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M.S. (Novosibirsk University, Russia) 1982
Ph.D. (Novosibirsk University, Russia) 1987
Postdoctoral (Dartmouth College) 1991-1995
Research Assistant Professor (Dartmouth College, NH) 1995-1998

Office: CB202
Phone: (575) 646-1547 (office); 646-2144 (lab, CB112)
Fax: (575) 646-2649
Office Hours (SP17): TuTh 11:30-12:30  or by appointment





Research Projects in his group can be divided into the following categories:

Intracellular Drug Delivery and Cell Transfection: Nanotubes and nanoporous mebranes and are applied for these goals with emphasis on targeted delivery with new physical mechanisms of drug release.

2D materials and their applications: Fundamental aspects of growth of 2D materials (e.g., graphene and h-BN) via atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) and their applications as membranes for sensors, desalination, photovoltaic devices, composite materials and others.

Sensors: Various physico-chemical phenomena can often be applied to detect chemical and biological species. We have been focusing on sensors based on nanoporous membranes with simple electrical and optical means of detection.

Electron transfer: Electron transfer processes play a fundamental role in chemistry, physics and biology. Such processes can be initiated by light or, instead, result in formation of electronically excited species able to emit optical photons. We investigate the photoinduced electron transfer reactions in solutions and at interfaces. Transient displacement current technique, fluorescence spectroscopy and kinetics as well as scanning probe microscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy are primary tools in these studies. Intra and intermolecular charge transfer have been investigated including photovoltaic and electroluminescent devices.

Scanning probe microscopy: Many chemical and biochemical phenomena can be now addressed almost on a single molecule level. Scanning probe microscopy in a form of STM, AFM and their various modifications have become powerfull tools in such in such investigations. We have been applying them to study mechanical and electrical properties of single molecules and their aggregates on surfaces.

Dr. Smirnov also teaches the following courses:

Chem 100 (Basic Chemistry): SP12,F12,F13,SP16
Chem 110 (Principles of Chemistry): F10
Chem 111 (General Chemistry I): F98,F99
Chem 112 (General Chemistry II): SP01
Chem 115 (Principles of Chemistry I): F03
Chem 116 (Principles of Chemistry II): SP01
Chem 431 (Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences): F03,F05,F07
Chem 433 (Physical Chemistry I): F08,F11,F14,F15,F16
Chem 434 (Physical Chemistry II): SP09
Chem 435 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory): SP99 - SP10,SP13-SP15,SP17
Chem 537 (Quantum Chemistry): F00,F02,F06,F12,F14,F16
Chem 538 (Kinetics): F09
Chem 539 (Spectroscopy): SP00,SP02,SP10,F11,F13,F15
Chem 580 (Phys.Chem. Discussion): F03,SP04,SP07
Chem 639 (Experimental Physical Chemistry): SP06,SP10,SP14

Other teaching activities:
Chemistry Exercises




2016 -

2011 - 2015


2006 - 2010

  • Smart nanoporous membranes.
    S. Smirnov, I. Vlassiouk, F. Rios, P. Takmakov, D. Gust
    ECS Transactions , 3 (26, Bioelectronics, Biointerfaces, and Biomedical Applications 2)(2007), 23-29.




Selected from before 2000:


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