Centre College Faculty

Jeff Fieberg

Jeffrey Fieberg

• Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 859-238-5875
E-mail: jeff.fieberg@centre.edu
Office: Olin Hall—215

Jeffrey Fieberg joined the faculty at Centre College in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2008. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008. Prior to joining Centre's faculty in 2005, he taught at Hillsdale College (1998–2001) and Georgetown College (2001–2005), where he won the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award in 2003.

Raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, Fieberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in chemical physics from Centre College. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas. His Ph.D. research focused on the photochemistry of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. His work was published in such journals as Chemical Physics Letters, the Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Fieberg’s current research interests are in nanotechnology and artists’ materials. His research group has fabricated biosensors and light-activated nanovalves using functionalized conical gold nanotubes. This work began as a collaboration with Centre alumnus, Charles Martin ’75, who is director for the Center for Research at the Bio/Nano Interface at the University of Florida. Fieberg typically works in his research laboratory with students each summer and during the academic year. His students have presented their work at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, and the Centre Symposium.

Fieberg teaches General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Natural Science, Materials Science, and Chemistry in Art. In 2010, he co-directed the Centre-in-London program where he taught Chemistry in Art and British Scientists: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. During CentreTerm 2013, Fieberg will teach Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse in France (Paris and Provence). He will direct the Centre-in-Strasbourg program for 2013-2014. Fieberg is an energetic teacher. In his introductory classes, he performs demonstrations almost daily in class. Fieberg has won several awards, including the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), the C. Eric Mount Jr. Student Appreciation Award (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award from Greek Life (2008 and 2009), and the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named co-Most Dramatic Professor in Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly in 2010.

Fieberg is active in the National Science Foundation’s Community of Scholars in Chemistry in Art. In 2011-2012, he participated as the first Sabbatical Leave Research Fellow in Technical Art History at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Working in the Conservation Science Laboratory directed by Gregory Smith ’95, Ph.D., technical analyses of paintings from the IMA’s European collection were performed using x-ray fluorescence, Raman microspectroscopy, and infrared microspectroscopy. The paintings analyzed included Mysterious Departure by Giorgio de Chirico, Jupiter with Thunderbolt, attributed to a follower of Jacob Jordaens, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh.

Fieberg is the faculty liaison for the Centre softball team and has been the faculty advisor for three student clubs: the American Chemical Society, the Centre Science Journal, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The American Chemical Society chemistry club is extremely active as they perform demonstration shows in the local schools, battle annually in croquet with the Math Club for the “Golden Mallet,” and host several social events. The Centre Science Journal is a student-run organization that publishes research performed by Centre students. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a social fraternity.

Professors voted most “dramatic” and “best storyteller” (August 5, 2010).

File last updated: 8/5/13