Kavara, Ajdin


Bachelor of Science
Grand Valley State University, 2004

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Michigan, 2010

About this team member

Ajdin Kavara is originally from Capljina, Bosnia and Hercegovinia.  He moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1997 and obtained his B.S. in chemistry from Grand Valley State University in 2004.  He did undergraduate research with Prof. Kovacs on the heterogeneously catalyzed breakdown of sugars.  His PhD work is focused on CH-activation chemistry using Sn, applications of the products to cross-coupling chemistry, and novel approaches to natural products.

In 2009, Ajdin received the Peter A. S. Smith fellowship for research in synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry.

Ajdin was a post-doctoral associate in Pat Holland’s group at the University of Rochester and then an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University.  Ajdin then moved to industry working at Pfizer and Jordi Labs.  He is currently working at Avitide, Inc.


  • Aryl Halide Radical Clocks as Probes of Stannylene/Aryl Halide C-H Activation Rates Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials 2014 24 250-257
  • C-H Activation of Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Arenes, and Ethers Using a Stannylene/Aryl Halide Mixture Organometallics 2010 29 5033-5039
  • A Stannylene/Aryl Iodide Reagent for Allylic CH-Activation and  Double Bond Addition Chemistry Organometallics 2008 27 1041-1043
  • Direct Formation of Propargyl-Tin Compounds via CH-Activation Organometallics 2008 27 2896-2897
  • Tin Mediated CH-Activation and Cross-Coupling in a Single Flask. Organometallics 2006 25 4738-4740.