Jessica R. Lamb

Portrait of Jessica Lamb

Jessica R. Lamb

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 335
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. University of North Dakota, 2012

M.S. Cornell University, 2014

Ph.D. Cornell University, 2017

Post Doctorate Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Polymer Chemistry

Energy & Catalysis

Organic Chemistry

Inorganic & Organometallic

Research in the Professor Lamb's group lies at the interface of organic, organometallic, catalysis, and polymer chemistry. Students will learn to apply catalysis and physical organic chemistry to problems in polymer chemistry. This could involve developing new methods, exploring their mechanisms, characterization of new materials, or eventually exploring applications.Our work is inspired by small molecule catalysis, photocatalysis, and switchable catalysis and how those have been/could be applied to polymer synthesis. Lamb has co-authored 14 papers and 1 provisional patent.

She has an extensive background in teaching, mentoring, and outreach, including outreach through Expanding Your Horizons and the 4-H Career Explorations as part of the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers.

Honors and Awards

2022 Finalist for the Hanwha Total-IUPAC Young Polymer Scientist Award

2022 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

2021-2022 American Chemical Society Division of Professional Relations (PROF) Leadership Development Award

2018-2020 National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow

2016 Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholars Award

2013-2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2013 Bayer Teaching Excellence Award

Mailing Address

Jessica R. Lamb
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
C-6 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431