Dr. Steven Kennedy

Dr. Steven Kennedy

Dr. Steven Kennedy

Organic Chemistry, Assistant Professor


Steven.Kennedy@millersville.edu
Office: Caputo 318
Phone: (717) 871-7418

Additional Information

Education

  • B.S. Chemistry – Lewis-Clark State College, 2004
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry – University of California, Irvine, 2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Pennsylvania, 2010 – 2012

Courses Taught

  • Chemistry! Better Things for Better Living (Chem 101)
  • Chemists Have Solutions – First Year Seminar (Univ 103)
  • General, Organic and Biochemistry II (Chem 104)
  • A Short Course in Organic Chemistry (Chem 235)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (Chem 231 and 232)
  • Advanced Laboratory I (Chem 391)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Chem 435)
  • Introduction to Research (Chem 498)
  • Departmental Honors Thesis (Chem 499)

Research Interests

Dr. Kennedy’s research interests are in the areas of synthetic organic, organometallic catalysis, reaction methods development, and chemical education. The central themes of his research include: design and synthesis of biologically active natural products and analogues; utilization of screening techniques to expedite reaction optimization and new reaction discovery; development of synthetic routes and synthetic methods that are environmentally conscientious. His chemical education interests are in the areas of active learning, cooperative learning, inverted classroom strategies, and developing undergraduate teaching laboratories that incorporating natural product isolation and synthetic methods.

About Dr. Steven Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy joined the Chemistry Department in July of 2012. At UC Irvine, Dr. Kennedy was the recipient of the 2007 – 2008 Eli Lilly Research Fellowship for his studies toward the synthesis of the anticancer polyketide, spirastrellolide A. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Kennedy contributed to the development of environmentally responsible palladium catalyzed reaction methods while working in the laboratory of Professor Gary A. Molander.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society – Division of Organic Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society – Division of Chemical Education
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Science
  • Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club

Millersville Committees & Outreach

  • Academic Standards
  • Global Education and Participation Advisory Board
  • Teacher Education Council
  • Science Olympiad
  • Summer Science Training Program

Publications

  • Molander, G. A., Trice, S. L. J., Kennedy, S. M. “Scope of the Two-Step, One-Pot Palladium-Catalyzed Borylation/Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reaction Utilizing Bis-Boronic Acid”, J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 8678—8688
  • Molander, G. A., Trice, S. L. J., Kennedy, S. M., “Palladium-Catalyzed Borylation of Aryl and Heteroaryl Halides Utilizing Tetrakis(dimethylamino)diboron: One Step Greener”, Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 4814—4817
  • Molander, G. A., Trice, S. L. J., Kennedy, S. M., Dreher, S. D., Tudge, M. T., “Scope of the Palladium-Catalyzed Aryl Borylation Utilizing Bis-boronic Acid”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 11667—11673
  • Kennedy, S. M., “Studies Toward the Synthesis of Spirastrellolide A.”, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2010, Dissertation Abstract International (UMI No. AAT 3413650)
  • Habay, S. A., Park, S. S., Kennedy, S. M.; Chamberlin, A. R., “Methods for the Chemical Synthesis of Noncoded α-Amino Acids Found in Natural Product Peptides”, in Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins in Organic Chemistry: Vol 1, Origins and Synthesis of Amino Acids, Andrew B. Hughes (ed.), Wiley-VCH, 2009, pp. 163-244

Student Presentations

  • Spring 2015 National ACS Meeting, Denver, CO — “Studies toward the synthesis of hunanamycin A and its derivatives” Dreer, J.W., Kennedy, S.M, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, 17551.
  • Spring 2015 National ACS Meeting, Denver, CO — “Studies toward the synthesis of altersolanol P” Smaligo, A.J, Hensinger, M.J., Kennedy, S.M, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, 17551.
  • Spring 2014 National ACS Meeting, Dallas, TX — “Studies toward the synthesis of hunanamycin A and its derivatives” Biehl, J.B., Noyes, J.A, Dreer, J.W., Kennedy, S.M, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, 17551.
  • Fall 2014 – Conference of Pennsylvania Biologists, Bloomsburg, PA, — “Identification of areas baited for Odocoileus virginianus using chemical analysis” Griffin, M.L., Conrad, T.A, Haines, A.M., Kennedy, S.M, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, 17551.

Research Alumni Outcomes

Many of Dr. Kennedy’s undergraduate research alumni matriculate at research institutions to pursue doctoral degrees in chemistry. Some of the recent chemistry graduate programs that his alumni have been accepted into include: University of California—Irvine, University of California—Los Angeles, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, University of Colorado—Boulder, University of Pittsburgh, University of Utah, University of Rochester, and University of Vermont. Current undergraduate research assistants are also pursuing careers in the chemical industry and applying to medical schools.