Dr. Badjic received his diploma in Chemistry (1994) from University of Belgrade (Serbia). He obtained Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (2001) from Iowa State University. From 2001 to 2004, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the group of J Fraser Stoddart at UCLA where he was awarded Chancellor's award for outstanding research accomplishments in postdoctoral work. He joined the faculty at the Ohio State University in 2004. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010 and professor in 2014.
Dr. Badjic team's research program is focused on (a) developing the efficient syntheses and (b) examining the mechanism of action of modular cavitands – baskets with functionalized entrance and/or inner space for promoting chemical transformations in organic solvents and water (NSF support). In addition, we are interested in using baskets as working models for learning about the mitigation of nerve agents (DTRA-DoD support). Finally, our interest is also in mimicking the action of monooxygenases for promoting the oxidation of small hydrocarbons with molecular baskets containing transition metal cations.