Academics: Faculty

Albert N. Thompson Jr., Ph.D.

Chemistry Professor Earns Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award

Albert Thompson Jr., Ph.D., professor of Chemistry and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Thompson's dedication in research, commitment to the educational development of others, and his passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr. Thompson will provide the keynote lecture at the Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award Symposium during the 40th Annual National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 4.

He will also be recognized at the annual NOBCChE awards ceremony and reception. NOBCChE initiates and supports local, regional, national, and global programs that assist people of color in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. The organization promotes careers in science and technology as an achievable goal for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Office: 404-270-5750 or 404-270-5766
Location: Science Center 388, Box 281

Educational Background:
Howard University, Ph.D.
Texas Southern University, M.S.
Texas Southern University, B.A.

Albert N. Thompson Jr. has been a faculty member at Spelman College since 1981. Dr. Thompson earned bachelor and master's degrees in chemistry from Texas Southern University, and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University. He has done postdoctoral research at USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in Texas and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research interests are directed toward the synthesis and characterization of water-soluble tetraphenylporphyrins, and he has conducted funded research in the field of acid rain.

Dr. Thompson has received funding and co-funding for several research and educational grants from NIH, NSF, the Air Force, the Pittsburgh Conference, NASA, DOE, and the U.S. Army. He has published, and has given numerous talks and presentations in his current research area. He has served on national grant review panels, and has served as a research and program proposal consultant to NSF, NASA, EPA, NIH, QEM, Project Kaleidoscope, and liberal arts colleges.

A member of the University of Chicago James Franck Institute NSF Materials Research Center Visiting Advisory Committee, Sr. Thompson has been invited to speak on several occasions on the training of minority students for science and research careers. He organized and is currently involved in American Chemical Society's sponsored summer research program for high school students, Project SEED. During the past seven summers he has served as a research preceptor to high school research students in his laboratory. He was a member of the American Chemical Society's 2001 and 2003 General Chemistry Examination Committee.

Recent Awards:
2011 Distinguished Alumni Award -- School of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University

Recent Publications:

Models for Success -- Third Edition; Successful Academic Models for Increasing the Pipeline of Black and Hispanic Students in STEM Areas -- Chapter 8, "African American Women in Chemistry: Spelman College as a National Model for Baccalaureate Degree Production," Thurgood Marshall College Fund -- New York, 2010

Research Interests:

Synthesis and Characterization of Water-Soluble Tetraphenylporphyrins