Wayne State University

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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department of Chemistry
X-Ray Crystallography and Optical Spectroscopy Mgr.
Cassandra Ward, Ph.D.
Title Senior Research Scientist/Lab Manager
Location X-ray Crystallographic Laboratory
Lumigen Instrumentation Center
A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building
Education B.S. Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2008
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina, 2014-2016
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Wayne State University, 2016-2018
Office Chem 61
Phone (313) 577-2587

Dr. Ward is a physical chemist experienced in the fields of spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. Her responsibilities include assisting and training users on both single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers (XRD) and the optical spectroscopy instruments. She provides guidance to users with their sample preparation and data interpretation. Prior to becoming the lab manager, Dr. Ward spent a year working as a postdoc in the X-ray Crystallography Laboratory at Wayne State. She worked with an expert crystallographer to develop her skills in solving small-molecule crystal structures. She also established X-ray diffraction and reflectivity techniques for phase identification and determining film thickness, layer density, and layer roughness for thin-film measurements.

Dr. Ward has an extensive background in spectroscopy. Her Ph.D. work used ultrafast laser spectroscopy to manipulate photochemical reactions of organic photoswitches using sequential femtosecond-pulses. Her postdoctoral work used a combination of spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques to study photophysical properties of inorganic complexes anchored to transparent metal-oxide semiconductors. Dr. Ward has also been involved with various analytical projects, which include fabricating microfluidic devices for electrophoretic separations of nucleic acids and conducting LC/MS/MS experiments to measure endocrine disrupting chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products in water and sediment samples.


Blakeney, K. J.; Ward, C. L.; Winter, C. H.; "Atomic Layer Deposition of Tungsten-Rich Tungsten Carbide Films using WCl6 and AlH2(tBuNCH2CH2NMe2) as Precursors" ECS Trans., 86, 41 (2018)

Ward, C. L.; DiMarco, B. N.; O'Donnell, R. M.; Meyer, G. J.; "Dye Excited States Oriented Relative to TiO2 Surface Electric Fields" J. Phys. Chem. C, 122, 13863 (2018)

O'Donnell, R. M.; Sampaio, R. N.; Li, G.; Johansson, P.; Ward, C. L.; Meyer, G. J.; "Photo-Acidic and Photo-Basic Behavior of Transition Metal Compounds with Carboxylic Acid Groups(s)". J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138, 3891 (2016)

Ward, C. L.; O'Donnell, R. M.; DiMarco, B. N.; Meyer, G. J.; "Kinetic Resolution of Charge Recombination and Electric Fields at the Sensitized TiO2 Interface". J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 25273 (2015)

Ward, C. L.; Elles, C. G.; "Cycloreversion Dynamics of a Photochromic Molecular Switch via One-Photon and Sequential Two-Photon Excitation". J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 10011 (2014)

Ward, C. L.; Elles, C. G.; "Controlling the Excited-State Reaction Dynamics of a Photochromic Molecular Switch with Sequential Two-Photon Excitation". J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 3, 2995 (2012)

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