The Shaughnessy Group

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Kevin H. Shaughnessy

Chair, Department of Chemistry (2009-present)
Director of Undergraduate Studies (2007-2009)
Associate Professor, University of Alabama (2005-present)
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama (1999-2005)
Post-Doctoral Associate, Yale University (John Hartwig, 1997-1999)
PhD, Stanford University (Bob Waymouth, 1998)
BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Reuben Rieke, 1992)

Kevin Shaughnessy was born in 1970 and raised in Trumbull, Nebraska. He earned his B.S. degree with honors and highest distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. While at Nebraska, he worked with Reuben D. Rieke on developing Rieke zinc-promoted reactions. He then joined the group of Robert M. Waymouth at Stanford University, where he developed zirconocene-catalyzed carbometalation reactions. Upon completing his PhD (1998), he moved to Yale to work with John F. Hartwig on palladium-catalyzed enolate arylations and development of high-throughput screening assays. In 1999, he joined the chemistry faculty at The University of Alabama, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry. His research interests have focused on the development of catalytic methodologies in alternative solvents and understanding how these solvents affect fundamental organometallic reactivity.

Publication List

Graduate Students

Christopher Nigel Welch

BS, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (2008)

Nigel earned his undergraduate degree at UT-Chattanooga and worked with Dr. Kyle Knight on metal catalyzed reactions. Nigel joined the Shaughnessy group in summer 2008. Nigel's work focuses on the development of new Pd catalysts for cross-coupling reactions.

Dayne Fraser

BS, Kennesaw State University (2008)

Dayne earned his undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He came to UA with a McNair fellowship. Dayne joined the Shaughnessy group in fall 2008. His research focuses on understanding electron transfer in dye-sensitized solar cells using model titanium complexes.

Jane Moore

BS, Tennessee Wesleyan University (2009)
MS, The University of Alabama (2012)

Jane Moore earned her chemistry degree at Tennessee Wesleyan University. She spent the summer of 2008 in the Shaughnessy group as a SURP student. After completing her degree at TWU in 2009, Jane rejoined the group as a graduate student. Jane's research is focused on design and synthesis of water-soluble phosphines.

J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 3676-3687
J. Org. Chem.
2013, 78, 4649-4664

Jeffrey Semmes

BS, University of West Florida (2011)

Jeff earned his undergradaute degree at the University of West Florida and entered the PhD program at UA in fall 2011.

Spencer Alaniz BS, The University of Alabama (2011)

Undergraduate Students

Jessica Jones

Jessica joined the group in 2010 as a member of the Emerging Scholars Program. Jessica's research has focused on the application of neopentyl and neophylphosphines to the arylation of amine and enolate nucleophiles. Jessica will graduate with a degree in chemistry from UA in 2013.

Luke Brechtelsbauer


Luke is a Michigan native. He earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 2013. Luke joined the Shaughnessy group in 2011. His worked focused on the synthesis of polydentate oxygen ligands for titanium complexes. Luke will enter the PhD program in Chemical Engineering at MIT.

Jason Wang


Stephanie Bevans

Stephanie is a biology major at UA. She joined the group in fall 2011. Stephanie's research has focused on palladium-catalyzed arylation of malonates.

Kevin Duque

Kevin is a Biology major at UA who joined the Shaughnessy group in fall 2012. Kevin's research has focused on the use of water-soluble phosphines in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions.

Nicholas Laskay

Nick is a Chemistry major who joined the Shaughnessy group in fall 2012. Nick's research has focused on the use of water-soluble phosphines in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions.
Hudson Pierce

Megan Johnston

Megan joined the group in spring 2013 as an Emerging Scholars Program participant. Megan's reserach focuses on the application of water-soluble phospines in palladium catalyzed couplings and C-H functionalizations.

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