Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.

Hershel Jude


PO Box 50511
Kalamazoo MI 49005-0511

I grew up in Eastern Kentucky and received a B.A. in chemistry from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky where I served as president of the Berea College Student ACS chapter. I earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati with Professor William B. Connick, where my research focused on the synthesis and characterization of two-electron platinum reagents. After graduate school, I spent two years as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Utah with Professor Peter J. Stang and three years as a Post-Doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Lab with Dr. Reginaldo Rocha. While in Professor Stang's group, my research focused on the development and characterization of two- and three-dimensional supramolecular assemblies and while working with Dr. Rocha I developed ruthenium polypyridyl catalysts for the oxidation of water. In 2008, I moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan and joined Kalsec as a lead scientist where I currently focus on developing new hop products and processes for the brewing industry.

I live in Kalamazoo township with my wife and two children (10 and 7). In my free time, I enjoy bowling, camping, biking and reading. I am very passionate about the ACS and what it offers it members, particularly the education and career components. My adventures with the ACS started with my first oral presentation late on Thursday afternoon at a national meeting in Washington, D.C. That 20-minute talk, which lasted 10 minutes due to being nervous and speaking so fast, was a great learning experience. An interview at the 2008 National Meeting in New Orleans led to me relocating to Kalamazoo. My first experience with an ACS local section was the KACS Sustainable Science - Recycle a Poster event at Bell's Eccentric Café and I have since volunteered several times at the Chemistry Day at the Museum event and participated in many other KACS events. I would love to hear from KACS members about their experiences with KACS and the types of events and activities they would enjoy attending.