Our Group

Our research interests are in the development of novel synthetic methods and the total synthesis of biologically relevant natural products. By developing robust methodologies, particularly those involving catalysis, we seek to streamline access to the complex architectures found within natural products, as well as, core structural motifs that are of interest to both medicinal and synthetic chemists.

Inaugural Science Ambassadors – Reign in Science Day!

This past Saturday (9-18-21) Old Dominion University Department of Chemistry held it’s first Reign in Science Day organized by Drs. Bender, Hardy, and Lambert. Our Science Ambassadors took the opportunity to teach local families about their recent chemistry research through interactive and engaging research activities. Some of the research demonstrations included assembling puzzles of natural products (great job Kellen!), predicting favorite ice cream flavors using machine learning concepts (great job Shannon!), and other activities such as planetarium shows, elephant toothpaste and hydrogen balloon demos, lab tours and converting pennies into brass curated by Shayne and Robert (awesome job guys!), among others. It was a great opportunity to give back to the community and it was fun to see everyone having a good time!

Welcome Shayne!

Shayne Weierbach joins us this fall after completing his studies in chemistry at Christopher Newport University.

Welcome Shayne!

Welcome Shannon and Kellen!

Shannon Weaver joins us this summer after completing her studies in chemistry at ODU and Kellen McGuire joins us this summer from Heidelberg University after completing his studies in biochemistry. Welcome to the group Shannon and Kellen!

Congrats Robert!

Congratulations to Robert! Robert was awarded an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his proposed title: “New Methods Employing Borrowing Hydrogen Catalysis to Synthesize Biologically Important Nitrogen Heterocycles” and will support his efforts this summer. He will present his research findings at a poster session this September at Pfizer’s R&D site in Groton, Connecticut. To learn more about the ACS SURF program and Robert’s Fellowship click HERE.

Congrats Olivia and Kosta!

Congratulations to Olivia and Kosta! Olivia and Kosta’s undergraduate research project, which is focused on developing selective, metal-free methods for the oxidation of sulfur-containing compounds has been selected for funding by the ODU Perry Honors College and Office of Research to support their efforts this summer and over the next year!