Chemistry / Biochemistry
Department Chair:
Rebecca Whelan

Administrative Assistant:
Patricia West, A263

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8300
Fax: (440) 775-6682

Science Center A263
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30-noon 1:00-5:00pm

Terry S. Carlton

Terry S. Carlton

Terry Carlton

Terry S. Carlton,

Emeritus Professor, (at Oberlin 1963-2001) retired in 2001

Educational Background 

  • Bachelor of Science, Duke University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley 


Research Interests: thermodynamics of water and aqueous solutions; quantum theory. My goal is to understand causes of hydrophobic effects, especially thermodynamic ones, associated with the dissolving of nonpolar molecules in water.

Taught: Physical Chem, General Chem

Contact Information:

Representative Publications:

  • T.S. Carlton, "Using Heat Capacity and Compressibility To Choose among Two-State Models of
    Liquid Water", J. Chem. Phys. B, 2007, 111, 13398-13403
  • T.S. Carlton, "Why the Lower-Energy Term of Singlet Dioxygen Has a Doubly Occupied π* Orbital," J. Chem. Edu., 2006, 83 (3), 477.
  • T.S. Carlton, "Choosing and Searching", Oberlin Alumni Mag., Spring 2004, 99 (4), 11.
  • T.S. Carlton, T.N. Nguyen*, "Orbital-based Interpretation of Electron Density Differences in Ne2 and Polarized Ne and Ne6+", J. Phys. Chem. A, 1999, 103, 8870-8874.