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Peter M. Smith

Professor/Division Chair

Chemistry Faculty

Program Coordinator/Chair for:

  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science

(724) 946-7299

Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
Mailbox: 51

About Me

I have been at Westminster College since 2002 and currently serve as Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Biological, Chemical, and Environmental Sciences.

I earned my B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry (Inorganic) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

I have two main, ongoing research projects:

  • Morphological control of rare earth oxide particles produced via precipitation stripping - We are trying to recover the valuable rare earth components of scrap and end-of-life high tech products. Our goal is to delivery recovered materials that have the same purity and morphology as industrial standard starting materials.
  • Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of lutetium oxyorthosilicate - We are developing new methods for producing lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) using microwave irradiation as the heat source. We are specifically interested in the particle size and morphology of the LSO powder. Our goal is to synthesize a commercially viable scintillation material.