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Dr. John R. Miecznikowski

Associate Professor of Chemistry
jmiecznikowski@fairfield.edu
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Honors

  • Selected, Undergraduate Teacher of the Year at Fairfield University, by Alpha Sigma Nu(Jesuit Honor Society). (2011).  
    • Associated Honors with this Teaching Award:
    • Delivered Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Address to new members and guests (Fairfield University), October 23, 2011.
    • Inducted into Alpha Sigma NuOctober 23, 2011.
    • Grand Marshal at Undergraduate Commencement, May 22, 2011.
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Fellowship (PFF) at Boston University Chemistry Department (2004-2007)
  • Full time teaching and research graduate fellowship, Yale University, 2000-2004.
  • Graduated with Honors in General Scholarship and with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College.
  • Phi Beta Kappa (inducted in 2000)
  • Presidential Fellowship, Trinity College Chemistry Department, 1999-2000.
  • Bristol Central High School Class Valedictorian (1996) (Bristol, CT)

 

Awards

 

  • Named and Serving as Marshal-in-Chief, Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Exercises at Fairfield University.  (2017 to present)
  • Awarded Sabbatical leave, Fall 2015 term.
  •  Selected to attend NSF Workshop “Heterogenous Catalysis at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry--Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource workshop” at The University of Washington-Seattle.  June 28 to July 3, 2015.
  • The George E. Lang, Jr. Award (2014), Connecticut State Conference-American Association of University Professors, Given for Outstanding service at Fairfield University especially for dedication to academic freedom, faculty governance, and faculty rights and responsibilities. 
  • Invited to Present Poster at SCI-MIX Poster Session (2012)Syntheses, spectroscopic and electrochemical characterization of tridentate SNS copper(II) pincer complexes based on bis-imidazole or bis-triazole precursors.  Poster presentation that was given at 244thAmerican Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Inorganic Chemistry (Coordination Chemistry:  Synthesis), Philadelphia, PA, August 20 and 22, 2012. 

 

  • Selected to Attend NSF Workshop “Crystallography for Chemists”at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.  June 19 to June 24, 2011
  • Invited to give a lecture on the Forensic Science Course, which I helped to develop at Fairfield University at the American Chemical Society National Meeting (Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences Symposium) in Boston, MA, August 2010.
  •  Selected to Attend NSF Workshop “Emerging Perspectives on Catalysis”given by the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC), The University of Washington at Seattle, Seattle, WA. July 19-22, 2010.
  • Invited to Present Poster at SCI-MIX poster sessionDevelopment of Zinc Pincer Model Complexes for the Liver Alcohol Dehydrogenase Active Site. Poster Session at 239thAmerican Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Inorganic Chemistry (Coordination Chemistry:  Synthesis), and SCI-MIX, San Francisco, CA, March 21 and 22, 2010.
  • Awarded Pre-Tenure Leave, Spring 2010 term, Fairfield University
  • Theodore F. Cooke Teaching Excellence Award, Yale University(2003)

 

  • American Institute of Chemists Award, Trinity College (2000). This award is given to a senior chemistry major at Trinity College, who has demonstrated scholastic achievement, leadership, ability and character.
  • The Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, Analytical Chemistry Award (1999), Trinity College. This award is given to one student for outstanding achievement in Analytical Chemistry at Trinity College.
  • The Physics Prize (1998), Trinity College. This award is given to one student for outstanding achievement in Mechanics & Heat, and Electricity, Magnetism, & Waves at Trinity College.
  •  The Chemical Rubber Company Award, (1997) Trinity College. This award is given to a freshman enrolled in general chemistry at Trinity College for outstanding achievement in chemistry.

 

 


Grants

External Grants
  • Submitted in February 2018, “MRI:  Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer at Fairfield University.” Role:  PI (Principal Investigator).  National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant.   $306,950.  Recommended for funding.
  • Submitted in September 2017, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of SNS Cobalt(II) Pincer Complexes.”  Requested: $10,000.  Role:  PI. NASA CT Space Grant Consortium.  Funded. $10,000.
  • Submitted in January 2016, “MRI:  Acquisition of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer at Fairfield University.”  Requested:  $301,197. Role:  Co-PI (Co-Principal Investigator).  National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant.    Funded, $271,407.
  • Submitted in June 2008: “Acquisition of EPR Spectrometer for Cyber-Enabled Research and Education.”  Listed as minor research and educational user.  The instrument is housed at Boston University. The National Science Foundation. Requested $544,743. Funded.  

Internal Grants

  • Submitted in September 2017 with Profs. Margaret McClure and Elizabeth Petrino:  “Phi Beta KappaVisiting Scholar Events.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested $1,404.  Funded ($1,404).  Role: Project Director.
  • Submitted in February 2017, with Profs. Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Matthew Kubasik, Aaron Van Dyke, and Kraig Steffen:  Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation and Attendance at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Washington, D.C., August 20-24, 2017.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested: $1,500; Funded ($1,500.) Role:  Project Director.
  • Submitted in February 2016, with Profs. Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Matthew Kubasik, Jillian Smith-Carpenter, and Kraig Steffen:  Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation and Attendance at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia, August 21-25, 2016.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested: $1,500; Funded ($1,500.) Role:  Project Director.
  • Submitted in January 2016, “Synthesis and characterization of cobalt(II) and cobalt(III) analogues of model complexes for liver alcohol dehydrogenase.”  Fairfield University Summer Research Stipend. Requested:  $3,500.  Funded ($5,000).
  • Submitted in February 2015, with Profs. Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Matthew Kubasik, Aaron Van Dyke, and Kraig Steffen:  Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation and Attendance at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, August 16-20, 2015.” Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested: $1,500; Funded ($1,500.) Role:  Project Director.
  • Submitted in February 2015 with Profs. Kraig Steffen, Amanda Harper Leatherman, and Gary Weddle.  “Fairfield University Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Gathering.” Fairfield University Science Institute, $1500, Funded.  Role:  Project Director
  • Submitted in October 2014, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Activity of One-Dimensional Catalytic Nanorods.”  Fairfield University Sabbatical Leave for Fall 2015 term.  Approved and Granted.
  • Submitted in January 2014, “Development of New Hydrocarbon Activation Precatalysts based on Copper(II) Pincer Complexes.”  Fairfield University Summer Research Stipend.  Requested:  $3500. Funded ($3500).
  • Submitted in February 2013, with Profs. Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Matthew Kubasik, and Kraig Steffen:  Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation and Attendance at the American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting in New Haven, CT, October 23-26, 2013.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested: $1,500; Funded ($1,500.) Role:  Project Director.
  • Submitted in February 2012:  “Development of novel zinc and copper tridentate pincer complexes based on bis-triazole and bis-imidazole ligand precursors.” Fairfield University Faculty Research Grant, Requested:  $1,000, Funded ($1,000).  Role: PI.
  • Submitted in February 2012, with Profs. Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Matthew Kubasik, and Kraig Steffen:  Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation and Attendance at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia, August 19-23, 2012.” Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested: $1,500; Funded ($1,500.) Role:  Project Director.
  • Submitted in February 2011: “Development of tridentate pincer zinc chemical model complexes based on bis-triazole ligand precursors for the active site in liver alcohol dehydrogenase.”  Fairfield University Faculty Research Grant, Requested:  $1,000.  Funded.
  • Submitted in February 2011, with Profs. Scott Lacy, David Crawford, Brian Walker, Kraig Steffen, Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Ashley McKay, and Pat Calderwood, “Anthropology, Science, and the Human Condition.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, $1330, Funded.
  • Submitted in March 2011 with Profs. Kraig Steffen, Amanda Harper Leatherman, and Jessica Davis.  “International Year of Chemistry Alumni Gathering.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, $750, Funded.
  • Submitted in January 2010: “Synthesis, Characterization, and Activity of Tridentate Pincer Zinc Chemical Model Complexes for the Active Site in Liver Alcohol Dehydrogenase.”  Fairfield University Summer Research Stipend, Requested $3,500. Funded($3,500.) Role: PI.
  • Submitted in January 2009: “Development of tridentate pincer zinc chemical model complexes for the active site in liver alcohol dehydrogenase.”  Fairfield University Summer Research Stipend, Requested: $3,500. Funded($3,500.) Role: PI.
  • Submitted in January 2009: “Development of Chelating Bis-N-Heterocyclic Carbene First Row Transition Metal Complexes and Main Group Complexes.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested $2,000, Funded ($1,850.) Role:  PI.
  • Submitted in January 2009 with Prof. Amanda Harper-Leatherman and Prof. Jessica M. Davis, “Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation and Attendance at the American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting in Hartford.”  Fairfield University Science Institute, Requested $2,000; Funded ($1,600.) Role:  PI.
  • Submitted in October 2008: “Development of zinc pincer model complexes for the active site in liver alcohol dehydrogenase and development of nickel pincer model complexes for the active site in hydrogenase.” Fairfield University Pre-Tenure Leave. Granted, Spring 2010 Term. Role: PI.
  • Submitted in February 2008: “Development of Zinc Pincer Model Complexes for the Active Site in Liver Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Development of Chelating Bis-N-Heterocyclic Carbene First Row Transition Metal Complexes.   Fairfield University Research Grant, Funded.  $1,000. April 2008-April 2010.  Role: PI .

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