Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture in Materials Chemistry

Margaret C. Etter

Margaret “Peggy” Cairns Etter was born on September 12, 1943. She died on June 10, 1992, from cancer. In 1974, she received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota under the direction of Jack Gougoutas. She taught organic chemistry at Augsburg College in 1975-76, and worked at the 3M Company from 1976 to 1983. She returned to the University of Minnesota as a postdoctoral fellow with Robert Bryant in 1984 and, within a year, had secured an independent academic appointment. Peggy rose rapidly through the ranks and in 1990 was promoted to full professor. Peggy’s outstanding characteristics as a scientist were her infectious enthusiasm, uncompromising scientific standards, and creativity. Her research group made major contributions in the applications of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the design and properties of organic non-linear optical materials, and most significantly, in the understanding and utilization of hydrogen-bonding interactions in crystals. This was reflected in nearly 80 research papers and in several landmark review articles in prestigious journals. Outside recognition in the form of fellowships from the Sloan and Bush Foundations and an Iota Sigma Pi Award for Excellence in Chemistry represent incomplete reflections of the impact of this work. One of her extramural “side projects” was to found a company called “Rochelle Crystal Corporation,” for which Peggy was named St. Paul Businessperson of the Year in 1986.

2024 Lecture

Headshot photograph of Sossina Haile

Sossina Haile
Northwestern University

Superprotonic Solid Acid Compounds for Sustainable Energy Technologies

February 1st, 2024
9:45 am 

  • 2022: Jonathan Owen, Columbia University
  • 2022: Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan
  • 2021: Susan Reutzel-Edens, The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
  • 2020: Giulia Galli, University of Chicago
  • 2018: Younan Xia, Georgia Tech
  • 2017: Naomi Halas, Rice
  • 2017: Kristi Anseth, Colorado
  • 2015: John Rogers, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2014: Paul Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2013: Frances Ligler, North Carolina State University
  • 2013: Raoul Kopelman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2013: Paula Hammond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2012: Joseph Lauher, Stony Brook University
  • 2011: Ka Yee Lee, University of Chicago
  • 2011: Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University
  • 2010: Kristi Kiick, University of Delaware
  • 2009: Uli Wiesner, Cornell University
  • 2008: Milan Mrksich, University of Chicago, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 2007: Karen Wooley, Washington University
  • 2005: James D. Wuest, Université de Montréal
  • 2004: T. Don Tilley, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2004: Jeffrey Moore, University of Illinois
  • 2003: Reza Ghadiri, The Scripps Research Institute
  • 2002: David Walba, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2000: Michael Ward, University of Minnesota, CEMS
  • 1999: Mark Davis, California Institute of Technology
  • 1998: Steven Zimmerman, University of Illinois
  • 1997: Omar Yaghi, Arizona State University
  • 1996: JeanM.J. Frechet, Cornell University
  • 1995: Alan Cowley, University of Texas, Austin
  • 1994: Sam Stupp, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 1993: Galen Stucky, University of California, Santa Barbara

Watch Margaret C. Etter's 1992 Lectures on YouTube

In January 1992, Prof. Etter conducted a three part series of lectures to outline her groundbreaking life's work and commit the work to tape. The Department of Chemistry has digitized these lectures; they are available to watch on the Department of Chemistry YouTube channel.

A Potpourri of Crystal Chemistry – Part I: Phase Transformations and Crystal Reactions

A Potpourri of Crystal Chemistry – Part II: Crystal Growth and Morphology

Margaret C. Etter Lectures – Part III: Graph Sets