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Research Chemist

New Jersey, United States
October 03, 2016

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Maor F. Baruch, PhD

Permanent address: ***** Elm Court, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648

Current address: ***** ****** ***** **. *** 103, Charlotte, NC, 28273 Tel: 978-***-**** Email:


Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry and Materials Science February 2016 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Master of Arts, Chemistry and Materials Science April 2013 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. GPA: 3.91

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics May 2011 University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA. GPA: 3.98 Honors Program, Summa Cum Laude


Research Scientist (Contract) March 2016 – Present Chemring Detection Systems, Charlotte, NC

Conducted research relating to the development, optimization, and commercialization of a differential mobility spectrometer for the trace detection of chemical warfare agents (CWA).

Used chemometrics to develop standard quantitation procedures for chemical warfare agent simulants.

Studied the permeation kinetics of gas-phase analytes across semipermeable membrane interfaces.

Wrote and reviewed technical research summaries. Graduate Researcher July 2011 – February 2016

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Advisor: Professor Andrew B. Bocarsly

Studied the mechanism of CO2 electroreduction on Sn cathodes using in situ attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, electrochemical analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), et al.

Designed, constructed, and optimized a differential electrochemical mass spectrometer system (DEMS) for real- time detection of electrochemically generated products. Undergraduate Researcher May 2008 – May 2011

University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

Advisor: Professor James E. Whitten

Assisted in the development of a gold nanoparticle-based portable vapor detection system.

Synthesized and studied the size-dependent reactivity of zinc oxide nanoparticles. TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant in Instruction – Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics September 2013 – May 2014 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Led discussion sessions that summarized and reviewed core thermodynamic concepts.

Met with students individually for further assistance on material comprehension.

Supervised and assisted students in the collection, interpretation, and communication of scientific data.

Designed and maintained sensitive scientific equipment for student use. Peer Tutor February 2008 – May 2011

Centers for Learning, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA.

Tutored single and multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, general physics, general chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry.

Conducted both private and group tutoring sessions (2-10 students). PUBLICATIONS

1. Pander, J. E.; Baruch, M. F.; Bocarsly, A. B. Probing the Mechanism of Aqueous CO2 Reduction on Post- Transition Metal Electrodes using ATR-IR Spectroelectrochemistry. In Preparation. 2. Baruch, M. F. ; Pander, J. E. ; White, J. L.; Bocarsly, A. B. Mechanistic Insights into the Reduction of CO2 on Tin Electrodes using In situ ATR-IR Spectroscopy. ACS Catal., 2015, 5, 3148–3156.

Equal contributors.

3. White, J. L.; Baruch, M. F.; Pander, J. E.; Hu, Y.; Fortmeyer, I.; Park, J. E.; Zhang, T.; Liao, K.; Gu, J.; Yan, Y.; Shaw, T. W.; Abelev, E.; Bocarsly, A. B. Light-Driven Reduction of Carbon Dioxide: Photocatalysts and Photoelectrodes. Chem. Rev., 2015, 115 (23), 12888–12935. 4. Cole, E. B.; Baruch, M. F.; L'Esperance, R. P.; Kelly, M. T.; Lakkaraju, P. S.; Zeitler, E. L.; Bocarsly, A. B. Substituent Effects in the Pyridinium Catalyzed Reduction of CO2 to Methanol: Further Mechanistic Insights. Top. Catal., 2015, 58, 15-22.

5. Im, J.; Sengupta, S. K.; Baruch, M. F.; Granz, C. D.; Ammu, S.; Manohar, S. K.; Whitten, J. E. A Hybrid Chemiresistive Sensor System for the Detection of Organic Vapors. Sens. Actuators B. Chem, 2011, 156, 715-722. TECHNICAL SKILLS

Expert in the use of mass spectrometry (MS), differential mobility spectrometry (DMS), infrared spectroscopy

(FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), gas chromatography (GC), transmission electron microscopy

(TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, electrochemical analysis, and thin film deposition.

Skilled in the design of experiments (DOE), chemometrics, and data analysis.

Adept in the design, construction, optimization, and maintenance of scientific instruments.

Experienced in the use of computer aided design (Autodesk Inventor and FreeCAD).

Well-versed in a variety of programming languages including C, C++, and python. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Princeton University

Pickering Teaching Award (2014)

Hugh Scott Taylor Award (2011/2012 and 2012/2013)

Stephen P.A. Fodor *85 Fellowship (2011/2012)

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Allen Scattergood Scholarship (2011)

New England Institute of Chemists Student Award (2011) Dean’s Scholarship (2008 – 2010)


1. Baruch, M. F., Pander, J. E., White, J. W. Role of Surface-bound Carbonates in the Reduction of CO2 on Tin Cathodes. Pacifichem, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, 2015. (Oral presentation) 2. Pander, J. E. ; Baruch, M. F. ; White, J. L.; Bocarsly, A. B. Mechanistic Insights into the Reduction of CO2 on Tin Electrodes using In situ ATR-IR Spectroscopy. Third Biennial CO2 Workshop, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, March 16-17, 2015. (Poster presentation) Equal contributors. 3. Baruch, M. F.; Bocarsly, A. B. Pyridinium-Based Co-Catalysts for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Using Electrodeposited CuPd Alloys. 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, August 19-23, 2012.

(Oral presentation)

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