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  • Christopher J. Cramer

    Vice President for Research, Distinguished McKnight University Professor

    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Chemical Theory & Computation, Structure, Reactivity, and Dynamics
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • A.B. Chemistry and Mathematics, Washington University
    • Ph.D. University of Illinois-Urbana

Principal Research Interests

We develop and apply theoretical models in order to investigate phenomena of chemical, biological, and environmental interest. Current focus areas include:

  1. modeling catalysis, including the exploitation of metal-organic frameworks, to advance sustainable chemistry and chemical processes;
  2. molecular and material phenomena associated with solar energy devices;
  3. theoretical characterization of small-molecule activation at transition-metal centers;
  4. modeling remediation of environmental contaminants and chemical warfare agents; and
  5. development and application of condensed-phase quantum chemical models.
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Honors and Awards

  • George W. Taylor Award of Distinguished Service by the College of Science and Engineering, 2013
  • Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2011
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2010
  • University of Minnesota Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award, 2005
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2003
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2000
  • George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award, 1999
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1996
  • University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professor, 1994
  • 8th Annual Army Materiel Command Outstanding Research Award, 1992
  • Arthur S. Flemming Award, 1991
  • Army Research and Development Achievement Award, 1991

Mailing Address

  • Christopher Cramer
  • 419 Johnson Hall 101 Pleasant St SE
  • Office of Vice President for Research
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455