Mary Elizabeth Anderson Faculty and Staff Chemistry Furman University

Born and raised in Alabama, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Anderson obtained her B.S. in Chemistry at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University and was directed by Prof. Paul S. Weiss (Chemistry) and Prof. Mark W. Horn (Engineering Science). Her doctoral research was interdisciplinary with projects focused in the areas of surface, material, and engineering sciences; combining chemical self-assembly with conventional lithography. Between her graduate and postdoctoral research, she was a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at Boston University co-teaching general chemistry, while conducting research using surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy with Prof. Rosina M. Georgiadis. She returned to Penn State as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Raymond E. Schaak in Chemistry working to integrate inorganic solid-state synthesis techniques with nanofabrication methods. In Fall 2018, she joined the Chemistry Department at Furman University as an Associate Professor after being tenured and promoted at Hope College in Michigan (2010-2018). Her research is in the area of material science and surface chemistry with teaching responsibilities in general and analytical chemistry. Exploring and capturing images of the nanoscale world is one of her passions and an integral component of her research program.

Honors, Grants & Awards:

  • Schaap Research Fellow, Hope College, 2017-2018.
  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research, 2016.
  • Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor at Hope College, 2016.
  • NSF-RUI, "Enabling Rational Design of Smart Interfaces Incorporating Metal-Organic Coordinated Assemblies," 2015–2018.
  • ACS PRF, "Assembly and Characterization of Metal-Organic Coordinated Thin Films with Designed Catalytic Sites," 2014–2016.
  • Hope College Towsley Research Scholar Award, "Nanomaterial Synthesis, Assembly, and Characterization," 2013–2017.
  • Hope College Natural and Applied Science Division, Excellence in Mentoring, Advising and Teaching Award, 2013.
  • Hope College Nyenhuis Cooperative Faculty/Student Research Award, "Investigation and Characterization of Self-Assembled Hierarchical Architectures," summer 2012.
  • National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation, "Acquisition of an Atomic Force Microscope at Hope College," 2011–2014.
​​​
Name Title Description

CHM-075

Seminar in Chemistry

Seminars presented based on current literature. Presentations include articles detailing the application of chemical principles and techniques to the natural environment. Surveys of assigned journals are presented individually; more detailed presentations are made by small groups working as teams. Topics include: coverage of recent important developments, global awareness of the application of chemistry to the natural world, experience in making scientific presentations, and encouragement of good literature reading habits.

CHM-110

Foundations of Chemistry

Introduction to the principles of chemistry. Topics include: atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of the states of matter, and energetics of chemical reactions with emphasis on problem solving, conceptual understanding, and analytical reasoning. Laboratory focuses on quantitative measurements and interpretation of data.

CHM-330

Analytical Chemistry

Advanced analytical measurements, data analysis and instrumental methods including titrimetry, atomic and molecular spectroscopy and electro-chemistry. Advanced chemical separations including extraction, gas and liquid chromatography and electrophoresis. Laboratory emphasizes intensive hands-on experience with state of the art equipment including voltammographs, ICP, capillary GC-MS, HPLC, HPCE, UV/Vis and emission spectroscopy.

Investigating the Bottom-up Assembly of Nanomaterials

The incorporation of nanomaterials into a wide range of applications is motivated by the diverse properties (optical, electrical, magnetic, catalytic, etc.) of these nanoscale materials and their tunability by particle size, shape and composition. The goal of research in the Anderson lab is to build and characterize these materials from the bottom-up, assembling molecules and atoms into complex nanomaterials. Current research investigates the surface chemistry for the fabrication of thin film metal-organic frameworks, as well as materials chemistry for diverse structural and compositional nanomaterials, specifically thermoelectric materials.

Students engaged in this research learn methodologies for the fabrication of nanoparticles and thin films, utilizing solution-phase solid-state synthesis and metal-organic coordination chemistry. For characterization of material composition and particle assembly, students will routinely use powder x-ray diffraction spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy. Students will gain experience in the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience — from the chemistry involved in material fabrication, to the physics involved in the forces directing assembly, to the engineering involved in designing hierarchical architectures.

This type of research is necessary to integrate nanomaterials into complex architectures that interface with the outside world for applications in the fields of energy, computing and medicine.

Research Funding:

  • NSF-RUI, "Enabling Rational Design of Smart Interfaces Incorporating Metal-Organic Coordinated Assemblies," 2015–2018.
  • ACS PRF, "Assembly and Characterization of Metal-Organic Coordinated Thin Films with Designed Catalytic Sites," 2014–2016.
  • Hope College Nyenhuis Cooperative Faculty/Student Research Award, "Investigation and Characterization of Self-Assembled Hierarchical Architectures," summer 2012.
  • National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation, "Acquisition of an Atomic Force Microscope at Hope College," 2011–2014.
  • Weller, D.P.; Kunkel, G.E.; Ochs, A.M.; Morelli, D.T; Anderson, M.E. Observation of n-type behavior in Fe-doped tetrahedrite at low temperature. Materials Today Physics.2018, 7.1, 1-6.
  • Bowser, B.H.; Brower, L.J.; Ohnsorg, M.L.; Gentry, L.K.; Beaudoin, C.K.; Anderson, M.E. Comparison of Surface-Bound and Free-Standing Variations of HKUST-1 MOFs: Effect of Activation and Ammonia Exposure on Morphology, Crystallinity, and Composition. Nanomaterials.2018,8, 650-668.
  • Brower, L.J.; Gentry, L.K.; Napier, A.L.; Anderson, M.E. Tailoring Nanoscale Morphology of HKUST-1 Thin Films by Tuning Deposition Conditions. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol.2017,8, 2307-2314.
  • Serino, A.C.; Anderson, M.E.; Heidenreich, L.; Dunn, B.S.; Spokoyne, A.M.; Weiss, P.S. Work Function Control of Germanium Through Carboxyl-Carborane Surface Passivation. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.2017,9, 34592-34596.
  • Weller, D.P.; Stevens, D.L.; Kunkel, G.E.; Ochs, A.M.; Holder, C.F.; Morelli, D.T.; Anderson, M.E. Thermoelectric Performance of Tetrahedrite Synthesized by a Modified Polyol Process. Chem. Mater.2017,29, 1656-1664.
  • Benson, A.S.; Elinski, M.B.; Ohnsorg, M.L.; Beaudoin, C.K.; Alexander, K.; Peaslee, G.F.; DeYoung, P.; Anderson, M.E. Metal-Organic Coordinated Multilayer Film Formation: Quantitative Analysis of Composition and Structure. Thin Solid Films.2015,590, 103-110.
  • Ohnsorg, M.L.; Beaudoin, C.K.; Anderson, M.E. Fundamentals of MOF Thin Film Growth via Liquid-Phase Epitaxy: Investigating the Initiation of Deposition and the Influence of Temperature. Langmuir.2015,31, 6114-6121.
  • Holder, C.F.; Rugen, E.E.; Anderson, M.E. Comparative Growth Mechanism Study for Two Thermoelectric Compounds. Nanomater. Energy.2014,3, 206-214.
  • Duffey, C.; Stepleton, S.; Anderson, M.E.; Cox, D.; Ready, M.; Byrd, H.; Bloomfield, C.A.; Freeman, J.L.; Gray, G.M. X-ray Crystallographic Studies of a Bimetallic cis-Mo(CO)4(PPh2NH2CH2CH2N=CHC6H4-o-O)2Cu Complex, the Starting Material, cis-Mo(CO)4(PPh2Cl)2, and the Reaction Intermediates cis-Mo(CO)4(PPh2NH2CH2CH2NH22) 2 and cis-Mo(CO)4 (PPh2NH2CH2CH2N=CHC6H4-o-OH)2. J. Chem. Crystallogr.2011,41, 1560-1567.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Bharadwaya, S.S.N.; Schaak, R.E. Modified Polyol Synthesis of Bulk-Scale Nanostructured Bismuth Antimony Telluride. J. Mater. Chem.2010,20, 8362-8367.
  • Leonard, B.M.; Anderson, M.E.; Oyler, K.D.; Phan, T.-H.; Schaak, R.E. Orthogonal Reactivity of Metal and Multi-Metal Nanostructures for Selective, Stepwise, and Spatially-Controlled Solid State Modification. ACS Nano.2009,3, 940-948.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Buck, M.R.; Sines, I.T.; Oyler, K.D.; Schaak, R.E. On-Wire Conversion Chemistry: Engineering Solid-State Complexity into Striped Metal Nanowires using Solution Chemistry Reactions. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2008,130, 14042-14043.
  • Srinivasan, C.; Hohman, J.N.; Anderson, M.E.; Weiss, P.S.; Horn, M.W. Sub-30-Nanometer Patterning on Quartz for Nanolithography Imprint Templates. Appl. Phys. Lett.2008,93, 083123.
  • Ruemmele, J.A.; Golden, M.S.; Gao, Y.; Cornelius, E.M.; Anderson, M.E.; Postelnicu, L.; Georgiadis, R.M. Quantitative Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging: A Simple Approach to Automated Angle Scanning. Anal. Chem.2008,80, 4752-4756.
  • Shuster, M.J.; Vaish, A.; Szapacs, M.E.; Anderson, M.E.; Weiss, P.S.; Andrews, A.M. Biospecific Recognition of Tethered Small Molecules Diluted in Self-Assembled Monolayers. Advanced Materials.2008,20, 164-167.
  • Srinivasan, C.; Hohman, J.N.; Anderson, M.E.; Weiss, P.S.; Horn, M.W. Nanostructures Using Self-Assembled Multilayers as Molecular Rulers and Etch Resists. J. Vac. Sci. Technol., B: Microelectron. Nanometer Struct. -- Process., Meas., Phenom.2007,26, 1985-1988.
  • Srinivasan, C.; Mullen, T.J.; Hohman, J.N.; Anderson, M.E.; Dameron, A.A.; Andrews, A.M.; Dickey, E.C.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Scanning Electron Microscopy of Nanoscale Chemical Patterns. ACS Nano.2007,1, 191-201.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Srinivasan, C.; Hohman, J.N.; Carter, E.M.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Combining Conventional Lithography with Molecular Self-Assembly for Chemical Patterning. Advanced Materials.2006,18, 3258-3260.
  • Srinivasan, C.; Anderson, M.E.; Carter, E.M.; Hohman, J.N.; Bharadwaja, S.S.N.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Weiss, P.S.; Horn, M.W. Extensions of Molecular Ruler Technology for Nanoscale Patterning. J. Vac. Sci. Technol., B: Microelectron. Nanometer Struct. -- Process., Meas., Phenom.2006,24, 3200-3204.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Tan, L.P.; Mihok, M.; Tanaka, H.; Horn, M.W.; McCarty, G.S.; Weiss, P.S. Hybrid Approaches to Nanolithography: Photolithographic Structures with Precise Controllable Nanometer-Scale Spacings Created by Molecular Rulers. Advanced Materials.2006,18, 1020-1022.
  • Srinivasan, C.; Anderson, M.E.; Jayaraman, R.; Weiss, P.S.; Horn, M.W. Electrically Isolated Nanostructures Fabricated using Self-Assembled Multilayers and a Novel Bi-layer Resist Stack. Microelectron. Eng.2006,83, 1517-1520.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Srinivasan, C.; Jayaraman, R.; Weiss, P.S.; Horn, M.W. Utilizing Self-Assembled Multilayers in Lithographic Processing for Nanostructure Fabrication: Initial Evaluation of the Electrical Integrity of the Nanogaps. Microelectron. Eng.2005,78-79, 248-252.
  • Tanaka, H.; Anderson, M.E.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Position-Selected Molecular Ruler. Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.2004,43, 950-953.
  • Tanaka, H.; Anderson, M.E.; Tan, L.P.; Mihok, M.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Super-Precise Nanolithography using Multilayer of Self-Assembled Monolayers. J. Surf. Sci. Soc. Jpn.2004,25, 650-655.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Tan, L.P.; Tanaka, H.; Mihok, M.; Lee, H.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Advances in Nanolithography Using Molecular Rulers. J. Vac. Sci. Technol., B: Microelectron. Nanometer Struct. -- Process., Meas., Phenom.2003,21, 3116-3119.
  • Anderson, M.E.; Smith, R.K.; Donhauser, Z.J.; Hatzor, A.; Lewis, P.A.; Tan, L.P.; Tanaka, H.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Exploiting Intermolecular Interactions and Self-Assembly for Ultrahigh Resolution Nanolithography. J. Vac. Sci. Technol., B: Microelectron. Nanometer Struct. -- Process., Meas., Phenom.2002,20, 2739-2744.
  • Farkas, E.; Anderson, M.E.; Chen, Z.; Rinzler, A.G. Length Sorting Cut Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes by High Performance Liquid Chromatography. Chem. Phys. Lett.2002,363, 111-116.
  • Sanford, E.M.; Tori, M.G.; Smeltzer, T.M.; Beaudoin, C.K.; Anderson, M.E.; Brown, K.L. Cyclic Voltammetric, Chronocoulometric, and Spectroelectrochemical Studies of Electropolymerized Films Based on (3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene)-Substituted 3,6-Dithiophen-2-yl-2,5-dihydropyrrole[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione. Electrochemistry.2015,83, 1061-1066.
  • Tanaka, H.; Anderson, M.E.; Smith, R.K.; Donhauser, Z.J.; Hatzor, A.; Lewis, P.A.; Tan, L.P.; Horn, M.W.; Weiss, P.S. Nanofabrication Using Self-Assembled Monolayers - Precise Nanolithography Using Intermolecular Interactions and Self-Assembly. Jpn. Soc. Appl. Phys.; Thin Film and Surface Physics Division2003,118, 10.
Education
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Samford University
​​

Connect with Admission

Furman is one of the nation's premier liberal arts and sciences universities. We offer our students The Furman Advantage—an over-arching approach to education that promises every student a four-year personalized pathway, a team of advisors and mentors, and the opportunity for an engaged learning experience that is tracked and integrated with the students' academic and professional goals.

Want more information about the admission process at Furman?

Contact us

Once you see our campus, making the right college decision will be so much easier.

Plan a visit

Undergraduate Evening Studies provides adults the opportunity to receive an education from one of the premier liberal arts universities in the nation.

Whether you are starting or continuing your education, or have been away from the classroom for a few months or several years, our program provides many services to assist you with accomplishing your educational and professional goals.

Apply now

Our graduate studies program is designed for the professional educator.

We know the challenges teachers and administrators face every day, and we are committed to helping you become a leader within your school system or district.

Apply now
  • Furman University