Connie C. Lu

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Connie C. Lu

Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 326
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center
Center for BioInorganic Chemistry
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000 

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2006 

Post Doctorate Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2009

Professor Connie Lu's CV

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Interests

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry: inorganic Synthesis

Energy & Catalysis

Organic Chemistry

Environmental & Green Chemistry

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.

Connie Lu's energy and catalysis research
Professor Lu's research encompasses energy and catalysis.
Research focus on Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
FeCo to illustrate Professor Lu's research in inorganic and organometallic chemistry
Teaching Subjects
General Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Currently Teaching Courses
CHEM 1062, CHEM 4735/8735
Honors and Awards

Outstanding Reviewer for Chemical Society Reviews, 2018 & 2019

Featured in Journal of the American Chemical Society virtual issue on JACS Young Investigators, 2018

Plenary Lecture, Royal Chemical Society Dalton Conference, 2018

Association for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Plenary Lecture, Advanced Photon Source User Meeting, 2016

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