Christopher J. Cramer

portrait of Christopher J. Cramer

Christopher J. Cramer

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry



A.B. Chemistry and Mathematics, Washington University

Ph.D. University of Illinois-Urbana

Research Interests

Energy & Catalysis

Chemical Theory & Computation: structure, reactivity, and dynamics

Environmental & Green Chemistry

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.
Professor Cramer research graphic on copper
Professor Cramer research graphic on nickel
Professor Cramer research graphic on wires

Honors and Awards

American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2021

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