Patrick Lutz

Assistant Professor Chemistry Department

Ph.D. in Chemistry
Princeton University 2017
B.S. in Chemistry
Hope College 2012

J Patrick Lutz

Research interests: Polymers are everywhere. The high durability and relatively low cost of many synthetic polymers make them attractive and ubiquitous materials for uncountable packaging and structural applications. However, these same features lead to significant disadvantages: effective polymer recycling is still an unsolved problem, and plastics that make their way into the environment break down only over the course of centuries. Our current research focuses on designing new classes of degradable polymers that will have readily tunable physical and chemical properties. For more information see link. 

Teaching interests: At SLU, I teach primarily in organic and general chemistry, though I have previously taught courses in inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy as well.


Lutz, J. P.; Davydovich, O.; Hannigan, M. D.; Moore, J. S.; Zimmerman, P. M.; McNeil, A. J. “Functionalized and Degradable Polyphthalaldehyde Derivatives.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 14544–14548.

Lutz, J. P.; Hannigan, M. D.; McNeil, A. J. “Polymers Synthesized via Catalyst-Transfer Polymerization and Their Applications.” Coord. Chem. Rev. 2018, 376, 225–247.

Heinz, C.; Lutz, J. P.; Simmons, E. M.; Miller, M. M.; Ewing, W. R.; Doyle, A. G. “Ni-Catalyzed Carbon–Carbon Bond-Forming Reductive Amination.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2292–2300.

Lutz, J. P.; Chau, S. T.; Doyle, A. G. “Nickel-Catalyzed Enantioselective Arylation of Pyridine.” Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 4105–4109.

Dennis, J. M.; Calyore, C. M.; Simmons, J. M.; Lutz, J. P.; Gair, J. J.; Johnson, J. B. “Nickel-Catalyzed Addition of Diorganozinc Reagents to Phthalimides: The Selective Formation of Gamma-Hydroxylactams.” Synlett 2013, 24, 2567–2570.

Chau, S. T.; Lutz, J. P.; Wu, K.; Doyle, A. G. “Nickel-Catalyzed Enantioselective Arylation of Pyridinium Ions: Harnessing an Iminium Ion Activation Mode.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9153–9156.

Lutz, J. P.; Rathbun, C. M.; Stevenson, S. S.; Powell, B. M.; Boman, T. S.; Baxter, C. E.; Zona, J. M.; Johnson, J. B. "The Rate Limiting Step of the Rh-Catalyzed Carboacylation of Alkenes: C–C Bond Activation or Migratory Insertion?" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 715–722.

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Wednesday's 12:30 - 1:30 and Thursday's 3:30 - 4:30 or whenever my office door is open. Feel free to email to schedule a time. If you prefer to meet virtually, please let me know in advance so that I can make arrangements.