Connie Lu
Prof. Connie Lu
TRA Matter Speaker
  • Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Research topics
  • Metal-metal bonding
  • Ligand design
  • Catalysis
  • Energy and sustainability
The Lu lab seeks to develop homogeneous catalysts for converting abundant small molecules, such as N2 and CO2, into useful chemical feedstocks, such as ammonia and methanol, respectively. A big challenge in developing such catalysts is promoting multi-electron and proton-coupled reactivity. Our general approach is to create and test ligand designs that abet transition metals in transferring the electron and/or proton equivalents needed in small-molecule reduction. Our ligands are ideally designed to quickly build a large family of potential transition-metal catalysts that can be screened for catalytic activity in a rapid and efficient manner.
Selected publications

Graziano BJ, Vollmer MV, Lu CC (2021) “Cooperative Bond Activation and Facile Intramolecular Aryl Transfer of Nickel-Aluminum Pincer-type Complexes.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English, 60, 15087-15094.

Dorantes MJ , Moore JT, Bill E, Mienert B, Lu CC (2020) Bimetallic Iron-Tin Catalyst for N2 to NH3 and a Silyldiazenido Model Intermediate. Chemical Communications 56:11030-11033. 

Moore JT, Lu CC (2020) Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Aryl C−F Bonds Using a Bimetallic Rhodium−Indium Complex. Journal of the American Chemical Society 142:11641-11646. 

Connie Lu
Prof. Connie Lu
TRA Matter Speaker
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