Gwendolyn A. Bailey

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Gwendolyn A. Bailey

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry




  • B.S. University of British Columbia, 2012 (Chris Orvig)
  • Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 2018 (Deryn Fogg)
  • Post-Doctorate Caltech, 2018-2021 (Theodor Agapie)
Research Interests

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
Energy & Catalysis
Environmental & Green Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Research Page

Research Summary
Catalysis is central to solving some of the grand sustainability challenges of our day. Research efforts in our group will focus on the development of new classes of catalysts with interesting multimetallic structures and highly reactive architectures. Projects will span synthetic, structural, mechanistic, and reactivity studies using a range of techniques, including spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography, and rigorous anaerobic techniques for the manipulation of air-sensitive compounds. Modern tools will be leveraged and developed from other areas to impact inorganic synthesis and catalyst development, leading to accelerated discovery and expanded innovation.

Honors and Awards

  • ACS Young Investigator Award, 2019
  • Governor General Academic Gold Medal of Canada, 2019
  • Royal Society of Canada Alice Wilson Award, 2018
  • Canadian Society of Chemistry Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry, 2018
  • Resnick Sustainability Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018
  • University of Ottawa Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants, 2014 & 2016
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Doctorate (CGS-D), 2014
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master’s (CGS-M), 2013
  • Lefevre Medal & Prize in Honours Chemistry, 2012

Gwen Bailey
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431