James Smith

Prof. James Smith is the ALERT COE Education Co-Lead, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, and received both his M.S. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound. The chemistry of thermal decomposition of highly energetic materials is of primary interest to his research team. Among the materials they study are nitramines, nitrate esters, peroxides and energetic salts. He accomplishes his objectives using a variety of chemical instruments including gas and liquid chromatrographs, mass spectrometers, NMR and microcalorimeters