Tristan Lambert

William T. Miller Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, United States

Tentative title
Electrophotocatalysis: Combining Light and Electricity to Promote Reactions

Tristan was born in Madison, WI, in 1976 and grew up in the small town of Black Earth. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville in 1998 with a B.S. in chemistry. The same year he began graduate studies at UC-Berkeley as Dave MacMillan’s first graduate student. In 2000, Tristan moved with the MacMillan group to Caltech where he earned his Ph.D. for the development and application of novel Claisen rearrangements. In 2004, he began postdoctoral studies with Sam Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. At MSKCC, he completed a total synthesis of UCS1025A, a putative telomerase inhibitor. In 2006, Tristan accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University. In 2011 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2016 to Full Professor. In January 2018, he moved to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, where he is now the William T. Miller Professor and Department Chair. His research group focuses on the study of intriguing chemical building blocks such as aromatic ions and their application to problems in the areas of catalysis, reaction design, and polymers.

Selected publications:
  • Cross-Coupling of Amines via Photocatalytic Denitrogenation of In Situ-Generated Diazenes. Steiniger, K. A.; Lamb, M. C.; Lambert, T. H. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 11524-11529.
  • Olefination of Carbonyls with Alkenes Enabled by Electrophotocatalytic Generation of Distonic Radical Cations. Steiniger, K. A.; Lambert, T. H. Science Adv. 2023, 9, eadg3026.
  • Electrophotocatalytic Oxygenation of Multiple Contiguous Adjacent C–H Bonds. Shen, T.; Li, Y.-L.; Ye, K.-Y.; Lambert, T. H. Nature 2023, 614, 275-280.
  • Electrophotocatalytic Diamination of Vicinal C–H Bonds. Shen, T.; Lambert, T. H. Science, 2021, 371, 620-626
  • Reductive Electrophotocatalysis: Merging Electricity and Light to Achieve Extreme Reduction Potentials. Kim, H.; Kim, H.; Lambert, T. H.; Lin, S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 2087-2092.
  • Electrophotocatalysis with a Trisaminocyclopropenium Radical Dication. Huang, H.; Strater, Z. M.; Rauch, M.; Shee, J.; Sisto, T. J.; Nuckolls, C.; Lambert, T. H. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 13318-13322.