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Shannon Riha



Teaching at UW-Stevens Point since 2014, Shannon Riha is an associate professor of chemistry and an advisory board member of the UW-System Women and Science Program. She is most proud of the hands-on, practical experience provided to students through undergraduate research at UWSP. As an analytical and materials chemist by training, Riha provides in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the synthesis and characterization of materials and thin films with technologically relevant applications. Areas of expertise include solution syntheses of nanomaterials, physical vapor deposition of thin films, device fabrication, as well as a suite of characterization tools (surface chemistry and structural analysis techniques, electron microscopy, electroanalytical techniques, and thermal and chemical analysis methods). 


  • ACS Applied Materials journals, Editorial reviewer
  • Nanomaterials, Editorial reviewer
  • Thin Solid Films, Editorial reviewer


Riha, S. C., Schaller, R. D., Gosztola, D. J., Wiederrecht, G. P., Martinson, A. B. F. (2014). “Photoexcited Carrier Dynamics in Cu2S Thin Films.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 5, 4055-4061.

Riha, S. C., Jin, S., Baryshev, S. V., Thimsen, E., Wiederrecht, G. P., Martinson, A. B. F. Stabilizing Cu2S for Photovoltaics One Atomic Layer at a Time, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2013, 5, 10302-10309.

Riha, S. C., Klahr, B. M., Tyo, E. C., Seifert, S., Vajda, S., Pellin, M. J., Hamann, T. W., Martinson, A. B. F. Atomic Layer Deposition of a Sub-monolayer Catalyst for the Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance of Water Oxidation with Hematite, ACS Nano 2013, 7, 2396-2405.


  • DOE-EERE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Colorado State University Graduate Student Teaching Award (2007)
Associate Professor

CBB 448


Ph.D. - Chemistry
Colorado State University-Fort Collins

B.S. - Chemistry
Lakeland College


Fundamental Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Quantitative Analysis