John Bender

John Bender

Professor of Chemistry

Office: 368 Padnos
Phone: 331-3242

Education/Professional Training

  • BS Chemistry, Baldwin-Wallace University 1993
  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Brown University 1998
  • Post-Doc, NSF PFF Program, University of Michigan 1998
  • Fulbright Fellow, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 2013

Research Interests

Since coming to GVSU ~ 20 years ago, I have deepened and diversified my interest in synthetic, main-group organometallic chemistry in a variety of ways, exploring widely across element groups.  Current work is on the synthesis, Group 16-derivatization, and metal-coordination of Group 15 organometallics (P, Sb, Bi).  I fully integrate these publication-oriented projects pedagogically between undergraduate research mentees, students in advanced synthesis courses, and our summer research program.  The work is supported by superior lab and instrumentation facilities at GVSU (complete air-free synthesis, high-field multinuclear NMR), and mutually beneficial collaborations with my colleagues, and critical instrumentation support at Michigan State University (high-res MS and small molecule crystallography).

Our lab collaborates extensively with the lab of my GVSU colleague Shannon Biros.

Multidentate lanthanide structure