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Chemistry
Chemistry

Robert Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry (Inorganic Solid State)
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St
Chemistry Department, DSC 337
Omaha, NE 68182-0109

Office: DSC 366A
Phone: (402) 554-3592
Fax: (402) 554-3888
email: robertsmith@unomaha.edu

Ph.D. Oregon State University, 1989
B.A. Willamette University, 1979

Course Resources:

Click Here to Access Reserve Exams (Chem 1140, Chem 1180, Chem 1190, Chem 2500)

Research Interests, Undergraduate Research Projects:

 

Books:

R. W. Smith, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Kendall/Hunt: Dubuque, Iowa, 2009.

R. W. Smith, My Apology: A Rational Defense of Christianity, 2013.

Refereed Publications:

R. W. Smith, G. Luo, W. N. Mei, “High-Temperature Crystal Structure and Electronic Properties of Cesium Niobate, Cs2Nb4O11,” J. Phys. Chem. Solids 71, 1357-1361 (2010)

D. M. Sullivan, R. W. Smith, E. J. Kemnitz, K. Barton, R. M. Graham, R. A. Guenther, and L. Webber, “What is wrong with water barometers?” The Physics Teacher 48, 191-193 (2010).

R. W. Smith, C. Hu, and C. D. DeSpain, “Dirubidium digallium oxide bis(orthoborate),” Acta Crystallogr., Sect. E 64, i23 (2008).

J. Liu, R. W. Smith, and W. N. Mei, “Synthesis of the giant dielectric material CaCu3Ti4O12 by wet chemistry methods,” Chem. Mater. 19, 6020-6024 (2007).

R. W. Smith, C. Hu, J. Liu, W. N. Mei, and K. J. Lin, “Structure and antiferroelectric properties of cesium niobate, Cs2Nb4O11,” J. Solid State Chem. 180, 1193-1197 (2007).

J. Liu, Y. Sui, C. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “CaCu3Ti4O12: Low-temp­erature synthesis by pyrolysis of an organic solution,” Chem. Mater. 18, 3878-3882 (2006).

R. W. Smith, A. Mar, J. Liu, S. Schnell, and J. R. Hardy, “Orientational disorder in sodium cadmium trifluoride trihydrate, NaCdF3·3H2O,” Mat. Res. Bull. 41, 667-673 (2006).

J. Liu, C. G. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Dielectric properties and Maxwell-Wagner relaxation of compounds ACu3Ti4O12 (A = Ca, Bi2/3, Y2/3, La2/3),” J. Appl. Phys. 98, 093703-1/093703-5 (2005).

J. Liu, E. P. Kharitonova, C. G. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Phase transi­tion in single crystal Cs2Nb4O11,” J. Chem. Phys. 122, 144503/1-144503/7 (2005).

J. Liu, C. G. Duan, W. G. Yin, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Large dielectric constant and Maxwell-Wagner relaxation of Bi2/3Cu3Ti4O12,” Phys. Rev. B 70, 144106/1-144106/7 (2004).

W. G. Yin, J. Liu, C. G. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Superionicity in Na3PO4: A molecular dynamics simulation,” Phys. Rev. B 70, 064302/1-064302/6 (2004).

C. Duan, W. N. Mei, J. Liu, W. G. Yin, J. R. Hardy, R. W. Smith, M. J. Mehl, and L. L. Boyer, “Electronic properties of NaCdF3: A first-principles prediction,” Phys. Rev. B 69, 033102/1-033102/4 (2004).

W. G. Yin, C. Duan, W. N. Mei, J. Liu, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Molecular dynamics simulation of the order-disorder phase transition in solid NaNO2,” Phys. Rev. B 68, 174106/1-174106/10 (2003).

J. Liu, C. Duan, W. G. Yin, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Dielectric permittivity and electric modulus in Bi2Ti4O11,” J. Chem. Phys. 119, 2812-2819 (2003).

J. Liu, C. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Polymorphous transformations in alkaline-earth silicates,” J. Chem. Phys. 116, 3864-3869 (2002).

J. Liu, C. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Order-disorder structural phase transitions in alkali perchlorates,” J. Solid State Chem. 163, 294-299 (2002).

J. Liu, C. Duan, M. M. Ossowski, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Molecular dynam­ics simulation of phase transition in AgNO3,” J. Phys. Chem. Solids 63, 409-414 (2002).

J. Liu, C. Duan, M. M. Ossowski, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “High temperature phase transition in TlN3,” Mat. Res. Bull. 36, 2035-2041 (2001).

J. Liu, C. Duan, M. M. Ossowski, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Simulation of structural phase transitions in NaNO3 and CaCO3,” Phys. Chem. Miner. 28, 586-590 (2001).

J. Liu, C. Duan, M. M. Ossowski, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, and J. R. Hardy, “Molecular dynamics simulation of structural phase transitions in RbNO3 and CsNO3,” J. Solid State Chem. 160, 222-229 (2001).

C. Duan, W. N. Mei, R. W. Smith, J. Liu, M. M. Ossowski, and J. R. Hardy, “Order-disorder phase transitions in KNO2, CsNO2, and TlNO2 crystals: A molecular dynamics study,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 144105 (2001).

M. M. Ossowski, J. R. Hardy, and R. W. Smith, “Molecular dynamics study of phase transitions in alkali thiocyanates,” Phys. Rev. B 62, 3136-3141 (2000).

R. W. Smith, W. N. Mei, J. W. Flocken, M. J. Dudik, and J. R. Hardy, “Polymorphic phase transitions in mixed alkali magnesium fluoride solid solutions,” Mat. Res. Bull. 35, 341-349 (2000).

M. M. Ossowski, J. R. Hardy, and R. W. Smith, “Molecular dynamics study of phase transitions in alkali azides,” Phys. Rev. B 60, 15094-15099 (1999).

A. Mehta, D. Berliner, and R. W. Smith, “Structure of yttrium cobaltate from neutron diffrac­tion,” J. Solid State Chem. 130, 192-198 (1997).

R. W. Smith, M. A. Kennard, and M. J. Dudik, “Structure and properties of the noncentrosym­metric oxide borate K2Ga2O(BO3)2,” Mat. Res. Bull. 32, 649-656 (1997).

R. W. Smith and D. A. Keszler, “Synthesis, structure, and properties of the noncentrosymmetric pyroborate BaCuB2O5,” J. Solid State Chem. 129, 184-188 (1997).

J. W. Flocken, R. W. Smith, J. R. Hardy, E. S. Stevenson, and J. Swearingen, “Phase transitions in mixed alkali calcium trifluoride solid solutions,” Mat. Res. Bull. 31, 1093-1099 (1996).

R. W. Smith, “Cs2Ga2O(BO3)2,” Acta Crystallogr., Sect. C 51, 547-549 (1995).

R. W. Smith and L. J. Koliha, “A new noncentrosymmetric orthoborate [Ba2Zn(BO3)2],” Mat. Res. Bull. 29, 1203-1210 (1994).

R. W. Smith, J. L. Luce, and D. A. Keszler, “Framework alkali metal zinc orthoborates AZn4(BO3)3, A = K, Rb, and Cs,” Inorg. Chem. 31, 4679-4682 (1992).

R. W. Smith and D. A. Keszler, “The noncentrosymmetric orthoborate BaZn2(BO3)2,” J. Solid State Chem. 100, 325-330 (1992).

P. D. Thompson, J. Huang, R. W. Smith, and D. A. Keszler, “The mixed orthoborate pyroborates Sr2Sc2B4O11 and Ba2Sc2B4O11; Pyroborate geometry,” J. Solid State Chem. 95, 126-135 (1991).

R. W. Smith and D. A. Keszler, “Synthesis, structure, and properties of the orthoborate SrCu2(BO3)2,” J. Solid State Chem. 93, 430-435 (1991).

R. W. Smith and D. A. Keszler, “Structure of Ba2Cu(BO3)2,” Acta Crystallogr., Sect. C 46, 370-372 (1990).

R. W. Smith and D. A. Keszler, “Syntheses and crystal structures of the a- and b-forms of the orthoborate Sr2Cu(BO3)2,” J. Solid State Chem. 81, 305-313 (1989).

R. W. Smith and D. A. Keszler, “The pentaborate Ba2LiB5O10,” Mat. Res. Bull. 24, 725-731 (1989).

A. D. Payton, E. J. Amis, M. S. Showell, R. W. Smith, and B. D. Koplitz, “Concentration depen­dence of thermoelectric powers in aqueous sulfamic acid and aqueous perchloric acid using hydrogen electrodes,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 127, 2157-2162 (1980).