Natalie Hudson-Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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About Dr. Hudson-Smith

I earned my B.S. in Chemistry at The College of William and Mary. I completed my Ph.D. studies at the University of Minnesota where I investigated the impact of nanoparticles used in batteries on the environment and bacteria. During my Ph.D I developed an interest in researching chemical education and developing new workshops and activities to help students and the public further engage with modern chemistry. I continued my studies in both chemical pedagogy and biological and analytical chemistry as an IRACDA scholar at Stony Brook University.

“It is my goal that students leave the classroom with the ability to view the world through a chemical lens and understand that “everything is chemistry.” I want students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom further and to develop understanding of the chemistry that impacts their daily lives, shapes public and environmental policy, and relates to their personal interests.”

Career & Accomplishments


  • Stony Brook University, Postdoctoral Fellow (IRACDA)

  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D.

  • The College of William and Mary, B.S.

NanoAdventure: Development of a Text-Based Adventure Game in English, Spanish, and Chinese for Communicating about Nanotechnology and the Nanoscale

Hudson-Smith, N.V., Alvarez-Reyes, W., Yao, X., He, J., Rodriguez, R.S., Mitchell, S., Abed, M.M., Spanolios, E., Krause, M.O.P., Haynes, C.L.. J. Chem. Educ. 2023, 100, 6, 2269–2280

A Macroscale Model for Hands-On Activities Demonstrating Transmission Electron Microscopy. 

Hudson-Smith, N.V., Cahill, M.S., Klein, N.D., Krause, M.O.P., Haynes, C.L. J. Chem. Educ. 2019, 96, 7 1377-1382


Copper based nanomaterials suppress root fungal disease  in watermelon (Citrullus lanatus): Role of particle morphology, composition, and dissolution behavior.

Borgatta, J., Ma, C., Hudson-Smith, N.V., Elmer, W., Pérez, C.D.P., De La Torre-Roche, R., Zuverza-Mena, N., Haynes, C.L., White, J.C.,  Hamers, R.J. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 11, 14847-14856

Influence of Nanoparticle Morphology on Ion Release and Biological Impact of Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC) Complex Oxide Nanomaterials. 

Hudson-Smith, N.V.,* Hang, M.N.,* Clement, P.L., Zhang, Y., Wang, C., Haynes, C.L., Hamers, R.J. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2018, 1(4), 1721-1730 *co-first authors