Erich S. Uffelman
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Washington and Lee University
Erich Uffelman graduated as the Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major in Bucknell University's class of 1984 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree (magna cum laude). He obtained an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship to attend the California Institute of Technology, and received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Caltech in 1991 under the direction of Prof. Terrence J. Collins. Under Dr. Collins, he designed a series of macrocyclic tetraamide ligands and metallation protocols that resulted in several unprecedented oxidation states/coordination numbers for the first row transition metals from chromium to copper. These macrocyclic systems resulted in Dr. Collins' receiving the 1999 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1999 for the development of Fe-TAML hydrogen peroxide activating catalysts.
Uffelman was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratories of Prof. James P. Collman at Stanford University from 1991-1993. Uffelman joined the Chemistry faculty at Washington and Lee University in 1993. In 1996, he was given a Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1999, he was given tenure at Washington and Lee, received a Certificate for Dr. Terrence Collins' Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and received a second Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1999, Uffelman also first taught his course, “Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th Century Dutch Painting.” In winter of 2001 he was on sabbatical leave with Dr. M.G. Finn at The Scripps Research Institute, and he is on sabbatical there again in the winter of 2006. In 2004, Uffelman received a third Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award to further develop his Science in Art course. In the spring of 2005, he took his Science in Art course to The Netherlands for the first time. He has coauthored nineteen publications and two patents. He has been awarded over $290,000 of external funding (NSF, American Chemical Society-PRF, Research Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Associated Colleges of the South). He has given several talks at conferences and national meetings and has served as a referee for the NSF, the PRF, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and the Journal of Chemical Education. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Chemical Society, and AAAS. He has trained 35 undergraduate students in his research labs.