Malika Jeffries-EL

Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry

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Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. She received BA degrees in Chemistry and Africana Studies at Wellesley College and Ph.D degrees in chemistry from The George Washington University. After spending one year at Smith College as a Mendenhall Fellow she worked as a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Professor Richard D. McCullough at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2005 she joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at Iowa State University and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012.

Her research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She has authored over 30 publications, recieved over 2000 citations and given over 80 lectures domestically and abroad. She has won numerous awards including the 3M untenured faculty award (2008), the Emerald Honors for most promising minority scientist (2008), the Lloyd Ferguson Award from the National Organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (2009), NSF CAREER award (2009), the ISU-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Diversity Award (2011), the ACS Women Chemist Committee Rising Star award (2012) and the Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award . She also held the ISU Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship (2005-2008) and is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 Malika is also a dedicated volunteer and has served in several activities within the American Chemical Society including the editorial advisory board for Chemical and Engineering News, the Society Committee on Education (SocEd), the advisory board for the Women Chemist of Color Initiative, editorial advisor board for Macromolecules, Member-at-large for the Organic Division, Program co-Chair for the Polymer division and as a councilor for her local section. Additionally she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. She also serves the community through her work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York.

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Videos of Malika


Malika Jeffries-El talks about her experience at the 2010 ACS Women Chemists of Color Summit 

Interview with Malika Jeffries-El from ACS Pressroom.

Chemistry Now

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