Professor Frieder Jaekle receiving ACS honor

Professor Frieder Jaekle Named American Chemical Society Fellow for Outstanding Contributions to the Field

Distinguished Professor Frieder Jaekle, Chair of Rutgers University–Newark’s Chemistry department, was recently named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and the profession, and for their equally exemplary service to the Society. It’s a prestigious honor: Currently just over 1,100 of the society’s more than 157,000 members have earned the distinction.

In honoring Jaekle, the group recognized his role in “developing innovative boron-containing molecular and polymeric materials for applications in Lewis acid catalysis, anion recognition, as sensors, and in organic electronics.” It also recognized his role in facilitating interactions between members in various ACS subject areas, organizing interdisciplinary symposia and chairing conferences, making major contributions to ACS project SEED, and initiating new high-school outreach programs.

“It's a wonderful recognition, and I am honored to be selected as one of this year's ACS fellows,” says Jaekle.

Jaekle’s research lab develops new functional molecular and polymeric materials with interesting and unusual optical, electronic, catalytic, sensory or stimuli responsive properties. Real-world applications include light emitting displays, all-polymer solar cells and near-IR imaging.

It's a wonderful recognition, and I am honored to be selected as one of this year's ACS fellows.

“We pursue new functional organic materials that come with a twist in that we selectively incorporate boron as an electron-deficient element in place of carbon,” says Jaekle. “This gives us properties that are interesting, for example, in light emitting displays, solar cell applications, or as naked-eye sensors for toxic chemicals.”

Jaekle’s lab team includes post-docs and graduate students, along with undergraduates, many of whom secure School of Arts & Sciences–Newark (SASN) summer and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) research fellowships to work with him. Jaekle also brings in summer interns from area high schools.

When not in his lab or doing administrative work, Jaekle teaches courses in Inorganic and Polymer Chemistry. He has served as the Chemistry department Chair since 2018. Prior to that, he was the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator for three years and was named Distinguished Professor by Rutgers University in 2016.

He’s also won numerous awards during his career.

In 2017 received the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research “in recognition for of his novel and highly-interdisciplinary work in main-group chemistry that bridges inorganic, organic and materials chemistry, particularly his contributions to the development of organometallic polymers and materials,” according to the Board’s citation. He also won the RU-N Hosford Award Lectureship in 2007 and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship in 2006.

Jaekle’s other honors include the American Chemical Society Akron Section Award (2012), the Boron in the Americas Award (2012), SEAM (Search for Electroactive Materials) Award (2009), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (2006-2010), and the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Early CAREER Award (2004-2008). He has been awarded eight additional NSF individual research-project grants over the course of his career at RU-N totaling nearly $3 million.

“I am particularly grateful to all my students, who every day put in great effort to let the research ideas come to fruition,” says Jaekle.” I’m also grateful to my wife for her endless support.”