Kelley J. Donaghy | Chemistry | SUNY-ESF
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Kelley J. DonaghyAssociate Professor

Kelley Donaghy

Jahn Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

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  • Associate Professor, 2012-present, SUNY ESF
  • Director of the Environmental Scholars Program, 2009-Present
  • Chugh/University Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award 2016
  • Executive Chair of Faculty Governance, 2010-2016
  • Chancellor's Award for Faculty Service 2014
  • ESF Public/Community Service Award, 2008
  • Undergraduate Student Association Distinguished Teacher Award, 2008
  • ESF President's Award for Public Service and Outreach, 2008
  • Assistant Professor, 2006-2012, SUNY ESF
  • Assistant Professor, 1998-2005, American University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, 1997, University of Maine at Machias
  • Ph.D., 1996, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., 1989, Syracuse University

Kelley Donaghy is a synthetic inorganic chemist.  She solves problems by designing new routes to materials with environmental or medicinal applications.  One of her current projects includes dendritic materials that could serve as novel drugs for Boron neutron capture therapy.  By utilizing the well developed click chemistry reactions Dr. Donaghy's group has synthesized several water soluble boron polyhedral cage containing dendrictic materials.  These dendrimers are characterized by NMR, Mass Spectroscopy and IR.  In addition to her synthetic work, Dr. Donaghy is interested in the chemistry of art and how to analyze and determine the authenticity of artwork and architectural materials.

Dr. Donaghy is also interested in developing new materials for teaching inorganic chemistry and general chemistry.  In recent years she has written several papers on visualization of chemical structures and on how to incorporate service learning into the entry level general chemistry courses.  Her recent work involves integrating artist materials into the Inorganic Chemistry curriculum and creating a studio course for the advanced level inorganic course.  She has been awarded a SUNY Open Textbook Grant for her book Inorganic Chemistry:  A Student Centered Approach which is expected to be released in 2015. 

Dr. Donaghy is the recipient of two National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grants, totalling $1.2 million in funding.  These grants have supported more than 60 students over the past 6 years. The Program's cohort-building retreats and seminars have led to retention and graduation rates far above the SUNY and National averages.  The connections to the College and to other students that these activities promote are responsible for these particularly successful outcomes.

In addition to her teaching and research activities, she is active both locally and at the SUNY System in Faculty Governance, serves as a Chemistry Coach for the American Chemical Society and runs the Chemistry Day event at The Great New York State Fair.  In recognition of her efforts in service, Dr. Donaghy recieved the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Faculty Service in the Spring of 2014.

Selected Presentations and Publications

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