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Dr. Mary Hertz

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Contact Information

(719) 333-8112



Dr. Mary Hertz is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at USAFA working in the Quantitative Reasoning Center to provide high quality after-hours instruction to cadets. She is interested in the exploratory synthesis of intermetallics, with an emphasis on understanding the structure-property relationships of new crystal structures.


Doctorate of Philosophy, Inorganic Chemistry, Florida State University (2020)
Masters of Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Florida State University (2018)
Bachelors of Science, Chemistry (Materials), University of North Florida, Summa Cum Laude (2013)

Professional Experience

United States Air Force Academy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Quantitative Reasoning Center (Spring 2021-Present)

University of North Florida, Adjunct Professor (Fall 2020)

Florida State University, Graduate Teaching Assistant (Fall 2015-Fall 2019)

Laboratory Technician, Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (2013-2015)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Intermetallic compounds, Crystal growth, Exploratory synthesis, Property characterization, Molten metal synthesis


Hertz, M. B.; Baumbach, R. E.; Wang, X.; Latturner, S. E. “Unexpected Hydride: Ce4B2C2H2.42, a stuffed variant of the Nd2BC structure type”. Crystal Growth & Design 2021, 21 (9), 5164-5171. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00521

Engstrand, T.; Cope, E.; Vasquez, G.; Haddock, J.; Hertz, M.; Wang, X.; Latturner, S. “Flux synthesis of a metal carbide hydride using an organic compound as a reactant”. Inorganic Chemistry 2020, 59 (16), 11651-11657. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c01505

Nelson, W. L.; Chemey, A. T.; Hertz, M.; Choi, E.; Graf, D. E.; Wei, K.; Latturner, S.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Baumbach, R. E. “Superconductivity in a uranium containing high entropy alloy”. Scientific Reports 2020, 10 (4717)https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61666-z

Hertz, M. B.; Baumbach, R. E.; Latturner, S. E. “Flux synthesis of MgNi2Bi4 and its structural relationship to NiBi3”. Inorganic Chemistry 2020, 59 (6), 3452-3458. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b03196

Bacopoulos, P.; Lambert, J.; Hertz, M.; Montoya, L.; Smith, T. “Field and Model Study to Define Baseline Conditions of Beached Oil Tar Balls along Florida’s First Coast“. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 20142 (1), 160-170. https://doi.org/10.3390/jsme2010160