Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department
Areas of Expertise: Organic and Organometallic Synthesis
Dr. Holly Bendorf joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1995, returning to her native Pennsylvania after completing graduate work at UCLA and a one-year teaching position at Bowdoin College in Maine. Dr. Bendorf teaches Organic Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure, and Organometallic Chemistry. She also teaches a chemistry course for non-science majors, The Chemistry of Food and Cooking, and shares in the teaching responsibilities for both Chemistry Research Methods and General Chemistry.
In addition to teaching classes, Dr. Bendorf mentors undergraduate student researchers in her lab. Her research focuses on developing new reactions for the synthesis of medium-ring heterocycles and carbocycles. These structures are found in biologically active compounds that are potential pharmaceuticals. Student researchers in Dr. Bendorf's lab have had their work published in Tetrahedron Letters, an internationally recognized journal of organic chemistry, and have presented their work at conferences. Research in Dr. Bendorf's lab has been supported by grants from the Petroleum Research Fund, the Merck Foundation and the Council on Undergraduate Research.
In her free time, Dr. Bendorf likes to bike and ski. She is a member of the Ski Patrol at Ski Sawmill, a local ski area.