Appointments

2009-present

 Associate Professor of Chemistry at Montana State University 

2015-2016

Principal Investigator, MTA-ELTE Chemical Structure/Function Laboratory, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary 

2015

Visiting Research Fellowship (3 months awarded) at the Catalysis Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan 

2014-2017

 Editor-in-Chief of the Hungarian Journal of Industry and Chemistry (HJIC) 

2014-2016

Lecturer and Research Professor at Ibaraki University, Mito, Japan 

2014

Distinguished Albert Szent-Györgyi Research Professor at University of Pannonia, Veszprém 

2013

Visiting Associate Professor at Ibaraki University, Mito, Japan (sabbatical)

2003-2009

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Montana State University 

Professional Awards

2014 and 2015

 Recipient of the Szent-Györgyi Call-Home Fellowship and the distinguished „Momentum” Research Grant from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

2011

 Kavli Fellow, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

1999-2001

Recognition for mentoring students by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Council of National Scientific Students’ Associations, Budapest, Hungary

1995

Pro Scientia Gold Medal from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Council of National Scientific Students’ Associations, Budapest, Hungary

Professional Societies

2017–present

Member of the Executive Committee of the Northwestern Theoretical and Computational Chemistry consortium 

2017–present

The Clay Mineral Society, regular member

2017–2018

Treasurer of the Montana local section of the American Chemical Society 

1998–2018

American Chemical Society, organizer of the Spring 2009 and Spring 2018 MT ACS Local Section Meeting-in-miniature

2005–2014

The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 

2004–2014

American Physics Society 

Professional Academic Service

2019

Development of a STEM-focused undergraduate ‘work-study’ program between Ibaraki University, Mito, Japan and MSU, Bozeman, MT

2017–2018

board member, Montana Local Section, American Chemical Society
organization of Spring and Fall 2018 local section meetings 

2016–2017

chair of the departmental graduate recruiting committee, developed and delivered a graduate recruiting platform at national ACS meetings in the US

2016

graduate recruiting in Hungary, Slovakia, Japan (supported by Office of International Programs, MSU) 

2013

sabbatical leave in Japan, graduate student recruiting and student exchange (Japan, South Korea) 

2005–2008

chair of the Department's Information Technology Committee 

2005–2012

member of the Department’s Graduate Recruit Committee; design and implementation of the database-driven departmental website; design and update of a graduate recruit CD 

2004-2012

summer research mentor in Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) and American Indian Research Opportunities for high school and Native American Tribal College students 

2003-2016,2019

ACS Inorganic Proficiency Exams (92 students) 

2003-present

serving on graduate oral examinations (physical: 7; organic: 8; inorganic: 3,
biochemistry: 8) and thesis defences (organic: 2; physical: 4; inorganic: 1; biochemistry: 4) 

2006-2008, 2016

graduate recruit trips to ACS meeting in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Willamette University, University of Oregon, Boise State University, Calvin College, Washington DC 

Professional Service to the Community

external reviewer/opponent on PhD dissertations

University of Tromsø; University of British Columbia; York University; Budapest Technical and Economics University, Ibaraki University

proposal reviews

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Bólyai program and National Science Foundation), Australian Research Council, American Chemical Society, National Science Foundation (CBET panellist), National Institute of Health (panellist), Research Corporation, SSRL beam-time proposals, European Research Council (mail-in Reviewer), NASA Exobiology Panel (mail-in reviewer) 

journal reviews

ACS Catalysis; Amino Acids; Angewandte Chemie – International Edition; Applied Clay Minerals; Asian Journal of Chemistry; Astrobiology; Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan; Clay Science; Coordination Chemical Reviews; Dalton Transactions; European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Inorganica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Journal of Bioinorganic Chemistry; Journal of Computational Chemistry; Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of the American Chemical Society; Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society; Journal of Theory and Computations; Minerals; PLOS ONE; Polyhedron; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Protein Science; Science Magazine; Spectrochimica Acta; Theoretical Chemistry Accounts

meetings and conferences

2018 

organizer of the Montana ACS Spring Meeting in Miniature in Bozeman, MT and the ACS Fall Meeting in Chico, MT


2013

organizer of the International Symposium of Homogeneous Catalytic Reactivity in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan and Prof. Keiji Morokuma’s “Cultural Merit” Award ceremony in Kyoto


2010

organizer of the NASA ABRC Mineral Thrust Summit in Bozeman, MT


2009

organizer of the Montana ACS Spring Meeting in Miniature in Bozeman, MT


2008

Chair of the SSRL Users Organization Executive Committee, Menlo Park, CA


2007

vice Chair of the SSRL UOEC, Menlo Park, CA


2005

co-chair of an EXAFS and XANES workshop at the Advanced Light Source Users’ Meeting, Berkeley, CA