Martha Greenblatt is a chemist, researcher, and faculty member at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. As of January 2008 she was the only female chair of a science department in the School of Arts and Science. Greenblatt took the position of Chair of the Chemistry Department at Rutgers while pursuing research interests in solid state inorganic chemistry. She was also the recipient of the 2003 American Chemical Society’s Garvan-Olin Medal – a national award given yearly to an outstanding woman chemist. In 2004, she became Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers.
In January 1962 she received a BSc (cum laude) in Chemistry from Brooklyn College. Greenblatt studied under Professor Herman Marks, taking his famous Introduction to Polymer course. Rudy Marcus was her chemical physics professor, who later received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work he did at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in the 1950s and 1960s. She earned her Ph.D from the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1967.
Her first job was as a chemist at the Chiclets Chewing Gum Company in Long Island City. From 1972-1973 she was a Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. In 1974 she joined the faculty at Rutgers University. In 1980 she spent a summer as Visiting Professor at the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University in England. She took a sabbatical year at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey from 1980-1981.
Greenblatt's research is in the area of solid-state chemistry, specializing in the synthesis and characterization of quasi-low-dimensional transition metal compounds, fast ionic motion in solids, and high-temperature superconducting materials.