Lamb Research Group


Our research focuses on applying catalysis and physical organic techniques to the synthesis of new polymers and small molecules. We aim to develop synthetic methods that allow access to materials with different compositions, selectivity, and architecture compared to current methodologies. Mechanistic investigations and structure-property relationships will be used to better understand our systems and guide future breakthroughs. Members of the Lamb group will receive interdisciplinary training at the interface of organic, physical organic, organometallic, and polymer chemistry.

Contact Information

Professor Jessica Lamb:
(612) 625-4061
335 Smith Hall

Group email:

Group Photo with Minneapolis Skyline in background. Taken April 2022

Overlooking Minneapolis Skyline - April 2022

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our group firmly believes in creating and maintaining an inclusive culture where every team member is supported. Diversity and equity are key pillars to achieve this goal, and we welcome members of all identities, including race, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, ability, religion, culture, and socioeconomic background. We are committed to continually educating ourselves, listening and believing the stories told by marginalized scientists, and advocating for policies that will dismantle systemic racism, sexism, and other barriers that exist in STEM and all institutions.

Latest News From our Group


The lab welcomes summer REU students Jenna Scoggin and Sydney Cole. Jenna is here for the MRSEC REU working on Switchable Polymerization, and Syndey is here for the CSP REU working on non-isocyanate-based polyurethanes.

Group photo at Como Observatory and Zoo. Taken May 2022


The lab took a trip to the Como Zoo to celebrate Red graduating and the end to another successful semester!

Jessica and Red posing in front of a fireplace at the Chemistry Commencement


Red is awarded his Master's Degree. He is now working as an environmental analyst at Minnesota's Public Health Laboratory. Congrats Red!

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Our lab was selected to receive funding from the National Science Foundation to continue our work on Tunable masks for triggered N-heterocyclic carbene organocatalysis. We are very grateful to the NSF-CHE-CSDM-B for their support!

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