Faculty Bio

William Ames

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office Location: Von Liebig Science Center 2033
Phone Number: (814)641- 3903

William Ames joined the Juniata College faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor of chemistry. Previously, he worked as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vt., from 2012 to 2013.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry in 2004 from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and went on to earn a doctoral degree in physical chemistry in 2009 from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. He spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, in Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany from 2009 to 20012.

Ames' research interests center on water oxidation and synthesizing non-natural compounds for use in a non-petroleum based economy. He also has teaching experience in such subjects as General Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy.


He has published research as a co-author in a variety of professional journals, including Journal of the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry, Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.


He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the International EPR Society and Pi Mu Epsilon, the honor society for mathematics.


Ames has extensive teaching experience, working as a graduate supervisor at the Max Planck Institute from 2009 to 2012 and working as a teaching assistant for a variety of chemistry courses at the University of Iowa from 2005 to 2009.