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Veronika Szalai

Veronika A. Szalai joined NIST in 2010 as a Project Leader in the Energy Research Group of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). She received an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Yale University, where her thesis work centered on biophysical measurements of water oxidation chemistry in photosynthesis. After completing post-doctoral work on DNA electrochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veronika advanced to the rank of tenured associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During that time, she and her group elucidated the biophysical chemistry of copper and the amyloid peptide of Alzheimer’s disease and developed methods to create guanine quadruplex-based DNA nanostructures. As part of the CNST, her laboratory provides facility users with advanced electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic characterization of biological nanostructures and tools for in operando reactivity measurements of nanomaterials 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
Email: veronika.szalai@nist.gov