WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 — John A. Gladysz, Ph.D., distinguished professor of chemistry and holder of the Dow Chair in Chemical Invention at Texas A&M University, is now editor of the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal, Organometallics.
He succeeds Dietmar Seyferth, Ph.D., an emeritus chemistry professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has served as editor since helping to found the journal in 1982.
With the help of his associate editors, Gladysz says, he plans to strengthen the journal's position as "the go-to source for cutting-edge research and the latest developments in the field." He hopes to introduce new cover graphics for each issue and to "tap the full intellectual firepower of the editorial board" to identify new directions for the journal, including possible themed issues.
Gladysz earned a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1971 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Stanford University in 1974. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles, later that year and moved to the University of Utah in 1982. He became chair of organic chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, in 1998. A decade later, he took up his current post at Texas A&M. Throughout his academic career, Gladysz has served as a consultant for numerous companies, including Exxon, Total, and Edwards Nanoscience. He also served many years as an Associate Editor for the ACS journal, Chemical Reviews.
His work centers on organometallic chemistry, including catalysis and building blocks for molecular devices. Honors for his contributions include the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 1994 and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior Scientists in 1995–96.