Prof. Malika Jeffries-EL

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry, Boston University
  • Malika Jeffries-EL is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. She received BA degrees in Chemistry and Africana Studies from Wellesley College in 1996 and Master's and Ph.D degrees in Chemistry from The George Washington University in 1999 and 2002, respectively. 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 20 publications and given over 65 lectures domestically and abroad. She has served as a research mentor to 17 undergraduates (4 of whom were women), 13 graduate students (4 of whom were women) and 2 postdoctoral scholars. 

    Dr. Jeffries-EL has won numerous awards including the 3M Untenured Faculty Award, the Emerald Honors for most promising minority scientist, the Lloyd Ferguson Award from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, NSF CAREER Award (2009) and the ACS Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award (2012). She 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 Chemists of Color Initiative and as a councilor for her local section. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York.