Suzanne A. Blum (U-M 2000)

B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley

Post-Doctoral Associate, Harvard University


During the CHEM 215H course when Suzanne was a student, Professor Coppola gleefully admonished his class for never having seen the electrolysis of water experiment. “What’s the matter with you scientists?” he said. “Have you never just take a battery, a couple of wires, and stuck the ends into water?” The next day, and for about the next week, Suzanne walked around campus with a vial of water, a battery, and a couple of wires, showing off the bubbles that formed.

Suzanne Blum is a Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of California at Irvine. Research in her group focuses on the development of new catalysts and metal-mediated reactions with applications in organic synthesis. They are also developing single-molecule techniques to image catalytic reactions at individual transition metal centers.