Malika Jeffries-EL
Associate Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Chemistry

PhD, George Washington University
MA, George Washington University
MPhil, George Washington University



Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL focuses her research interests on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. Prior to joining the Department of Chemistry in 2016 she was as Associate Professor at Iowa State University, most recently serving as a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT.

Professor Jeffries-EL’s research interest include the synthesis of novel heterocycles and conjugated polymers (CP)s or organic semiconductors, and the investigation of structure-property relationships in these systems. She has focused her efforts on the development of CPs due to their technological importance impacting a variety of areas including energy (solar cells), displays, (light emitting diodes), electronics (field effect transistors), and life sciences (sensors). Organic electronics deals with the development of intrinsically (semi)conductive organic molecules, oligomers or polymers. In contrast to conventional electronics, which utilizes inorganic-based materials such as silicon, germanium, GaAs, etc., organic electronic materials are made from carbon-based molecules. Organic semiconductors offer several advantages over inorganic materials.


Atomic Engineering of Conjugated Polymers for High Performance
01/01/2016 - 04/30/2018 (PI)
National Science Foundation
DMR-1640297

Collaborative Research: Modular Design of Cross-Conjugated Organic Semiconductors
01/01/2016 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
National Science Foundation
CHE-1640298

Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop
01/15/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
National Science Foundation
CHE-1620600




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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  1. Bhuwalka A, Mike JF, Intemann JJ, Ellern A, Jeffries-El M. A versatile and efficient synthesis of bithiophene-based dicarboxaldehydes from a common synthon. Org Biomol Chem. 2015 Sep 28; 13(36):9462-70. PMID: 26248770; DOI: 10.1039/c5ob01135c;.
  2. Tlach BC, Tomlinson AL, Ryno AG, Knoble DD, Drochner DL, Krager KJ, Jeffries-EL M. Influence of conjugation axis on the optical and electronic properties of aryl-substituted benzobisoxazoles. J Org Chem. 2013 Jul 5; 78(13):6570-81. PMID: 23796165; DOI: 10.1021/jo4007927;.
  3. Kobilka BM, Dubrovskiy AV, Ewan MD, Tomlinson AL, Larock RC, Chaudhary S, Jeffries-EL M. Synthesis of 3,7-diiodo-2,6-di(thiophen-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b'']difurans: functional building blocks for the design of new conjugated polymers. Chem Commun (Camb). 2012 Sep 14; 48(71):8919-21. PMID: 22850650; DOI: 10.1039/c2cc34070d;.
  4. Tlach BC, Tomlinson AL, Bhuwalka A, Jeffries-El M. Tuning the optical and electronic properties of 4,8-disubstituted benzobisoxazoles via alkyne substitution. J Org Chem. 2011 Nov 4; 76(21):8670-81. PMID: 21970518; DOI: 10.1021/jo201078w;.
  5. Zhao L, Pang X, Adhikary R, Petrich JW, Jeffries-El M, Lin Z. Organic-inorganic nanocomposites by placing conjugated polymers in intimate contact with quantum rods. Adv Mater. 2011 Jul 5; 23(25):2844-9. PMID: 21590817; DOI: 10.1002/adma.201100923;.
  6. Mike JF, Nalwa K, Makowski AJ, Putnam D, Tomlinson AL, Chaudhary S, Jeffries-El M. Synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic properties of poly(thiophenevinylene-alt-benzobisoxazole)s. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2011 Jan 28; 13(4):1338-44. PMID: 21082114; DOI: 10.1039/c0cp00353k;.
  7. Mike JF, Inteman JJ, Ellern A, Jeffries-EL M. Facile synthesis of 2,6-disubstituted benzobisthiazoles: functional monomers for the design of organic semiconductors. J Org Chem. 2010 Jan 15; 75(2):495-7. PMID: 20020696; DOI: 10.1021/jo9023864;.
  8. Mike JF, Makowski AJ, Jeffries-El M. An efficient synthesis of 2,6-disubstituted benzobisoxazoles: new building blocks for organic semiconductors. Org Lett. 2008 Nov 6; 10(21):4915-8. PMID: 18831556; DOI: 10.1021/ol802011y;.
  9. Xu J, Wang J, Mitchell M, Mukherjee P, Jeffries-El M, Petrich JW, Lin Z. Organic-inorganic nanocomposites via directly grafting conjugated polymers onto quantum dots. J Am Chem Soc. 2007 Oct 24; 129(42):12828-33. PMID: 17914821.
  10. Widge AS, Jeffries-El M, Cui X, Lagenaur CF, Matsuoka Y. Self-assembled monolayers of polythiophene conductive polymers improve biocompatibility and electrical impedance of neural electrodes. Biosens Bioelectron. 2007 Mar 15; 22(8):1723-32. PMID: 17015008.
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