Associate Professor of Chemistry at Montana State University 


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


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


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


Lecturer and Research Professor at Ibaraki University, Mito, Japan 


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


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


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


 Kavli Fellow, U.S. National Academy of Sciences


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


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

Professional Societies


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


The Clay Mineral Society, regular member


Treasurer of the Montana local section of the American Chemical Society 


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


The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 


American Physics Society 

Professional Academic Service


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


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


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


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


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


chair of the Department's Information Technology Committee 


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 


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


ACS Inorganic Proficiency Exams (92 students) 


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


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


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


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


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


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


vice Chair of the SSRL UOEC, Menlo Park, CA


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