Curriculum Vitae

Ian M. Pendleton Ph. D.
Department of Chemistry
Haverford College
Haverford, PA 19041
ipendlet ~at~


To build and apply molecular simulation tools, machine-learning models and human intuition to the development of new synthetic methodologies, materials, and devices.


Cheminformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, Current

  • Advisors: Professor Joshua Schrier and Professor Alex Norquist
    • Implemented data capture and reporting pipeline for machine learning in materials chemistry
    • Development and implementation of physicochemical descriptors, machine learning models, and active learning systems for extrapolative and exploitive machine learning models of materials formation
    • Undergraduate research mentoring

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”


  • Li, Z.; Najeeb, M. A.; Alves, L.; Sherman, A.; Parrilla, P. C.; Pendleton, I. M.; Zeller, M.; Schrier, J.; Norquist, A. J.; Chan, E. Robot-Accelerated Perovskite Investigation and Discovery (RAPID): 1. Inverse Temperature Crystallization; preprint; 2019.
  • Pendleton, I. M.; Cattabriga, G.; Li, Z.; Najeeb, M. A.; Friedler, S. A.; Norquist, A. J.; Chan, E. M.; Schrier, J. Experiment Specification, Capture and Laboratory Automation Technology (ESCALATE): A Software Pipeline for Automated Chemical Experimentation and Data Management. MRS Commun., 2019, 9, 846–859.
  • 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). 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. 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. 2. 39-45.

Additional publications:



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


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 for additional information or references.