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Emily Asenath-Smith

Emily Asenath-Smith

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Materials Engineer, CRREL


My research interests are firmly grounded in the fundamentals of materials science—the structure-property-processing relationships of materials. Woven throughout these research topics is the common goal of identifying the fundamental variables that connect laboratory scale experiments to macroscale implementation of technologies, so that the research performed by my team can directly benefit the US Army and the security of the Nation.


  • AB, Chemistry, Mount Holyoke College 2008
  • MS, Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University 2010
  • PhD, Cornell University 2015

Research Interests

Ice adhesion; surfaces and interfaces in materials; mechanisms of thermal transport in crystalline materials; crystallization of ice and inorganic compounds from aqueous media; energy transfer processes in crystalline materials; bioinspired composite and hierarchical materials; strategic manipulation of material properties with solutes and impurities

Selected Publications

  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Ambrogi, E.K.; Moores, L.C.; Newman, S.; Brame, J.A., “Leveraging Chemical Actinometry and Optical Radiometry to Reduce Uncertainty in Photochemical Research” J. Photochem. Photobiol. A 2018, 372, 279–287.
  • Oleske, K.W.; Barteau, K.P; Beaucage, P.A.; Asenath-Smith, E.; Wiesner, U.; Estroff, L.A., “Nanopatterning of Crystalline Transition Metal Oxides by Surface Templated Nucleation on Block Copolymer Mesostructures,” Cryst. Growth Des. 2017, 17, 5775–5782.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Hovden, R.; Uhl, A.M.; DiCorato, A.; Noble, J.M.; Kim, Y.Y.; Kourkoutis, L.F.; Meldrum, F.C.; Estroff, L.A., “Composite Mesoscale Architectures Formed by Bio-inspired Growth in Confinement: Cuprite (Cu2O) Rods with Incorporated Au Nanoparticle Arrays,” Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 555–563.
  • DiCorato, A.E.; Asenath-Smith, E.; Kulak, A.N.; Meldrum, F.C.; Estroff, L.A., “Facilitating the interaction Between Copper (I) Oxide and Gold Nanoparticles Through Crystallization in Confinement,” Crystal Growth & Des. 2016, 16, 6804–6811.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Estroff, L.A., “The Role of Akaganeite (β-FeOOH) in the Growth of Hematite (α-Fe2O3) in an Inorganic Silica Hydrogel,” Crystal Growth & Des. 2015, 15, 3388–3398.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Hovden, R.; Kourkourtis, L.F.; Estroff, L.A., “Hierarchically-Structured Hematite Architectures Achieved by Growth in a Silica Hydrogel,” J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2015,137, 5184–5192.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Estroff, L.A., “Sectioning of Individual Hematite Pseudocubes with Focused Ion Beam Enables Quantitative Structural Characterization at Nanometer Length Scales,” Microsc. Microanal. 2014, 20, 635–644.
  • Sai, H.; Wee Tan, K.; Hur, K; Asenath-Smith, E.; Hovden, R.; Jiang, Y.; Riccio, M.; Muller, D.; Elser, V.; Estroff, L.A.; Gruner, S.M.; Wiesner, U., “Hierarchical porous polymer scaffolds from block copolymers,” Science 2013, 341, 530–534.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Li, H.Y.; Keene, E.C.; Seh, Z.; and Estroff, L.A., “Crystal Growth in Hydrogels as a Model for Biomineralization,” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2012, 22, 2891–2914.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Misture, S.T.; Edwards, D.D., “Structural Behavior and Thermoelectric Properties of the Brownmillerite System Ca2(ZnxFe2-x)O5,” J. Solid State Chem. 2011, 184, 2167–2177.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Lokuhewa, I.N.; Misture, S.T.; Edwards, D.D., “p-Type Thermoelectric Properties of the Oxygen-deficient Perovskite Ca2Fe2O5 in the Brownmillerite Structure,” J. Solid State Chem. 2010, 183, 1670–1677.
  • Asenath-Smith, E.; Chen, W., “How to Prevent the Loss of Surface Functionality Derived from Aminosilanes,” Langmuir 2008, 21, 12405–12409.


  • Multi-spectral photocatalytic materials for removal of small molecule contaminants from water (Application 15/999,008)

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry, 2008–present
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2008–2011
  • IGERT Traineeship in Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Future, National Science Foundation, 2011–2014