Dr. Annie Luke

Postdoctoral Associate



Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2020

M.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2017

B.A. Chemistry, The College of Saint Benedict, 2015

Research Area

My research focuses on the mechanistic investigation of ring-opening transesterification polymerizations by metal-based catalysts. My work aims to understand catalyst structural effects on these sustainable polymerizations so that improved catalyst design for the future is possible.


1) Macaranas, J. A.; Luke, A. M.; Mandal, M.; Neisen, B. D.; Cramer, C. J.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Tolman, W. B. “Sterically Induced Ligand Framework Distortion Effects on Catalytic Cyclic Ester Polymerizations” Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 3541-3457.

2) Luke, A. M.†; Stasiw, D. E.†; Rosen, T.; League, A.; Neisen, B. D.; Cramer, C. J.; Kol, M.; Tolman, W. B. “Mechanism of the Ring-Opening Polymerization by Fast Zinc Alkoxide Catalysts” Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56, 14366-14372. †Authors contributed equally.

About Me:

Where are you from?

Alexandria, MN

If you were stranded on a desert island with one working instrument from lab, what would it be and why?

I would choose an NMR spectrometer, without a doubt. I use this instrument to not only determine the structure of my new complexes, but also to monitor polymerizations in real time.

If you had to eat one type of food for every meal, what would it be?

Bagels! They're so versatile and delicious!