Professor John D. Protasiewicz

I grew up in Michigan, enjoying the outdoors (usually fishing) when not studying. After obtaining my BS in chemistry from Michigan Technological University, I received my PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Cornell University while studying with Professor Klaus Theopold.  I then did postdoctoral work with Professor Stephen J. Lippard at MIT. 

I began an independent faculty position in the Chemistry Department at Case Western Reserve University in 1993 and since then have been having fun making all sorts of compounds ranging in nature from inorganic, organic, main group, and materials chemistry. 

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Some Career Details

Formal Education and Training

B.S. Chemistry 1985  Michigan Technological University (UG research advisor Professor G. David Mendenhall)

Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry 1990  Cornell University (advisor Professor Klaus H. Theopold)

Postdoc 1990-1993  MIT (postdoc mentor Professor Stephen J. Lippard)


Independent Career @ CWRU

Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2004-   CWRU

Associate Professor of Chemistry 2004-   CWRU

Professor of Chemistry 2004-   CWRU

Hurlbut Professor of Chemistry 2017-   CWRU

Professor of Macromolecular Sciences & Engineering 2009-   CWRU

Chair of Chemistry 2017-2020

Associate Chair of Chemistry 2009-2017


Independent Career: Some Other Items of Note

ACS Fellow 2013

Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry 2014

University of Bonn International Fellowship 2021

Mort Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry 2017

Secretary for the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry, 2010-2016

Chair-elect (2016) & Chair (2017), ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry 

interim Chair-elect (2020), ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry 

Awards co-Chair (2021-2023), ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry 

NSF CAREER Award 1998

CWRU Fly Fishing Team (2010) on Lough Corrib, Ireland

Sabbatical 2004   Oxford University (host Professor Philip Mountford)

Visiting Professor Spring 2007  MIT