The Bandar Group

Innovation in Strong Base Chemistry

Photo credit: Pedro Arrechea

Photo credit: Pedro Arrechea



Phone: (970) 495-2432

Office: Chemistry Research Building Room 315



Jeff Bandar was born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and received his B.A. from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN in 2009. That year he began graduate studies with Tristan H. Lambert at Columbia University, where his research focused on the use of aromatic ions as design elements in catalysts, reactions and polymeric materials. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in 2014, Jeff began postdoctoral studies with Stephen L. Buchwald at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he advanced the use of copper catalysts for the enantioselective functionalization of olefins. Jeff's work has been supported by NSF, NDSEG and NIH fellowships, and has received recognitions such as the Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award and the Sigma Aldrich Graduate Student Innovation Award. Jeff began his independent career at Colorado State University in 2017, where his group focuses on creating new ways to control chemical processes with applications in organic synthesis and beyond.