Mary Jane Shultz

Department of Chemistry
Pearson Chemistry Laboratory
62 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University 
Medford, MA 02155 

Office: P-100D

Tel: 617-627-3477  Fax: 617-627-3443

E-mail: mary.shultz@tufts.edu 

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Current Appointment


Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry




B.S., 1970, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1970-1971, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Ph.D., 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Research Interests


Physical Chemistry and Surface Science.  Research in the Shultz group is focused on the goal of developing a molecular-level understanding of water at a variety of surfaces. This effort includes developing novel methods to study these surfaces. Our primary tool is the nonlinear spectroscopy, sum frequency generation, a probe capable of delivering molecular level data on surface species. Pioneering work by the Shultz lab has resulted in a new picture of the surfaces of aqueous solutions. For example, contrary to the previous picture of atmospheric sulfates, they have shown that the surface contains sulfuric acid and lots of it. This has changed the atmospheric model to one of a proton-shift catalyzed liberation of ozone chewing atomic chlorine. It is a result with global implications. Future work on atmospheric aqueous solutions includes those relevant to unhealthy air in coastal regions and generation of dry aerosols. Other ongoing projects include studies of photocatalytic oxidation on semiconductor surfaces and investigations of ice and ice adhesion to other surfaces.


Selected Recent Publications

"Water: A Responsive Small Molecule", M. J. Shultz, T. H. Vu , B. Meyer and P. Bisson, Acc. Chem. Res., 2012, 45, 15-22.


"Hydrogen Bonding in the Hexagonal Ice Surface", I. L. Barnett, H. Groenzin, and M. J. Shultz, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115, 6039-6045.


"Competitive Binding of Methanol and Propane for Water Via Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy: Implications for Inhibition of Clathrate Nucleation", T. Vu, M. J. Shultz, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115, 998-1002.


"Multiplexed polarization spectroscopy: measuring surface hyperpolarizability orientation", M. J. Shultz, P. Bisson, H. Groenzin, I. Li, J. Chem. Phys., 2010, 133, 1-11.

"Spectroscopic Identification of Water-Propane Interaction: Implications for Clathrate Nucleation", T. H. Vu, S. D. Kalin, and M. J. Shultz, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2010, 114, 6356-6360.


"Aqueous hydrogen bonding probed with polarization and matrix isolation spectroscopy", M. J. Shultz, P. Bisson, V. Buch, H. Groenzin, I. Li, J. Molec. Struc., 2010, 972, 51-58.


"Ions and Hydrogen Bonding in a Hydrophobic Environment: CCl4", P. Bisson, H. Xiao, M. Kuo, N. Kamelamela, and M. J. Shultz, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2010, 114, 4051-4057.


"Characterization of the nitric acid-water complex in the infrared and near-infrared region at ambient temperatures in carbon tetrachloride", M. K. Maron, M. J. Shultz, and V. Vaida, Chem. Phys. Lett., 2009, 473, 268-273.


"Sum-frequency generation: Polarization surface spectroscopy analysis of the vibrational surface modes on the basal face of ice Ih", H. Groenzin, I. Li, and M. J. Shultz, J. Chem. Phys., 2008, 128(21), 214510/1-8


"Proton order in the ice crystal surface", V. Buch, H. Groenzin, I. Li, M. J. Shultz, and E. Tosatti,  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2008, 105, 5969-5974.

Additional publications HERE