About Me

Ian M. Pendleton Ph. D.
Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
ipendlet@umich.edu


HIGHLIGHTED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Published record of computational chemistry research in the areas of reaction path investigation, structure activity relationship development, density functional theory, molecular modeling
  • Programming experience in Python, Bash, Unix, PBS and SLURM
  • Experience with chemical synthesis and purification of organic molecules and air sensitive inorganic complexes
  • Extraordinary ability to communicate scientific research to both expert and general audience culminating in multiple awards

ACADEMIC HISTORY

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018.
Advisors: Prof. Paul Zimmerman and Prof. Melanie Sanford
Thesis title: “Computational Chemistry Studies of Organometallic Energy Landscapes”

  • Computational investigation of C(sp3)-N, C(sp2)-C(sp3), C(sp3)-F reductive elimination from Pd(IV)
  • Computational chemistry investigations of quantitative structure activity relationship of cobalt catalysts using QChem and Orca for QM calculations and Python (SciKit-Learn, OpenBabel), Unix, PBS, and SLURM for feature development

B.S., Professional Biochemistry, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors Eastern Michigan University, MI, (GPA 3.81/4.00), 2012
Advisor: Prof. Harriet Lindsay
Thesis title: “Optimization of the aza-Cope Mannich cyclization reaction of
conformationally mobile acylpyrrolidines”

High School Diploma (GPA 3.99/4.00), Milan High School, Milan, MI.

PUBLICATIONS
Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford, M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M.: Experimental and computational assessment of reactivity and mechanism in C(sp3)–N bond-forming reductive elimination from palladium(IV). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 6049–6060.
● Li, M. W.; Pendleton, I. M.; Nett, A. J.; Zimmerman, P. M.: Mechanism for Forming B, C, N, O Rings from NH3BH3 and CO2 via Reaction Discovery Computations. J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120, 1135–1144.
● Kolopajlo, Lawrence Hugh; Hollisa, Nekuma Korey; Pendleton, Ian. M.: Kinetics of the Reaction between Ni(tetren)2+ and Bipyridine. Journal of Student Research. 2012. 2. 39-45.

Additional publications:

Pendleton, Ian. M. ACS Graduate and Postdoctoral Chemist. The Greater Chemistry Community. 2016, p. 15.
Pendleton, Ian. M. ACS Undergraduate Blog. So, how about a Ph. D? (4 Part Series) .

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
Karle Symposium Dow Sponsored Travel Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 2016
Vaughn Symposium Sponsored Travel Award in Organic Chemistry, 2013
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013
Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, 2012
Division of Organic Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Pfizer Sponsored DOC SURF award), 2011
ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Sponsored Travel Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Students, 2012
Eastern Michigan University Honors College Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2010-2012

Eastern Michigan University Awards:
Peet-Mayor Endowed Chemistry Award, 2012
Biochemistry Chemistry Achievement Award, 2012
Decoster, M “Pete” Endowed Scholarship, 2011
Collin’s Endowed Scholarship, 2010
Elwood J. Kureth Scholarship, 2010
Sandra J. Lobbestael chemistry endowed scholarship for outstanding chemistry major, 2009
Huron Valley Publishing Scholarship, 2009
● CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement, 2009
● 25th Anniversary Undergraduate Scholarship, 2011
EMU Undergraduate Research Symposium Fellow, (Fall 2008 – Winter 2012)
● Honors Senior Thesis Award, 2012
● Honors College Undergraduate Research Fellowship, (Fall 2010-Fall 2012)
● College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s Travel Award, 2011
Warren Scholarship, 2011

PRESENTATIONS
●Computational design of a CO2 reduction catalyst through application of a genetic algorithm. Pendleton, I. M.; Zhao, Y.; Sanford, M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Karle Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI. July, 25th, 2016.
●Computational and experimental synergistic investigation from high valent palladium. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Novartis Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI. April 29th, 2016.
● Development of a mechanism for C(sp3)-N bond-forming reductive elimination from PdIV using automated reaction finding. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Karle Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI. August 7th, 2015.
● Development of a mechanism for C(sp3)-N bond-forming reductive elimination from PdIV using automated reaction finding. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Midwest Theoretical Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. June 26th, 2015.
● Mechanistic Analysis of C(sp3)-N reductive elimination from PdIV. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. 249th National ACS Meeting, Denver, Co. March 22-26, 2015
● Application of automated reaction path finding software for discovery of chemical mechanisms. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Research Computing Symposium, MICDE. Ann Arbor, MI. November 6th, 2014.
● Investigation of the mechanism for C(sp3)-N reductive elimination on PdIV with support from a semi-autonomous computational methodology. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Organic Symposium. Ann Arbor, MI. August 19th, 2014.
● Development of catalytic methods for C-H activation and CO2 reduction via computational and experimental synergy. Pendleton, I. M.; Pérez-Temprano, M. H.; Sanford M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M. Vaughn Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI. July 30th, 2014.
● Simultaneous isomer generation and reaction path finding – A hypothesis-free approach to mechanistic investigation. Pendleton, I. M.; Sanford, M. S.; Zimmerman, P. M.; Vaughn Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI. August 9th, 2013.
● The second gold rush: new chemistry through gold catalysis. Pendleton, I. M.; Schultz, D.; Wolfe, J. Rackham Graduate School’s AGEP/SI Research Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI; August 7, 2013.
● Toward a new and environmentally friendly method to access biologically important molecules. Pendleton, I. M.;Lindsay, H. A. Council for undergraduate research Posters on the Hill; April 23, 2012.
● Toward a catalytic, asymmetric aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization. Pendleton, I. M.;Lindsay, H. A. Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium; March 30, 2012.
●Toward a catalytic, asymmetric aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization. Pendleton, I. M.;Lindsay, H. A. 243rd National ACS Meeting, San Diego, CA; March 24-29, 2012, ORGN 534
● Determining the origins of stereocontrol in the Lewis acid-mediated aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization of conformationally mobile iminiumcations, Pendleton, I. M.; Milletti, M.C.; Lindsay, H. A. Symposium of Organic Division Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, Pfizer Research and Development Headquarters, Groton, CT; September 28, 2011.
● Stereoselectivity in a catalytic aza-Cope rearrangement-Mannich cyclization. Pendleton, I. M.; Micyus, T. M.; and Lindsay, H. A 42nd National Organic Chemistry Symposium, Princeton, NJ; June 5-9, 2011, D-66.
● Optimization of stereoselectivity in the aza-Cope rearrangement Mannich cyclization. Pendleton, I. M.; Lindsay, H. A. Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium; March 25, 2011.
● Toward a new, environmentally friendly method for accessing biologically important molecules. Pendleton, I. M.; Lindsay, H. A. Reception Celebrating Merger of CUR and NCUR, Washington, D.C.; October 27, 2010.
● Diastereoselectivity in the aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization of conformationally mobile iminiumcations. Pendleton, I. M.; Lindsay, H. A. Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium; March 26, 2010.
● Diastereoselectivity in the aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization of conformationally mobile iminiumcations. Pendleton, I. M.; Milletti, M. C.; Lindsay, H. A. 239th National ACS Meeting, San Francisco, CA; March 21-25, 2010, ORGN 1151
● Microwave-assisted Aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization of conformationally mobile amino alcohols: challenges in the stereoselective synthesis of acylpyrrolidines. Pendleton, I. M.; Lindsay, H. A. Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium; March 27, 2009.
● Microwave-assisted Aza-Cope rearrangement—Mannich cyclization of conformationally mobile amino alcohols: challenges in the stereoselective synthesis of acylpyrrolidines. Kaufmann, A. M.; Pendleton, I. M.; Lindsay, H. A. 237th National ACS Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT; March 22-26, 2009, ORGN 576.

LEADERSHIP AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
FFGSI (Future Faculty Graduate Student Instructor) for statistical mechanics and thermodynamics , Winter 2017
ACS Science Coaches Program, 2012-present
Chemistry Professional Development Organization (CPDO) Member, 2012-present
Undergraduate Mentoring through UROP 2013-2015
Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad Coach 2016
President of EMU Chemistry Club ACS Student Chapter, 2010-2012
● Science Fair Judging Morceni High School 2014

Please contact me at ipendlet@umich.edu for additional information or references.