Academics: Faculty

Albert N. Thompson Jr., Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Email: athompso@spelman.edu
Location: Science Center 388, Box 281

Albert N. Thompson Jr. is chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division and professor in the Department of Chemistry at Spelman College.  He has been a faculty member at Spelman College since 1981.  He earned the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemistry from Texas Southern University, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Howard University. He previously held faculty positions at Texas Southern University, Houston Community College, Fisk University, and Fayetteville State University.  He has done post-doctoral research at USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.

Albert Thompson’s current research interests are directed toward the synthesis and characterization of tetraphenylporphyrins and he has conducted funded research in the field of acid rain.  He 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 proposal review panels for NIH, NSF, NASA, EPA, and has served as a research and program consultant for QEM, Project Kaleidoscope, and liberal arts colleges. He is a member of University of Chicago James Franck Institute NSF Materials Research Center Visiting Advisory Committee, the American Chemical Society’s 2001 and 2003 General Chemistry Examination Committees, and the Chemistry Praxis I & II and Graduate Record Examination Committees.  He also serves on the Georgia Assessment for Certification of Educators Content Advisory Committee for Chemistry.

Albert Thompson is frequent speaker on the preparation and training minority students in science and the contributions of African Americans in the sciences.  He served as the P.I. of the NSF sponsored and NASA funded Model Institutions for Excellence Program at Spelman College.  He has hosted high school students in an American Chemical Society Project SEED summer research program, and served for ten years on the ACS National Project SEED Committee and currently is a member of the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs.