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Vladimir A. Benin


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry


Email: Vladimir A. Benin
Phone: 937-229-4762
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Dr. Vladimir Benin, originally from Bulgaria, joined the graduate program in chemistry at Vanderbilt University in 1990 and completed his studies in 1995, under the leadership of Prof. J.C. Martin. Subsequently, he spent several years in postdoctoral research, at Cornell University (1995 - 1997, Prof. B. K. Carpenter) and Vanderbilt University (1997 - 2001, Prof. Piotr Kaszynski), the latter interrupted by a 1-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Benin joined the Department of Chemistry at UD in 2001.

Dr. Benin's research is in the areas of Physical Organic and Synthetic Organic Chemistry. His recent research efforts have been focused on the preparation and studies of new materials, such as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and specialty polymers. He has introduced in the department the routine use of modern computational methods, both in upper level chemistry courses and his research.

Faculty Perspective

My goal is to provide UD students with a combination of high-standard classroom education and significant on-hands research exposure in order to provide them with a flexible approach to their post-graduate career choices: graduate school, professional education, industry.

Courses Taught

  • Organic Chemistry (CHM 313 and 314)
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry (CHM 412/512)
  • Biosynthetic Organic Chemistry (CHM 426/536)
  • General Chemistry (CHM 124)
  • Energy Resources (CHM 234)


  • Ph. D., Organic Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1995
  • MS, Organic Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1994
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1990

Research Interests

Design, preparation and studies of new reactive flame retardants
Preparation and studies of novel heterocyclic structures for advanced material applications
Computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Selected Publications, Presentations and Sponsored Research

Selected Publications:

Byard, B.; Wang, K.; Morgan, A.; Benin, V. "New polyether diols as flame retardants for polyurethane: Derivatives of epoxy functionalized phosphonates and phosphates" Fire and Materials 2017;1 -15.

Wang, K.; Morgan, A.B.; Benin, V. "Preparation and Studies of New Phosphorus containing Diols as Potential Flame Retardants" Fire and Materials 2017, 41(8), 973  - 983.

Benin, V.; Cui, X.; Morgan, A. B.; Seiwert, K. "Synthesis and Flammability Testing of Epoxy Functionalized Phosphorous-Based Flame Retardants" J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132(30), 42296.

Benin, V.; Gardelle, S.; Morgan, A. B. "Heat release of polyurethanes containing potential flame retardants based on boron and phosphorus chemistries" Polymer Degradation and Stability 2014, 106, 108  - 121.

Kuttler, A.; Durganala, S.; Fratini, A.; Morgan, A. B.; Benin, V. "Structure, Theoretical Studies, and Coupling Reactions of Some New Cyclic Boronic Esters" Heteroatom Chem. 2013, 24(5), 361 - 371.

Knachel, H. C.; Benin, V.; Moddeman, W. E.; Birkbeck, J. C.; Kestner, T. A.; Young, T. L. "Characterization by NMR of Reactants and Products of Hydrofluoroether Isomers, CF3(CF2)3OCH3 and (CF3)2C(F)CF2OCH3, Reacting with Isopropyl Alcohol" Magn. Reson. Chem. 2013, 51, 407 - 413.

Ivan, N.; Benin, V.; Morgan, A. "Preparation of Phosphonoterephthalic Acids via Palladium-Catalyzed Coupling of Aromatic Iodoesters" Synth. Commun. 2013, 43, 1831, 1836.

Knachel, H. C.; Benin, V.; Barklay, C. D.; Birkbeck, J. C.; Faubion, B. D.; Moddeman, W. E. "Reactions of Methyl Perfluoroalkyl Ethers with Isopropyl Alcohol: Experimental and Theoretical Studies" Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2012, 51, 10525 - 10534.

Benin, V.; Durganala, S.; Morgan, A. B. "Synthesis and Flame Retardant Testing of New Boronated and Phosphonated Aromatic Compounds" J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 1180  - 119021.

Selected Presentations:

Benin, V., Wang, K.; Morgan, A. B. "Preparation and Studies of New Phosphorus-containing Diols as Potential Flame Retardants.” 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 21  - 25, 2016.

Benin, V., Morgan, A. B. "New Phosphate Epoxy Flame Retardants for Polyurethanes.” 14th International Fire and Materials Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 3  - 5, 2015.

Seiwert, K.; Cui, X.; Morgan, A. B.; Benin, V. "Preparation of New Epoxy-functionalized Phosphonate and Phosphate Esters as Reactive Flame Retardants for Polyurethane.” 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, September 8 - 12, 2013.

Ivan, N.; Benin, V.; Durganala, S.; Morgan, A. “Synthesis of new boronated and phosphonated aromatic flame retardants.” 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 25  - 29, 2012.

Benin, V.; Durganala, S.; Morgan, A. “Small scale flammability testing of phosphonate and boronate and polyurethane blends.”  243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 25  - 29, 2012.

Recent Funded Research:

Benin, V. (PI), Morgan, A. B. (Co-PI) "New Non-Halogenated Flame Retardant Chemistries" Israeli Chemical Ltd. (ICL), $65,000.00, May 01, 2014  - September 30, 2015.

Benin, V. (Co-PI), Morgan, A. B. (PI) "Flame Retardant Technology Discovery and Flammability Method Development" National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), $370,000.00, September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2015.

Benin, V. (Co-PI), Morgan, A. B. (PI) "Research and Development on New Flame Retardant Chemistries for Polyurethane" National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), $300,000.00, September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2012.