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Elizabeth Elacqua

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Beth was born and raised in upstate New York, and received her B.S. Degree in Chemistry and Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) in 2006.  There, she conducted research focused on the synthesis of porphyrins as nitrogenase mimics, as well as on the total synthesis of natural products such as polyphenolic stilbenoids.  After spending a year at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry working in the lab of Dr. Israel Cabasso at the Michael Szwarc Polymer Research Institute, she ventured to the University of Iowa for graduate school.  At Iowa, Beth worked at the interface of solid-state chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis, and crystal engineering in the research group of Leonard R. MacGillivray, and received her Ph.D. in 2012.  After graduation, Beth headed back to the great state of New York where she started as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at New York University working alongside Marcus Weck.  At NYU, Beth utilized her background in supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering to work on developing β-sheet-mimicking telechelic polymers for self-assembly, as well as designing reversibly-assembling colloidal matter.  


2012     Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

2006     B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)

Professional Appointments

2017 –                


2013 –  2017          

2007 –  2012         


2006 –  2007


Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Molecular Design Institute and the Department of   Chemistry, New York University

Advisor:  Prof. Marcus Weck


Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa

Advisor:  Prof. Leonard R. MacGillivray 

Research Specialist, Michael Szwarc Polymer Research Institute, Department of                

Chemistry, SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Advisor:  Prof. Israel Cabasso 



Awards and Fellowships

2017                    Emergent Macromolecular Systems Symposium Poster Prize (1st place)

2016                    New York University/Tel-Aviv University Symposium Poster Prize

2012                    University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate Travel Award

2012                    University of Iowa Department of Chemistry Travel Grant

2010                    University of Iowa Graduate College Summer Fellowship

2008 – 2009        University of Iowa Council on Teaching Outstanding Teaching Assistant

2007 – 2008        University of Iowa Department of Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Assistant

2005                    Le Moyne College Department Honors (Dept. of Chemistry and Physics)


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