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Kate Queeney

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Smith College

Office: 010 Ford Hall
Phone: (413)-585-3835
Fax: (413)-585-3786
Email: kqueeney(at)


Ph.D., Harvard University, Physical Chemistry
Advisor, Cynthia Friend

B.A., Williams College, Chemistry
Advisor, Enrique Peacock-Lopez


Smith College, 2006-present 
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Smith College, 2000-2006
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, 1998-2000
Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Department of Optical Physics

COURSES 2008-09

CHM 111: General Chemistry (Fall)
CHM 224: Introduction to Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (Spring)
CHM 336: Light and Chemistry (lab, Spring)


Surface chemistry. The major focus of our lab right now is understanding the fundamental physical chemistry that drives adsorption of biomolecules to solid surfaces, initiating the formation of biofilms. Our particular interest is the protein-mediated adsorption of polysaccharides. We also study the aqueous chemistry of silicon surfaces, currently focused on the oxidation of hydrogen-terminated silicon that is a critical step in processing for micro- and optoelectronic applications.


* denotes Smith undergraduate co-author

Kulkarni, M*; Green, S. K.*; Shea, C.*; Queeney, K. T. "Role of Etching in Aqueous Oxidation of Hydrogen-Terminated Si(100)," J. Phys. Chem. C., 2009, 113, 10206–10214.

Faggin, M. F.; Green, S. K.;* Clark, I. T.; Queeney, K. T.; Hines, M. A. "Production of Highly Homogeneous Si(100) Surfaces by H2O Etching: Surface Morphology and the Role of Strain," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 11455-11462.

Herzig-Marx, R.;* Queeney, K. T.; Jackman, R. J.; Schmidt, M. A.; Jensen, K. F. “Infrared spectroscopy for chemically specific detection in silicon-based microreactors,” Anal. Chem. 2004, 76(21), 6476-6483.

Queeney, K. T.; Herbots, N.; Shaw, J. T.; Atluri, V.; Chabal, Y. J. “Infrared spectroscopic analysis of an ordered Si/SiO2 interface,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 2004, 84(4), 493-495.

Queeney, K. T.; Weldon, M. K.; Chabal, Y. J.; Raghavachari, K. “The microscopic origin of optical phonon evolution during water oxidation of Si(100),” J. Chem. Phys. 2003, 119(4), 2307-2313.

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