Liviu M. Mirica

Professor Liviu M. Mirica received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 2005. After working as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley, in 2008 he started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. In January 2019 he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois., CV

Professional positions

William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019-present)
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington Unversity (2016-2018)
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University (2013-2016)
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University (2008-2013)
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley (2005-2008)


Ph.D., Chemsitry, Stanford University (2005)
B.S., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology (1999)


Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, Washington University School of Medicine
Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS)
International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability (I-CARES)

Research Specialization

Bioinorganic Chemistry; Biological Chemistry; Biomimetic Oxidations; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry;Organometallic Chemistry; Oxygen-Activating Metalloenzymes; Renewable Energy Catalysis; Role of Transition Metal Ions in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Awards & Honors

2022, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2018, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2017, Innovation Award, St. Louis Academy of Sciences2017, BK21–KAIST Lectureship Award, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
2016, Saint Louis Award, American Chemical Society St. Louis Section
2014, Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship, ACS Division of Organic Chemistry
2013-2018, NSF CAREER Award
2012, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award, Washington University
2012, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
2011, Outstanding Faculty Member Nominee, Freshman Class Council & First Year Center
2011, Sony Electronics Award for Excellence in Teaching
2010, Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
2007, NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
2006, Young Investigator Award, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, ACS
2004, Franklin Veatch Memorial Fellowship, Stanford University
1999, Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University
1999, Taube Prize, Stanford University
1999, Merck Index Award for Excellence in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
1997, Carnation Merit Award, California Institute of Technology
1995, Silver Medal, International Chemistry Olympiad, Beijing, China
1994, Gold Medal, International Chemistry Olympiad, Oslo, Norway