Christopher J. Douglas

portrait of Professor Christopher Douglas

Christopher J. Douglas

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry


Kolthoff Hall
Room 568C
225 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1999

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 2005 (Larry E. Overman)

Post Doctorate California Institute of Technology (Robert H. Grubbs), 2005-2007

Research Interests

Organic Chemistry, synthesis

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, organic electronics

Energy & Catalysis

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry

Research in our group focuses on the development of new synthetic methods and on finding solutions to a variety of synthesis problems. Our program in developing new methods is particularly focused on reactions we feel have the potential to change the way scientists approach the construction of organic molecules. For example, development of carbon–carbon sigma bond activation could open up unusual disconnections in retrosynthetic analysis, leading to new or more efficient syntheses of desirable molecules. We are also interested in new approaches to conjugated systems applicable in organic electronics, particularly the linear acenes including derivatives of tetracene, pentacene, and polyacene, a long-sought polymer. Our interest in synthesis extends well beyond organic electronics to encompass biologically relevant compounds.

Honors and Awards

George W. Taylor/College of Science & Engineering Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2017

George Taylor Career Development Award (UMN), 2014

National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2012

DuPont Young Investigator, 2011

2010-2011, Outstanding Professor Award, College of Science & Engineering (selected by undergraduates at the University of Minnesota)

Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2010

Thieme Synthesis/Synlett Journal Award, 2010

3M Nontenured Faculty Grantee, 2009

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006

ARCS Foundation Graduate Fellow, 2004

Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellow, 2001

Mailing Address

Christopher J. Douglas
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-12, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431