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Lawrence Que, Jr.

343 Smith Hall

Dr. Lawrence Que, Jr. photo
Larry Que in front of the University of Minnesota's periodic table of elements display case in Kolthoff Hall (see Iron Man, 2009) Photo: Patrick O’Leary

Research Overview

Interactions between iron and dioxygen are ubiquitous in Nature. The Que lab focuses primarly on the unique challenges associated with dioxygen activation by nonheme iron in biological systems. The research effort in the Que lab combines biological methods and inorganic synthesis with a range of spectroscopic and kinetic techniques to investigate how iron can activate dioxygen to carry out metabolically important and chemically interesting reactions. The group is divided into three subgroups: high-valent iron-oxo, bioinspired catalysis, and nonheme iron oxygenases.

High-Valent Iron Oxo
- Bioinspired Catalysis - Nonheme Iron Oxygenases


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Que Group

Summer 2015: Row 1: Will Oloo, Larry Que, Apparao Draksharapu

Row 2: Subhasree Kal, Lisa Engstrom, Jeongmi Bae, Johannes Klein, Seulah Lee, Mayank Puri

Row 3: Jai Prakash, Ang Zhou, Scott Kleespies, Patrick Crossland (Summer student), Caleb Allpress, Wei-Min Ching, Saikat Banerjee, Junyi Wang, Waqas Rasheed

Missing: Anna Komor, Andy Jasniewski, Shuangning Xu

Current Group Members

  • Allpress, Caleb
  • Banerjee, Saikat
  • Ching, Wei-Min
  • Crossland, Patrick
  • Draksharapu,Apparao
  • Engstrom, Lisa
  • Jasniewski, Andrew
  • Kal, Subhasree
  • Klein, Johannes
  • Komor, Anna
  • Oloo, Williamson
    Prakash, Jai
  • Rasheed, Waqas
    Xu, Shuangning
  • Yuan, Sheng
  • Zhou, Ang




Bioinorganic Headwaters Seminar in Honor of
Regents Professor
Larry Que

UMN, August 1, 2014

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Speakers: Andy Borovik, Miquel Costas, Sheila David, Feifei Li, Mike Maroney, Ken Karlin, John Lipscomb, Eckard Münck, Ed Solomon, Bill Tolman

 Larry Que receiving the 2015 JSCC International Award from Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry President Susumu Kitagawa In Nara, Japan

Mailing Address:
343 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis MN 55455