Mardi M. Billman

Mardi M. Billman

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Marie Curie

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Mardi M. Billman


B.A. with Distinction in Chemistry, College of St. Benedict

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Colorado State University


American Chemical Society

Sigma Zeta


Force Field Model of Periodic Trends in Biomolecular Halogen Bonds. In The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, (2015): 9140-9149.

Intra- and Inter-Molecular Interactions between Non-Covalently Bonded Species. (to be published in 2020)


Faculty After Hours: Growing Up a Gamer

Courses Taught

CHM 101: Great Principles of Chemistry

CHM 201: General Chemistry I

CHM 202: General Chemistry II

CHM 406: Inorganic Chemistry

CHM 475: Junior Research

CSP 259: Ethics in Video Gaming

Research Interests

Computational Modeling of Intermolecular Forces

Chemical Education at the Undergraduate Level

Inorganic Synthesis and Spectroscopy


Dr. Mardi Billman grew up in the town of Brainerd, Minnesota. The town was not much larger than Hillsdale, though it was on the Mississippi River and accumulated more snow. It was in high school when Dr. Billman fell in love with chemistry, specifically electrons and the atomic orbitals.

She earned her bachelor of arts with distinction in chemistry from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. It was there that Dr. Billman realized her passion for science education and decided that she would be a college professor when she grew up. She majored in chemistry and minored in math, and her research focus was on the structure and mechanics of copper oxidases.

Dr. Billman then earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she worked with Dr. Anthony Rappe on force field development to model the halogen bonding phenomenon. Her love of chemistry started with electronic structure, and electronic structure became her specialty.

These are the experiences that Dr. Billman brings to Hillsdale, where she teaches general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. She is also expanding her research interests and organizing programs in computational modeling, chemical education, and/or inorganic synthesis. When not at work, she can often be found drinking coffee, reading a good book, painting, or playing video games.