Craig A. Grapperhaus
Professor and Vice 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 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 - present. He was awarded the Provost's Award for Exemplary Advising, Graduate Faculty Advisor in 2011. In 2013, Prof. Grapperhaus took sabbatical at the Regenerative Medicine Research Center of West China Hospital, Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Professor Grapperhaus' research focuses on coordination chemistry with an emphasis on transition metal-thiolate complexes. Specific areas of interests include synthetic model complexes of the metalloenzyme Nitrile Hydratase and the reactivity of metal-coordinated thiyl radicals.