Shenda M. Baker Curriculum Vitae

Professional Positions

Harvey Mudd College
Director, Global Clinics  2006-present
Professor of Chemistry 2004-present
Associate Professor of Chemistry 1999 – 2004
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry 1993 – 1999

BioSTAR West, Biopolymer Pharmaceuticals
General Partner  2005-present

University of Massachusetts, Polymer Science and Engineering
Visiting Scientist 1999 – 2000

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center
Postdoctoral Research 1991 – 1993


Ph.D.,Physical  Chemistry  October 1991
California Institute of Technology
Advisor:  Dr. John D. Baldeschwieler

BA, double major Chemistry (honors) and French (honors)  May 1985
Grinnell College, Grinnell , Iowa

Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France Fall 1984

Research and Educational Interests

Harvey Mudd College, Physical Chemistry, Polymer and Surface Science 1993 – present
Primary research interests include characterization and preparation of polymeric thin films at a variety of interfaces, observation and control of self-assembling nanoscopic surface structure, interface molecular structure and physical properties of polymer and biological thin films. Biosensors, surface based phenomena and neutron scattering  techniques and outreach. Standard laboratory techniques include STM, AFM, neutron and X-ray scattering, dynamic light scattering, FTIR-ATR, ellipsometry, QCM and Langmuir-Blodgett techniques. Education and outreach of chemistry and materials science to the public are also important aspects of my work.
University of Massachusetts, Polymer Science and Engineering
Visiting Scientist. Using diblock copolymers to template nanometer scale structures on silicon for use in controlled porous silicon etching. Also, examination of thin film instabilities in one-dimension.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Manuel Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center   1991 –1993
Postdoctoral Researcher. Examination of solid-solid film and liquid-solid interfaces with neutron reflectometry. Designed shear cell for examination of polymer monolayers under high shear stress by neutron reflectivity.
California Institute of Technology   September 85 – October 91
Design and construction of an atmospheric scanning tunneling microscope (STM) including electronics, programming and image processing.  Examination of surface properties of silicon and diamond by STM and current-voltage spectroscopy.

Professional Activities

Co, Chair, Annual Materials Research Society Meeting Fall 2008
Neutron Scattering Society of  America, Executive Committee 2003-2009
Government Programs and Reporting Act Oversight Comm, NSF 2005-2007
NSF Special Creativity Award (Division of Materials  Research) 2005
Computer Inf Sciences Eng. Advisory Committee, NSF 2003-2005
American Conference on Neutron Scattering, Program co-Chair 2004
NSF Workshop “Neutrons at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology”,  co-Chair 2003
Beckman Scholars Advisory Panel 2002-2003
Mathematics and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee, NSF 2002-2005
Site Director, HMC Research Experience for Undergraduates 2001-2007
Strange Matter [Museum exhibition] Chair (MRS, NSF, industry) 2001-2009
Los Alamos National Laboratory -User Group Vice, Chair and ex-officio
Neutron Science Center 1996 -2001
Basic Energy Science Advisory Board, DOE Subpanel 1999-2000
Advisory Board, Chemical & Engineering News 1999 –2004
Presidential Early Career Award, DOE 1996 -2001
NSF CAREER Award 1996 -2001
Los Alamos National Laboratory -Director’s Review Committee  1995-1998
Los Alamos National Laboratory Large Scale Subcommittee Chair 1998 -2002
Member of the Council for Undergraduate Research 1993 – present
Neutron Scattering Society of America 1992 – present
Member of the Materials Research Society 1988 – present
Member of the American Physical Society 1987 – present
Member of the American Chemical Society 1983 – present

Ten Relevant Publications (Undergraduates indicated by *)
1. Niemz, A.; Bandyopadhyay, K.; Tan, E.; Cha, K.; Baker, S. M.  Langmuir (Research Article) 22(26) (2006) 11092-11096.  DOI: 10.1021/la062594a Fabrication of Nanoporous Templates from Diblock Copolymer Thin Films on Alkylchlorosilane-Neutralized Surfaces

2. D. L. Anastassopoulos, N. Spiliopoulos, A. A. Vradis, C.  Toprakcioglu, S. M.  Baker, A. Menelle,  Macromolecules; (Communication to the Editor) 39(26) ( 2006) 8901-8904.D. Shear-Induced Desorption in Polymer Brushes

3. Krisanu Bandyopadhyay, Doris Nguyen, Yolanda Zhang*, Sarah Bundick*, and Shenda Baker, Angelika Niemz, Langmuir 22 (2006) 4978-4984  Deposition of DNA-Functionalized Gold Nanospheres into  Nanoporous Surfaces

4. Eric Tan, Jennifer Wong*, Doris Nguyen, Yolanda Zhang*, Barbara Erwin, Lori Van Ness Shenda Baker, David Galas and Angelika Niemz, Anal Chem 77(24) (2005) 7984-7992 Isothermal DNA Amplification Coupled with DNA Nanosphere-based Colorimetric Detection

5. Peko Hosoi, Andrew Bernoff, Caitlin Devereaux*, Dmitry Kogan* and Shenda M. Baker Physical Review Letters 95(3) 037801 (2005)Two-Dimensional Self-Assembly in Diblock Copolymers
6. S. M. Baker, W. S. Kolthammer*, J. B. Tan* and G. S. Smith Zeitschrift fuer Kristallographie 219 (2004) 179-185, Nanoporous Thin Films and Porous Inorganic Substrates for Lipid Bilayer Support Materials

7. D. E. Gragson, J. P. Manes*, J. E. Smythe* and Shenda M. Baker Langmuir 19(12); (2003) 5031-5035. PS-PEO Diblock Copolymer at the Cyclohexane/SiO2 Interface: Effect of Micelles on Adsorption Kinetics and Coverage

8. Caitlin A. Devereaux* and Shenda M. Baker Macromolecules 35 (5) 1921-1927 (2002) Surface Features in Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers of Predominantly Hydrophobic Poly (styrene)-Poly (ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymer
9. Kai Liu, S. M. Baker, C. Leighton, Ivan K  Schuller, and T. P. Russell Physical Review B 63, 060403(R) (2001). Exchange Bias in Magnetic Nanostructures Over Macroscopic Area

10. S. M. Baker, K. A. Leach*, C. E. Devereaux* and D. E. Gragson Macromolecules 33(15), 5432-5436 (2000) Controlled Patterning of Diblock Copolymers by Monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett Deposition