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Elzbieta (Ela) Kogut was born and raised in Poland. Ela is an alumnus of the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, having received a BSc in chemistry in 1997 and a MSc in analytical chemistry in 1998. Her master’s thesis was entitled “Studies of Purification of Neodymium(III) from Yttrium(III) Complexes with IMDA on Anion-exchangers.
Upon graduation, Ela joined European cosmetic giant L’Oreal as a process improvement and quality control chemist. While at L’Oreal, she was responsible for planning, supervising and improving the production process for the facial cream, cleanser and tonic lines “Synergie” and “Plenitude.” She researched, created and implemented new methods for process improvement and conducted a full set of quality control experiments on cream products utilizing multiple instrumental techniques: HPLC, GC, UV/VIS, FTIR, density and viscosity measurements.
Ela moved to the United States in 1999 to pursue further graduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her PhD thesis, under the supervision of Timothy H. Warren, was entitled “Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Novel b-Diketiminato Nickel Alkyl, Imido and Amido Complexes".
She has published her findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, with first-authored publications in the Journal of American Chemical Society. Her latest article in Organometallics was published in May 2013.
Ela has had the opportunity to present her research at a number of American Chemical Society national conferences in Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia. She has helped organize, and participated in, “Synthesis Conferences” organized annually by the chemistry department at Georgetown University.
Ela moved to Canada in 2005 to pursue post-doctoral research on the synthesis, reactivity, and characterization of platinum bisdithiolenes at the University of Toronto under the guidance of Prof. Ulrich Fekl. The findings of her research were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.
Ela joined Sheridan College as a professor in September 2011.