• Distinguished Professor, Chemistry

Research Summary

Cluster Size/Alloying/Morphology Effects on Catalysis. Single Nanoparticle Optical and Surface Chemical Properties. In Situ, Size-Selected Electrocatalysis. Energetic Nanoparticles for Propulsion Applications Catalysis for Propulsion Applications.


Scott L. Anderson received a B.A. in Chemistry from Rice University in 1977, a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1981, and then did postdoctoral work at Stanford.  He joined the chemistry faculty at Stony Brook in 1983, and moved to the University of Utah in 1995, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.  His early research work focused on gas-phase processes, including vibrational and electronic effects on reaction dynamics, gas-phase cluster chemistry, soft x-ray photochemistry, fullerene scattering dynamics, and combustion chemistry.  His current work is broadly in the area of nanoscale surface chemistry, including size effects in supported catalysts and electrocatalysts, single particle mass spectrometry for nanoparticle optical and surface chemistry characterization, use of surface-ligand interactions to control nanoparticle production and chemical properties, and methods for characterization of surface-modified nanoparticles.  He recently won the 2016 ACS Physical Division Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry.  He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is Chair Elect of the Division of Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society, Associate Director of the Utah Nanofab for Surface Analysis and Nanoimaging, and is on the editorial advisory boards for Surface Science and Accounts of Chemical Research.