Brian C. Smith, Ph.D.
Spectros Associates 146 Worcester St. Suite 4 Boston, MA. 02118
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1992-Present: Founder and Principal Owner of Spectros Associates, a firm providing laboratory training and consulting services. I have designed, developed, promoted, and taught short courses in analytical and organic chemistry for thousands of attendees throughout the world on hundreds of occasions. I am the author of 3 popular books on spectroscopy published by CRC Press and Academic Press. I have developed, promoted, and taught training courses in several scientific software packages including GRAMS/32 and PLSPlus/IQ from ThermoGalactic Industries. I have written application specific scientific software programs in the Array Basic language that acquire, analyze, manipulate, and output spectral data. I have testified in Federal District Court as an expert witness in a patent infringement lawsuit.
1990 - 1992: Employed by Bio-Rad Labs, Digilab Division as an FTIR Applications Chemist. I was responsible for demonstrating equipment and answering customer questions in a pre-sales environment. I became technically expert with a broad line of infrared instrumentation, software, and applications. Trained hundreds of customers, ran hundreds of customer samples, and developed infrared quantitative methods from customer's specifications.
1988 - 1990: : Employed by Waters Chromatography Division of Millipore as a Senior Analytical Chemist. Developed analytical methods using the techniques of Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography (GC), Surface Area Analysis, Pore Size Analysis, and Particle Size Measurement. Methods were used to characterize new products and understand and control chemical manufacturing processes. Some methods were GMP certified and transferred to a manufacturing quality control lab.
1988: Earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. Thesis research involved interfacing a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR) with a long path gas cell to obtain high-resolution spectra of gas phase molecules. Designed and fabricated transfer optics for the experimental apparatus. Assigned all the observed vibrational bands of acetylene, and developed a dynamical model of the molecule accounting for its spectroscopy. Thesis title: "The Overtone Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Acetylene." Thesis advisor: Prof. John Winn.
1982: Graduated with Highest Honors from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Rochester, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy 2nd Edition , CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011.
Quantitative Spectroscopy: Theory and Practice , Academic Press, Boston, 2002.
Infrared Spectral Interpretation: A Systematic Approach , CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1998.
Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy , CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1996.
“Training as Part of a Laboratory Quality Control Program”, American Lab News Edition , 35 (2003)26 (January 2003).
"High Throughput On-Bead Monitoring of Solid Phase Reactions by Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy". T.Y. Chan, R. Chen, M. Sofia, B.C. Smith, D. Glennon, Tetrahedron Letters 38 (1997)2821.
" The Overtone Dynamics of Acetylene Above 10,000 cm -1 ." Brian C. Smith and John S. Winn, Journal of Chemical Physics , 94 (1991)4120.
"The C-H Overtone Spectra of Acetylene: Bend/Stretch Interactions Below 10,000 Wavenumbers". Brian C. Smith and John S. Winn, Journal of Chemical Physics , 89 (1988)4638.
"Nitrobenzyl Photochemistry: Solution vs. Solid State Behavior". E. Reichmanis, B. C. Smith, and R. Gooden, Journal of Polymer Science 23 (1985)1.
"Infrared Reflection-Absorption Spectra of Ordered and Disordered Arachidate Monolayers on Aluminum." W. Golden, C. Snyder, and B. C. Smith, Journal of Physical Chemistry 86 (1982)4675.
Professional Activities: Society for Applied Spectroscopy-former national delegate, chapter chair, chapter treasurer, and chapter secretary. Coblentz Society-former chair of Williams-Wright Award committee. American Chemical Society-member.
Professional Honors: Rochester Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award (1996), Dartmouth College Presidential Fellow, Rochester Institute of Technology Distinguished Science Student award.