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Laura K. G. Ackerman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. Laura was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and received her B.A. in chemistry and religious studies from Claremont McKenna College in 2009. While in Claremont she conducted research under the guidance of Professor Andrew W. Zanella and Professor Anna G. Wenzel, gaining experience in synthetic inorganic chemistry and organocatalysis. She then joined the lab of Professor David A. Vicic for a summer at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. In 2010 Laura began working with Professor Daniel J. Weix at the University of Rochester, studying multimetallic catalyzed cross coupling reactions as an NSF graduate research fellow. In 2016 she joined the lab of Professor Abigail G. Doyle at Princeton University, and with the support of an NIH postdoctoral fellowship, developed a Ni and photoredox promoted method for C–H esterification. Throughout her academic years Laura was fortunate enough to serve as a teacher and mentor in many outreach programs, including for the PUEO program at Punahou School, the chemistry mentorship program at the Claremont Colleges, and the Horizons program at the University of Rochester. Laura joined the School of Molecular Sciences in January 2020 and is currently working on designing metal catalysts and online programs that can lead to sustainable chemistry. The Ackerman lab seeks to identify solutions to chemical problems that are practical, socially responsible, and innovative for the production of pharmaceuticals and materials.
The Ackerman lab seeks to identify solutions to chemical problems that are practical, socially responsible, and innovative for the production of pharmaceuticals and materials.
Huang, L.; Ackerman, L. K. G.; Olivares, A. M.; Weix, D. J. LiCl Accelerated Multimetallic Cross-Coupling of Aryl Chlorides with Aryl Triflates. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 10978-10983.
Ackerman, L. K. G.; Martinez Alvarado, J. I.; Doyle, A. G. Direct C-C Bond Formation from Alkanes Using Ni and Photoredox Catalysis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 14059-14063.
Anka-Lufford, L. L.; Huihui, K. M. M.; Gower, N. J.; Ackerman, L. K. G.; Weix, D. J. Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Electrophile Coupling with Organic Reductants in Non-Amide Solvents. Chem. –Eur. J. 2016, 22, 11564-11567.
Huihui, K. M. M.; Caputo, J. A.; Melchor, Z.; Olivares, A. M.; Spiewak, A. M.; Johnson, K. A.; DiBenedetto, T. A.; Kim, S.; Ackerman, L. K. G.; Weix, D. J. Decarboxylative Cross-Electrophile Coupling of N-Hydroxyphthalimide Esters with Aryl Iodides. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5016-5019.
Ackerman, L. K. G.; Lovell, M. M.; Weix, D. J. Multimetallic Catalysed Cross-Coupling of Aryl Bromides with Aryl Triflates. Nature 2015, 524, 454-457.
Ackerman, L. K. G.; Anka-Lufford, L. L.; Naodovic, M.; Weix, D. J. Cobalt Co-Catalysis for Cross-Electrophile Coupling: Diarylmethanes from Benzyl Mesylates and Aryl Halides. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 1115-1119.