Jordan Mantha


Jordan Mantha

Associate Professor of Chemistry

BA; Environmental Science, 2002, University of Montana, Western
PhD; Chemistry, 2009, University of Nevada, Reno

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“Micah 6:8 reminds me that there is more to life than spending it on myself. It is a daily call to consider the lives of others and to bring my own life into perspective.

'And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.'”

—Jordan Mantha

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

  • Robert Wise Scholarship, 2003-2005
  • Montana Space Grant Consortium Scholarship, 2001-2002
  • Rocky Mountain GeoDays Conference - 3rd place oral presentation, 2002
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Montana State University, Summer 2001


  • Polarized Normal-Incidence Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy: Probing Spiropyran Photochromism in Thin PMMA Films and Toluene Jordan H. Mantha, Ali I. Ismail, and Joseph I. Cline, J. Phys. Chem. A, 115 (4), 410-418, 2011
  • Controlling the Spatial Orientation of Molecular Actuators: Polarized Photoisomerization of 2-Nitro-9-(2,2,2-triphenylethylidene)fluorine in a Thin Polymer Matrix Ali I. Ismail, Jordan H. Mantha, Hyun Jong Kim, Thomas W. Bell, and Joseph I. Cline, J. Phys. Chem. A, 115 (4), 419-427, 2011
  • Multisoliton formation in magnetic thin films Yu. G. Rapoport, C. E. Zaspel, J. H. Mantha, and V. V. Grimalsky, Phys. Rev. B, 65,24423, 2001
  • Evolution of solitons in magnetic thin films C. E. Zaspel, J. H. Mantha, Yu. G. Rapoport, and V. V. Grimalsky, Phys. Rev. B, 64, 64416, 2001


  • 55th Western Spectroscopy Association, 2008, Pacific Grove, CA: Normal incidence cavity ringdown spectroscopy as a sensitive probe of photochromic dye kinetics and excitation
  • 54th Western Spectroscopy Association, 2007, Pacific Grove, CA: Polarization preference and kinetics of excitation in a polymer-dispersed photochromic dye
  • 53th Western Spectroscopy Association, 2006, Pacific Grove, CA: Progress Towards Detection of Molecular Motor Operation
  • Chemistry Department Seminar, Spring 2005, University of Nevada, Reno: Molecular Motors: Detection of Actuation and Unidirectional Rotation
  • 230th ACS National Meeting, Fall 2005, Washington, DC: Progress Towards Detection of Molecular Motor Operation
  • 51st Western Spectroscopy Association, 2004, Pacific Grove, CA: Detection of photochromic behavior in 6,8-dibromo-BIPS dispersed in polymeric thin-film using cavity ring-down spectroscopy
  • Chemistry Department Seminar, Fall 2003, University of Nevada, Reno: Photoelectron Imaging Spectroscopy: Angular Distributions and Time-Resolved Studies

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