“Marty” Kirk named Distinguished Professor

posted: Thu Apr 20 2017 10:47:06

Martin Kirk was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2016.  Prof. Kirk is a widely published scholar whose research interests span nearly every area of modern chemistry from synthesis to sophisticated spectroscopic experiments to biological molecules to theory and computation.  In his 22 years at UNM he has supervised five post-doctoral scientists, graduated over a dozen PhD students, and mentored eight undergraduates who performed research in his lab.  He has served as interim chair for CCB and on multiple college and university committees. 

Prof.  Kirk has established international reputations in both metalloenzyme and biradical chemistry. He has published over 120 scientific articles which have been cited over 3500 times for a career h-index of 36.  His work has appeared in Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society and Science.  He has co-chaired prestigious international conferences in two different fields (Gordon conference in metalloenzymes; Telluride conference in donor/acceptor biradicals), served as an editor and editorial board member, and been elected chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Bioinorganic section.  His UNM research program has attracted funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy (DoE), and the American Chemical Society (ACS); since 2005, he has obtained over $5,000,000 in external funding as sole or lead PI.