Laura K. G. Ackerman-Biegasiewicz 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 catalyzed reactions and online programs that can lead to sustainable chemistry.
The rise in global population over the last several centuries has dramatically increased the need for sustainable development. In order to maintain and promote a healthy and productive lifestyle for each global citizen, the United Nations has established a list of sustainable development goals, including responsible consumption and production practices. As synthetic chemists, it is imperative that we develop green methods and design accessible catalysts for the production of the molecules that we use everyday. In the Ackerman-Biegasiewicz Lab, we try to discover new catalytic reactions reliant on abundant resources, apply our methods to the construction of bioactive small molecules and materials that are rapid to assemble and safe to degrade, and create online educational resources that can provide collaborative and innovative solutions to problems.
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.