Librarian for Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, & Materials Science

345 Walter Library
612-624-9399 IM: mlaffert (UMN GChat)

As liaison to the chemistry and chemical engineering/materials science departments, I am the the go-to person for the University of Minnesota and the broader community for questions about access to online resources in my subject areas; chemical and physical property data; chemical pricing; articles from obscure chemistry journals; chemistry careers outside the lab or classroom; and any other type of chemical information. I talk to classes and research groups on request and offer consultations on library-related assignments. I make purchasing decisions for chemistry, chemical engineering, & materials science. Send any requests for new materials my way. I am also the Collections Coordinator for Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics (i.e., the College of Science and Engineering subjects).

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A.B., Chemistry, Smith College

M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Selected Presentations & Publications

Jeffryes, J., Lafferty, M. (2012, Spring). Gauging Workplace Readiness: Assessing the Information Needs of Engineering Co-op Students. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Retrieved January 23, 2014 from

Lafferty, M. (2009, Fall). A Framework for Evaluating Science and Technology Electronic Reference Books: A Comparison of Five Platforms in Chemistry. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Retrieved March 30, 2010 from

Lafferty, M. (2008, Winter-Spring). Does Chemistry Content in the Electronic Library of Minnesota Meet the Needs of Smaller Academic Institutions and Companies? Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Retrieved March 30, 2010 from

Lou, J., Moshiri, F., Johnson, M. K., Lafferty, M. E., Sorkin, D. L., Miller, A.-F. & Maier, R. J. (1999). Mutagenesis studies of the FeSII protein of Azotobacter vinelandii: roles of histidine and lysine residues in the protection of nitrogenase from oxygen damage. Biochemistry, 38, 5563-5571. DOI: 10.1021/bi9827823

Atta, M., Lafferty, M. E., Johnson, M. K., Gaillard, J., & Meyer, J. (1998). Heterologous biosynthesis and characterization of the [2Fe-2S]-containing N-terminal domain of Clostridium pasteurianum hydrogenase. Biochemistry, 37, 15974-15980. DOI: 10.1021/bi9812928

Duin, E. C., Lafferty, M. E., Crouse, B. R., Allen, R. M., Sanyal, I., Flint, D. M., & Johnson, M. K. (1997). [2Fe-2S] to [4Fe-4S] cluster conversion in Escherichia coli biotin synthase. Biochemistry, 36, 11811-11820. DOI: 10.1021/bi9706430