Dr. Mary Elizabeth Anderson

Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Anderson started working at Hope in July 2010 and was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2016. Her teaching responsibilities have focused on developing and teaching general chemistry courses, upper level laboratories (inorganic, analytical, advanced materials characterization) and research integration in the teaching laboratory.

Throughout each school year, her research group focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials with students investigating topics in the realm of materials chemistry and surface science. Exploring and capturing images of the nanoscale world is one of her passions and an integral component of her research program.

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The focus of research in the Anderson lab is to gain fundamental understanding of nanomaterial formation and assembly from the bottom up, investigating the atomic and molecular organization that occurs during their synthesis. Recent results have been obtained in the lab’s surface science and materials chemistry research directives yielding insight into the formation of thin film metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as well as thermoelectric nanoparticles synthesized by solution-phase solid-state chemistry. Nanoscale characterization of these systems is undertaken with an emphasis on scanning probe microscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and powder x-ray diffraction.


  • Ph.D., chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • B.S., chemistry, Samford University, 2001


  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research, 2016
  • NSF-RUI, “Enabling Rational Design of Smart Interfaces Incorporating Metal-Organic Coordinated Assemblies,” 2015–2018
  • ACS PRF, “Assembly and Characterization of Metal-Organic Coordinated Thin Films with Designed Catalytic Sites,” 2014–2016
  • Hope College Towsley Research Scholar Award, “Nanomaterial Synthesis, Assembly, and Characterization,” 2013–2017
  • Hope College Natural and Applied Science Division, Excellence in Mentoring, Advising and Teaching Award, 2013
  • Hope College Nyenhuis Cooperative Faculty/Student Research Award, “Investigation and Characterization of Self-Assembled Hierarchical Architectures,” summer 2012
  • National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation, “Acquisition of an Atomic Force Microscope at Hope College,” 2011–2014

Selected Publications

  • “Metal-Organic Coordinated Multilayer Film Formation: Quantitative Analysis of Composition and Structure,” with Alexandra S. Benson, Meagan B. Elinski, Monica L. Ohnsorg, Christopher K. Beaudoin, Kyle Alexander, Graham F. Peaslee and Paul DeYoung, Thin Solid Films, 590, 2015
  • “Cyclic Voltammetric and Spectroelectrochemical Studies of Electropolymerized Films Based on (3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene)-Substituted 3,6-Dithiophen- 2-yl- 2,5-dihydropyrrole[3,4- c]pyrrole-1,4-dione,” with M.G. Tori, T.M. Smeltzer, C.K. Beaudoin and K. L. Brown, Journal of the Electrochemical Society of Japan
  • “Fundamentals of MOF Thin Film Growth via Liquid-Phase Epitaxy: Investigating the Initiation of Deposition and the Influence of Temperature,” with Monica L. Ohnsorg and Christopher K. Beaudoin, Langmuir, 31, 2015
  • “Comparative Growth Mechanism Study for Two Thermoelectric Compounds,” with Cameron F. Holder and Evan E. Rugen, Nanomaterials and Energy, 3, 2014
  • “X-ray Crystallographic Studies of a Bimetallic cis-Mo(CO) 4 (PPh 2 NH 2 CH 2 CH 2 N=CHC 6 H 4 -o- O) 2 Cu Complex, the Starting Material, cis-Mo(CO) 4 (PPh 2 Cl) 2 , and the Reaction Intermediates cis-Mo(CO) 4 (PPh 2 NH 2 CH 2 CH 2 NH 2 ) 2 and cis-Mo(CO) 4 (PPh 2 NH 2 CH 2 CH 2 N=CHC 6 H 4 -o- OH) 2,” with C. Duffey, S. Stepleton, D. Cox, M. Ready, H. Byrd, C.A. Bloomfield, J.L. Freeman and G.M. Gray, Journal of Chemical Crystallography, 41, 2011
  • “Modified Polyol Synthesis of Bulk-Scale Nanostructured Bismuth Antimony Telluride,” with S.S.N. Bharadwaya and R.E. Schaak, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, 2010
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