Office Phone:301 405-2784
Office Address: 2353
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Professor & Director of Chemistry Graduate Program


  • Doctor of Science degree, Department of Chemistry, Division of Organic Chemistry, Kazan State University (KSU), Russia, 2000
  • Ph.D. degree, Department of Chemistry, KSU, 1986
  • Graduate student, KSU, 1983-1986
  • M.S. degree, Summa cum Laude, KSU, 1983

Professional Experience

  • Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012 –
  • Associate professor, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009 – 2012
  • Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003 – 2009
  • Research Associate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN with Prof. K.G. Caulton, 2001-2003
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kazan State University, Russia, 1990-2000.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kazan State University, Russia, 1985-1990.

 Research Interests

  • “Green” synthetic strategies: the use of O2 and H2O2 for selective C‑H and CC functionalization.
  • Organotransition metal chemistry, experimental and computational (DFT). Organometallic reaction mechanisms.

  • Homogeneous catalysis with transition metal complexes

 Major Recognitions and Honors

  • Presidential Scholarship, 1994.
  • Yu. T. Struchkov award in the field of organometallic chemistry, 1995.
  • George Soros Associate Professor, 1997, 1998, 1999.
  • Junior Faculty Award, College of Chemical and Life Sciences, 2008.
  • NSF Special Creativity Award, 2009-2011.

Students Mentored

To date 4 high school students, 20+ undergraduates and 20+ graduate students have done research in the Vedernikov Group.


Ligand-Tuned Pd- and Pt-Mediated C-H and C=C Oxidation with O2 and H2O2 in Water and Other Protic Solvents

1. Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization. We design new reactions that allow one to functionalize kinetically inert bonds and molecules, C‑H in alkanes and arenes, O=O in dioxygen, O‑O in hydrogen peroxide, PdII‑C, PtII‑C in organometallic intermediates. These reactions involve bond-forming (C‑O, C‑halogen (F … I), C‑C, C=C, C‑N etc.) steps with transition metal compounds and are used in catalysis (see examples in Scheme1).

 Scheme 1


2. New Reaction Mechanisms. We perform mechanistic studies of organometallic reactions reactions. Several previously unknown reactions mechanisms were discovered in our group.

3. Computational Study of Organometallic Reactions. We carry out theoretical study of organometallic reaction using ab initio and DFT techniques. Check our recent collaborative work with Dr. Arkadi Vigalok (Tel Aviv University) supported by BSF revealing the mechanism of a very unusual reaction below (Scheme 2).

Scheme 2


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