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Lab News!!!

January 2021 Jackie and Emmet join the lab! Welcome!

January 2021 Phil is awarded the Beverly Sears Grant from the Graduate School! Congratulations!

October 2021 Tessa Myren defends her PhD! Congratulations!

May 2021 Haley’s paper on the thermodynamics of carbon capture from air is out.

March 2021 Haley is awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations!!

February 2021 Haley, Tessa and Shea’s paper on electrochemical methods for materials recycling is in press! Fabulous job!

January 2021 Tessa is named Chang PhD Fellow in Green Chemistry by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute! Congratulations!!

January 2021 Tessa is gives a splendid talk at the Front Range Inorganic Symposium!

November 2020 Haley and Tessa’s review of Mn pincers in electrocatalysis is out in Inorganics!

November 2020 Oana attends the 2020 Scialog for Negative Emissions Science!.

August 2020 We wish Anna the best as she returns to Bates!

May 2020 Kara Jacobsen (CU) and Anna Barrow (Bates) join the group!

May 2020 Zach Mast Receives 2020 American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry!!

April 2020 Shea O’Sullivan joins the group! Welcome!

January 2020 Papers accepted in ACS Catalysis, Dalton and Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers! Congrats Tessa, Aziz, Zach, Taylor and Chloe!

January 2020 SAMA Learning visits the CU Boulder Campus! Virtual Reality meets the Organic Chemistry Classroom and everyone learns! Excited for our VR pilot in Organic Chemistry I!

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December 2019 Haley Petersen, G1, joins the group! Welcome Haley!

November 2019

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October 2019

Benedikt Deschner visits from Karlsruhe Institude of Technology for a month !

September 2019

Oana is named Mercator Fellow! Our work is highlighted in the CU Boulder Arts and Science Magazine!

August 2019

Taylor and Chloe start their senior year and phase out of the lab! All the best!

June 2019 Luca Lab starts the summer with LUNCH to welcome our Summer Rotation Students!

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April 2019

Tessa Myren successfully passes her 2nd year oral examination! CONGRATS!

Zach Mast is awarded the GreenLabs/CHEMunity scholarship to attend the University of Washington Green Chemistry Certificate Program in 2019/2020.

Zach Mast is awarded a UROP summer assistanship! Huge Congratulations!

March 2019

Jonas Kulberg-Savercool joins the group!

January 2019

Zach Mast joins the group! Welcome!

December 2018

Our group’s paper on Mn NHC pincers for carbon dioxide reduction is out! Congrats Tessa, Alyssia, Chloe, Taylor and Will! Go team! Check it out:

Tessa Myren is awarded the Chemistry Department’s Sewall Fellowship !!!

October 2018

Tessa, Chloe and Taylor attend ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico!


August 2018

Luca Lab wins the CU Green Labs Fume Hood Challenge raffle!!! 🙂 That sash was closed.

Luca group attends the Gerischer Electrochemistry Today Symposium at the University of Colorado! Very excited about the prospect of carbon dioxide reduction in zero gravity.

Mikayla heads back to Gonzaga after a summer of spectacular science! She remains a member-at-large.

July 2018

Our first paper is out! Congrats to Trevor, Alyssia and Taylor! They report a new mechanistic tool for carbon dioxide reduction electrocatalysis!

Check it out!

June 2018

Mikayla (Gonzaga) joins the group for the summer! Welcome!

Our first paper is in Proofs in ChemistrySelect!

May 2018

Maximilian joins the group! Welcome!

Tessa is accepted to NGenE at University of Illinois at Chicago! Congrats!!

April 2018

Chloe Huntzinger joins the group! Go team!

February 2018

Alyssia departs for sunny California for a job with the LAPD! We will miss you!

July 2017

Alyssia’s research is highlighted in University of Colorado’s A&S magazine!

Tessa Myren (Princeton, BS) joins the group! Welcome!

June 2017

Research on direct electrochemical cross-couplings in the Luca Group is highlighted in C&E news! 🙂 New ACS GCI ignition grant program names winners

May 2017

Trevor Donadt joins the group as a Research Associate! Welcome to the team!

April 2017

Charles Martin finalizes his research requirements for his Masters Degree! Congrats!

March 2017

The Luca group is awarded the ACS Pharmaceutical Roundtable Ignition Grant! We will be working with scientists from Merck to develop catalyst and electrolyte-free electrochemical cross couplings! 🙂

January 2017

Luca Group welcomes Alyssia Lilio joins the group as a Postdoctoral Scholar! Welcome! 🙂

Luca Group is excited to have Taylor Stinson as a new undergraduate Researcher in the group!

The Luca Research Lab

at the University of Colorado

We are an interdisciplinary research group that aims to solve problems related to catalysis, energy sciences and sustainable chemical transformations.

We harness the power of electrons and holes as reagents in complex multi-step chemical transformations. At the same time, we use a variety of analytical tools to monitor the transformations in real time to inform reaction optimization and gain mechanistic understanding of processes we are studying.