James Madison University

Barbara R

Barbara A. Reisner , Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Education, Honors, Awards

  • Associate Professor, James Madison University (2006-present)
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge (2008-2009)
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2008-2009)
  • Assistant Professor, James Madison University (2000-2006)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology and SUNY Stony Brook (1998-2000)
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (1998)
  • A.B., Princeton University (1993)
  • Academic Visitor University of Cambridge (2008-2009)
  • Department of Chemistry Teaching Award, University of California at Berkeley (1996)
  • Teaching Leadership Award, Pew Charitable Trust (1995)
  • R. T. McCay Prize for Excellence in Physical Chemistry, Princeton University (1993)

Research Interests

Research Description

In the Reisner lab, we are interested in the synthesis of new materials and the factors that affect their formation from solution.  For the past several years, we have focused on the study of metal-organic frameworks based on both phosphonate, carboxylate and azolate linkers.  We study how reaction conditions affect the material synthesized by examination of post-synthetic projects.  We are initiating a project to better understand the nucleation and crystallization of these materials by studying precursor species in solution.  Students in the Reisner lab work on the hydrothermal, solvothermal, and ionothermal synthesis of these materials.  They learn a range of analytical techniques for the characterization of these materials including powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis, (TGA and DSC), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

Selected Recent Publications

  • Augustine, B. H.; Caran, K. L.;. Reisner, B. A. “Seeding Nanoscience Throughout the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum.” Book chapter in ACS Symposium Series in Nanoscience Education, K. A. Pacheco, Ed. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., 2010, 19-48.
  • Reisner, B. A; Williams, B. S. "Visible Teaching: Moving From a Solitary Practice to a Community Endeavor", J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87, 252-253
  • E. Benatan, H. J. Eppley, M. J. Geselbracht, A. R. Johnson, B. A. Reisner, J. L. Stewart, L. R. Watson, and B. S. Williams, “IONiC: A Cyber-Enabled Community of Practice for Improving Inorganic Chemical Education”, J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 123
  • E. Benatan, J. Dene, H.J. Eppley, M.J. Geselbracht, E. Jamieson, A.R. Johnson, B.A. Reisner, J.L. Stewart, L. Watson, B.S. Williams. "JCE VIPEr: An Inorganic Teaching and Learning Community", J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 766-767.
  • Corsepius, N.C.; DeVore, T. C.; Reisner, B.A.; Warnaar, D.L. “Determination of the coefficient of thermal expansion using variable temperature X-ray diffraction.” J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 818-821.
  • Augustine, B. H.; Reisner, B. A.; Caran, K. L., “The Nanoscience Undergraduate Education (NUE) Program at James Madison University.” Proc. Mat. Res. Soc.  2006, 931, 13-18.
  • Mattox, A. C.; Rickey, D; Reisner, B.A. “What happens when chemical compounds dissolve in water?  An introduction to the MORE thinking frame.” J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 622-624.
  • Gemmill, W. R., Smith, M. D.; Reisner, B.A.  “A tetrahedrally coordinated cobalt(II) aminophosphonate containing one-dimensional channels.” J. SolidState Chem. 2005, 178, 2658-2662.


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