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Kendall Smith


  • Chemical Science
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Energetic materials
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Materials chemistry
  • Photovoltaics
  • Materials
  • X-ray spectroscopy and imaging


  • Experimental: Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), reversible addition−fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT), Grignard Metathesis (GRIM), copper catalyzed azide alkyne click (CuAAC), and Suzuki polycondensation. Analytical techniques include atomic force microscopy (AFM), grazing incidence small and wide angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS/GIWAXS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), size exclusion chromatography (SEC), 1H NMR, ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy (UV/Vis) among others.
  • Computational: Proficient in Matlab, Fortran, and C++. Familiar with Python, Perl, IDL, VBA, and others. Familiar with Finite Element\Finite Volume methods, Monte Carlo simulations. Comfortable in Linux/Unix environments.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 2009 - Present

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, 2009

B.S.E., Chemical Engineering and minor in Mathematics, Arizona State University, 2004


LANL Positions

Graduate Student Research Affiliate, Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11), September 2013 - present



Dean’s TA, 2012

Boeing Pride Award, 2008

Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation Steallar Team Award Nomination, 2008

NASA Group Achievement award: Solar Array Operations Team (Longeron Shadowing), 2008

Integrated Solar Array Constraints Team, 2007

ISS Space Environments, 2007

ISS Computer Recovery and Contingency Operations Teams, 2007

Boeing Pride Accomplishment Award, 2005

LF1 Contamination Analysis Group, 2005

ASU Regents/President’s Scholarship, 1999 - 2004



Smith, K., Verduzco, R. et al. “Control of All-Conjugated Block Copolymer Crystallization via Thermal and Solvent Annealing” Manuscript in preparation.

Smith, K.,Pickel D. L., Yager, K., Kisslinger, K., Verduzco, R. “Conjugated Block Copolymers via Functionalized Initiators and Click Chemistry” Manuscript Accepted J. Poly. Sci. A.

Guo, C., Lin, Y.H., Witman, M. D., Smith, K. A. , Wang, C., Hexemer, A., Strzalka, J., Gomez, E. D., and Verduzco, R. . “Conjugated Block Copolymer Photovoltaics with near 3% Efficiency through Microphase Separation” Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 2957Kendall Smith Current as of 22 November 2013

Smith, K.A., Lin, Y.H., Dement, D., Darling, S. B., Strzalka, J., Deanna L. Pickel, and Verduzco, R. “Synthesis and Crystallinity of Conjugated Block Copolymers prepared by Click Chemistry,” Macromolecules, 2013, 46 , 2636.

Lin, Y.H., Smith, K. A., Kempf, C., and Verduzco, R. “Synthesis and Crystallinity of All-Conjugated Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Block Copolymers” Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 229.

Kempf, C. Smith, K. A., Pesek, S. L., Li, X., and Verduzco, R. “Amphiphilic poly(alkylthiophene) block copolymers prepared via externally initiated GRIM and click coupling” Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 2158.

Pankop C., Smith K., Soares C., Mikatarian R., Baba N.,. “Induced Contamination Measurements And Predictions For Jaxa’s Micro-Particles Capturer And Space Environment Exposure Device” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets vol 46 no 1 pg 39 2009

Schmidl, W., et al. “Degradation of Solar Cell Optical Performance due to Plume Particle Pitting.” Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7069, 70690E; 2008


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