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Elizabeth Papish, PhD

Associate Professor, Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Research field: Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry


Awards and Grants

  •  Apr 2011 
    Drexel Career Development Award View website
  •  Jan 2009 
  •  Apr 2007 
    Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year at Salisbury U.

Biographical Information

I consider myself to be a chemistry educator and researcher, and I educate students in chemistry both through being a part of my research group and through my classes and outreach activities. I run a research group of postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students. Additionally I teach inorganic, organic and general chemistry.

I have always had a strong interest in both research and education. My love of science brought me to Cornell and Columbia to study chemistry. Then a love of teaching led me to focus on teaching undergraduates for a while, first at F&M, and then at Salisbury U. It was at Salisbury that I realized that I really enjoyed running a research group. I moved to Drexel in 2007.

My research has focused on bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry. We are interested in exploring how hydrogen bonding groups impact catalysis, due to both potential applications and pure science reasons (functional models help us better understand how enzymes work). Our group mission also includes application of these concepts to problems that relate to sustainability and greener chemistry. While we primarily approach problems from an inorganic perspective, we are also very interested in organic synthesis of new (often water-soluble) ligands.

I live in Philadelphia with my husband (David Riley), who is a meteorologist, and daughter Genevieve who is an energetic toddler.


Professional Experience

2007 - Present
Associate Professor at Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Classes taught:
Bioinorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Gen. Chem., Organic Chem, Inorg. Chem
Jul 2003 - Aug 2007
Assistant Professor at Salisbury University
Salisbury, Maryland, United States
Sep 2002 - May 2003
Visiting Asst. Prof. at Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Sep 1997 - Oct 2002
Columbia University in the City of New York in New York City, New York, United States
Aug 1993 - May 1997
Dept of Chem. Cornell University Ithaca NY in Ithaca, New York, United States
BA in Chem.

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