Professor of Chemistry
At Berea College since 1993
Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, 424
Jay Baltisberger was born in Ohio and raised in Grand Forks, ND for most of his youth. Jay loved computer programming, mathematics, and science as a high school student but also participated in theater, music, speech, and debate, winning state and national awards for various activities. Jay is fundamentally a wanderer and he decided to travel to Wabash College in Indiana for his undergraduate years, majoring in both physics and chemistry but spending many hours every week working as a scenic carpenter and lighting designer in the Ball Theater. Jay enjoyed doing undergraduate research (working at the ND Energy Research Center, the Idaho National Engineering Lab, and the University of Utah for three summers) and elected to continue his interest in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy working with Alex Pines at the University of California at Berkeley. For his graduate work, Jay focussed on dynamic-angle spinning NMR experiments designed to get high-resolution information about systems containing quadrupolar nuclei like O-17 or Rb-87. After attending Wabash College, Professor Baltisberger has always seen a huge value from a liberal arts education and upon finishing his Ph.D. he decided to pursue this as a career instead of heading down the R1 research path.
Professor Baltisberger arrived at Berea College in the fall of 1993 and was mentored by towering figures from the history of the chemistry program, Thomas Beebe, Larry Blair, and Lee Roecker. Jay worked hard in the early years to write research grant proposals and ultimately acquired a 300 MHz NMR spectrometer and a Jakobsen Magic-Angle Spinning probe. Professor Baltisberger has mentored many students over the years (details follow on his research page) and is excited to see them go on to advanced degrees in medicine and chemistry. Professor Baltisberger was promoted to full professor in 2011 and named the Nathaniel Southgate Shaler Memorial Chair in Geology and Chemistry. He continues to push for the inclusion of interdisciplinary work at Berea College including earth and geological science and biochemistry. Jay is an adamant supporter of social and economic justice both at Berea and beyond. He is committed to the institutional mission at Berea College and hopes to spend the rest of his career here.
Virtual Office Hours
Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 3 – 4 p.m.
- CHM 361 A (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri: 1 – 2:50 p.m.)
- CHM 470 A (Mon/Thur: 8:30 – 11:20 a.m.)
- A.B., Wabash College, 1989
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
Honors and Awards
- Fulbright Research Scholar, ENS-Lyon, France working with Lyndon Emsley group (also affiliated with the CNRS in Lyon) doing dipolar decoupling, imaging and DAS experiments (fall 2001 – spring 2002).
- American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Foundation Grant (Type C) ($60,000 awarded fall 2001, co-PI with Pamela Shapiro of University of Idaho).
- National Science Foundation Instrumentation for Laboratory Instruction (ILI) Grant ($200,000 awarded spring 1998).
- American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Foundation Startup Grant (Type GB) ($20,000 awarded spring 1997).
- Research Corporation Cottrell College Startup Grant ($45,000 awarded spring 1995).
- Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Startup Grant ($10,000 awarded fall 1993).
- NSF Graduate Fellowship to perform graduate study at University of California at Berkeley (fall 1989).
- Macintosh Fellow awarded to top Wabash College seniors going to graduate school (spring 1989).
- Technical Theater Awards for work at Wabash College Theater program (1988, 1989).
- Phi Lambda Upsilon (undergraduate chemistry honor society)
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- American Physical Society (APS)
- National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
- Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
- Project Kaleidoscope Faculty 21 Class of 95 (PKAL-F21)
- Berea College Communication Across Campus IV (CAC4)
- National Youth Science Camp Board of Advisors (NYSC-BOA)
Papers and Publications
- Natural abundance 17O and 33S nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in solids achieved through extended coherence lifetimes, D. Jardón-Álvarez, M.O. Bovee, J.H. Baltisberger, P.J Grandinetti, Physical Review B, 100, 140103 (2019), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.100.140103
- Correlating structural distributions in silica glass with 2D J-Resolved spectroscopy, D.J. Srivastava, J.H. Baltisberger, P. Florian, F. Fayon, R.A. Shakhovoy, M. Deschamps, N. Sadiki, P.J Grandinetti, Physical Review B, 98, 134202 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.134202
- Cluster formation of network-modifier cations in cesium silicate glasses, D. Jardón-Álvarez, K.J. Sanders, P.A. Phyo, J.H. Baltisberger, P.J. Grandinetti, Journal of Chemical Physics, 149 (9) 094502 (2018), DOI: 10.1063/1.5020986
- Hydrogen motional disorder in crystalline iron group chloride dehydrates, B.J. Walder, A.M. Patterson, J.H. Baltisberger, P.J. Grandinetti, Journal of Chemical Physics, 149 (8) 084503 (2018), DOI: 10.1063/1.5037151
- Correlating germinal 2JSi–O–Si couplings to structure in framework silicates, D.J. Srivastava, P. Florian, J.H. Baltisberger, P.J. Grandinetti, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20 562-571 (2018), DOI: 10.1039/c7cp06486a
- Modifier Cation effects on 29Si nuclear shielding anisotropies in silicate glasses, J.H. Baltisberger, P. Florian, E.G. Keeler, P.A. Phyo, K.J. Sanders, P.J. Grandinetti. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 268, 95-106 (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2016.05.003
- Two-dimensional NMR measurement and point dipole model prediction of paramagnetic shift tensors in solids, B.J. Walder, K.K. Dey, M.C. Davis, J.H. Baltisberger, P.J. Grandinetti. Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 014201 (2015). DOI: 10.1063/1.4904548
- Sideband separation experiments in NMR with phase incremented echo train acquisition, B.J. Walder, K.K. Dey, D.C. Kaseman, J.H. Baltisberger, P.J. Grandinetti. Journal of Chemical Physics 138, 174203 (2013). DOI: 10.1063/1.4803142
- Phase incremented echo train acquisition spectroscopy, J.H. Baltisberger, B.J. Walder, E.G. Keeler, D.C. Kaseman, K.J. Sanders, P.J. Grandinetti. Journal of Chemical Physics 136, 211104 (2012). DOI: 10.1063/1.4728105
- Reduction of spin diffusion artifacts from 2D zfr-INADEQUATE MAS NMR spectra, J.H. Baltisberger, T. Musapelo, B. Sutton, A. Reynolds, L. Gurung. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 208, 70-75 (2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2010.10.006
- The refocused INADEQUATE MAS NMR experiment in multiple spin-systems: Interpreting observed correlation peaks and optimising lineshapes, S. Cadars, J. Sein, L. Duma, A. Lesage, T.N. Pham, J.H. Baltisberger, S.P. Brown, L. Emsley. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 188, 24-34 (2007). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2007.05.016
- A Science Portfolio, L. Roecker, J. Baltisberger, M. Saderholm, P. Smithson, L. Blair. Journal of College Science Teaching, 36, 36-44 (2007).
- Multi-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging in a stray magnetic field, J.H. Baltisberger, S. Hediger, L. Emsley. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 172, 79-84 (2005). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2004.09.019
- Multiple-quantum magic-angle spinning and dynamic-angle spinning NMR spectroscopy of quadrupolar nuclei, S.H. Wang, Z. Xu, J.H. Baltisberger, L.M. Bull, J.F. Stebbins and A. Pines. Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 8, 1-16 (1997). DOI: 10.1016/S0926-2040(96)01277-5
- Triple-Quantum Two-Dimensional 27Al Magic-Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Study of Aluminosilicate and Aluminate Crystals and Glasses, J.H. Baltisberger, Z. Xu, S.H. Wang and A. Pines. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 118, 7209-7214 (1996). DOI: 10.1021/ja9606586
- Solid-State 17O Magic-Angle and Dynamic-Angle Spinning NMR Study of the SiO2 Polymorph Coesite, P.J. Grandinetti, J.H. Baltisberger, I. Farnan, J.F. Stebbins, U. Werner and A. Pines. Journal of Physical Chemistry, 99, 12341-12348 (1995). DOI: 10.1021/j100032a045
- Cross Polarization Under Dynamic-Angle Spinning Conditions, J.H. Baltisberger, S.L. Gann, P.J. Grandinetti and A. Pines, Molecular Physics, 81, 1109-1124 (1994). DOI: 10.1080/00268979400100741
- Chemical Structure and Oxygen Dynamics in Ba2In2O5, S.B. Adler, J.A. Reimer, J.H. Baltisberger and U. Werner, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 116, 675-681 (1994). DOI: 10.1021/ja00081a031
- Structure and Oxide-Ion Motion in Defective Cubic Perovskites, S.B. Adler, S.L. Russek, J.A. Reimer, M. Fendorf, A. Stacy, Q. Huang, A. Santoro, J. Lynn, J.H. Baltisberger and U. Werner, Solid State Ionics, 68, 193-211 (1994) DOI: 10.1016/0167-2738(94)90177-5
- Cross Polarization and Dynamic-Angle Spinning of 17O in L-Alanine, S.L. Gann, J.H. Baltisberger, E.W. Wooten, H. Zimmermann and A. Pines, Bulletin of Magnetic Resonance, 16, 68 (1994).
- Sidebands in Dynamic-Angle Spinning NMR, P.J. Grandinetti, Y.K. Lee, J.H. Baltisberger, B.Q. Sun and A. Pines, Journal of Magnetic Resonance A 102, 195-204 (1993). DOI: 10.1006/jmra.1993.1091
- Pure Absorption-Mode Lineshapes and Sensitivity in Two-Dimensional Dynamic-Angle Spinning NMR, P.J. Grandinetti, J.H. Baltisberger, A. Llor, Y.K. Lee, U. Werner and A. Pines, Journal of Magnetic Resonance A 102, 72-81 (1993). DOI: 10.1006/jmra.1993.1132
- Dynamic-Angle Spinning Without Sidebands, S.L. Gann, J.H. Baltisberger and A. Pines, Chemical Physics Letters 210, 405-410 (1993). DOI: 10.1016/0009-2614(93)89045-5
- J.H. Baltisberger, Thesis, University of California, Berkeley (1993)
- Identification of the Disorder in Network Modified Silicate Glasses, I. Farnan, P.J. Grandinetti, J.H. Baltisberger, J.F. Stebbins, U. Werner, M.A. Eastman and A. Pines, Nature 358, 31-35 (1992). DOI: 10.1038/358031a0
- Isotropic Chemical Shifts and Quadrupolar Parameters for Oxygen-17 Using Dynamic-Angle Spinning NMR, K.T. Mueller, J.H. Baltisberger, E.W. Wooten and A. Pines, Journal of Physical Chemistry 96, 7001-7004 (1992). DOI: 10.1021/j100196a028
- 87Rb Dynamic-Angle Spinning NMR Spectroscopy of Inorganic Rubidium Salts, J.H. Baltisberger, S.L. Gann, E.W. Wooten, T.H. Chang, K.T. Mueller and A. Pines, Journal of the American Chemical Society 114, 7489-7493 (1992). DOI: 10.1021/ja00045a023
- B.Q. Sun, J.H. Baltisberger, Y. Wu, A. Samoson and A. Pines, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 1, 267-295 (1992). DOI: 10.1016/0926-2040(92)90047-D
- Polyethylene Crystallinity from Static Solid-State NMR Spectra, C.D. Hughes, N.K. Sethi, J.H. Baltisberger and D. Grant, Macromolecules 22, 2551-2554 (1989). DOI: 10.1021/ma00195a099