Malika Jeffries-EL
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, George Washington University
MA, George Washington University
MPhil, George Washington University
BA, Wellesley College

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.

Graduate Studies Director
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Collaborative Research: Multifunctional Cross-conjugated Organic Electronic Materials.
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2025 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
09/30/2023 - 03/31/2025 (PI)
Department of Education

Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship for Annie Beckett
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

EAGER: ADAPT: AI Guided Design and Synthesis of Semiconducting Molecules
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Malika Jeffries-EL
National Science Foundation

Fulbrigth-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
09/30/2022 - 03/31/2024 (PI)
Department of Education

2021 IE3LC - Professor Malika Jeffries-EL
04/01/2021 - 11/01/2023 (PI)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
09/01/2021 - 03/31/2023 (PI)
Department of Education

Collaborative Research: Tuneable cross-conjugated organic semiconductors
08/01/2018 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Collaborative Research: Modular Design of Cross-Conjugated Organic Semiconductors
01/01/2016 - 07/31/2019 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Atomic Engineering of Conjugated Polymers for High Performance
01/01/2016 - 04/30/2019 (PI)
National Science Foundation

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  1. Wheeler DL, Diodati AV, Tomlinson AL, Jeffries-El M. Evaluating the Role of Molecular Heredity in the Optical and Electronic Properties of Cross-Conjugated Benzo[1,2-d:4,5-d']bisoxazoles. ACS Omega. 2020 Jun 02; 5(21):12374-12384. PMID: 32548421; PMCID: PMC7271376; DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.0c01126;
  2. Aspuru-Guzik A, Baik MH, Balasubramanian S, Banerjee R, Bart S, Borduas-Dedekind N, Chang S, Chen P, Corminboeuf C, Coudert FX, Cronin L, Crudden C, Cuk T, Doyle AG, Fan C, Feng X, Freedman D, Furukawa S, Ghosh S, Glorius F, Jeffries-El M, Katsonis N, Li A, Linse SS, Marchesan S, Maulide N, Milo A, Narayan ARH, Naumov P, Nevado C, Nyokong T, Palacin R, Reid M, Robinson C, Robinson G, Sarpong R, Schindler C, Schlau-Cohen GS, Schmidt TW, Sessoli R, Shao-Horn Y, Sleiman H, Sutherland J, Taylor A, Tezcan A, Tortosa M, Walsh A, Watson AJB, Weckhuysen BM, Weiss E, Wilson D, Yam VW, Yang X, Ying JY, Yoon T, You SL, Zarbin AJG, Zhang H. Charting a course for chemistry. Nat Chem. 2019 Apr; 11(4):286-294. PMID: 30903035
  3. Chavez R, Diodati L, Wheeler DL, Shaw J, Tomlinson AL, Jeffries-El M. Evaluating the Impact of Fluorination on the Electro-optical Properties of Cross-Conjugated Benzobisoxazoles. J Phys Chem A. 2019 Feb 21; 123(7):1343-1352. PMID: 30680993
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. 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;
  9. 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;
  10. 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;
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