Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ronald Alexander Smaldone
Assistant Professor
BSB 11.661
[email protected]

Ronald A. Smaldone, PhD

Organic and Materials Chemistry


B. S. 2003, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D. 2008, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Postdoctoral Associate 2008-2012, Northwestern University

Research Description

Many of the world’s pressing problems, such as clean energy solutions and improving human health, call for the design of new and more advanced materials that serve to meet these challenges. Our group is primarily interested in the design of novel organic and inorganic materials by using the principles of supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis and biomimetic self-assembly. Specifically, our research focuses on several key areas:

  • Developing new methods for the synthesis and processing of porous materials and polymers for the storage of hydrogen, natural gas and electrical power.
  • The design and synthesis of novel polycyclic aromatic building blocks for the development of electrically-active and highly-ordered solid state materials.
  • Using synthetically functionalized biomolecules (i.e., DNA and peptides) to direct the formation of nanostructured devices and soft-materials.

We are currently looking for highly-motivated graduate and undergraduate students to join us!

Selected Publications

Forgan, R. S., Smaldone, R. A.; Gassensmith, J. J.; Furukawa, H.; Cordes, D. B.; Li, Q.; Wilmer, C.; Botros, Y. Y.; Snurr, R. Q.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Stoddart, J. F.  “Nanoporous Carbohydrate Metal-Organic FrameworksJ. Am. Chem. Soc.  2012, 134, 406–417.

Boyle, M. M.; Smaldone, R. A.; Whalley, A.; Ambrogio, M.; Stoddart, J. F. “Mechanized MaterialsChem. Sci. 2011, 2, 204–210.

Smaldone, R. A.; Forgan, R. S.; Furukawa, H.; Gassensmith, J. J.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Yaghi, O. M.;  Stoddart, J. F.; “Metal-Organic Frameworks from Edible Natural ProductsAngew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 8630–8634.

Smaldone, R. A.; Moore, J. S. “Foldamers as Reactive Sieves: Reactivity as a Probe of Conformational FlexibilityJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 5444–5450.

  • Updated: March 29, 2018
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