Chatham University

Environmental Studies Faculty and Staff

Joseph MacNeil Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 1997

Academic Areas of Interest

chemical pedagogy, semiconductors, solvothermal synthesis, X-ray crystallography, solid-state computational chemistry


I completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry at St. Francis Xavier University in 1988 before moving on to a Ph.D. (organometallic chemistry) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1993 I moved to San Diego to begin a post-doctoral research program studying environmental and mechanistic aspects of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

I have been at Chatham since 1997, and am now an associate professor in our chemistry program, Director of our Masters in Biology programs, and Director of the Chatham Scholars. I teach both semesters of general chemistry, as well as upper-level courses in inorganic and instrumental analysis. I also teach the scholars section of our general education science each year.

My research encompasses three distinct foci: chemical pedagogy, the synthesis of novel semiconductors, and the solid-state computational study of semiconductor materials.