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  • Connie C. Lu

    Associate Professor

    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Inorganic Synthesis
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
    • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2006
    • Post Doctorate Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2009
    Office: 326 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

The Lu group creates and studies metal-metal bonding between two first-row transition metals and between a transition metal and a main group metal. Synergistic combinations of different metals can generate hybrid "metals" that exhibit original properties and/or unique reactivities. We are broadly interested in developing these bimetallic complexes for small-molecule catalysis (e.g. dinitrogen to amine), where using non-precious metals is sensible from economical and sustainability standpoints.

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Honors and Awards

  • Gerhard and Lisolette Closs Memorial Lecture, University of Chicago, 2016
  • Kavli Fellow, 2013
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2013-2015
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2013
  • Ernst Haage Prize, 2008
  • Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • Department of Defense Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2001-2004
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Award, 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

Mailing Address

  • Connie C. Lu, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • B-11, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431