Shizuka Hsieh

Research Associate in Chemistry

Shizuka Hsieh

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Ph.D., Oxford University

B.A., Carleton College


Shizuka Hsieh was an associate professor of chemistry at Smith from 2008–2013, and an assistant professor of chemistry from 2001–2008. Her research interests involve atmospheric chemistry. Her work at Smith uses laser spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations to characterize the photochemistry of atmospheric species that generate OH radicals. Beyond the lab, Hsieh monitors air quality (particulate matter and volatile organic compounds) in urban Washington, D.C. neighborhoods with industry and heavy traffic.

Selected Publications

*indicates student author

S. Hsieh, R. Vushe*, Y.T. Tun*, J.L. Vallejo*, Trends in organic hydroperoxide photodissociation and absorption cross sections between 266 and 377 nm, Chemical Physics Letters , 591, 99-102.

Yvanka de Soysa, T., Ulrich, A., Friedrich, T., Pite*, D., Compton, S.L., Ok, D., Bernardos, R.L., Downes, G.B., Hsieh, S., Stein, R., Lagdameo, M.C., Halvorsen, K., Barresi, M.J.F., Macondo Crude Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disrupts Specific Developmental Processes During Zebrafish Embryogenesis, BMC Biology, 2012, 10, 40.

Hsieh, S., Thida*, T., Nyamumbo*, M.K., Smith*, K.A., Naamad*, N., Linck, R.G., O-H Stretch Overtone Excitation of Ethyl Hydroperoxide Conformers, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2011, 115, 14040-14044.

Closser, K.D.*, Vogelhuber, K.M.*, Hsieh, S., Vibrational-torsional Excitation and Direct Overtone Photodissociation of Ethyl Hydroperoxide at 5vOH, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2008, 112, 1238.