Robert Maleczka, Jr. earns seat on prestigious Chemical Sciences Roundtable

  • Jan 16, 2018
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MSU chemistry professor Robert Maleczka, Jr., is a new member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Chemical Sciences Roundtable. He will serve from 2018-2020. Photo courtesy MSU.

Robert Maleczka, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry in the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci), was invited to join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR).

Established in 1998, the CSR was created to be a neutral source of communication between all segments of the chemical sciences community, a major part of U.S. industry, employment and trade. Maleczka will join a prestigious group of leaders from the chemistry and chemical engineering fields as well as government representatives.

“Rob is to be congratulated on this achievement and for the recognition it brings to the chemistry department, to NatSci and to MSU,” said Cheryl Sisk, NatSci interim dean. “It is gratifying to know that someone of Rob’s caliber is representing us at the CSR table as the group seeks to enhance understanding of the critical issues in chemical sciences and technology to ensure the future well-being of the chemical research community.”

“To be part of a group associated with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is an honor for any scientist; I’m thrilled by the invitation to join the CSR,” Maleczka said. “I’m also proud that, through my membership, MSU will have a seat next to leaders from government agencies, major chemical companies and other top universities.”

Maleczka earned his Ph.D. in 1992 from The Ohio State University and was a postdoctoral Fellow of the American Cancer Society at the University of Pennsylvania until he joined MSU in 1995.

Since the beginning of his productive career at MSU, Maleczka has served on several committees and won numerous awards. He was an advisory board member for the MSU chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 1998 and won the 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Maleczka was named an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2014.

The Maleckza group research program focuses on three areas: the total synthesis of biologically important natural products; the invention of new reactions and strategies in organic synthesis; and “green” chemistry—the development of efficient and environmentally friendly reactions. The preparation and commercialization of novel, pharmaceutically relevant building blocks that avoid haloaromatics is just one example of Maleckza’s forward thinking research.

“For the United States and, for that matter, the world, chemistry and the chemical enterprise are incredibly important scientific, technological and economic drivers,” Maleczka added. “I hope my background of teaching, research, industrial experience, entrepreneurship and professional service will be of value as the CSR identifies, studies and reports on emerging areas of significance to the chemical enterprise,” Maleczka said.

Maleczka’s term of service on the CSR is three years, from 2018-2020. To learn more about CSR and its role, visit here.


Banner image: The Chemical Sciences Roundtable identifies and discusses critical issues in chemical sciences and technology. Photo courtesy MSU.

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