Office: 445 STL

Email: olafs(at)uh.edu



Degree in Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia 1991

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1999 (advisor - Prof. E. Vedejs)

Postdoctoral Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2000-2003 (advisor - Prof. M. Brookhart)

Honors, Fellowships

Thieme Chemistry Journals Award, 2006

A. P. Sloan Fellowship 2008

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award 2008

UH Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award at Assistant Prof. level 2009

UH Teaching Excellence Award 2010

Elected as a Foreign Member of Latvian Academy of Science, 2011

Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research, 2013

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2014 

Elected as AAAS Fellow, 2018.

Honorary Doctorate, Riga Technical University, 2019

EROS Best Reagent Award, 2022

Current Funding

1. R.A. Welch Chair in Chemistry (E-0044).
2. DOE "Catalytic Conversion of Ethylene to Value-Added Materials" (PI; Co-PI's: Brookhart, Carrow).
3. Welch Foundation Catalyst for Discovery grant V-E-003-20230731 "Enabling Polyolefin Circularity via Chemical Functionalization, Compatibilization, and Upcycling" (Co-PI; PI: Robertson; other Co-PI's: Brookhart, Carrow, Karim, Krishnamoorti).