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Tristan Lambert


Department and Program Affiliations:
Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Academic focus:
Organic Chemistry, specifically catalysis

Current research project: 
Research in the Lambert group is focused in the area of catalysis.  We are especially interested in the development of novel catalytic strategies for selective organic synthesis. Projects that we have been active in include dehydrative reactions, enantioselective Bronsted base catalysis, and carbonyl-olefin metathesis.  In approaching these and other problems, we strive to develop highly effective practical solutions while asking interesting questions of reactivity and mechanism.  We bring both synthetic and physical organic techniques to bear on answering these questions as we work to develop catalyst systems of practical value for the field of organic synthesis.

Previous positions (include department, title, and years worked, in that order): 

Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, Professor, 2016-2017
Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, Associate Professor, 2011-2016
Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, Assistant Professor, 2006-2011
Academic background (include institution, field, degree and year, in that order): 
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 2004
M. S., Organic Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
B.S., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Platteville1998

Last book read: 
“Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom

In your own time/when not working: 
Running, hiking, learning, reading

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching: 
Introductory Organic Chemistry

What most excites you about Cornell:
Everything.  It's got a top tier chemistry department at a world class university, all in a magnificent setting.  What's not to love?