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About Chris

Chris standing in front of the newly delivered double glovebox.

Christopher R. Graves 

Graves CV [pdf]


B.Sc., Mount Allison University (2001)
Ph.D., Northwestern University (2006)
Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2006-09)


Class of 1949 Annadora Vesper Shirk Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship (2013)
Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Experiential Sciences (2009)
Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award (2008)
Excellence in Graduate Research (2006)
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada International Graduate Fellowship (2002-06)
Nathaniel Morgan Award for Outstanding Student in Chemistry and Mathematics (1999)

About Chris:

Chris grew up in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada. Taking advantage of the rich agriculture of the area, Chris spent his senior year of high school working in the research labs at the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre in Kentville, NS with Dr. Sonia Gaul. After high school, Chris headed to Mount Allison University where he performed research in the laboratories of Prof. John Read studying the kinetics of potassium ferrate oxidations and Prof. Steve Westcott working on the synthesis of metal complexes of boronate ester containing diimines. After graduation, Chris decided to pursue his interests in the synthesis of inorganic compounds and their application as catalysts and moved to Northwestern University to obtain a Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. SonBinh Nguyen. After studying the catalytic application of aluminum compounds for six years, Chris decided to switch gears and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Labs at Los Alamos working on the synthesis of organouranium complexes with Dr. Jackie Kiplinger. After completing his postdoctoral research at LANL, Chris began his independent career at Albright College prior to moving to Swarthmore College in 2016 to become an Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and a member of the Environmental Studies program. In his free time Chris enjoys reading fiction, especially contemporary coming of age novels, making cobblers with fresh local produce, playing with his son, watching baseball (Go Cubbies!), and running.