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Scott L. Anderson


Distinguished Professor
Henry Eyring Presidential Endowed Chair

B.A. Rice University, 1977
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1981
Postdoctoral, Stanford University, 1981-83
  ORCID 0000-0001-9985-8178

Phone: (801) 585-7289
Office: 1224 HEB
Research Group

Activities & Awards

  • Chair, Div. Chemical Physics, American Physical Chemistry (2018-2019)
  • ACS Physical Division Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry  (2016)
  • Robert W. Parry Teaching Award (2015)
  • Associate Director for Surface Analysis and Nano-imaging, Utah Nanofab (2014 - )
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011)
  • Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award (2007)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2005)
  • Visiting Scientist, Inst für Physik, Univ. Chemnitz (2004)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Senior Invitation Fellowship (2002-2003)
  • Professeur Invité, Université de Paris-Sud (1990-91)
  • Visiting Scientist, Fakultät für Physik, Freiburg (1990)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow (1989-1990)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1988)
  • Member of the Nano Institute of Utah

cluster size

Hypergolic ignition of boron nanoparticles in [MAT][DCA]

Research Interests

The theme of my research is nanoparticle surface chemistry, with activities in four main areas:

  1. Size-selected cluster deposition and size-effects on catalysis:  Effects of electronic and geometric structure and cluster-support binding on activity.
  2. Effects of site size on electrocatalysis:  Inherent effect of catalytic site size, aqueous electrochemistry without air exposure, high mass activity model electrodes.
  3. Single nanoparticle trapping mass spectrometry to study surface chemistry and optical properties with ppm size resolution:  Size effects, new approaches to ultra-high temperature surface chemistry, light interactions with individual particles.
  4. Use of surface chemistry to control size and reactivity properties of high energy density nanoparticles for fuel/propellant applications:  Reactant-assisted size reduction, air-stability via capping chemistry, effects of particle size, surface chemistry, and loading on ignition behavior.

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Last Updated: 9/1/23