Margret J. Geselbracht

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor

Inorganic Chemistry

Reed College
Department of Chemistry
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists

Phone: (503) 517-7865

My research interests are in solid state inorganic chemistry, focused on understanding the relationships between structure, composition, and properties in early transition metal oxides.  Materials that interest me include superconductors, semiconductor photocatalysts, and solid state battery materials.  If you want to learn more about my teaching and research interests, visit the links below.


Education Links


Students: Looking for summer research?


Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource


The SHArK Project: Solar Hydrogen Activity Research Kit

Personal History

Although the Pacific Northwest has captured my heart, originally I hail from the heartland, Peoria, Illinois to be exact.  I spent my college years under the golden dome at the University of Notre Dame, where I received a B.S. in Chemistry.  After 4 years at Notre Dame, I headed west to UC Berkeley for graduate school, where I worked with Prof. Angelica Stacy.  I received my Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1991 and headed back to the heartland for a Postdoctoral position with Arthur B. Ellis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I moved to Reed in January of 1993, conveniently skipping the remainder of the Wisconsin winter!  When the Rhodies started blooming in April, I knew I had found my new home. 

In 1999-2000, I spent a sabbatical at the University of Oxford's Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory working with Prof. Dermot O'Hare doing in situ diffraction studies of high temperature reactions.  In 2006-07, I enjoyed my second sabbatical working on lithium ion battery materials in the group of Dr. Debra R. Rolison at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. I have enjoyed my sabbaticals so much that I am looking for a way to make them permanent...I hear that's called retirement!

Links to other useful web sites


  • Gordon Research Conferences
  • Third Workshop on Future Directions of Solid State Chemistry

    Women in Science

    Professional Societies

    When I surf for fun...

    Jinny Beyer Studio (I highly recommend Jinny's workshop class on Designing Tesselations and her Puzzle Balls are awesome!)
    Cool Cottons Quilt Shop (Home of the inspiring Journal Quilt Workshop Group)
    Quilter's Cache: Loads of free patterns

     V. Sattui (the best reds in Napa...and Madeira to die for) (Recipes galore)
    Cook's Illustrated (a Scientist's Dream)

    Last modified:  13 September, 2012