Biographical SketchDalila Kovacs

Dalila Kovacs is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. She obtained her PhD in physical organic chemistry from Michigan State University, and received the equivalent of a Master in Education and a B.S. in chemistry from Babes‐Bolyai University in Cluj‐Napoca, Romania.  

Dalila is part of the leading team that designed and developed the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse, a virtual hub for green chemistry resource meant to advance the adoption of green chemistry in multiple sectors throughout the state, a project supported by the MI Governor’s Executive Directive 2006-6 “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health,” the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Green Chemistry Teaching Experience

Since her appointment (‘03) at GVSU, a primary undergraduate institution focused on the quality of the undergraduate education provided, Dalila worked actively toward including green chemistry in the curriculum. Her efforts materialized in two courses, Green Chemistry & Industrial processes for chemistry majors, and Introduction to Green Chemistry for freshmen. Under her leadership, the department designed a ‘Certification in green chemistry’; first student graduated in 2011. GVSU’s efforts for curricular integration of green chemistry were rewarded with the Michigan Green Chemistry Governor's Award-Education in 2009.

Green Chemistry Research

Dalila’s postdoctoral work with Chemical Engineering Department at MSU exposed her to green chemistry and steered her interest toward the green aspects of synthesis and industrial applications. Currently she involves her students in research on mechanistic aspects of biomass usage as renewable feedstock for commodity and specialty chemical production and cellulose conversion to platform molecules.

Contact Information

Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry

Grand Valley State University

1 Campus Dr., Allendale, MI USA


Phone: (616) 331-3806

Fax:     (616) 331-3230