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Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences

Jeffry D. Madura, Ph.D.

Jeffry D. Madura is the first holder of the Minucci Chair. A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he was Department Chair from 2000-2010.


Professor Madura earned a B.A. from Thiel College in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University in 1985. The Ph.D. was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in computational biophysics with Professor J. Andrew McCammon at the University of Houston.


Dr. Madura's research interests are in computational chemistry and biophysics. He has published more than 100 papers in physical chemistry and chemical physics. Dr. Madura has taught chemistry from undergraduate to graduate levels for 20 years and was the recipient of the 1997-1998 Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Dr. Madura is co-author to a textbook titled General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications as well as a co-author to a physical chemistry solutions manual.


Professor Madura was elected as an ACS Fellow in 2011, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Duquesne University Office of Research Hall of Fame. He also received the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Award for Excellence in Service in 2004.


The chair was established in 2013 through a generous gift from the estate of Lambert F. Minucci, GA'70, a retired mathematician and chemical engineer with PPG Industries who earned his master's degree in night school at Duquesne.