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The Central Science. Chemistry is the link that connects problems in the fundamental nature of matter to the most complex problems in the processes of life. Members of our department bring chemistry to life as cutting-edge researchers and as teachers for students across the university.

Undergraduates majoring in chemistry can go on to several professional fields, including medicine and graduate study, and are also in high demand in fields like secondary education.  Our commitment to teaching is also reflected in our desire to build a community environment and provide every opportunity of success for our undergraduates. Toward that end, we  have initiated  a Chemistry Learning Community for our first year and transfer students.

Our Ph.D. program has a history of cutting edge and often interdisciplinary research that will teach you to be an independent scientist, ready for a career in industry or academia. Our goal is to help you learn the most modern research techniques and to think creatively about solutions to major scientific problems.

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 LECTURER IN INTRODUCTORY AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY   Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

The Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University, located in Ames, IA, is seeking a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry beginning August 16, 2017. The Lecturer position is a 7/8-time, 9 month appointment, non-tenure eligible, 3-year term.

Teaching responsibilities include instruction of undergraduate students including development of relevant course materials for assigned courses. Anticipated courses are within the general chemistry and undergraduate organic chemistry curriculum, depending on the expertise of the successful candidate and needs of the Department. The incumbent will also serve on a variety of departmental committees which support the teaching mission of the Department. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with others.

All faculty member are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender expression, national origin, disability, or protected Vets status. The University and the LAS College provide an intellectual environment conducive to academic excellence and diversity, offer mentoring programs for new faculty, and are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, the student body, and the curriculum.

Iowa State University (www.iastate.edu) is an AAU-member comprehensive, land grant, Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University with an enrollment of over 36,000 students. The university is located in Ames, IA, one of the nation's most highly rated metropolitan areas of its size. ISU is committed to achieving inclusive excellence through a diverse workforce and is dedicated to supporting work-life balance through flexible policies.

Required qualifications: PhD in Chemistry or a closely related field and a demonstrated ability to communicate verbally, in writing, and through technology.

Preferred qualifications: Demonstrated experience teaching a lecture course experience as the instructor of record and a specialty at the graduate level in organic chemistry.

For further information about this position and to apply online see http://www.iastatejobs.com. #700066.The application package should include a cover letter, a CV listing publications, and a statement of teaching philosophy (max. of 3 pages), and 3 references.

Welcome to our new faculty members!

We are excited to welcome three new faculty members to Chemistry in the fall of 2017.

Julia Zaikina received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Moscow State University, Russia in 2005. She obtained her Ph.D. degree performing joint research project between Moscow State University with Prof. Andrei Shevelkov and Max-Plank-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (Dresden, Germany) with Prof. Yuri Grin. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in 2008, Julia joined the group of Prof. Susan Latturner at Florida State University for the first postdoctoral stint. In 2012 she started at UC Davis as a postdoctoral associate working with Prof. Susan M. Kauzlarich. Julia will join the faculty at Iowa State in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

Kirill Kovnir received his PhD at the Lomonosov Moscow State University with Prof. A. V. Shevelkov scrutinizing inverse clathrates. Afterwards he was tunneling between Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, and Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, exploring potential of intermetallic compounds in heterogeneous catalysis supervised by Prof. Yu. Grin and Prof. R. Schlögl. In 2008 he moved to Florida State University where he acquired a comprehensive knowledge of magnetism of complex solids under guidance of Prof. M. Shatruk. Kirill started his independent career in 2011 at UC Davis where he was promoted to Associate Professor in March 2017. Kirill will join the faculty at Iowa State in August of 2017 as the John D. Corbett Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Davit A Potoyan
ved a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Yerevan State University of Armenia in 2007. He then received a PhD in Chemical Physics from University of Maryland-College Park in 2012. His thesis work carried out with Professor Garyk Papoian showed how epigenetically driven order/disorder transitions in histone tails mediate nano-scale organization of chromatin. He was then a Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University in Houston TX where he worked with Professor Peter Wolynes on elucidating non-equilibrium mechanisms of eukaryotic gene regulation, allosteric dynamics of functional proteins and genome dynamics. Davit will join the faculty of Iowa State University in August 2017 as a Caldwell Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.


A reunion of ISU Chemistry alumni was organized by Professor Kwang-Hwa Lii, on the occasion of a visit to Taiwan by Professor Pat Thiel. The reunion was celebrated with a dinner in Taipei. Pat was very impressed and proud of the success that these alumni have achieved, and continue to achieve, in their careers.

Persons seated left to right are:

•Huang-Tsung Chang, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University (PhD with Edward Yeung)
•Chi-Shen Lee, Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chia-Tung University (PhD with Gordon Miller)
•Kwang-Hwa Lii, Department Chemistry, National Central University (PhD with Robert McCarley)
•Sue-Lein Wang, Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (PhD with Robert Jacobson)
•Pat Thiel, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
•Shian-Jy Wang, MegaPro Biomedical Co. (PhD with Robert Angelici)
•Wei-Ming Hung, Lanyang Technology (PhD with John Corbett)
•Wen-Bih Tzeng, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Science, Academia Sinica (PhD with Cheuk-Yiu Ng)
•Ta-Chau Chang, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Science, Academia Sinica (PhD with Gerald Small)