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Academics - Chemistry Faculty & Staff

Academics - Chemistry Faculty & Staff

Paul Schmitt

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Hays Science Hall 304

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Paul Schmitt came to Wabash College after completing his PhD at Purdue University. His research is centered around using nonlinear optical microscopy, specifically second harmonic generation (SHG), to increase the quality of emerging agrochemical and pharmaceutical materials. The relative crystallinity of an active ingredient can have a profound impact on its performance and stability. As a crystal-specific imaging technique, SHG microscopy enables many otherwise challenging measurements in formulation development. Professor Schmitt has an active collaboration with Corteva Agriscience (Indianapolis, IN) using feedback from SHG microscopy to decrease formulation development time. 

Outside of the classroom and lab, Prof. Schmitt enjoys many hobbies, including fly fishing, rock climbing, cooking, and playing music. He has family nearby in Michigan and enjoys spending time with them.


PhD – Purdue University

BS – Hillsdale College


 CHE 101, 241, 331, 351, 451, EQ


A Low-Cost Beam-Scanning Second Harmonic Generation Microscope with Application for Agrochemical Development and Testing. Grubbs, B.A.*; Etter, N.P.*; Slaughter, W.E.*; Pittsford, A.M.*; Smith, C.R.*; and Schmitt, P.D. Analytical Chemistry 201919 (18), 11723-11730.

Recent Advances in Nonlinear Optical Analyses of Pharmaceutical Materials in the Solid State. Schmitt, P.D. Molecular Pharmaceutics 2017, 14 (3), 555-565.