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Director (2023-2024)

Ashleigh E. Baber

James Madison University
E-mail: ashleigh_baber @ avs.org

ASHLEIGH E. BABER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She received a Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2011 working with low and variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. She then completed a postdoctoral position in the Catalysis Chemistry group at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 2011-2014.
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Her research group at JMU consists of undergraduate researchers using a homebuilt UHV surface analysis chamber to investigate the fundamental interactions of molecules with each other and metal single crystals. Her group focuses on modifying oxide nanoparticles supported on metals to drive selective chemical reactions.

She has been awarded as a 2018 Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, a 2018 AVS Future Star, and a 2022 American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee Rising Star.

She has served as a chair/co-chair of the AVS Fundamental Discoveries of Heterogeneous Catalysis (HC) Focus Topic since 2016, and as an AVS Divisions and Groups Subcommittee member since 2019. She was the AVS e-talk series champion, bringing scientific talks to the general scientific community from 2020-2022.

She is a co-founder and co-chair of the AVS Undergraduate Poster (UN) Session, which was first held virtually in 2021 at AVS 67. She is a current member of the Surface Science Division Executive Committee and acts as the Promotions and Social Chair.