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Dr. Lattke is a visiting assistant professor and a CU@FLC postdoctoral teaching fellow. His research interests involve mechanistic photochemistry and photophysics—that is, everything that happens after a molecule absorbs light. For his PhD research he studied visible-light absorbing organic photoredox catalysts, which are molecules used to conducting difficult electron-transfer reactions from their electronic excited states.
Outside his own research, he has acted as a mentor to students engaged in the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program at CU Boulder, as well as a mentor in the organization STEM Routes. He also helped to develop and organize the first iteration of STEM Routes Uplift, a new undergraduate research program at CU with a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities in STEM for students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Dr. Lattke earned four graduate teaching excellence awards during his time at CU Boulder, three for general chemistry, and one for physical chemistry.
Lattke, Y.M.; Corbin, D.A.; Sartor, S.M.; McCarthy, B.G.; Miyake, G.M.; Damrauer, N.H. Interrogation of O-ATRP Activation Conducted by Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Phenoxazine Photocatalysts, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2021, 125, 15, 3109-3121.
Sartor, S.M.; Lattke, Y.M.; McCarthy, B.G.; Miyake, G.M; Damrauer, N.H. Effects of Naphthyl Connectivity on the Photophysics of Compact Organic Charge-Transfer Photoredox Catalysts, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2019, 123, 4727-4736
Lattke, Y.M.; Singh, M.; Damrauer, N.H. A 3D Printed Modular Spectrometer for Teaching.