Mariam Ismail

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Physics
  • Chemistry and Physics
Ismail Mariam

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Education

  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

About Me

Dr. Ismail earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University under the advising of Dr. Albert Sacco, jr. Throughout her work at the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing Center (NASA-sponsored Lab, Northeastern University), she developed a novel method for the hydrothermal synthesis of vanadosilicate AM-6 for enhanced visible light photocatalysis. Her work resulted in several technical publications, and over a dozen national and international conference proceedings. Dr. Ismail has been the recipient of several awards, including an invitation to attend the MPAC-hosted event at The White House celebrating Muslim Woman Emerging Leaders in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the 2019 Professor of the Year Award.
Dr. Ismail took the non-traditional route to academia by first working for two MIT start-ups as a lead research scientist/engineer. After several years in industry, she found herself back in academia where her true passion has always been. Currently, she is an assistant professor (tenure-track) at Simmons University. Her research work involves the synthesis and engineering of inorganic photocatalytic materials for environmental remediation using solar energy.

Area of Expertise

  • Semiconductor photocatalysis; hydrothermal synthesis; inorganic chemistry; materials science

What I Teach

  • CHEM110: General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM111: Introduction to Chemistry: Inorganic
  • CHEM113: Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 248: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM/PHYS 332: Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure
  • CHEM354: Research Methods
  • CHEM350: Independent Study
  • CHEM355: Independent Study with Thesis
  • CHEM390: Seminar

Research/Creative Activities

My research interests are focused primarily on synthesizing visible light active photocatalysts that can be used for environmental remediation, whether it’s waste-water treatment or reduction/conversion of greenhouse gases such CO2. Heterogeneous (semiconductor) photocatalysis has attracted increasing attention in the recent years as an alternative means for environmental cleaning using solar energy. Typically, photocatalysts are activated by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation because of their wide bandgaps. Since UV light accounts for a small fraction (~ 4-5%) of solar energy compared to visible light (~ 45%), any shift in the optical response of these semiconductors will increase energy utilization. The ultimate aim of my research group is to promote sustainable pathways to address energy and environmental problems using visible light photocatalysis.

Publications/Presentations

Publications

(within three years)

  • S. Streimer, R. Tekin, J. Mastandrea, K. Kilduff, J. Warzywoda, A. Sacco Jr., M.N. Ismail*, Spectroscopic Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Vanadosilicate AM-6, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 2019, in press.
  • M.N. Ismail*, J. Warzywoda, R. Tekin, A. Sacco Jr., Photocatalytic Activity of Transition Metal Substituted AM-6 under UV and Visible Light Irradiation, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, Volume 353, 2018, Pages 206–214.

Presentations

  • B. Boschetti, J. Rocklein-Canfield, C. Saitow, M.N. Ismail, Visible Light Induced H2 Production in a Recombinant Escherichia coli coupled with Vanadosilicate AM-6 Photocatalyst, 2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, Alexandria, VA, October 28th, 2019, (Poster).
  • S. Streimer, J. Mastandrea, K. Kilduff, J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, R. Tekin, J. Warzywoda, A. Sacco Jr., M.N. Ismail, "Spectroscopic Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Vanadosilicate AM-6", 21st Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference, Boston, MA, May 4th, 2019 (Poster).
  • M. Karod, A. Perlin, M.N. Ismail, M. Berger, J. Goldfarb, "Synthesis of ZnO-SiO2 Nanocomposite in Elastomeric Foam for the Photodegradation of Pharmaceutical Compounds", 21st Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference, Boston, MA, May 4th, 2019 (Poster).
  • M. Karod, A. Perlin, M. Berger, J. Goldfarb, M.N. Ismail, "Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO-SiO2 Nanocomposite in Elastomeric Foam for the Photodegradation of Pharmaceutical Compounds", 2019 Simmons University Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA, April 23rd, 2019 (Keynote talk).
  • S. Streimer, J. Mastandrea, K. Kilduff, J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, R. Tekin, J. Warzywoda, A. Sacco Jr., M.N. Ismail, "Effect of crystal quality on the photodegradation of 2,5-dichlorophenol", 2019 Simmons University Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA, April 23rd, 2019 (Poster).
  • M. Karod, A. Perlin, M.N. Ismail, M. Berger, J. Goldfarb, "Synthesis of ZnO-SiO2 Nanocomposite in Elastomeric Foam for the Photodegradation of Pharmaceutical Compounds", 257th National American Chemical Society Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 1st, 2019, (CHED 1071, Poster).
  • S. Streimer, J. Mastandrea, K. Kilduff, J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, R. Tekin, J. Warzywoda, A. Sacco Jr., M.N. Ismail, "Photodegradation of Organic Molecules using Microporous Vanadosilicate AM-6 based on Size and Polarity", 257th National American Chemical Society Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 1st, 2019, (CHED 904, Poster).
  • J.A. Mastandrea, M.N. Ismail, "Synthesis of microporous vanadosilicate AM-6 for shape-selective photocatalytic applications", 2018 Simmons College Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA, April 24th, 2018 (Poster).
  • J.A. Mastandrea, M.N. Ismail, "Synthesis of microporous vanadosilicate AM-6 for shape-selective photocatalytic applications", 20th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 15th, 2018 (Poster).
  • J.A. Mastandrea, M.N. Ismail, "Synthesis of microporous vanadosilicate AM-6 for shape-selective photocatalytic applications", Women in STEM Summit, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, March 24th, 2018 (Poster).
  • J.A. Mastandrea, M.N. Ismail, "Synthesis of microporous vanadosilicate AM-6 for shape-selective photocatalytic applications", 255th National American Chemical Society Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 18th, 2018, (INOR 379, Poster).
  • J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, M.N. Ismail, "Effect of Crystal Quality on the Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue", 2017 Simmons College Undergraduate Symposium, Boston, MA, April 25th, 2017 (Poster).
  • J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, M.N. Ismail, "Effect of Crystal Quality on the Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue", 19th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 8th, 2017 (Poster).
  • J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, M.N. Ismail, "Effect of Crystal Quality on the Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue", 2017 JCF- Frühjahrssymposium, Mainz, Germany, March 2017 (Poster).
  • M.N. Ismail, J. Mattheisen, E. Hishiya, Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue using Vanadosilicate AM-6, 254th National Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC, USA, August 2017 (oral, CATL-448).

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Councilor (alternate) for the Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society

Awards

  • 2019 Harvard University Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) Scholar.
  • 2019 Professor of the Year Award/Faculty Speaker – an award presented to the Simmons faculty who the graduating class admires for their teaching, advising and support.