Episode 69: Chemistry, Ceramics, Museums and More with Dr Alicia McGeachy

Episode Description

In this episode Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham discussing the relationship between Chemistry, Ceramics, Museum and more with Dr Alicia McGeachy, a postdoctoral scholar with the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS).

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Biography - Dr. Alicia McGeachy

Dr. Alicia McGeachy completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She went on to complete her PhD in Chemistry at Northwestern University (with Franz Geiger and the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology) where she applied nonlinear optical spectroscopy towards understanding and quantifying the interactions between model systems and nano-scale materials.


Towards the end of her PhD, Alicia completed an internship at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago which opened the doors for her to explore scientific research outside of traditional academic labs. Alicia was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018-2020, Department of Scientific Research).


As a first foray into the application of chemistry to the studies of art and cultural heritage, Alicia worked on two projects aimed at understanding the production methods of 18th -century English and 19th-century American ceramicists. While at the Met, Alicia also contributed to the scientific study of a number of objects within the museum collection and was heavily involved in science-outreach initiative.


Now as a postdoctoral scholar with the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS), Alicia continues to apply her technical knowledge to the analysis of art and artifacts housed in museum and gallery collections without their own in-house scientific laboratories.


Alicia is also interested in science communication and outreach and has a demonstrated commitment to ensuring that science can be accessible and equitable for all.

Find out more about Dr Alicia McGeachy's work here.

Dr McGeachy will also be delivering an oral presentation at the ASECS 51st Annual Meeting titled "“Through the Colored Glaze: Multi-analytical Studies of 18th Century Chelsea Ceramics” session 4. Find out more and book your place here.

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