Ann Schmiedekamp, Ph.D.

Ann Schmiedekamp headshot
Professor, Physics
Coordinator, Abington Undergraduate Research Program (ACURA)
Woodland, 217

Teaching Interests and courses taught

Astronomy (Astro 001)
Astrobiology  (Astro 140)
Special Topics in Astro for undergraduates involved with research projects at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory  (NRAO)
Medical Physics (Physics 462)
General Physics  (Physics 211, 212, 213, 214, Physics 250, 251)


NASA Solar System Ambassador since 1999

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

  • Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award, 2014
  • Abington College Career Development Professorship, 2007-2009
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant alternate (award 6399), 2006-2007
  • Award for the Engagement of Students, 2006
  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award, 2005
  • Ogontz Scholars Award,1994-1995, 1988-1989


Computational Chemistry, undergraduate project in radioastronomy on the Milky Way

Selected Publications 

Ghosh, Sabari, Schmiedekamp, Ann Marie, Padmanaban, E., Butcher, Ray J., Chaudhuri, Tandrima, Rao, N., Mukhopadhyay, Chhanda, J. Incl. Phenom. Macrocycl. Chem (2015) 81:321-340.

Ghosh, Sabari, Chaudhuri, Tandrima, Schmiedekamp, Ann Marie, Padmanaban, E., Mukhjopadhyay, Chhanda, A 2,2’-bis(benzimidazolium)-dibenzo[24]crown[8] rigid pseudorotaxane system, Tetrahedron (2014),

Ghosh, Sabari; Schmiedekamp, Ann Marie; Mukhopadhyay, Chhanda,
Bis(benzimidazolium)methane salts: a potential guest for dibenzo-24-crown-8 towards [2]pseudorotaxanes, Tetrahedron (2012), 68(47), 9826-9835.

Mukhopadhyay, Chhanda; Ghosh, Sabari; Schmiedekamp, Ann Marie, Unraveling the molecular recognition of "three methylene spacer" bis(benzimidazolium) moiety by dibenzo-24-crown-8:
pseudorotaxanes under study, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (2012), 10(7), 1434-1439.

Mukhopadhyay, Chhanda, Rana, Sunil, Butcher, Ray J., Schmiedekamp, Ann. M.
First report of syn isomers in the diastereoselective synthesis of highly functionalized piperidines catalysed by wet picric acid: factors influencing the syn–anti ratios, Tetrahedron Letters, 52  5835–5840 (2011).

Brewer, Greg, Brewer, Cynthia, White, Genevieve , Butcher, Ray J., Viragh, Carol,
Carpenter, Everett. E., Schmiedekamp, Ann, Syntheses and characterization of iron(II) and iron(III) complexes of a tripodal ligand derived from tris(2-aminoethyl)methane, Inorganica Chimica Acta, (2009), 362(11), 4158-66.

Schmiedekamp AM, Nanda V.  Metal-Activated Histidine Carbon-Donor Hydrogen Bonds Contribute to Metalloprotein Folding and Function. J. Inorg. Biochem., 103, 1054-1060, (2009).

Nanda, V., Schmiedekamp, A., “Are aromatic carbon donor hydrogen bonds linear in proteins?” Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 70( 2),  489-497 (2008).

Schmiedekamp, A. , Ginnetti, A., Piccione, B., Cannon, K., Ryan, M. D., “Six Coordinate Co+2 with imidazole, NH3 and H2O ligands: Approaching Spin Crossover”, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 107(6), 1415-1429 (2007).

Brewer, Cynthia T., Brewer, Greg, Butcher, Ray J., Carpenter, Everett E., Schmiedekamp, Ann M., Viragh, Carol,   “Synthesis and characterization of a spin crossover iron(II)-iron(III) mixed valence supramolecular pseudo-dimer exhibiting chiral recognition, hydrogen bonding, and p -p  interactions”,  Dalton Transactions, (3), 295-298, (2007). (Cover illustration)

Brewer, Greg; Olida, Myro Joy; Schmiedekamp, Ann M., Viragh, Carol, Zavalij, Peter Y.,  “ A DFT computational study of spin crossover in iron(III) and iron(II) tripodal imidazole complexes. A comparison of experiment with calculations.”, Dalton Transactions   47, 5617-5629 (2006).

Brewer,C., Brewer, Greg, Butcher, Ray J., Carpenter, Everett E., Cuenca, Luciann, Schmiedekamp, Ann M., Viragh, Carol, ”Synthesis and characterization of seven-coordinate imidazole complexes of iron (II) and manganese(II),” Dalton Transactions 22, 3617-9 (2005).

Schmiedekamp, A., Schmiedekamp, M., Nair, K.P.R., “Rotational barriers of methyl fluorosulfonate and chlorosulfonate: a comparison between computational methods and experiment”, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 95, 719-730 (2003).

Schmiedekamp, A.  M., Ryan, M. D,  Deeth,  R. J.,  “Six-Coordinate Co+2 with H2O and NH3 ligands:  Which spin state is more stable?”, Inorganic Chemistry, 41(22) 5733-43, (2002).

Ph D, Physics, University of Texas

BS, Physics, University of Texas