Lucas studies chemical interactions of metals with organic molecules relevant to energy and chemical fuels. Specifically, he examines alkaline earth hydrides relevant to solid state hydrogen storage and alkali salts of CO2 anions. Lucas has received honorable mention for the National Science Foundation Research Fellowship and Link Foundation Energy Fellowship. He has contributed over 10 peer-reviewed articles to scientific publications. While at U.Va., Lucas was involved with the Science Policy Initiative, a student organization empowering scientists and engineers to be more informed and involved in science policy.
Investigations of Singlet Carbenes in Molecular s-block Organometallic Chemistry