Newly Endowed Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series & Annual Lectureship

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Professor Jeffrey Zink and Helo Zink
Professor Jeffrey Zink and Helo Zink.

The Jeffrey I. Zink Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series at UCLA has been named with a generous gift by Helo Zink and Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Zink. 

The newly endowed seminar series supports inorganic chemistry-themed lectures throughout the year and will support an annual Zink Lectureship. 

A Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Zink is one of the world’s most frequently Highly Cited Authors in chemistry with more than 600 published articles. He has pioneered the use of multifunctional nanoparticles and molecular machines designed to deliver drugs to the site of a tumor or infection—a scientific innovation posed to revolutionize the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. 

Zink joined the inorganic chemistry faculty of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in 1970. In 2018, Zink was awarded the American Chemical Society Southern California Section’s highest honor, the Tolman Medal. 

In 2016, the Zinks established the Jeffrey and Helo Zink Endowed Professional Development Term Chair in Chemistry to foster young faculty starting their careers at UCLA. The Zink Chair played a crucial role in the recruitment and support of junior faculty in the department. In July 2017, Assistant Professor Chong Liu joined the department and became the inaugural holder of the Zink Term Chair.  

The Zinks invite others to join them in supporting the department’s Inorganic Seminar Series. Any additional donation made by December 31, 2022, in support of the Jeffrey I. Zink Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series, will be matched 2:1 by the department. To learn more, contact Alex Hood, Associate Director of Development, Physical Sciences, at or (310) 486-6956.  

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,