About Us

The Kennedy Research Group is a new team of enthusiastic and interdisciplinary scientists starting at the University of Rochester, Department of Chemistry. We are driven to tackle challenges in catalysis and synthetic chemistry that simultaneously advance society and improve our fundamental understanding of chemical reactivity. We use mechanistic elucidation and understanding to direct the development of chemo-, regio-, and stereoselective catalytic methods for the valorization of chemical feedstocks ranging from petrochemicals, to biomass, to anthropogenic waste. We strive to construct useful building blocks for applications in chemical synthesis (e.g. therapeutics, flavors & fragrances, agrochemicals, materials etc.) while advancing the frontiers of sustainable catalysis. Our pursuits lie at the interface of synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry and draw from state-of-the-art experimental and computational techniques in physical organic and inorganic chemistry. Students in the group can expect to gain experience and expertise in organic & organometallic synthesis & characterization, method development, and mechanistic study along with the critical analysis skills that will prepare them for careers in academia, the pharmaceutical/chemical industries, science policy/writing, and beyond!

Join Us!

The Kennedy Group is coming soon, and we are excited to team up with motivated and curious students. If you’d like to learn more about how you might fit in with our young group, please reach out!

Admitted Graduate Students: We will be recruiting graduate students to join the group beginning in the fall of 2019. If you are an admitted student with an interest in Synthesis, Catalysis, & Mechanism, you are encouraged to connect with Professor Kennedy by email or at the recruiting weekend in March.

Prospective Graduate Students: Prospective graduate students interested in the PhD program should apply according to the information on the Department of Chemistry webpage.

UR Undergraduates: If you are an undergraduate chemistry major interested in conducting research in the spring or summer of 2020, email Professor Kennedy with a brief introduction, an explanation of your interests (it’s okay if you’re not sure yet!) and availability, and a current CV or resume.

Prospective Postdoctoral Scholars: Pending the availability of funding, highly qualified postdoctoral candidates will be considered for a start date in the summer of 2020 or thereafter. Interested applicants should email Professor Kennedy and include a tailored cover letter detailing their reseach interests and career goals, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a brief research summary (1–3 pages), and contact information for two or more professional references including their PhD and current research advisor(s). 


Check out some of Rose’s postdoctoral research using iron catalysis for the selective synthesis of substituted cyclooctadienes. It’s out now! Regio and Diasereoselective Iron-Catalyzed [4+4]-Cycloaddition of 1,3-Dienes. Kennedy, C. R.; Zhong, H.; Macaulay, R. L.; Chirik, P. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b02443

The Kennedy Research Group is launching at the University of Rochester in January 2020! We are now recruiting motivated and curious colleagues at all levels (graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduates) to join us in our endeavor to make catalysis ever better! #Meliora