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Martha B. Black

Laboratory Instructor in Chemistry

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Cleaveland Hall - 152

Teaching this semester

CHEM 2520. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Martha Black
Development and principles of quantum chemistry with applications to atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactivity, and molecular spectroscopy. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week. Mathematics 1800 is recommended. Note: Chemistry 2510 is not a prerequisite for Chemistry 2520 .

Martha Black


  • M.S. Chemical Engineering Practice, 1988, M.I.T.
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1987, M.I.T.

Martha Black joined Bowdoin College in 2005 as a Laboratory Instructor for the laboratory associated with Chemistry 210.  She is an experienced chemical engineer, having worked for more than fifteen years in a wide range of industries such as agrochemicals, plastics, environmental technology, and electronic component manufacturing.  During this time, she worked in a variety of environments encompassing laboratory bench-scale development through large-scale manufacturing.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to work with students and apply her industrial experience in an academic setting.

Mrs. Black lives in Brunswick with her husband and four children.  In her "spare" time, she enjoys working with elementary students in the Destination Imagination program, jogging, and fieldhockey.