MSU Chemistry Welcomes Dr. Virginia Montiel-Palma as Assistant Professor

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International educator and organometallic chemistry expert, Dr. Virginia Montiel-Palma joins MSU Chemistry as Assistant Professor beginning August 16, 2018

Dr. Montiel-Palma received her BSc Degree in Chemistry (1996) with honors from the National University of Mexico (UNAM); and her Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry (2000) from the University of York, UK, under the guidance of Prof. Robin Perutz.  She then accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001) at the LCC CNRS Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241, Toulouse, France (https://www.lcc-toulouse.fr/) where she refined her organometallic skills further working with transition metal complexes and their catalytic applications. 

Upon returning to Mexico, Dr. Montiel-Palma worked in commercial R&D briefly before joining the Faculty at the State University of Morelos (UAEM, 2003) where she rose through the ranks to Professor of Chemistry (2014) and remains today.  She has served as Head of the Graduate School and has been recognized for her contributions to the creation of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in chemistry.  Her research is primarily focused on coordination chemistry and synthesis of transition metal complexes.  She has co-authored 35 refereed publications and currently advises 4 Ph.D. students.

“We are fortunate to recruit one of the top synthetic organometallic chemists from Mexico – Prof. Montiel-Palma – as her expertise and skill will diversify and buttress a burgeoning area of strength in our department that is critical to solving societal challenges for a sustainable future.”, says Prof.  Keith Hollis, organometallic chemistry expert at MSU.   Prof. Dennis Smith, Head of Chemistry, states, “Virginia plans to bring a portion of her existing research group to MSU and will maintain a vibrant adjunct status at UAEM which addresses our desire for enhanced international collaboration and exposure to potential graduate students.”

Dr. Montiel-Palma’s addition represents an immediate impact in teaching and research maturity with demonstrated success in mentoring students and faculty.  Her teaching experience alone is a much needed drop-in and she will no doubt be a highly sought advisor and collaborator and a major asset to our department and MSU.

Congratulations and welcome Virginia!


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