Starting in the spring of 2013, five faculty from small R1 and primarily undergraduate institutions formed the consortium ORDMOC to facilitate monthly online research discussions: Marion Emmert - WPI; Michael Findlater - Texas Tech; Abby O'Connor and David Laviska - The College of New Jersey; Nathan West - The University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. All of us have experienced the positive effects of such video chats through postdoctoral and graduate work in CENTC, an NSF CCI, and we plan to provide our students with a similar educational experience. Members who joined later include Kyle Grice (DePaul Chicago), Kayla Green (TCU), and Jessica Hoover (WVU). Nathan West discontinued participation in the project when he took a position at Eastman Chemical in 2015.


Research in the Emmert group focuses on the development of new, sustainable processes. The group is developing new ligands and oxidants for transition-metal catalyzed C-H bond functionalizations, catalysts for aerobic oxidations at low oxygen concentrations, as well as recycling processes for rare earth containing materials from end-of-life products.
Marion Emmert

The Findlater laboratory seeks to encompass a broad range of research areas. These span such disparate topics as C-H bond activation, Lewis acid catalysis, materials applications and the chemistry of the lanthanide elements. These projects are all grounded in the rational design and preparation of catalysts capable of converting low value substrates into important products via a range of synthetic techniques.
Michael Findlater

Research interests in the O'Connor group are focused on the development of more energy efficient and sustainable means to produce our supply of fuels and chemicals. A possible strategy is finding new homogenous transition metal complexes for different catalytic applications. In particular, we focus on finding new ways to stabilize highly reactive intermediates of catalysis using hemilabile groups.
Abby O'Connor

Dr. Laviska worked as an environmental chemist for 15 years before earning his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Dr. Laviska's research projects include the utilization of iridium pincer complexes for the activation and functionalization aryl C-H and C-X bonds.
David Laviska

My research is based on the study of inorganic complexes as catalysts for valuable reactions. My focus at DePaul University is on the selective and controlled transformation of strong bonds, but I am also very interested in metals in biology.
Kyle Grice

Our Research focuses on the development and understanding of new catalytic methods for organic synthesis. Catalytic reactions are becoming more and more commonly used in the synthesis of complex structures - pharmaceutical molecules (medicines), polymers (plastics, clothing) and fuels - among others. Unfortunately, in the application of catalysis to small molecules, its not always clear how the reaction happens. If we can better understand the reactions and the catalysts, then we can develop improved methods.
Jessica Hoover

The Green research group focuses on applications at the interface of chemistry and biology. The areas of interest include coordination chemistry of relevance to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease with amine heterocyclic ligands; responsive MRI sensors for oxidative stress; and ferrocene-peptide conjugates as biosensors for cancer markers.
Kayla Green