Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley
B.S., Trinity College
Prof. Adam Hill ’08 became interested in the chemistry of metals through art courses while in high school outside Chicago. As an undergraduate at Trinity College, he worked with Prof. Maria Parr to study ancient potshards using electron microscopy and with Prof. David Henderson to trace well water contamination. In graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, Adam worked in the research group of Charles B. Harris, where he used ultrafast lasers to study the ways molecules with metal-carbon bonds react. In 2013, he graduated Berkeley with his Ph.D. in Chemistry and joined the faculty of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. After a sabbatical at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, his research has shifted to focus on the development of devices to mimic photosynthesis. Adam moved to Trinity College in 2023. His teaching uses hands-on experiences and problem solving to develop students’ grit and critical thinking; at Trinity College, he brings this approach to both his classroom and his work with his group of undergraduate researchers.