Dr. Zerihun Assefa

Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Office: 348 New Science Building; Email- zassefa@ncat.edu, Tel (336)285-2255


1992 Ph.D. Physical Inorganic Chemistry, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 04469; B.Sc. Chemistry, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


2013- Professor of Chemistry

2008 - Associate Professor (tenured)

2005 - 2008   Associate Professor, Chemistry Dept, NCAT

1995 - 2005   Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

1994 - 1995   Research Associate, Auburn University, Auburn, AL  

1992 - 1994   Post-doctoral Researcher, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


Research Interest

Synthesis and X-ray crystallography of Inorganic complexes with particular emphasis on gold and group 11 metals and lanthanide systems. Research interest include Coordination polymeric materials and solid state materials for luminescent sensor application of volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere as well as synthesis and characterization of white light emitting materials, and excited state energy transfer studies for emission enhancement in lanthanide systems.

Honors and Awards:

* National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award-- For Exemplary Achievement in Motivating, Counseling, and Guiding Others (2013). Assefa provided a Radio-Interview to WNAA 90.1 FM Station regarding the award and his research activities. 

* Merit Teaching Award -College of Arts and Science (2013)

* Merit Teaching Award- Chemistry Department (2013)

* Interdisciplinary Research Award (2012)

* Profiled by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund under Innovate & Inspire.

* Outstanding Senior Researcher of the year award for the College of Arts and Science (2009)

* Junior Merit Teaching Award-  College of Arts and Science (2008).

* Associate Editor, Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (2010-)

* Editorial Board Member, Open Crystallography Journal

* Invited by RESEARCH SIGNPOST to Edit A review book in Solid State Chemistry.

* Publications garnered over >1550 citations, >1300 downloads, ~4700 publication views

* Two publications garnered 214 and 180 citations each

* Cited in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 9th edition (2007-2008); 8th edition (2005-2006);

* Cited in “Who’s Who in the 21st Century” (2001 and subsequent publications).

* Cited in Science Watch, November/December, 1997 issue on “Chemists Aglow Over Luminescence in Gold Compounds”

* Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators 11th Edition (2007); 12th Edition, ’08 

* Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 9th edition (2007-2008).

* Cited in “2000 Scientists of the Twenty First Century” publication of IBC (1st  Edition).

* Organized and chaired the symposium on “Thin Films and Film Precursors” at the ACS National Meeting, March 29-April 3, (1998).

* Successfully invited a Nobel Laureate (Dr. Kroto) to the 2nd Annual  Science Symposium held at NCAT on February 27, 2008, and participated in the organization and invitation of a 2nd Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roald Hoffman to the 2011, 4th Biannual Science symposium.

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