Professor Blake Reed has taught at Olivet College since 2016 where he is the adviser of the chemistry seminar and teaches Introductory Chemistry, General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Instrumentation. Professor Reed received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Alma College in 2010 where his research focused on organic fragrance chemistry, specifically utilizing the allene-Claisen rearrangement to make sandalwood derivatives. Professor Reed completed his doctoral program in inorganic chemistry at Wayne State University (WSU) in 2016. His research at WSU focused on designing reduced bis(imino)pyridine nickel complexes for reactivity with heteroallenes, specifically carbon dioxide.
Professor Reed, originally from Charlotte, has always wanted to teach at a small, liberal arts college where the low student-to-faculty ratio allows for small classroom sizes and one-on-one teaching experiences. Olivet College allows him to get to know his students well and provides a fun teaching and learning atmosphere.