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Scott M. Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: Scott Reed
Office Location: SI 4131
Phone: (303) 556-6260
Fax: (303) 556-4776
Office hours:
T 12:30-1:30PM
R 1:30-2:30PM
Or by appt.

Area of Expertise:
Nanoscience, health science


Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2001

M.S., University of Oregon, 1996

B.A., Bard College, NY., 1994

Professor Reed's research program falls at the interface between nanoscience and medicine. The first focus of his research is on nanoparticle-lipid conjugates as membrane mimics and the second is on nanomaterials for phototherapeutic applications. This research will have a significant impact on the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of disease.

Select Publications:
(Link to PubMed Publications)


Benjamin R. Ayres and Scott M. Reed "A minor lipid component of soy lecithin causes growth of triangular prismatic gold nanoparticles." Environmental Science: Nano, 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C3EN00015J

Reid E. Messersmith, Greg J. Nusz, and Scott M. Reed "Using the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance of Gold Nanoparticles to Monitor Lipid Membrane Assembly and Protein Binding.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jp406013q.

Min S. Wang ,  Reid E. Messersmith and Scott M. Reed "Membrane curvature recognition by C-reactive protein using lipoprotein mimics." Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7909-7918. DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25779C, PMCID: PMC3767169.

t M. Reed “Mixtures of Supported and Hybrid Lipid Bilayers on Heterogeneously Modified Silica Nanoparticles.” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2013, 117, 2113-2122., PMID: 23387352.

Min S. Wang, Joshua C. Black, Michelle K. Knowles and Scott M. Reed “C-reactive protein (CRP)
aptamer binds to monomeric but not pentameric form of CRP.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2011, 1309-1318, DOI: 10.1007/s00216-011-5174-1, PMID: 21725632 

Min S. Wang and Scott M. Reed “Electrophoretic Mobility of Lipoprotein Nanoparticle Mimics.” Proc. IEEE Conf. Nanotechnol. 2011, 1652-1656. DOI: NANO.2011.6144448, PMID:

Erica Curello, Min S. Wang and Scott M. Reed “Electrophoretic Mobility of Lipid Coated Nanoparticles: Understanding the Influence of Size and Charge on a Lipoprotein Particle Mimic.” Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, 2011, 2, 809-816.  

Min S. Wang and Scott M. Reed “Direct Visualization of Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assays Using Nanoparticle-Aptamer Conjugates.” Electrophoresis, 2012, 33, 348-351, DOI: 10.1002/elps.201100308, PMID: 22170687

Marilyn R. Mackiewicz, Heather L. Hodges, Anna L. Brown, and Scott M. Reed “C-Reactive Protein Induced Rearrangement of Phosphatidylcholine on Nanoparticle Mimics of Lipoprotein Particles.” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2010, 114, 5556-5562. DOI: 10.1021/jp911617q

Christopher Norris, Marilyn Mackiewicz, and Scott M. Reed “Minimizing Formaldehyde Use in the Synthesis of Gold-Silver Core-Shell Nanoparticles.” Chemistry of Materials, 2010, 22, 3637-3645. DOI: 10.1021/cm9035693.

Scott M. Reed
, My-Trinh Do, and Susan E. Masta “Parallel Factor Analysis of Spider Fluorophores.” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 93, 2008, 149-154. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2008.07.014

Sarita Sitaula, Marilyn R. Mackiewicz, and Scott M. Reed “Gold Nanoparticles Become Stable to Cyanide Etch When Coated with Hybrid Lipid Bilayers.” Chemical Communications, 2008, 26, 3013-3015. DOI: 10.1039/b801525b

Marilyn R. Mackiewicz, Benjamin R. Ayres and Scott M. Reed “Reversible, Reagentless Solubility Changes in Phosphatidylcholine-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles.” Nanotechnology Journal 2008, 19, 115607. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/11/115607 (Highlighted on

Sarita Sitaula and Scott M. Reed “Porphyrin Conjugated to DNA by a 2'-Amido-2'-deoxyuridine Linkage.” Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2008, 18, 850-855.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2007.11.033

Kindra Andrews, Scott M. Reed, and Susan E. Masta “Spiders Fluoresce Variably Across Many Taxa.” Biology Letters, 2007, 3, 265-267. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0016 (Highlighted on Science News)

James E. Hutchison and Scott M. Reed “Scaffold-Organized Clusters and Electronic Devices Made Using Such Devices.” U.S. Patent No. US 6,730,537, 2004.

Walter W. Weare, Scott M. Reed, Marvin G. Warner, and James E. Hutchison “Improved Synthesis of Small (dCORE = 1.5nm) Phosphine-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2000, 122, 12890-12891.

Robert S. Clegg, Scott M. Reed, and James E. Hutchison “Self-Assembled Monolayers Stabilized by Three Dimensional Networks of Hydrogen Bonds.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1998, 120, 2486-2487.

Honors Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry 2

Organic Chemistry 2 Lab

Elements of Organic Chemistry

Elements of Organic Chemistry Lab

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Seminar Preparation

Bioconjugate Chemistry

Chemistry of Nanomaterials