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Liviu Mirica


Primary Affiliation

Multimodal Vascular Imaging


Status Part-time Faculty

Home Department of Chemistry




  • Biography


    • B.S., chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1999

    • Ph.D., chemistry, Stanford University, 2005

  • Honors
    • 2018: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    • 2017: BK21–KAIST Lectureship Award, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

    • 2017: Innovation Award, St. Louis Academy of Sciences

    • 2016: Saint Louis Award, ACS St. Louis Section

    • 2014: Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship, ACS Division of Organic Chemistry

    • 2014: Saltman Lectureship, Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference

    • 2013: 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 Scholarship Award for Excellence in Teaching, Washington University

  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry applied to renewable energy catalysis and oxidative organic transformations

    • Development of bifunctional therapeutic and diagnostic agents for amyloid peptide disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease

    • Study of the role of transition metal ions in neurodegenerative diseases

  • 2018

    • Rana, M., Cho, H. J., Roy, T. K., Mirica, L. M., & Sharma, A. K. (2018). Azo-dyes based small bifunctional molecules for metal chelation and controlling amyloid formation. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 471, 419-429.
    • Tang, F., Park, S. V., Rath, N. P., & Mirica, L. M. (2018). Electronic: Versus steric effects of pyridinophane ligands on Pd(III) complexes. Dalton Transactions, 47(4), 1151-1158.


    • Bandara, N., Sharma, A. K., Krieger, S., Schultz, J. W., Han, B. H., Rogers, B. E., & Mirica, L. M. (2017). Evaluation of 64Cu-Based Radiopharmaceuticals that Target Aß Peptide Aggregates as Diagnostic Tools for Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(36), 12550-12558.
    • Sharma, A. K., Schultz, J. W., Prior, J. T., Rath, N. P., & Mirica, L. M. (2017). Coordination Chemistry of Bifunctional Chemical Agents Designed for Applications in 64Cu PET Imaging for Alzheimer's Disease. Inorganic Chemistry, 56(22), 13801-13814.
    • Watson, M. B., Rath, N. P., & Mirica, L. M. (2017). Oxidative C-C bond formation reactivity of organometallic Ni(II), Ni(III), and Ni(IV) complexes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(1), 35-38.
    • Wessel, A. J., Schultz, J. W., Tang, F., Duan, H., & Mirica, L. M. (2017). Improved synthesis of symmetrically & asymmetrically: N -substituted pyridinophane derivatives. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 15(46), 9923-9931.