Elizabeth A. Elacqua

Elizabeth A. Elacqua

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Pennsylvania State University

Professor Elizabeth Elacqua was born and raised in upstate New York, and received her B.S. Degree in Chemistry and Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) in 2006.  There, she conducted research focused on the synthesis of porphyrins as nitrogenase mimics, as well as on the total synthesis of natural products such as polyphenolic stilbenoids.  After spending a year at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry working in the lab of Dr. Israel Cabasso at the Michael Szwarc Polymer Research Institute, she ventured to the University of Iowa for graduate school.  At Iowa, Beth worked at the interface of solid-state chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis, and crystal engineering in the research group of Leonard R. MacGillivray, and received her Ph.D. in 2012.  After graduation, Beth headed back to the great state of New York where she started as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at New York University working alongside Marcus Weck.  At NYU, Beth utilized her background in supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering to work on developing β-sheet-mimicking telechelic polymers for self-assembly, as well as designing reversibly-assembling colloidal matter.