Joanne Smieja, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

As an inorganic chemist, I am fascinated by the behavior of the chemical elements. I'm amazed by the diversity of materials that can be formed from 90 naturally occurring building blocks. I am optimistic that if we continue to expand our chemical knowledge...

Dr. Joanne Smieja

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Minnesota

B.A., Chemistry, College of St. Thomas

Courses Taught

CHEM 101/101L: General Chemistry

ENVS 104/104L: Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 205: Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 405: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 471: Chemical Bibliography"


As an inorganic chemist, I am fascinated by the behavior of the chemical elements. I'm amazed by the diversity of materials that can be formed from 90 naturally occurring building blocks. I am optimistic that if we continue to expand our chemical knowledge of the elements, we will be able to discover solutions to some of our most vexing environmental, energy, and health problems.

“Household Water Treatments in Developing Countries”, Joanne A. Smieja, Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, 88, 549-553.

“Art and Chemistry: Designing a Study-Abroad Course” Joanne A. Smieja, Gemma D. D’Ambruoso, and Robert M. Richman, Journal of Chemical Education, 2010, 87, 1085-1088.

“Nanomechanical Properties of Ordered Phthalocyanine Langmuir-Blodgett Layers” Tammy Oshiro, Arnie Backstrom, Ann-Marie Cumberlidge, Suzan Pevovar, Joanne Smieja, David Bahr, Kerry W. Hipps, and Ursula Mazur, Journal of Materials Research, 2004, 19, 1461-1470.

“Preservation of sulfidic waters containing dissolved As(III).” Joanne A. Smieja and Richard T. Wilkins Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2003, 5, 913-916.

“Highly Ordered Thin Films Prepared with Octabutoxy Copper Phthalocyanine Complexes” Kelly Stevenson, Naoko Miyashita, Joanne Smieja, and Ursula Mazur Ultramicroscopy, 2003, 97, 271-278.

“Reactivity of Os(TTP)(NC6H4NO2)2 (TTP = dianion of 5, 10, 15, 20-tetra(p-tolyl)porphyrin) including a kinetic study of imido ligand transfer to phosphines” Joanne A. Smieja, Matthew Borneman,* Kevin Kittilstved,* Daniel Edwards,* Emily Borda* Polyhedron, 2002, 21, 1889-1892.

“Unusual Bis(imido)metalloporphyrins. The synthesis of M(4-R-TPP)(NC6H4NO2)2 (M = Ru, R = H; M = Os, R = Cl) and structural study of the osmium derivative.” Joanne A. Smieja, Khalid Shirzad,* Michelle Roy,* Kevin Kittilstved,* Brendan Twamley, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2002, 335C, 141-146.

"A study of pyridyl nitrosyl iron(II) tetraphenyl 15N4-porphyrin. NO geometry and spin coupling to the pyrrole nitrogens” D. C. Gilbert, S. A. Dikanov, D. C. Doetschman, J. A. Smieja, Chemical Physics Letters, 1999, 315(1,2), 43-48.

“EPR Spectroscopy of Mixed-Valent -Oxo and  -Hydroxo Dinuclear Iron Complexes Produced by Radiolytic Reduction at 77 K” Roman M. Davydov, Joanne Smieja, Sergei A. Dikanov, Yan Zang, Lawrence Que, and Michael K. Bowman, J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., 1999, 4, 292-301.

“Thermal Analysis of Carbon Allotropes: An Experiment for Advanced Undergraduates.” Dawn M. Crumpton,* Richared A. Laitinen,* Joanne A. Smieja, David A. Cleary Journal of Chemical Education, 1996, 73, 590-594.

“Two-Dimensional ESEEM Study of VO2+ Complexes with Imidazole and Histidine: Histidine is a Multi-dentate Ligand.” Sergei A. Dikanov, R. I. Samoilova, Joanne A. Smieja, Michael K. Bowman J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1995, 117, 10,579-10,580.

“Synthesis and Characterization of an Osmium Porphyrinato bis-(Aryl)imido Complex, Os(TTP)(NAr)2, with Strongly Bent Osmium-Organoimido Bonds.” Joanne A. Smieja, Kristin M. Omberg,* Gary L. Breneman Inorg. Chem., 1994, 33, 614-616.

“Synthesis and Characterization of Dichloro[5, 10, 15, 20-tetrakis(p-tolyl)porphyrinato]osmium(IV), a Potential Precursor to Organometallic Porphyrinato Complexes of Osmium” Joanne A. Smieja, Kristin M. Omberg,* Leonor N. Busuego,* and Gary L. Breneman Polyhedron, 1994, 13, 339-343.

"Enhancing Undergraduate Education: Curriculum Modification and Instrumentation.” Dennis G. McMinn, Kay L. Nakamaye, Joanne A. Smieja J. Chem. Ed. 1994, 71, 755-758.

“Crystal Structure of Aquabis(2-(2-pyridyl)ethyl)benzylamine-bis(trifluoromethanesulfonato)-nickel(II).” Joanne A. Smieja, Helen Place, and Karen J. Brewer, Acta Crystallogr.,Sect. C: Cryst. Struct. Commun., C47(11), 2455-2457, 1991.

“Nitrogen-Nitrogen Double Bond Cleavage and the Orthometallation of Azoarenes Using Ru3NPh)(CO)10” Joanne A. Smieja, John E. Gozum, Wayne Gladfelter Organometallics 1987, 5, 1311.

“Reaction of Nitrosoarenes with Trinuclear Metal Carbonyl Clusters of Iron, Ruthenium, and Osmium.” Joanne A. Smieja, John E. Gozum, Wayne L. Gladfelter Inorg. Chem. 1986, 25, 2667.

“Nitrogen-Nitrogen Double Bond Scission of Azoarenes by Ru3(NAr)(CO)10. Structure and Catalytic Activity of H2Ru3(NAr) 2(CO)8.” Joanne A. Smieja, John E. Gozum, Wayne L. Gladfelter Organometallics 1986, 5, 2154.

“The Reduction of Cluster Coordinated Nitric Oxide Using Molecular Hydrogen. Synthesis and Characterization of H4Os3(NH)(CO)8.” Joanne A. Smieja, Wayne L. Gladfelter J. Organomet. Chem. 1985, 297, 329.

“N-O Bond Cleavage of Cluster-Coordinated Nitric Oxide Ligands Using Molecular Hydrogen” Joanne A. Smieja, Robert Stevens, Douglas Fjare, Wayne L. Gladfelter Inorg. Chem. 1985, 24, 3206.

 

* Indicates Gonzaga University undergraduate student.

Proposals Funded

“Advancing the Careers of Women in STEM at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks” National Science Foundation Advance Program with Graciela Lacueva, Janice Voltzow, Roberta E. Sabin, Xiaohui Zhong. September 1, 2011- August 31, 2016, $598,611.

“MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer for Multi-Department Research Projects at Gonzaga University” National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program with Eric Ross (PI), Patrick Ferro, Mara London, Joanne Smieja, and Brook Swanson. January 1, 2010-December 31, 2011, $185,352.

“RUI: Purchase of a Liquid Chromatograph Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer” National Science Foundation Chemical Instrumentation with Jennifer Shepherd, Jeff Cronk, Stephen Warren, and Jeffrey Watson, February 1, 2008-January 31, 2011, $286,753.

“Start-up Research Package for New Position in Chemistry,” M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, November 2005, $25,000.

“Study of Arsenate Reduction by Organic Compounds”, National Research Council Senior Associateship Program, September 2001- July 2002, $100,000.

“Program Funding for the 2002 Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society”, American Chemical Society, January, 2002, $2,500.

“RUI: Acquisition of a 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer” with D. Cleary (PI), K. Nakamaye, J. Shepherd, National Science Foundation – Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities, 2000-2001, $143,795.

“Electronic Tunneling in Phthalocyanine Based Devices” with U. Mazur from Washington State University, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, 1999-2000, $6,500.

“Organoimido Complexes of Group 8 Metalloporphyrins”, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, March 1999-August 2001, $30,000.

“Acquisition of a Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer” with David Cleary (PI) and Kay Nakamaye. National Science Foundation, Research in Undergraduate Institutions Instrumentation Program, December 1996-November 1997, $64,651.

“Acquisition of Inert Atmosphere Chamber” with David Cleary (PI) and William Van Der Sluys. National Science Foundation, Research in Undergraduate Institutions Instrumentation Program, November 1994-October 1995, $25,000.

“Associated Western Universities Northwest Division Faculty Sabbatical Fellowship.” U. S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, June 1994-June 1995, $25,796.

“Transition Metal Organoimido Porphyrinato Complexes: Possible Aziridination Reagents.” American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, September 1994-August 1996, $25,000.

“Electrochemical and Thermal Analysis in the Curriculum” with D. Cleary. National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, July 1993-June 1995, $63,949.

“Study of Transition Metal Hydroxylamine Porphyrins.” M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust High School-College Research Partnership Program, June 1992-January 1994, $13,000.

Participated in the development of the “Murdock College Science Research Program” grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, September 1991-September 1994, $401,825.

One of seven Gonzaga faculty mentors involved in the “Young Chemistry and Biology Scholars at Gonzaga University” funded by the National Science Foundation Young Scholars Program, February 1991-February 1993.

“Study of Transition Metal Organoimido Porphyrins.” National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award, August 1990-July 1992, $84,549.

“Instrumentation for Computer Integration Curriculum.” National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, April 1989-September 1991, $44,552.