Malika Jeffries-EL

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Malika Jeffries-EL
Alma mater Wellesley College
George Washington University
Awards Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2018)
Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award (2013)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009)
Scientific career
Fields Organic electronics[1]
Institutions Boston University
Iowa State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Thesis Synthesis and characterization of π-conjugated polymers utilizing A -B monomers (2002)
Doctoral advisor Richard M. Tarkka[2]
Other academic advisors Richard D. McCullough

Malika Jeffries-EL is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Boston University.[1] She works on organic semiconductors for innovative electronic devices. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Jeffries-EL is from Brooklyn.[3] She was the first in her immediate family to attend college.[3] She was inspired to become a scientist by Mae Jemison.[4] She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and Africana studies at Wellesley College in 1996.[3][5] She completed her PhD in synthetic chemistry at George Washington University in 2002 supervised by Richard Tarkka.[2][5]

Research and career[edit]

She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Richard D. McCullough from 2002 to 2005.[6] Here she worked on the synthesis and field-effect mobility of polythiophene.[7][8] She joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 2005 and was promoted to tenure in 2012.[9][10] Jeffries-EL works on organic semiconductors.[11][12] She served as a Martin Luther King visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2014 and 2015.[13][14][15] Her group focus on the synthesis of polymer building blocks, including heterocyclic electron-rich (donor) and electron-poor (acceptor) units.[16][17] For electron-deficient units, Jeffries-EL develops benzobisazoles.[18][19] She is interested in cross-conjugated organic semiconductors, including benzodifurans, as well as functional Polythiophenes.[20][21] She uses the materials for organic solar cells, transistors and light-emitting diodes.[22] In 2015 she was selected as the 8th Annual Goldstein Distinguished Lecturer by Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering.[23] She was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society meeting.[24] In 2016 she joined Boston University as a tenured Associate Professor.[25] She has spoken about her research to the press and other media.[26] She has secured several grants to support her scientific research.[27] She was honoured by the American Chemical Society in 2018, becoming one of the 2% of their members to achieve the status of Fellow.[28]

Advocacy and services to science[edit]

Jeffries-EL is a dedicated volunteer and has taken part in several activities within the American Chemical Society.[29] She has served on the editorial advisory board for Chemical and Engineering News and on the Society Committee on Education (SocEd) as well as on the advisory board for the Women Chemists of Colour program.[10][30][31][32][33] In 2011 she arranged a Diverse Leaders of Tomorrow workshop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[34] In 2016 she ran a series of National Science Foundation Early Career Investigator Workshop.[35] She took part in the Science Coalition's video campaign during the 2016 presidential elections.[36] She is an executive member of the Division of Organic Chemistry and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C.[37] She is a member of the Boston-wide Women of Color Advisory Committee.[38] She is on the advisory board of OXIDE: Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity.[39]

Awards and honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Jeffries-EL is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.[4]


  1. ^ a b Malika Jeffries-EL publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Jeffries-El, Malika (2002). Synthesis and characterization of π-conjugated polymers utilizing A -B monomers. (PhD thesis). The George Washington University.
  3. ^ a b c "BU Chemistry Professor Malika Jeffries-EL '96 Encourages Wellesley Students to Persevere in the Lab and in Life". Wellesley College. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  4. ^ a b "Pineapple does not belong on pizza!". Chemistry World. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  5. ^ a b "Malika Jeffries-EL " Chemistry | Boston University". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  6. ^ a b University, Carnegie Mellon (2018). "Four Chemistry Alumni Named American Chemical Society Fellows - Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  7. ^ Jeffries-El, Malika; Sauvé, Geneviève; McCullough, Richard D. (2005). "Facile Synthesis of End-Functionalized Regioregular Poly(3-alkylthiophene)s via Modified Grignard Metathesis Reaction". Macromolecules. 38 (25): 10346–10352. Bibcode:2005MaMol..3810346J. doi:10.1021/ma051096q. ISSN 0024-9297.
  8. ^ Zhang, Rui; Li, Bo; Iovu, Mihaela C.; Jeffries-EL, Malika; Sauvé, Geneviève; Cooper, Jessica; Jia, Shijun; Tristram-Nagle, Stephanie; Smilgies, Detlef M. (2006). "Nanostructure Dependence of Field-Effect Mobility in Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Thin Film Field Effect Transistors". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 128 (11): 3480–3481. doi:10.1021/ja055192i. ISSN 0002-7863. PMID 16536496.
  9. ^ Daily, Photo: Emily Harmon/Iowa State. "Dr. Malika Jeffries-El". Iowa State Daily. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  10. ^ a b "Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL named a 2018 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow " Chemistry | Blog Archive | Boston University". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  11. ^ "Malika Jeffries-EL Uses Organic Polymers to Develop Next-Generation Semiconductors and LED lights | Research". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  12. ^ "21st Century Scientists: Malika Jefferies-EL". Science360 - Video Library. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  13. ^ "Malika Jeffries-EL, Chemistry – Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  14. ^ "ISU chemist Jeffries-EL enjoying MLK Visiting Professorship even with the snow". LAS News Archive. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  15. ^ "Congratulations to Malika Jeffries-EL | Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  16. ^ a b c Jeffries-EL, Malika (2014-03-04). "PROFILE: Early Excellence inPhysical Organic Chemistry". Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. 27 (6): 463–464. doi:10.1002/poc.3299. ISSN 0894-3230.
  17. ^ "Prof. Malika Jeffries-El - Iowa State | Department of Chemistry | UNC Charlotte". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  18. ^ Anonymous (2016-06-17). "Teaching Old Polymers New Tricks: Novel Conjugated Materials Based on Benzobisazoles". Department of Chemistry. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  19. ^ "Synthesis of Novel Heterocyclic Building Blocks | Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  20. ^ "Synthesis of Novel Polymers Based on Benzodifurans | Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  21. ^ "Functional Polythiophenes | Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  22. ^ Jeffries-EL, Malika; Kobilka, Brandon M.; Hale, Benjamin J. (2014-09-30). "Optimizing the Performance of Conjugated Polymers in Organic Photovoltaic Cells by Traversing Group 16". Macromolecules. 47 (21): 7253–7271. Bibcode:2014MaMol..47.7253J. doi:10.1021/ma501236v. ISSN 0024-9297.
  23. ^ "Chemistry and Biochemistry". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  24. ^ "Welcome to NESACS - Current Events | News". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  25. ^ "Jeffries-EL " Chemistry | Boston University". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  26. ^ "From Metal to Plastic: Iowa State Chemist Works on Organic Semiconductors". NBC Learn. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  27. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#1808402 - Collaborative Research: Tuneable cross-conjugated organic semiconductors". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  28. ^ "CAS Chemistry Scholar Earns Prestigious Honor - Education News". Education News. 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  29. ^ Brown, Jeannette E. (2018-08-08). African American Women Chemists in the Modern Era. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190615185.
  30. ^ "ACS Women Chemists of Color Program - American Chemical Society". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  31. ^ "CSR Members". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  32. ^ Pressroom, A. C. S. (2010-09-14), Malika Jeffries-El talks about her experience at the 2010 ACS Women Chemists of Color Summit, retrieved 2018-08-24
  33. ^ "Malika Jeffries-EI - address". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  34. ^ "Future Faculty Workshop: Diverse Leaders of Tomorrow – June 19–21 " DeSimone Research Group". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  35. ^ "Professor Jeffries-EL awarded funding for NSF Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop " Chemistry | Blog Archive | Boston University". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  36. ^ thesciencecoalition (2016-02-29), Malika Jeffries-El Boston University, retrieved 2018-08-24
  37. ^ Chemistry, Royal Society of (2015-05-22). "Journal of Materials Chemistry C". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  38. ^ "Boston-Wide Advisory Committee | Women of Color in the Academy Conference". Women of Color in the Academy Conference. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  39. ^ "OXIDE Advisory Board | OXIDE". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  40. ^ Hampton, Talitha. "Dr. Lloyd N. Ferguson Professional Award". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  41. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#0846607 - CAREER: Rationally Designed Conjugated Polymers Based on Benzobisazoles". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  42. ^ "Home". Women Chemists Committee. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  43. ^ "Awards for Professionals". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  44. ^ "Iota Sigma Pi nomination Malika Jeffries-EL" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  45. ^ "Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences - American Chemical Society". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2018-08-24.