Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Jeremiah J Gassensmith
Assistant Professor

Jeremiah J Gassensmith, Ph.D.

Organic and Biopolymer Materials Chemistry


B. Sc. 2003, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ph.D. 2009, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Postdoctoral Associate, Northwestern University

Research Description

Our research focuses on three areas of research, wherein biologically inspired viral capsids are used to improve the performance and processability of new materials that otherwise would not be as easily accessible without the noncovalent forces provided by these unique scaffolds:

  1. The use of viral capsids as templates for the formation of well defined capsids for in vivo and in vitro therapeutics and diagnostics.
  2. Rational design and synthesis of 3-dimentional graphitic material for use in light-weight lithium-air batteries.
  3. Studying the self-assembly properties of synthetic and biological polymers to form a dielectric media for wrap-around gated carbon nanotube field effect transistors.

For a more detailed description of our group, please visit our group webpage (

Selected Publications

  • Wu, D.; Gassensmith, J. J.; Gouvêa, D.; Ushakov, S.; Stoddart, J. F.; Navrotsky, A., Direct Calorimetric Measurements of Enthalpy of Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide on CD-MOF-2, a Green Metal-Organic Framework, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 6790-6793.

  • Gassensmith, J. J. ; Erne, P. M.; Paxton, W. F. ; Donakowski, M. ; Fresconi, M. ; Stoddart, J. F., Self Assembly of Quantum Dots in Micropatterened Systems from Catalytically Constructed Surfaces, Advanced Materials, 2013, 2, 223-276.

  • Forgan, R. S.; Smaldone, R. A.; Gassensmith, J. J.; Furukawa, H. ; Cordes, D. B.; Li, Q.; Wilmer, C. E.; Snurr, R. Q.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Stoddart, J. F., Nanoporous Carbohydrate Metal-Organic Frameworks, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 406-417.

  • Gassensmith, J. J.; Furukawa, H.; Smaldone, R. A.; Forgan, R. S.; Yaghi, O. M.; Stoddart, J. F., Strong and Reversible Binding of Carbon Dioxide in a Green Metal-Organic Framework, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 15312-15315.

  • Updated: May 14, 2013