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Dean Smith

Assistant Physicist - Term


Dean joined the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT, X-Ray Science Division) as a Physicist in December 2019.

Prior to his joining Argonne, Dean held a postdoctoral position at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he entered long-term collaboration with HPCAT scientists in developing instruments which combine focused CO2 laser illumination with the diamond anvil cell (DAC) high-pressure device and X-ray techniques. Such instruments allow in situ measurements on materials at extreme pressures and temperatures. As a member of HPCAT, Dean is concerned with the further development of these and other optical instruments for the DAC, with particular scientific interests in the structure and bonding properties of compounds including semiconductors, ceramics, and minerals.


  • PhD Physics, University of Salford (Manchester, UK), 2016
  • MPhys Physics with Nanotechnology, University of Hull (Hull, UK), 2012


  • Member, International Association for the Advancement of High Pressure Science & Technology
  • Member, Institute of Physics (UK)
  • Affiliate Postdoc, National Postdoctoral Association


  1. E. Siska, D. Smith, A. Salamat,* K. V. Lawler, B. Lavina, F. Poineau, & P. M. Forster, Synthesis and chemical stability of technetium nitrides, Chemical Communications 57, 8079 (2021)
  2. D. Durkee, N. Dasenbrock-Gammon, G. A. Smith, E. Snider, D. Smith, C. Childs, S. A. J. Kimber, K. V. Lawler,* R. P. Dias,* & A. Salamat,*  Colossal Density-Driven Resistance Response in the Negative Charge Transfer Insulator MnS2Physical Review Letters 127, 016401 (2021)
  3. E. Siska, D. Smith, C. Childs, D. Koury, P. M. Forster, K. V. Lawler,* & A. Salamat,* β-Technetium: An allotrope with a nonstandard volume-pressure relationship, Physical Review Materials 5, 063603 (2021)
  4. K. V. Lawler*, D. Smith, S. R. Evans, A. M. dos Santos, J. J. Molaison, J.-W. G. Bos, H. Mutka, P. F. Henry, D. N. Argyriou, A. Salamat*, & S. A. J. Kimber*, Decoupling Lattice and Magnetic Instabilities in Frustrated CuMnO2, Inorganic Chemistry 60, 6004 (2021)
  5. X. Zhang, X. Luo, M. Bykov, E. Bykova, I. Chuvashova, D. Butenko, S. Chariton, V. Prakapenka, D. Smith, H. Wang, Y. Wang, J. Lv,* & A. F. Goncharov,* Stability of the peroxide group in BaO2 under high pressure, Physical Review B 103, 094104 (2021)
  6. J. Louis-Jean,* S. M. Balasekaran, K. V. Lawler, A. Sanchis-Perucho, J. Martínez-Lillo, D. Smith, P. M. Forster, A. Salamat, & F. Poineau,* Coexistence of metamagnetism and slow relaxation of magnetization in ammonium hexafluoridorhenate, RSC Advances 11, 6353 (2021) 
  7. J. K. Hinton, C. Childs, D. Smith, P. B. Ellison, K. V. Lawler, & A. Salamat,* Response of the mode Grüneisen parameters with anisotropic compression: A pressure and temperature dependent Raman study of β-Sn, Physical Review B 102, 184112 (2020)
  8. M. Bykov,* K. R. Tasca, I. G. Batyrev, D. Smith, K. Glazyrin, S. Chariton, M. Mahmood, & A. F. Goncharov, Dinitrogen as a Universal Electron Acceptor in Solid-State Chemistry: An Example of Uncommon Metallic Compounds Na3(N2)4 and NaN2, Inorganic Chemistry 59, 14819 (2020)
  9. D. Smith, D. Sneed, N. Dasenbrock-Gammon, E. Snider, G. A. Smith, C. Childs, J. S. Pigott, N. Velisavljevic, C. Park, K. V. Lawler,* R. P. Dias,* & A. Salamat,* Anomalous Conductivity in the Rutile Structure Driven by Local Disorder, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10, 5351 (2019)
  10. Z. M. Grande, C. Huang, D. Smith, J. S. Smith, J. H. Boisvert, O. Tschauner, J. H. Steffen,* & A. Salamat,* Bond strengthening in dense H2O and implications to planetary composition (under review, arXiv:1906.11990)
  11. H. E. Weekes, D. Dye,* J. E. Proctor, D. Smith, C. Simionescu, T. J. Prior, & M. R. Wenman, The effect of pressure on hydrogen solubility in Zircaloy-4, Journal of Nuclear Materials 524, 256 (2019)
  12. D. Sneed, J. S. C. Kearney, D. Smith, J. S. Smith, C. Park, & A. Salamat*, Probing disorder in high-pressure cubic tin (IV) oxide: a combined x-ray diffraction and absorption study, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 26, 1245 (2019)
  13. D. Durkee, D. Smith, R. Torchio, S. Petitgirard, R. Briggs, I. Kantor, S. R. Evans, T. Chatterji, T. Irifune, S. Pascarelli, K. V. Lawler,* A. Salamat,* & S. A. J. Kimber,* Electronic origins of the giant volume collapse in the pyrite mineral MnS2, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 269, 540 (2019)
  14. D. Smith,* D. P. Shelton, P. B. Ellison, & A. Salamat,* Simple imaging for the diamond anvil cell: Applications to hard-to-reach places, Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 103902 (2018)
  15. D. Smith,* J. S. Smith,* C. Childs, E. Rod, R. Hrubiak, G. Shen, & A. Salamat,* A CO2 laser heating system for in situ high pressure-temperature experiments at HPCAT, Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 083901 (2018)
  16. J. S. C. Kearney, M. Graužinytė, D. Smith,* D. Sneed, C. Childs, J. Hinton, C. Park, J. S. Smith, E. Kim, S. D. S. Fitch, A. H. Hector, C. J. Pickard, J. A. Flores-Livas,* & A. Salamat,* Pressure tuneable visible-range band gap in the ionic spinel tin nitride, Angewandte Chemie (Int. Ed.) 57, 11623 (2018) and Angewandte Chemie 130, 11797 (2018)
  17. J. Louis-Jean, S. Mariappan Balasekaran,* D. Smith, A. Salamat, C. T. Pham, & F. Poineau, Syntheses, Raman spectroscopy & crystal structures of alkali hexafluoridorhenates(IV) revisited, Acta Crystallographica E 74, 646 (2018)
  18. D. Smith, K. Lawler, M. Martinez-Canales, A. Daykin, Z. Fussell, G. A. Smith, C. Childs, J. S. Smith, C. J. Pickard, & A. Salamat,* Postaragonite phases of CaCO3 at lower mantle pressures, Physical Review Materials 2, 013605 (2018)
  19. D. Smith, M. A. Hakeem, P. Parisiades, H. E. Maynard-Casely, D. Foster, D. J. Bull, A. R. L. Marshall, A. M. Adawi, R. T. Howie, A. Sapelkin, V. V. Brazhkin, & J. E. Proctor,* Crossover between liquidlike and gaslike behaviour in CH4 at 400 K, Physical Review E 96, 052113 (2017)
  20. D. Smith, O. Joris, A. Sankaran, H. Weekes, D. Bull, T. Prior, D. Dye, D. Errandonea, & J. E. Proctor,* On the high-pressure phase stability and elastic properties of β-Ti alloys, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29, 155401 (2017)
  21. D. Smith,* R. T. Howie, I. F. Crowe, C. L. Simionescu, C. M. Muryn, V. Vishnyakov, K. S. Novoselov, Y.-J. Kim, M. P. Halsall, E. Gregoryanz, & J. E. Proctor,* Hydrogenation of graphene by reaction at high pressure and high temperature, ACS Nano 9, 8279 (2015)
  22. A. D. Law, M. Auriol, D. Smith, T. S. Horozov,* & D. M. A. Buzza,* Self-assembly of two-dimensional colloidal clusters by tuning the hydrophobicity, composition, and packing geometry, Physical Review Letters 110, 138301 (2013)