Oberlin College recognizes its faculty members with emeritus status who have provided distinguished service to their academic department during their tenure.

The following professors from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have retired from Oberlin College, although some continue to do research, write, and maintain connected to the department.


Martin N. Ackermann (1966-2006)

Educational Background
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests:
Synthesis and characterization of transition-metal organometallic complexes of nitrogen-containing ligands, principally diazenes and hydrazines 

Inorganic Chem, General Chem, Synthesis Laboratory

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Representative Works:

  • M.N. Ackermann, M.P. Robinson*, I.A. Maher*, E.B. LeBlanc*, R.V. Raz*, "Synthesis and Characterization of cis-Mo(CO)4(L-L') and cis-Mo(CO)2(L-L')2 Complexes of N(1)-methyl-2-(arylazo)imidazoles (L-L'). Correlations of Spectroscopic Data with Substitutent Effects", J. Organometal. Chem., 2003, 682, 248.
  • M.N. Ackermann, K.B. Moore*, A.S. Colligan*, J.A. Thomas-Wohlever*, K.J. Warren*," Tetracarbonylmolybdenum Complexes of 2-(Phenylhydrazino)pyridine Ligands. Correlations of Spectroscopic Data with Pyridyl Substituent Effects.", J. Organometal. Chem., 2003, 667, 81.

Terry S. Carlton (1963-2001)

Educational Background
  • BS, Duke University
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests:
Thermodynamics of water and aqueous solutions; quantum theory. My goal is to understand causes of hydrophobic effects, especially thermodynamic ones, associated with the dissolving of nonpolar molecules in water.

Physical Chem, General Chem

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Representative Publications:
  • T.S. Carlton, "Using Heat Capacity and Compressibility To Choose among Two-State Models of Liquid Water", J. Chem. Phys. B, 2007, 111, 13398-13403
  • T.S. Carlton, "Why the Lower-Energy Term of Singlet Dioxygen Has a Doubly Occupied π* Orbital," J. Chem. Edu., 2006, 83 (3), 477.
  • T.S. Carlton, "Choosing and Searching", Oberlin Alumni Mag., Spring 2004, 99 (4), 11.
  • T.S. Carlton, T.N. Nguyen*, "Orbital-based Interpretation of Electron Density Differences in Ne2 and Polarized Ne and Ne6+", J. Phys. Chem. A, 1999, 103, 8870-8874.

Norman C. Craig (1957-2000)

Educational Background
  • BA, Oberlin College
  • MA, Harvard University
  • PhD, Harvard University

Research Interests

His research at Oberlin centered on molecular spectroscopy with an emphasis on vibrational spectroscopy supported by the synthesis of many isotopomers. Raman spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy were the principal experimental methods. Craig coordinate calculations and, later, quantum chemical calculations played central roles. In the mid1980s, Craig’s work focused on high-resolution infrared spectroscopy and microwave spectroscopy with the goal of determining accurate molecular structures.

Over 130 undergraduate students have done research with Professor Craig and 83 are coauthors of research publications.


For 43 years, general chemistry, environmental chemistry, and physical chemistry.

  • 1987, received an ACS/Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award for teaching.
  • 1996, received the ACS Award for Research in an Undergraduate Institution
  • 2004, elected chair of the Cleveland Section
  • 2010, received the Edward W. Morley Medal from the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society for his contributions to chemistry though research, teaching, engineering, research administration and public service

April Meeting Notice: Education Night and Award Ceremony

William H. Fuchsman (1970-2012)

Michael W. Nee (1983-2017)

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry