- Linfield College

Faculty and Staff

The chemistry department consists of five full-time faculty members and one full-time staff members. The mission of the chemistry department is to help interested students learn chemistry. In pursuit of our mission, we offer students a sequence of courses, seminars, discussions, research, and other study opportunities designed to help them learn chemistry and attain their goals.

For our students, we intend to:

  • generate and sustain their interest in natural philosophy,
  • expose them to the beauty of theoretical chemistry,
  • provide appropriate learning experiences for those whose goals include employment as chemists or graduate study in chemistry, and
  • provide assistance to those who need to acquire basic chemical knowledge in pursuit of goals in other disciplines.

About one hundred students (chemistry, biology, physics, and general science majors) enter the general chemistry sequence each year. About six to eight chemistry majors graduate each spring. Each year, undergraduate science majors collaborate with faculty on a wide range of individual research projects.

Elizabeth J. O. Atkinson - Professor, Chair

B.S., Creighton University, 1988; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1995. 

Dr. Elizabeth J. O. Atkinson

Courses taught: organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, research methods, and research.

Dr. Atkinson's principal areas of interest include both analytical and organic chemistry. Her current research includes synthesis/characterization of octa-substituted phthalocyanines, decomposition of hazardous compounds using electrified micro-heterogeneous catalysis, and the study of sonoluminescence in aqueous media.

Andrew W. Baggett - Assistant Professor

B.S. (summa cum laude), LeTourneau University, 2009; Ph.D., Boston College, 2016.


Courses taught: general chemistry and organic chemistry.

Dr. Baggett's research interests are on the discovery and applications of a variety of copper-catalyzed homocouplings and cross couplings of boronic acid derivatives (esters or amides) to form aryl-aryl bonds, aryl-alkyl, and alkyl-alkyl carbon-carbon bonds.

Megan L. Bestwick - Assistant Professor

B.S., Southern Oregon University, 2001; M.S. University of Washington, 2002; Ph.D., University of Utah, 2009.

 Dr. Megan Bestwick

Courses taught: general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry. 

Dr. Bestwick's research interests focus on biochemical processes within the mitochondria of cells.  Currently she is interested in determining how transcription factor proteins within the organelle stimulate or repress transcription of mitochondrial DNA using an in vitro transcription system. 

Brian D. Gilbert - Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Brian D. Gilbert

Brian's areas of expertise include molecular spectroscopy, nanoparticle based sensors/drug delivery and the chemistry of beer.  He has led January-term courses in Chile, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, and New Zealand.  Brian typically teaches CHEM 300: The Art and Science of Brewing, CHEM 361: Physical Chemistry I and CHEM 362: Physical Chemistry II.

You can schedule an office hour meeting with Brian hereLearn more about Professor Gilbert.

Thomas J. Reinert - Professor

B.S., Iowa State University, 1979; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1985.

Dr. Thomas J. Reinert

Courses taught: general chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, advanced group theory, advanced chemistry laboratory courses, and research methods.

Dr. Reinert's major interests are focused in inorganic chemistry, including porphyrin chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and chemical applications of group theory. His current research interests include the controlled synthesis of asymmetric porphyrins, the chemistry of wine-making, molecular modeling, and the design of computer-integrated laboratories for the general chemistry curriculum.


Kristin Ziebart - Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S.(cum laude), Oregon State University, 1999; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2010.

Courses taught: general chemistry, writing in chemistry, instrumental methods of analysis.


Veronica Siller - Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator

B.S., Linfield College, 2010. Ms. Siller is the laboratory coordinator for the organic chemistry program. She serves as principal lab instructor and supervises the student teaching assistants and student tutors for organic chemistry.

Amy Wolcott - General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator

B.S., Linfield College, 1997. 

Ms. Wolcott is the laboratory coordinator for the general chemistry program. She serves as principal lab instructor and supervises the student teaching assistants and student tutors for general chemistry.

Emeritus Faculty

James J. Diamond - Professor Emeritus

B.S., St. Joseph's University (PA), 1972; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978. 

Dr. James J. Diamond

Courses taught: chemistry in the atmosphere, seminar, general chemistry, physical chemistry, research methods, research, and writing in chemistry.

Dr. Diamond's interests include physical chemistry, nonlinear dynamics in chemistry, and spectroscopy. His research interests include molecular modeling, ab initio calculations of electronic structure problems, and fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics.

Robert G. Wolcott - Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of California, Riverside 1966; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1972.        

Dr. Robert Wolcott

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