complex System that is Nature”. Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry, 455-471. John Wiley and Sons, 2012.


  • American Chemical Society