Ashleigh E. Baber ’05

Associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University


Baber received her BS in chemistry from the College in 2005, followed by a PhD from Tufts University in 2011 and a postdoctoral position in the Catalysis Chemistry group at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 2011 to 2014.

At Tufts, she worked with low and variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to image individual atoms and molecules.

At JMU, her research group consists of undergraduate researchers using a homebuilt UHV surface analysis chamber to investigate the fundamental interactions of  molecules with each other and metal single crystals. Her group focuses on modifying oxide nanoparticles supported on metals to drive selective chemical reactions.

Baber has been a 2018 Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, a 2018 AVS Future Star, and a 2022 American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee Rising Star.

She serves as director of the board for AVS, the professional society for Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. She is also a co-founder and co-chair of the AVS Undergraduate Poster (UN) Session.