Vladimir A. Benin

Contact Information

Vladimir A. Benin

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


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

  • CHM 123: General Chemistry
  • CHM 313 & CHM 314: Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 412 & CHM 512: Intermediate Organic Chemistry


  • 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 and preparation of monomers for specialty, functionalized polymers
  • New materials for photovoltaic and thermoelectric applications
  • Computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Selected Publications, Presentations and Sponsored Research

Books & Book Chapters

Benin, V. “Other Tetrazines and Pentazines”, In Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry III, Katritzky, A. R., Ramsden, C. A., Scriven, E. F. V., and Taylor, R. J. K., Eds.; Elsevier: Oxford, 2008; Vol. 9, pp 715 – 736

Articles in Refereed Journals

Venkata, S. N. A., Shamo, E., Benin, V. "Preparation and Characterization of Some Substituted Benzyl N-nitrosocarbamates Containing an N-2-(methylthio)ethyl or a Bis(2-aminoethyl)sulfide Functionality" Synthetic Communications 2009, 39, 1406 - 1414.

Benin, V., Yeates, A. T., Dudis, D. "Preparation of Halogenated Derivatives of Thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole via Direct Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution" Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry 2008, 45, 811 – 819

Horwath, M., Benin, V. "C - N Bond Rotation and E - Z Isomerism in Some N-Benzyl-N-Methylcarbamoyl Chlorides: A DFT Study" Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM 2008, 850(1), 105 - 110

Branion, S., Benin V. "Preparation of Some Substituted Terephthalic Acids" Synthetic Communications 2006, 36, 2121 – 2127

Benin, V. "Secondary N-nitrosocarbamate anions: Structure and alkylation reactions. A DFT study" Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM 2006, 764, 21 – 31

Narayanan, R., Hedian, H., Shamo, E., Benin, V. “Preparation, Characterization and DFT Studies of Some New N-Nitrosocarbamates and N-Nitrosoureas” The Ohio Journal of Science 2006, 106(1), A-15

Thakkalapally, A.; Benin, V. “Synthesis, structural studies and desilylation reactions of someN-2-(trimethylsilyl)ethyl-N-nitrosocarbamates” Tetrahedron 2005, 61, 4939 – 4948 29, 2003. Amount: $ 5,500

National & Regional Meetings

Simmons, S.; Benin, V. “Aromatic boronic acids for novel fire-retardant polymers: Design and synthesis“, 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 21 – 25, 2010

Benin, V.; Knachel, H.; Moddeman, W.; Birkbeck, J. C. “Cleavage of methyl perfluoroalkyl ethers with isopropanol: Experimental and theoretical studies“, 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 21 – 25, 201

Dudis, D. S.; Verrilli, T.; Houseknecht, J.; Benin, V.; Yeates, A. T. “Hydrogen abstraction-induced ring opening in thiazoles”, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 19 – 23, 2007

Church, K. M.; Wheatcraft, H.; Addaganti, N.; Reid, R.; Benin, V. “Alkylation of Thymidine with 2-(Methylthio)ethyl and 2-(Dimethylamino)ethyl-N-Nitrosocarbamates”, 39th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Covington, KY, United States, May 20-23, 2007

Addaganti N.; Shamo, E.; Benin, V. “Preparation and Photochemical Studies of Substituted Benzyl N-Nitrosocarbamates”, 39th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Covington, KY, United States, May 20-23, 2007

Grants & Sponsored Research

Benin, V. A. (Co-Principal), Morgan, A. B. (Principal) "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).

Benin, V. A., Sponsored Research, "Theoretical Studies on Some Reactions of Methyl Perfluoroethyl Ether (HFE_7100) and 2,3-Dihydroperfluoropentane", B & W Pantex, $11,000.00 (July - August, 2009).

Benin, V. A. (Principal), Goldman, D. (Co-Principal) "Development of a New Interdisciplinary Course in “Energy Resources”, University of Dayton LTC, $7,500.00 (January - July, 2009)