profile image

Alison R. Noble, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Interest and areas of expertise

Optical materials, nanoscience, surfaces and interfaces, spectroscopy, physical and analytical chemistry, chemical education

  • B.S. Chemistry (Westmont College, CA)
  • Ph.D. Chemistry (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
    Classes I teach
    • General Chemistry I (lecture and lab) (CHEM 105)
    • General Chemistry II (lecture and lab) (CHEM 106)
    • Physical Chemistry I (lecture and lab) (CHEM 437)
    • Physical Chemistry II (lecture and lab) (CHEM 438)
    • Environmental Chemistry (lecture and lab) (CHEM 240)


    Professor Noble grew up in Santa Clara, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley. After high school, she attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where she studied Chemistry and also sang with the college concert choir.  In her senior year, she took a break from chemistry to study art, history, and religious studies in Europe – this transformative experience was the beginning of a lifelong love of history, art, and international politics and culture. Professor Noble earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002 and subsequently worked as a Senior Process Engineer for Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon.  After a few years in industry, Professor Noble moved back into academia and joined the Messiah faculty in 2010.  Dr. Noble enjoys traveling, reading, and the outdoors, but spends most weekends cheering on her two teenagers at various cross-country and soccer events. In addition to teaching chemistry, Dr. Noble has also co-taught the Scandinavia Cross-Cultural course and mentors undergraduate students in her research lab.  She is currently serving the college in an administrative assignment as Assistant Provost and Director of Faculty Development.

    Selected Publications, Talks, and Poster Presentations

    Noble, Alison R. Developing General Chemistry II Online: Successes and Challenges of Online Chemistry at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution. In Online Approaches to Chemical Education; Sorensen, P; Canelas, D., Eds.; American Chemical Society and Oxford University Press: Washington, DC, 2017; Ch. 6, pp. 71-80.

    Noble, Alison R. “Experiencing God’s Love in a Secular Society: A Christian Experience with Socialized Medicine.” God and Nature. January 2017. Web. Accessed: 2 December 2017.

    Noble, Alison R. “How is the fluorescence spectrum of a pyrene excimer related to its thermodynamic properties?” Laboratory and Instructor’s Guide, The POGIL Project – Physical Chemistry Laboratory, submitted for publication, 2017.

    Zwart, S., Hellgren, N., and Noble, A.R. “Formation of Carboxylate SAMs on ZnSe” 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016.

    Love, A.C. and Noble, A.R. “Self-assembled monolayers on ZnSe for use in biosensor applications” 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016.

    Noble, A.R. “Guided-inquiry approach for relating the fluorescence spectrum of the pyrene excimer to its thermodynamic properties” 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, March, 2015.

    Noble, A.R. “Preparing students for effective engagement in group problem solving” 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, March, 2015.


    Robert and Marilyn Smith Outstanding Teacher Award: Messiah College, 2016-2017

    Alumni Honoree, 80th Westmont Anniversary Homecoming: Westmont College, 2017

    External Grants

    Faculty Fellow at Pennsylvania State University, Materials Research Facilities Network 2012-2016.