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  • Laura Gagliardi

    McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Director Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center

    • Chemical Physics, Quantum mechanics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation, Quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Transition metal, lanthanide and actinide chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Actinide and Porous materials
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • M.S. University of Bologna, Italy, 1992
    • Ph.D. University of Bologna, Italy, 1993-1997
    • Post Doctorate University of Cambridge, UK, 1998-1999
    Office: 229 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

The Gagliardi group develops novel wave function-based quantum chemical methods and applies them to study problems related to renewable energies. We combine multireference theories with density functional theory. We develop force-fields from first principles to be used in classical simulations. We employ these methods to explore molecular systems and materials relevant to catalysis, carbon dioxide separations, photochemical processes, spectroscopy and heavy-element chemistry.

Metalated catecholate selectively binds NO over other small gas molecules.
Metalated catecholate selectively binds NO over other small gas molecules. Credit: Kiley Schmidt.



Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020
  • McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, 2019
  • Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society Physical Chemistry Division, 2019
  • Research featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Celebrating Excellence in Research: 100 Women of Chemistry, 2018
  • Elected a Member of Academia Europaea, 2018
  • Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2018
  • Fellow of the Institute on the Environment (IonE), 2017 -
  • Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship Award, 2017
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2016 -
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2016 -
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016
  • Bourke Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2014
  • Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 2004
  • Visiting Professor University of Tokyo, 2003
  • Visiting Professor University of Lund, 2001

Mailing Address

  • Laura Gagliardi, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-10, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431