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Kate Queeney

Professor of Chemistry
Smith College

Office: Ford Hall 010
Phone: (413)-585-3835
Fax: (413)-585-3786
Email: kqueeney(at)
Office Hours:On Sabbatical, 2013-14. Available by appointment. Please email to set up a time to meet.


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

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


Smith College, 2012-present 
Professor of Chemistry

Smith College, 2008-2013
Faculty Director of Advising

Smith College, 2006-2012 
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 2012-13

Fall: CHM 111, CHM 346 lab
Spring: CHM 332, CHM332 lab


Surface chemistry. We are currently exploring the combined effects of surface chemistry and surface nanotopography on the nucleation of biofilms on silicon-based substrates. One part of this project focuses on developing robust and flexible ways to simultaneously vary both these surface properties, using an aqueous process discovered in our lab to create regular arrays of nanoscale features on hydrogen-terminated silicon. A second part of tjhe project, undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Rob Dorit of Biological Sciences, is examining the nucleation of biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on these surfaces to see if and how this organism is sensitive to the underlying surface. Finally, we are also interested in optimizing experimental techniques to characterize the adsorption of biomolecules on these nanoscale features.


* denotes Smith undergraduate co-author

C. Say* and K. T. Queeney, “Chemical Functionalization of Water-Etched Silicon,” in Nanoscale Pattern Formation, edited by E. Chason, R. Cuerno, J. Gray, K.-H. Heinig (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Volume 1228E, Warrendale, PA, 2010), 1228-KK05-34.

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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