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Veronika Szalai

Veronika Szalai is a Project Leader in the Energy Research Group. She received an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Yale University. Her thesis work centered on biophysical measurements of water oxidation chemistry in natural photosynthesis. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veronika spent several years on the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During that time, she and her group elucidated the biophysical chemistry of copper in Alzheimer’s disease fibrils, investigated the effects of DNA condensation on DNA oxidation processes, and developed methods to create quadruplex-based DNA materials. Veronika joined the CNST in 2010, and is leading projects focused on the fabrication of biomimetic nanostructures and on fundamental measurements of nanobiomaterials for artificial photosynthesis applications. 


Selected Programs/Projects


Selected Publications

  • Synapsable quadruplex-mediated fibers, M. A. Mendez and V. A. Szalai, Nanoscale Research Letters 8, 210 (2013).
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  • Effect of tin doping on α-Fe2O3 photoanodes for water splitting, C. D. Bohn, A. K. Agrawal, E. C. Walter, M. D. Vaudin, A. A. Herzing, P. M. Haney, A. A. Talin, and V. A. Szalai, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116, 15290–15296 (2012).
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  • Local structure and global patterning of Cu2+ binding in fibrillar amyloid-β [Aβ(1–40)] protein, W. A. Gunderson, J. Hernández-Guzmán, J. W. Karr, L. Sun, V. A. Szalai, and K. Warncke, Journal of the American Chemical Society 134, 18330–18337 (2012).
  • Affinity of Cu+ for the copper-binding domain of the amyloid-β peptide of Alzheimer's disease, H. A. Feaga, R. C. Maduka, M. N. Foster, and V. A. Szalai, Inorganic chemistry 50, 1614–1618 (2011).
  • Cu K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals differential copper coordination within amyloid-[β] oligomers compared to amyloid-[β] monomers, J. Shearer, P. E. Callan, T. Tran, and V. A. Szalai, Chemical Communications 46, 9137–9139 (2010).
  • Fluorescence of Unmodified Oligonucleotides: A Tool to Probe G-Quadruplex DNA Structure, M. A. Mendez and V. A. Szalai, Biopolymers 91, 841-850 (2009). 


Project Leader
Energy Research Group


A.B. Chemistry - Bryn Mawr College

Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry - Yale University


Phone: 301-975-3792