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Members of the Que Group in downtown Minneapolis

Spring 2017: From left to right: Larry Que, TeaGeun Jo, Jai Prakash, Subhasree Kal, Johannes Klein, Anna Komor, Andy Jasniewski, Patrick Crossland, Sheng Yuan, Waqas Rasheed, Ang Zhou, Saikat Banerjee, Shuangning Xu,

Missing: Williamson Oloo, Apparao Draksharapu, Prof. Guan Huang


Apparao Draksharapu, Postdoc

Appu completed his doctoral studies in 2013 under Prof. Wesley R. Browne, at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His PhD studies involved photochemistry, Raman spectroscopy, and electrochemistry of transition metal complexes in catalysis. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of palladium catalysis and he joined the Que Group in July 2015.




Johannes Klein, Postdoc

Johannes comes to the Que Group from the University of Stuttgard, where he studied under the guidance of Prof. Dr. B. Plietker. His research topic was iron catalysis, which he continiues to explore at the University of Minnesota.




Saikat Banerjee

I come from West Bengal, India. Inspired by my first Chemistry teacher, I majored in Chemistry and completed my B.Sc. from the University of Calcutta in 2012. Then, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur for my M.Sc,. I worked on synthesizing fluorescent chemosensors for heavy metals. After that I came to the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2014 to pursue my graduate studies. I have joined the Que lab to study the chemistry of various non-heme iron complexes.


Ang Zhou

Ang was born in Maanshan, a small city besides Changjiang River in China. Before he joined Que’s group in 2012, he received his chemistry B.S. degree at Peking University, with a thesis entitled “Methods Development in Quantitative Analyzing Nucleoside Biomarkers FapyAde via HPLC-ESI-MS." Now his work will focus on synthesizing high-valent iron oxo-complexes and characterizing different reactive intermediates.


Waqas Rasheed

Waqas was born in the small city of Gujranwala in Pakistan. Still in his teens, one of the first computer programs he wrote was a periodic table that displayed information on elements when the elements were clicked. He decided later on that the chemical information he encoded was far more interesting (and less frustrating) than coding itself and pursued his undergrad degree in chemistry at LUMS, a private university in Lahore. In 2013, he flew to Minnesota to pursue graduate studies on model complexes of metalloenzymes, and he is currently studying the reactivity of non-heme iron complexes.


Shuangning Xu

Shuangning is originally from Changchun, China and received his BS in chemistry from the U of M. As an undergraduate, he worked in the Que group in his senior year on bio-inspired catalysis by non-heme iron catalysts. Now he has joined the group as a graduate student to continue his study.







Patrick Crossland

Originally from the bustling metropolis of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Pat obtained his BS with honors in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, in Virginia. While an undergrad, he studied proton reduction catalysts under the direction of Dr. William R. McNamara and wrote his honors thesis on a series of cobalt catalysts. Pat officially joined the Que group in the fall of 2015 and is currently working on trapping and characterizing reactive intermediates spectroscopically.


Subhasree Kal

Subhasree comes from India. Fascinated by the colorful chemistry of transition metals, she decided to major in chemistry in her B.S. She completed her masters in chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur before coming to the University of Minnesota to pursue graduate studies. She joined the Que group to study oxidation of hydrocarbons and olefins by bioinspired non-heme iron catalysts.



TeaGeun Jo

Tae Geun comes from Seoul in Korea.
He received his B.S degree in chemistry and completed his Masters degree from Seoul National University of Science and Technology.
Now he has joined Que group as a visiting scholar to study the reactivity of non-heme iron complexes.  






Sheng Yuan

 Sheng was born and grew up in Shanghai, where he received his BS in chemistry from East China Normal University. His undergrad research focused on synthesizing chiral porphyrins and studying their applications in organic synthesis under Prof. Hu’s guidance. In 2015, Sheng decided to switch fields and came to Prof. Que’s lab studying the force behind high-valent iron oxo complexes.




Guan Huang
Visiting Professor

Dr. Huang is a professor at Guangxi University and is interesting in study on synthesizing biomimetic catalysts for aerobic oxidation of hydrocarbon. He worked as postdoctoral research fellow under the supervision of professor Yan-Guang Wang in the college of science, Zhejiang University, China,2003-2005, after he received his in June 2003 from Hunan University (China) Under professor Can-Cheng Guo.





Ancient Que Group/History

Erik Farquhar, 2008





Recent Que Group History/Alumni

Mayank Puri
Scott Kleespies
Alireza Shokri
Jennifer Bigelow
Greg Rohde
Andrew Fielding
Katherine Van Huevelen
Aidan McDonald
Matthew Cranswick
Van Vu
Feifei Li
Genqiang (Ken) Xue
Yan Feng
Anusree Mukherjee
Partha Das


Johannes Klein
Williamson Oloo
Jai Prakash
Andrew Jaskiewski
Anna Komor
Wei-min Ching
Caleb Allpress
Lisa Engstrom


Travels with Larry

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