Joe Zadrozny’s farewell with chemistry faculty

Assistant Professor Joe Zadrozny will be leaving CSU’s Department of Chemistry at the end of December, and he will begin the new year in his new position at Ohio State University. He worked in the department for six years. Joe’s research was in inorganic and materials chemistry, employing synthetic chemistry to command the quantum properties of material and molecular magnets. During his time in the department, Joe was recognized for his excellence in research and teaching, including being awarded: NIH Trailblazer, CSU Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, NSF CAREER, and Cottrell Teacher-Scholar Awards.

Reflecting on his career at CSU, Joe says, “During my time at CSU, I mentored a handful of PhDs and published frequently on my students’ work in using inorganic chemistry to control magnetic properties of metal complexes. I loved teaching CSU students about group theory and the opportunity to teach general chemistry this fall, and I would heartily recommend both to anyone. I’m looking forward to the future but will always fondly remember my time here and people I met and collaborated with.”

Joe values collaboration with both his students and colleagues. He credits his students’ work and research efforts in keeping his lab funded. He and his group shared core scientific values including: “Good Science” not just breakthrough results, integrity in research process, experimental failures as opportunities to learn, open communication and collaboration, respect for all backgrounds and experiences, and a safe, supportive, and welcoming research environment.

Department Chair, Matt Shores echoes the thoughts of the department saying, “Joe is a rising star in physical inorganic chemistry. His group’s research efforts in magnetic resonance and molecular magnetism are elegant and creative. He was a good department citizen and an excellent colleague, and he will be missed.”

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