Andrea Munro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Rieke Science Center - Room 245
1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon - Fri:
By Appointment
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • NSF-ACC Postdoctoral Fellowship with Professor Neal Armstrong, University of Arizona, 2008-2010
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2008
  • B.S., University of Washington, 2003

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal synthesis
  • Colloidal metallic nanoparticle synthesis
  • Ligand exchange studies


Dr. Munro often teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry, but has taught courses throughout the chemistry curriculum including:

CHEM 103 – Food Chemistry
CHEM 115 – General Chemistry 1
CHEM 116 – General Chemistry 2
CHEM 341 – Physical Chemistry 1 (kinetics & thermodynamics)
CHEM 342 – Physical Chemistry 2 (quantum mechanics)
CHEM 343 – Physical Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 344 – Physical Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 410 – Introduction to Research
CHEM 420 – Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 487 – Inorganic Synthesis

WRIT 101 – A writing course for students during their first semester at PLU. Dr. Munro co-taught WRIT 101: Scientific Literacy in the Media in Fall 2016 and taught WRIT 101: Writing and the Scientific Method in Fall 2017 for students in the STEM dorm.

Selected Articles

  • Chandler, C., Chai, D., Garling, M., Munro, A., Popovich, V. "Phenyldithiocarbamate Ligands Decompose During Nanocrystal Ligand Exchange." Journal of Physical Chemistry C Vol. 120, 2016: 29455-29462.


  • "Inspirational Woman" - PLU Center for Gender Equity 2018
  • Karen Hille Phillips Regency Advancement Award Recipient 2015-2016, Pacific Lutheran University
  • National Science Foundation American Competitiveness in Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008-2010
  • Nellie Yeoh Whetton American Vacuum Society Graduate Student Award 2007


Dr. Andrea Munro conducts research with a team of undergraduate students. We investigate colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and the effects of various ligands on the properties of those nanocrystals as a function of nanocrystal shape.  Recently we joined a collaborative research alliance and will be synthesizing doped semiconductor nanocrystals that will serve as dyes in luminescent solar concentrators.

Students in the Munro Lab synthesize semiconductor nanocrystals using air-free techniques.  We use XRD, TEM, and ICP-MS to characterize the crystal shape and structure.  Student researchers exchange the native ligands on the nanocrystal surface with novel molecules and characterize the effects of ligand exchange using UV/vis absorbance, photoluminescence, FTIR, and NMR spectroscopy.

Dr. Munro developed a new course CHEM 103: Food Chemistry, a lab-based chemistry course designed to introduce students to the scientific method and quantitative analysis. The course was designed for students who are not majoring in the sciences.