Joesph P. Smith


Joseph P. Smith is originally from Wallingford, PA. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry in 2012 from the Pennsylvania State University, where he worked under the advisement of Dr. Mary E. Williams performing analytical chemistry research on nanoparticles and nanomaterials. He earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Delaware under the advisement of Dr. Karl S. Booksh in 2017. At the University of Delaware, Joseph developed and applied innovative analytical methodologies utilizing Raman microspectroscopic imaging and multivariate analysis to investigate novel geological and planetary materials. Moreover, he investigated a high-pressure, α-PbO2-structured polymorph of titanium dioxide, termed TiO2-II, for geochemical applications, and enhanced the search for life on Mars for applications in the upcoming NASA and ESA rover missions to Mars. His research resulted in a NASA-funded graduate fellowship, in which he directly collaborated with the NASA Johnson Space Center to study lunar, martian, and asteroidal meteorites using chemical imaging and chemometrics. Joseph then joined Merck & Co., Inc. in 2017 and is currently a Senior Scientist in the Analytical Research and Development Department. Joseph has published 12 peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals that include Analyst, Applied Spectroscopy, Advanced Energy Materials, ACS Nano, ACS Catalysis, Carbon, and Geology. He has received a variety of awards, including the Glenn S. Skinner Memorial Award for distinction in scholarship, research, teaching, and service, the Eastern Analytical Symposium Graduate Student Award for research in analytical chemistry, and the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Joseph has also been the President of the University of Delaware’s SAS Student Chapter and a mentor in the Science and Engineering Leadership Initiation Research Experience for Undergraduates (SELI-REU).