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350 Spelman Lane
, Box 281
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Office Location: Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center 388
Albert N. Thompson, Jr. is chair of the Science and Mathematics Division and professor in the Department of Chemistry at Spelman. He has been a faculty member at the College since 1981. He earned B.S. and M.S. 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.
Dr. 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 (GRE) Committees. He also serves on the Georgia Assessment for Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Advisory Committee for Chemistry.
Dr. Thompson is also a 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 (ACS) Project SEED summer research program, served for 10 years on the ACS National Project SEED Committee, and currently is a member of the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs.
Synthesis and characterization of tetraphenylporphyrins
Tandem Mass Spectrometry and Density Functional Theory of RDX Fragmentation Pathways: Role of Ion Molecule Complexes in Loss of NO3 and Lack of Molecular Ion Peak, Yassin A. Jeilani, Kameron Duncan, Domnique Newallo, Albert Thompson, and Nripendra Bose Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Accepted January 2015.
Effect of Halogenation on the Nonlinear Optical Properties of Porphyrin and Substituted Porphyrins. Cardelino, B.H, Moore, C.E., Bengloss, A., Thompson, Jr., A.N., Richards, R.A., Roney, C.A., and Sanghadasa, M., NASA University Research Centers Technical Advances in Aeronautics, Space Science and Technology, Earth Systems Sciences, Global Hydrology, and Education, Vol 3, 663-670, 1998.
Kinetics of the Reaction Between Zinc(II) and Tetrakis(2-fluoro-3-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin. A.O. Adeyemo, G. N. Williams, W. C. Dowdell, V. A. Hale, M. A. Laws, A. R. Williams, A. Y. Odom, A. N. Thompson, A. J. Wells, B. E. Williams, and L. D. Williams, Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry, Vol 28(5), 771, 1998.
Water-soluble N-Methyl Derivatives of Quinoyl Porphyrins I. Synthesis, Spectrophotometric and Computational Determination of pKa Values, A. O. Adeyemo, G. N. Williams, A.N. Thompson, A. Wells, B. Williams, and L. Williams, Georgia Journal of Science, Vol 54, 109-117, 1996.