June 2015 - Matt and postdocs Lindsay, Caitlyn, and Sarah hosted the first annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium at UK.

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May 2015 - the group gets two cover articles - Energy Technology and ChemPhysChem!

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December 22, 2014

Today is Selin’s last day in the lab! After over 3 years of productive research and 5 peer-reviewed publications (so far!), this first Odom group member is now on her way to her home country Turkey. Farewell dinner with the group and friends at

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December 15, 2014

Susan Odom and Chad Risko received a College of Arts & Sciences Diversity in Research Award, which will support Nina’s research in computation chemistry of aromatic compounds in neutral and radical cation states.

July 21, 2014

Kishore defended his M.S. thesis titled “Electrode and Electrolyte Additives for Extended Lifetimes of Lithium-Ion Batteries.” The group celebrates at the usual spot: Mellow Mushroom.
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May 9, 2014

Today we celebrate Bryan’s graduation with a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky, as well as his receipt of awards for the recognition of his outstanding performance as an undergraduate, including the American Chemical Society’s Organic Division Undergraduate Award, which is intended to recognize senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry.

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April 2014
Bryan Ingoglia and Steven Chapman presented their research at the Undergraduate Poster Competition hosted by the Chemistry Department at the University of Kentucky. Bryan received an honorable mention award! Steven and Bryan also presented posters at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, and Steven presented again on 4/30 at the Chellgren Center UK Showcase.

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March 2014
Kishore attended the ACS meeting in March in Dallas, Texas, to present his research on redox shuttles for lithium-ion batteries. You can search for his abstract here.

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July 27, 2013 - An article about Corrine (Nina) hits the press at UK
Corrine “Nina” Elliott decided to attend UK for her undergraduate degree, with majors in computer science and mathematics. Chemistry gets a shout out as a minor for Nina who will continue to work in the group, expanding her research to involve DFT calculations. Read the article here.

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June 11, 2013 - Prof. Odom receives grant from the National Science Foundation
The Division of Chemistry, specifically Chemical Structures and Dynamics - B, of the National Science foundation awarded Prof. Odom with a grant as principal investigator, starting July 1, 2013. This grant will support continued research in the reactivity and stability of radical cations, with the goals of designing longer-lasting redox shuttles for lithium-ion batteries and to explore the use of radical cations as synthetic intermediates as routes to unique targets and/or as intermediates in shorter synthetic pathways compared to more traditional routes.

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May 14, 2013 - Nina attends Intel’s International Science Fair
After receiving Best of Fair at the state science fair, Nina attended Intel’s International Science Fair in Phoenix, AZ, where, in addition to sharing her results on redox shuttles, she met famous scientists from industry and academia, including the Nobel Prize Winner Sir Harold Kroto.

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April 27, 2013 - Prof. Odom receives Teacher Who Made a Difference Award

Prof. Odom received a Teacher Who Made a Difference Award from the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. This is the second time Prof. Odom’s has received this award.

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April 26, 2013 - Ingoglia receives a scholarship and an award from the Department of Chemistry
Bryan Ingoglia received another scholarship at Department of Chemistry’s Awards Ceremony. Bryan was awarded the Nantz Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Additionally, this year Bryan received the ACS Undergraduate Award for Organic Chemistry!

April 26, 2013 - Manek receives multiple awards from the Department of Physics

Stephen Manek received multiple awards at the Department of Physics’ Awards Ceremony including induction into an honor society, an award for doing undergraduate research, making the Dean’s List, and one or two more I can’t recall! Here is a photo of Prof. Odom handing him the award.

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April 19, 2013 - Undergraduates Win Summer Research & Creativity Awards
Odom group undergraduate students Rachael Burrows, Daniel Flores, and Stephen Manek will receive University of Kentucky Undergraduate Summer Research and Creativity Awards. These $2000 awards will be used to support our students’ projects in catalysts, energy storages, and redox shuttle synthesis.

April 8-11, 2013 - Odom group members present at Spring ACS in New Orleans

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Stephen in the polymer division Rachael in the inorganic division

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Nina in the organic division Prof. Odom in the organic division

April 2013 - Rachael wins first place at the Department of Chemistry’s Regional Undergraduate Poster Competition
Another win for our students! Junior Rachael Burrows took first place at the Undergraduate Poster Competition at the University of Kentucky on April 5th. Below she is pictured with our department chair Prof. Mark Meier.

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March 30, 2013 - Nina wins Best of Fair at the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair
Nina and Nelson both went to the state science fair where Nina not only won first place in high school chemistry but also Best of Fair in the Physical Sciences Division and got the U.S. Army award! Nina will advance to the Intel International Science Fair in Arizona, which will take place in May of this year.

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March 3, 2013 - Nina and Nelson Clean House at the Central KY Regional Science Fair

Nina and Nelson both participated in the district and regional science fairs this year. At the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 2nd, 2013, at the University of Kentucky, they took home 1st (Nina) and 2nd (Nelson) places! This result means that they will both advance to the state competition: the
Eleventh Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair at Eastern Kentucky University on March 30th, 2013.

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February 2013 - Prof. Odom is co-PI on Grant Funded by KY’s Department of Energy Development and Independence
Dr. Joe Remias (PI), Dr. Cameron Lippert (co-PI), and Prof. Susan Odom (co-PI) were recently awarded a grant for their proposal titled “Efficiency Improvement in CO2 Capture Solvent Regeneration Using a Load Leveling Electricity to Thermal Energy Absorption Strategy” from the
Department of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), which is a program managed by the Energy and Environment Cabinet of Kentucky. DEDI’s mission is to improve the quality and security of life for all Kentuckians by creating efficient, sustainable energy solutions and strategies; by protecting the environment; and by creating a base for strong economic growth.

April 2012
Odom group undergraduate students Bryan Ingoglia and Anthony Marti will receive University of Kentucky Undergraduate Summer Research and Creativity Awards. These $2000 awards will be used to support our students’ projects in self-healing polymers and controlled glucose release.

March 2012 - Nina and Elizabeth Receive Awards at the State Science Fair
Nina and Elizabeth won 2nd place in chemistry at the Tenth Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair at Eastern Kentucky University for their project involving the synthesis of new phenothiazine redox shuttles for lithium-ion batteries. This competition was the state level for science fair and involves high schoolers throughout Kentucky. Students who compete must have received awards at their district and regional competitions.

September 2011 - Prof. Odom Receives an ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award
Prof. Odom’s proposal “Robust Redox Shuttles for Overcharge Protection of Lithium Ion Batteries” was recommended for funding. This grant awards $100,000 in funding over a 2-year period. The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/ graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience.