The Teamsters!


Tessa Myren G5


Tessa Myren grew up in Pierre, South Dakota where she worked in her mother’s veterinary hospital. She graduated from Princeton University withan AB in Chemistry. There, she used electrochemical methods to investigate reversible redox couples for use in redox fuel cells. Tessa joined the Luca lab in July 2017 and is currently working on developing manganese pincer compounds for carbon dioxide conversion. In her free time, she enjoys video games, D&D, reading, and writing science fiction.

Contact: Tessa[dot]myren[at]colorado[dot]edu

Haley Petersen G3


Haley is a graduate student who joined the Luca lab in December 2019. She aspires to use chemical research to address fundamental sustainability issues and currently focuses on carbon dioxide conversions. She received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she worked with the Lichtenberger group on [FeFe]-hydrogenase mimetic electrocatalysts. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship 2021!

Contact: Haley[dot]petersen[at]colorado[dot]edu

Shea O’Sullivan G3


Shea is a California native who got her BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2019. As an undergrad, she worked on the chelation of actinides under biological conditions, for applications in cancer treatment. She is now a graduate student at CU Boulder, and enjoys hiking 14ers, skiing, and writing in her spare time. She joined the Luca group amid the Spring 2020 pandemic and is working on sustainable catalysis for the conversion of nitrogen to high value chemicals.

Contact: Shea[dot]osullivan[at]colorado[dot]edu

Phil (Phuc) Pham G2

Phil got his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from HCMC University of Technology in 2018, where he did his undergraduate research on metal-organic frameworks as heterogeneous catalysts and heterocycle synthesis via C-H bond activation. Phil traveled across the Pacific Ocean to join the Luca lab as a graduate researcher in December 2020. Phil is now studying metal-oxo complexes for selective oxidation of organic molecules.

Contact: phuc[dot]pham[at]colorado[dot]edu

Sohan Sur UG

Sohan is an undergraduate researcher majoring in Biochemistry and Secondary Education. He joined the group in August 2021 and is currently working on correlating free energies of carbon dioxide bonding with electrochemical reduction potentials of quinones. Sohan’s passions include teaching, where he regularly works as an elementary school and collegiate teaching assistant. Outside of the lab, he enjoys weightlifting, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact: sohan[dot]sur[at]colorado[dot]edu


Taylor Stinson – BS, 2020

Chloe Huntzinger -BS 2020

Zachary Mast – BS 2021

Anna Barrow – BS 2021 (Bates)

Mikayla Hudak -BS 2020 (Gonzaga)

J. William Horstman – graduate research assistant – MS

Charles Martin – graduate research assistant -MS, Instructor CU Boulder Chemistry

Alyssia Lilio – postdoctoral scholar – 2017-2018 – LAPD forensics

Trevor Donadt – research staff 2017-2018, Cornell Engineering Graduate Program