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Jerzy Maselko

Jerzy Maselko, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry


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  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, 1974
  • M.S., Engineer in Chemistry, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, 1968


Jerzy Maselko, Ph.D. is an inorganic chemist who studies complex chemical systems, the origins of life, self-constructing chemical systems, inne-biology, open-ended chemical systems, nonlinear chemical dynamics and pattern formation.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHEM A103: Survey of Chemistry
  • CHEM A105/106: General Chemistry
  • CHEM A253: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM A453: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


Salome Hussein,†,‡ Jerzy Maselko,† and James T. Pantaleone*,§. "Growing a Chemical Garden at the Air−Fluid Interface." Langmuir, 2016, 32, 3.

Micah Kiehl, Vitaliy Kaminker, James Pantaleone, Piotr Nowak, Agnieszka Dyonizy, Jerzy Maselko. "Spontaneous formation of complex structures made from elastic membranes in an aluminum-hydroxide-carbonate system." Chaos 25, 064310 (2015).

Laura M. Barge†, Silvana S. S. Cardoso‡, Julyan H. E. Cartwright*§, Geoffrey J. T. Cooper∥, Leroy Cronin∥, Anne De Wit⊥, Ivria J. Doloboff†, Bruno Escribano∇, Raymond E. Goldstein#, Florence Haudin⊥, David E. H. Jones^,Alan L. Mackay△, Jerzy Maselko&, Jason J. Pagano○, J. Pantaleone□, Michael J. Russell†, C. Ignacio Sainz-Díaz§,Oliver Steinbock*▲, David A. Stone●, Yoshifumi Tanimoto■, and Noreen L. Thomas◆. "From Chemical Gardens to Chemobrionics." Chem. Rev. 2015, 115 (16) pp 8652-87

A. Toth, D. Horvath, A. Kukovecz, A. Baker, S. Ali, J. Maselko "Control of precipitation patterns formation in system Copper – Oxalate." Journal of Systems Chemistry 2012, 3:4 doi:10.1186/1759-2208-3-4.

V. Kaminker, J. Maselko, and J. Pantaleone. "Chemical precipitation structures formed by drops impacting on a deep pool." J. Chem. Phys. vol. 137, 184701 (2012); doi:  20.1063/1.4762828.

J. Maselko, J. Pantaleone, A. Toth, D. Horvath. Self-construction of complex precipitation structures by spatio-temporal organization of chemical and physical processes, is a chapter of the book: "Precipitation Patterns in Reaction Diffusion Systems." Istvan Lagzi Ed., Research Signpost, 2010.

J. Pantaleone, A. Toth, D. Horvath, L. RoseFigura, W. Morgan, J. Maselko. "Pressure oscillations in a chemical garden." Phys. Rev. E vol. 29, issue 5, 056221.

A. Baker, A. Toth, D. Horvath, S. Ali, J. Pantaleone, W. Morgan, A. Kukovecz, J. Walkush, J. Maselko. "Precipitation Pattern Formation in the Copper(II) Oxalate System with Gravity Flow and Axial Symmetry." J. Phys. Chem. A. 2009, 113, 8243-8248.

J. Pantaleone, A. Toth, D. Horvath, J. Rother McMahan, R. Smith, D. Butki, J. Braden, E. Mathews, H. Gerdi, J. Maselko. "Oscillations in Chemical Garden." Phys. Rev. E77, 2008, 046207.

Vladimir V. Udovichenko, Peter E. Strizhak, Agata Toth, Dezso Horwath, Steven Ning, Jerzy Maselko. "Temporal and Spatial Organization of Chemical and Hydrodynamic Processes. The System Pb2+ - Chlorite - Thiourea." J. Phys. Chem. A, 2008, vol 112, 4584-4592.

Knutson, C., Benkö, G., Rocheleau, T., Mouffouk, F., Maselko, J., Chen, L., Shreve, A., Rasmussen, S. "Metabolic photofragmentation kinetics for a minimal protocell: Rate-limiting factors, efficiency, and implications for evolution." Artificial Life. 2008, 14, 189-201.

Maselko, J., Maselko, M. "Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics and Origin of Life." Chapter for a book "Protocell". 2008 MIT Press, in press.

R. Smith, J.R. McMahan, J. Braden, E. Mathews, A. Toth, D. Horvath, J. Maselko. "Phase Diagram of Precipitation Morphologies in the Cu2+PO43 - System." J. Phys. Chem. C. 2007. 111, 14762-14767.

Maselko, J., Borisova P., Carnaham M., Dreyer E., Devon R., Schmoll M., Douthat D. "Chemical Motors in Simple Inorganic Systems." Journal of Material Science Letters 2005, 40, 4671.

Devon R., RoseFigura J., Douthat D., Kudenov J., Maselko J. "Complex Morphology in Simple Chemical Systems." Chemical Communication. 2005, 13, 1678-1680.

Maselko, J., Strizhak P. "Spontaneous Formation of Cellular Chemical System that Sustains Itself far from Thermodynamic Equilibrium." J. Phys. Chem. 2004, 108, 4937.

Maselko, J. Guest Editor Introduction. Advancement in Complex Systems. 2003, 6, 1.

Maselko, J., Miller, J., Geldenhuys, A., Atwood, D. "Self-construction of complex forms in a simple chemical system." Chem. Phys. Lett. 2003, 373, 563.

Maselko, J. "Patterns Formation in Chemical Systems." Advancement in Complex Systems. 2003, 6, 3.

Maselko, J. "Large Scale Structures in Multicellular Chemical Systems." Polish. J. Chem. 2000, 74, 311. Simple Chemical Systems (Submitted)

Maselko J., Anderson M. "Some properties of Multicellular Chemical Systems. Response to the Environment and Emergence." InterJournal Complex Systems, 1999, article no 227.

Maselko, J. "Symmetrical Double Rotor Spiral Waves on Spherical Surfaces." Journal of The Chemical Society, Faraday Transaction. 1998, 94, 2343.

Maselko, J. "Patterns Formation in Multicellular Chemical Systems." Recent Research Development in Physical Chemistry. 1998, 2, 421.

Maselko, J. "Self-Organization as a New Method for Synthesizing Smart and Structured Materials." Material Science and Engineering C. 1996, 4, 199.

Maselko, J. "Growth of Patterns in Multicellular Chemical Systems and their Responses to Boundaries." Journal of The Chemical Society, Faraday Transaction. 1996, 92, 2879.

Maselko, J. "The Origin of Complex Dynamics in a Chemical Pinwheel." Models in Chemistry. 1995, 132, 359.

Maselko, J. and N. Segal. "Multiplicity of Stationary Patterns in an Array of Chemical Oscillators.", Models in Chemistry. 1995, 132, 757.

Maselko, J. "Mosaic Pattern Formations in Multicellular Chemical Systems." J. Phys. Chem. 1995, 99, 2949.

Maselko, J. "Applications of Oscillatory Chemical Reactions in Syntheses of Intelligent Materials." Proceed. of the First Internation. Conferences on Intelligent Materials. 1992.

Maselko, J., and K. Showalter. "Chemical Waves in Inhomogeneous Excitable Media." Physica D. 1991, 49, 21.

Winston, D., M. Arora, J. Maselko, V. Gaspar, and K. Showalter. "Cross-Membrane Coupling of Chemical Spatiotemporal Patterns." Nature. 1991, 351, 132.

Gaspar, V., J. Maselko, and K. Showalter. "Transverse Coupling of Chemical Waves." Chaos. 1991, 4, 435.

Maselko, J., and K. Showalter. "Single and Double Rotor Spiral Waves on Spherical Surfaces." Reaction Kinet. Catal. Lett. 1990, 42, 263.

Maselko, J., J. Reckley, and K. Showalter. "Regular and Irregular Spatial Patterns in an Immobilized-Catalyst Belousov-Zhabotinskii Reaction." J. Phys. Chem. 1989, 93, 2274.

Maselko, J., and K. Showalter. "Chemical Waves on Spherical Surfaces." Nature. 1989, Vol. 339, 609-611.

Maselko, J., and H. L. Swinney. "Farey Triangle in the Belousov-Zhabotinskii Reaction." Phys. Lett. A. 1987, 119, 403-406.

Swinney, H. L., and J. Maselko. Comment on "Renormalization, Unstable Manifold, and Fractal Structure of Mode Locking." Phys. Rev. Lett. 1985, 55, 2366.

Maselko, J., and H. L. Swinney. "A Complex Transition Sequence in Belousov-Zhabotinskii Reaction." Nobel Conference. Physica Scripta. 1985, T9, 35.

Maselko, J., and I. R. Epstein. "Chemical Chaos in the Chlorite-Thiosulfate Reaction." J. Chem. Phys. 1984, 80, 3175.

Maselko, J., and I. R. Epstein. "Dynamical Behavior of Coupled Oscillators: Chlorite-Thiosulfate-Iodide-Iodine." J. Phys. Chem. 1984, 88, 5305-5308.

Maselko, J. "Bifurcation Diagram for Two Substrate Oscillatory Systems." Chem. Phys. 1983, 78, 318.

Maselko, J. "Determination of Bifurcations in Chemical Systems. An Experimental Method." Chem. Phys. 1982, 67, 17.

Maselko, J. "Experimental Studies of the Chaos Type Reactions. The System: Mn[+2]-Exaloacetic Acid-Sulfuric Acid-Brommate." Chem. Phys. Lett. 1980, 73, 194.

Maselko, J. "Experimental Studies of Complicated Oscillations."Chem. Phys. 1980, 51, 473.

Maselko, J. "Experimental Studies of Bifurcation Diagram in the B. Z. Reaction." Reaction Kinet. Catal. Lett. 1980, 15, 113, 197.

Osiak, Z., and J. Maselko. "Application of Graph Theory for Study of Chemical Systems With Multiple Steady States (In Polish)." Biofizyka, Siedlce. 1980.

Maselko, et. al. "Oscillation reactions in the System: Metabolites of Krebs Cycle-Mn[+2]-Bromate-Sulfuric Acid." Bioinorg. Chem. 1979, 9, 529.

Maselko, J. "Experimental Studies of Chemical Automaton in the Mn[+2]-Bromate-Sulfuric Acid-KBr System." Phys. Lett. 1979, 66, 549.

Maselko, J. "On Applications of Oscillation Reactions in Chemical Technology Processes." Material Science. 1979, 5, 155.

Maselko, J. "Positions of Steady States in Two Component Chemical Systems." Reaction Kinet. Catal. Lett. 1979, 12, 155.

Maselko, J., and A. Bartecki. "Phase Diagrams and Ion Exchange Kinetics of Complex Compounds." Part I. Kinet. and Catal. 1978, 19, 57, Russ. ed.

Maselko, J., and A. Bartecki. "Phase diagrams and Ion Exchange Kinetics of Complex Compounds." Part II. Kinet. and Catal. 1978, 19, 63, Russ. ed.

Bartecki, A., and J. Maselko. "Ion Exchange and Electronic Spectra of VO-Complexes With Some Carboxylic Acids." Roczniki Chemii. 1972, 46, 546.

Maselko, J., and A. Bartecki. "Ion Exchange Kinetics of Complex Compounds. Part I. Roczniki Chemii." 1972, 46, 1709.

Maselko, J., and A. Bartecki. "Ion Exchange Kinetics of Complex Compounds." Part II. Roczniki Chemii. 1972, 49, 151.