Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 320
Physical Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
Professor Varberg studies the electronic spectra of free radicals and transient species of astronomical interest. He has received over $1 million in research funding, which has supported the summer research of many Macalester students. He and his students have published 25 research articles since he arrived at Macalester in 1992. Varberg teaches the junior-year courses in Thermodynamics & Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy as well as General Chemistry. He has spent sabbaticals in Boulder (Colo.), Oxford (U.K.), Vancouver (B.C.), and Sydney (Australia). He and his wife Michelle enjoy traveling, hiking, bicycling, and watching their three sons play baseball.
BA: Hamline University, 1985
PhD: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
Post-doc: National Institute of Standards and Technology (Boulder, Colo.), 1990–92
Post-doc: University of Oxford, 1992–93