Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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About Brian Smith

Educational Background

  • B.S., Georgetown University
  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Scholarly Interests

  • Materials chemistry
  • Water purification and desalination
  • Crystal growth and polymorphism
  • Catalysis
  • Frameworks and nanoporous architectures

Lab website

Selected Publications

(* indicates undergraduate author)

Danyon M. Fischbach*, Grace Rhoades*, Charlie Espy*, Fallon Goldberg*, and Brian J. Smith. "Controlling the crystalline structure of imine-linked 3D covalent organic frameworks" Chem. Comm. 2019, DOI: 10.1039/c8cc09571j

Brian J. Smith, Lucas R. Parent, Anna C. Overholts,* Peter A. Beaucage, Ryan P. Bisbey, Anton D. Chavez, Nicky Hwang,* Chiwoo Park, Austin M. Evans, Nathan C. Gianneschi, and William R. Dichtel, "Colloidal Covalent Organic Frameworks", ACS Central Science, 2017, 3, 58-65. (DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00331)

Smith, B. J., *Overholts, A., *Hwang, G., Dichtel, W.R. "Conversion of Amorphous Imine Networks to 2D Covalent Organic Frameworks" Chem Comm. 2016, 52, 3690.

Smith, B.J., *Hernández Gallegos, P.A. Butsch, K., Stack, T.D.P "Metal complex assembly controlled by surface ligand distribution on mesoporous silica: Quantification using refractive index matching and impact on catalysis" J. Catal. 2016, 335, 197.

Alsbaiee, A., Smith, B.J., Xiao, L., Ling, Y., Helbling, D.E., Dichtel, W.R. "Instant Removal of Organic Contaminants From Water by a Porous β-Cyclodextrin Polymer" Nature. 2016, 529, 190.

Smith, B.J. and Dichtel, W.R. "Mechanistic Studies of Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks Rapidly Polymerized from Initially Homogenous Conditions" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 8783.

Rosenfeld, D.E., Gengeliczki, Z., Smith, B.J., Stack, T.D.P., Fayer, M.D. "Structural dynamics of a catalytic monolayer probed by ultrafast 2D IR vibrational echoes" Science. 2011, 334, 634.

Further Information

Contact Details


208 Rooke Chemistry Building