Dr. Steven Kennedy

Dr. Steven Kennedy

Dr. Steven Kennedy

Organic Chemistry, Assistant Professor

Office: Caputo 318
Phone: (717) 871-7418

Additional Information


  • 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)
  • A Short Course in Organic Chemistry (Chem 235)
  • General, Organic and Biochemistry II (Chem 104)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (Chem 231 and 232)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Chem 435)

Research Interests

Dr. Kennedy’s research interests are in the areas of synthetic organic, organometallic catalysis, and reaction methods development. The central themes of his research include: design, synthesis and biological evaluation of truncated natural product analogues; utilization of high-throughput screening techniques to expedite new reaction discovery; development of synthetic routes and synthetic methods that are environmentally conscientious.

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 – Divisions of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Education
  • Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club

Publications and Presentations

  • Molander, G. A., Trice, S. L. J., Kennedy, S. M. “Scope of the Two-Step, One-Pot Palladium-Catalyzed Boryla-tion/Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reaction Utilizing Bis-Boronic Acid”, (manuscript submitted)
  • 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", (manuscript submitted)
  • 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. 134, 11667–11673, (2012)
  • 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 -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