Group News

December 8, 2016:
Professor Rob Maleczka was elected to Treasurer of the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry.  He will serve as treasurer elect in 2017 and then Treasure from 2018-2021. 
Dr. Luis Sanchez (PhD 2010), an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Niagara University, was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry.  His term will run from 2017-2019 and he will serve as a Member-at-Large.

August 14, 2016:
Damith Perera (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the MSU College of Natural Science.

April 27, 2016:
Chathurika (Ruwi)
Jayasundara (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was selected to present her work at the upcoming Graduate Research Symposium, which is scheduled for July 28-31, 2016 on the campus of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

April 14, 2016:
Fangyi Shen (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) w
as been selected as one of the 2016-2015 FAST (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) Fellows by the Graduate School and the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning..

December 14, 2015:
Professor Rob Maleczka has been elected to the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry.  His term will run from 2016-2018 and he will serve an alternative councilor for the Division.

November 5, 2015:
Dr. Luis Sanchez (PhD 2010), an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Niagara University, has been appointed President-Elect of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a Chemistry national honor society founded in 1919.  Dr. Sanchez will commence his term as president of the society in 2017, the same year Gamma Sigma Epsilon holds its 4 7"' Biennial Conference at Niagara University.

October 15, 2015:
Jonathan Dannatt (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was admitted to MSU's NIH funded BEST program.  The MSU BEST Program is focused on helping PhD students in the a biomedical science to develop the necessary skills to forge a professional path which suits his or her interest, skills, and professional goals.  

September 15, 2015:
Professors Mitch Smith and Rob Maleczka along with their collaborator Dr. Jossian Oppenheimer (Dow Chemical) have just received an NSF SusChem-GOALI grant to support their work on sustainable C–H borylations.

June 22, 2015:
Aaron Baker (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) has been selected as one of the 2015-2016 FAST (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) Fellows by the Graduate School and the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning.

June 19, 2015:
Damith Perera (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was selected to present his work at the upcoming Graduate Research Symposium, which is scheduled for July 23-26, 2015 on the campus of the St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

June 9, 2015:
Damith Perera (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was selected to present his work at the upcoming Graduate Research Symposium, which is scheduled for July 23-26, 2015 on the campus of the St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry's  Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for 50-75 graduate students in organic chemistry to interact with leaders from academia, industry, various funding agencies, and publishers.  As the organizers report, competition to attend this year's symposium was extremely strong this year, which makes Damith's selection an impressive accomplishment.

June 2, 2015:
Graduate students Gayanthi Attanayake and Chathurika (Ruwi) Jayasundara were awarded MSU Graduate School travel funds to present posters at the 44th National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOS).  This NOS will be held from Sunday, June 28 to Thursday, July 2, 2015 on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.

April 14, 2015:
Dr. Lamont Terrell (PhD 2001) has been selected as the MSU College of Natural Science's Council on Diversity and Community (CDC) seminar speaker for fall 2015.  Dr. Terrell will speak on his current work as a drug discovery chemist at GlaxoSmithKline as well as his pathway to that career.

April 6, 2015:
Aaron Baker (graduate member of the Maleczka group) has been selected as one of the 2015-2016 FAST (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) Fellows by the Graduate School and the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning.  As part of this fellowship, Aaron plans to research the best methods for assessing the effectiveness of how we teach chemical safety at the undergraduate level.

March 31, 2015:
The MSU Chemistry Department held an alumni reception at the 249th American Chemical Society's National Meeting & Exposition held in Denver from March 22-26.  The theme of the conference was the chemistry of natural resources.  The reception was held at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Downtown Denver and was attended by alumni attending the ACS meeting and those who have relocated to the Denver area after graduating from MSU.

July 28, 2014:
Professor Rob Maleczka has been named a 2014 ACS Fellow.  The ACS Fellow program honors ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS.  Professor Maleczka joins the Department's previously named ACS Fellows, Melanie Cooper, Xuefei Huang, Paul Mantica and Kennie Merz.  Also among the 2014 fellows is Professor Emmanuel P. Giannelis.  Professor Giannelis is the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Cornell University.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from MSU in 1985, working with Professor Tom Pinnavaia.  Other MSU Chemistry alumni to have been previously named ACS Fellows include Bridgette A. Barry (Post-doc, 1985), David E. Bergbrieter (BS, 1970), Joseph A. Caruso (PhD, 1967), Larry R. Dalton (BS, 1965), Mary Ann B. Meador (PhD, 1983), Patrick B. Smith (PhD, 1978), Claudia Turro (PhD, 1992), and Bobby L. Wilson (PhD, 1976).

July 28, 2014:
Professor Rob Maleczka was named a Guest Professor of the Zhengzhou Tobacco Research Institute of CNTC for 2014–2016.

June 30, 2014:
Damith Perera (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was awarded the Bronze GSK Award for developing and successfully executing an 18 step synthetic route to a GSK target.   GlaxoSmithKline established this award program to recognize valuable contribution to company projects.  Before Damith, only one intern had ever won one of these GSK awards and Damith was the only Intern so honored this year.

June 10, 2014:
Damith Perera (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) won the Best Poster Award at the GlaxoSmithKline 2014 Chemistry Day, June 6th, 2014.  His poster detailed recent synthetic work that he has done in the GSK Research Triangle Park Antiviral Chemistry Group.  Damith’s accomplishment is particularly impressive given that his poster was compared to 35 other posters, most of which were presented by permanent GSK employees with much more experience.

May 5, 2014:
Jason Unold (undergraduate member of the Maleczka Group) received the Department of Physiology's Undergraduate Research Award for his studies on catalytic borylations carried out in the Maleczka and Smith labs.

April 7, 2014:
Professor Rob Maleczka was named Illinois Wesleyan University's Hess Lecturer.

February 14, 2014:
Rosario Amado (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was awarded an internship in the medicinal chemistry group at GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC.  Rosario will work with Dr. Jun Tang in the HIV DPU group.  This group is is focused on the discovery and advancement of novel small molecule drug candidates for the treatment, prevention and cure of HIV/AIDS and related immunological dysfunction.

May 23, 2013:
Professors Mitch Smith and Rob Maleczka along with their collaborators Drs. Shane Krska and Peter Maligres recently received the 2013 Merck Technology Symposium's Technology Collaboration Award for their work on high throughput optimization of Ir-catalyzed C-H borylations.  Sean Preshlock and Behnaz Ghaffari were among the MSU students who participated in the award winning work.

May 9, 2013:
Rosario Amado (graduate member of the Maleczka Group) was selected to present her work at the upcoming Graduate Research Symposium, which is scheduled for July 25-28, 2013 on the campus of the University iof Deleware.  The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry's  Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for 50-75 graduate students in organic chemistry to interact with leaders from academia, industry, various funding agencies, and publishers. 

March 11, 2013:
Professor Rob Maleczka has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Meritorious Faculty Award by the College of Natural Science Alumni Association (CNSAA).  The CNS Meritorious Faculty Award is presented annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching and research.

September 4, 2012:
Professor Rob Maleczka, the Department Chairperson, recently gave a talk on the Land Grant Act and the founding of Chemistry at MSU, entitled "No one was killed or seriously hurt in the process Chemistry during the early days of Michigan State University, the pioneer land-grant university" Presentation (pdf).

April 16, 2012:
Fangyi Shen (Maleczka lab) and Hongtu Zhang (Smith lab) presented posters at this year's University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum.

March 12, 2012:
The College of Natural Science Alumni Association (CNSAA) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Bobby L. Wilson, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.  Dr. Wilson was nominated by Dr. Robert Maleczka.

October 28, 2011:
Professor Robert Maleczka has been elected as a Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry.  His term will run from 2012–2014.

October 28, 2011:
Damith Perera's poster entitled “Cross-Couplings that Avoid the Preparation of Haloaromatics: The Development of a One- Pot C–H Activation/Borylation/Suzuki Reaction with Immidazolylsulfonates as the Electrophilic Partner” earned second place honors in the poster competition held at Green Up the 3rd Michigan Green Chemistry Conference.  This conference took place in Ann Arbor on October 27.   Damith's poster was co-authored by Professors Mitch Smith and Rob Maleczka, as well as Jennifer Albaneze-Walker, Process Research and Development, Merck Inc., Rahway NJ.

June 9, 2010:
Professor Rob Maleczka's NSF grant entitled "GOALI: C-H Bond Activation and Functionalization Methods for Medicinal and Process Chemistry ," was recommended for funding by the Division of Chemistry.  This grant is joint with Professor Mitch Smith and researchers at Merck.  It is also supported by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute's Pharmaceutical Roundtable.

June 10, 2008:
At the Boron in the America's XI Conference held June 4-8th in St. Louis, Professor Mitch Smith received the Distinguished Service in Boron Science Award, At the same conference Venkata A. Kallepalli won 1st place for the best oral presentation by a graduate student. Lastly, Michigan State University was announced as the host of Boron in the America's XII, which will occur in 2010.

June 10, 2008:
Professor Mitch Smith and Professor Robert Maleczka were awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, as was SiGNa Chemistry, a company cofounded by Jim Dye with ongoing participation by Ned Jackson's research group.

July 13, 2007:
Professor Rob Maleczka and Mitch Smith have received a $100,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Roundtable of the Green Chemistry Institute, a division of the American Chemical Society. The grant will be used to further their work that can be used to promote green engineering practices in the pharmaceutical industry.

September 8, 2006:
Rob Maleczka and Mitch Smith received $1.38M, one of the 61 awards from the State of Michigan 2006 21st Century Jobs Fund. The title of their proposal was "Catalytic Boronate Ester Synthesis: Developing New Commercial Building Blocks for Drug Discovery."

February 27, 2006:
Shavon Ford (Senior Chemistry Major and undergraduate member of the Maleczka Group) was one of only 23 students from around the country to receive a Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic.