Craig A. Grapperhaus
Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Craig Grapperhaus received his Ph.D. in 1998 from Texas A&M University under the direction of Marcetta Darensbourg. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Grapperhaus was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry with Karl Wieghardt in Mülheim, Germany. He joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Louisville (UofL) in 2000, was promoted with tenure to associate professor in 2006, and promoted to full professor in 2011. Dr. Grapperhaus served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Chemistry from 2005 to 2010 and as the Chemistry Department Vice Chair from 2009 to 2012 and 2015 - 2017. In July 2017, he assumed the position of Departmental Chair.
Prof. Grapperhaus was awarded the Provost's Award for Exemplary Advising, Graduate Faculty Advisor in 2011. In 2017, he was designated a Research Exemplar by The Research Exemplar Project at Washington University School of Medicine. The program defines exemplary researchers as individuals who conduct high-quality, high-impact research and demonstrate professionalism and integrity in their work. Also in 2017, Prof. Grapperhaus was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, & Creative Activity in the Basic & Applied Sciences. In 2013, Prof. Grapperhaus took sabbatical at the Regenerative Medicine Research Center of West China Hospital, Sichuan University in Chengdu, China where he established an ongoing collaboration with Prof. James Kang.
Professor Grapperhaus collaborates extensively with Professors Robert Buchanan and Pawel Kozlowski and Dr. Mark Mashuta and in the Chemistry Department at UofL. Additionally, Prof. Grapperhaus actively collaborates with faculty in other units at UofL including Prof. Gautam Gupta in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Drs. Joshua Spurgeon and Thad Druffel in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, and Prof. Paula Bates and Dr. Sarah Andres in the Medical School.