Dr. Anderson L. Marsh

Anderson Marsh

Vernon and Doris Bishop Professor of Chemistry
Director of Chemistry Engineering Track

Email: marsh@lvc.edu

Phone: 717-867-6149

Office Location: Neidig-Garber 404

Physical Chemistry

Research & Practice Areas:
Surface chemistry and nanoscience as they relate to catalysis, alternative energy, and environmental remediation.

  • Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award, Lebanon Valley College, 2013
  • E. Emmet Reid Award in Chemistry Teaching at Small Colleges, ACS Middle Atlantic, 2013
  • 2019 ACS Physical Chemistry Exam Committee

Many of the reactions that take place in an industrial setting or out in the environment occur at interfaces. Our work is focused on understanding how the structure of solid surfaces affects their reactivity for the removal of pollutants from wastewater using nanomaterials, during catalysis for environmentally friendly processes, in the interaction of nanomaterials with environmental systems, and in the photochemistry of small molecules on ice films. We prepare materials with selected surface structures and characterize them using microscopy and spectroscopy. We then use these materials in reaction studies. Our end goal is to correlate surface properties with reactivity to design materials that result in a positive impact on our environment.


undergraduate co-authors denoted with *

Marsh, A. L. Using NMR Spectroscopy to Elucidate the Effect of Substituents on Keto-Enol Equilibria. In NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum; Soulsby, D., Anna, L. J., Wallner, A. S., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 1128; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2013; pp 205–210.

*Weilnau, J. N.; *Black, S. E.; *Chehata, V. J.;  *Schmidt, M. P.; *Holt, K. L.; *Carl, L. M.; *Straka, C. J.; Marsh, A. L.; Patton, W. A.; Lappas, C. M.  ZnS Nanocrystal Cytotoxicity Is Influenced by Capping Agent Chemical Structure and Duration of Time in Suspension. J. Appl. Toxicol. 2013, 33, 227–237.

*Manbeck, K. A.; *Boaz, N. C.; *Bair, N. C.; *Sanders, A. M. S.; Marsh, A. L. Substituent Effects on Keto-Enol Equilibria Using NMR Spectroscopy. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88, 1444–1445; 2012, 89, 421.

*Musselwhite, N. E.; *Wagner, S. B.; *Manbeck, K. A.; *Carl, L. M.; *Gross, K. M.; Marsh, A. L. Activity and Selectivity of Colloidal Platinum Nanocatalysts for Aqueous Phase Cyclohexenone Hydrogenation. Appl. Catal., A 2011, 402, 104–109.

*Lyons, O. D.; *Musselwhite, N. E.; *Carl, L. M.; *Manbeck, K. A.; Marsh, A. L. Synthesis, Characterization, and Reaction Studies of a PVP-Capped Platinum Nanocatalyst Immobilized on Silica. Langmuir 2010, 26, 16481–16485.

*Manbeck, K. A.; *Musselwhite, N. E.; *Carl, L. M.; *Kauffman, C. A.; *Lyons, O. D.; *Navin, J. K.; Marsh, A. L. Factors Affecting Activity and Selectivity during Cyclohexanone Hydrogenation with Colloidal Platinum Nanocatalysts. Appl. Catal., A 2010, 384, 58–64.

*Kauffman, C.A.; *Muza, A. M.; *Porambo, M. W.; Marsh, A. L. Use of a Commercial Silver-Silver Chloride Electrode for the Measurement of Cell Potentials to Determine Mean Ionic Activity Coefficients. Chem. Educator 2010, 15, 178–180.

*Porambo, M. W.; *Howard, H. R.; Marsh, A. L. Dopant Effects on the Photocatalytic Activity of Colloidal Zinc Sulfide Semiconductor Nanocrystals for the Oxidation of 2-Chlorophenol. J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 1580–1585.

*Gordon, T. R.; Marsh, A. L. Temperature Dependence of the Oxidation of 2-Chlorophenol by Hydrogen Peroxide in the Presence of Goethite. Catal. Lett. 2009, 132, 349–354.

*Porambo, M. W.; Marsh, A. L. Synthesis and Photoluminescent Properties of Doped ZnS Nanocrystals Capped by Poly(vinylpyrrolidone). Opt. Mater. 2009, 31, 1631–1635.

*Navin, J. K.; Grass, M.; Somorjai, G. A.; Marsh, A. L. Characterization of Colloidal Platinum Nanoparticles by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry. Anal. Chem. 2009, 81, 6295–6299.



“Effect of capping agent size and chemical structure on silver nanoparticle catalytic activity for 4-nitrophenol production” D. Correll, A. Marsh. Poster presentation in the Symposium on Nanomaterials Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. ACS national conference in New Orleans, LA. March 2024.

  • CHM 311/312 Physical Chemistry I and II
  • CHM 321/322 Physical Laboratory I and II
  • CHM 412 Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHM 302 Environmental Chemistry
  • COE 217NS Revolution: The Nanotechnology Age
  • FYE 111/112 First-Year Experience Seminar