Principal Investigator

Rendy KartikaRendy G. Kartika, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S. in Chemistry: Summa Cum Laude, Cal Poly Pomona, June 2003

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry: University of Notre Dame, September 2008

PostDoc in Organic Chemistry: Yale University, 2008-2011

Phone: (225) 578-5086


Office: 337 Chemistry & Materials Building





Rendy Kartika was born and grew up in Malang, Indonesia. Upon his graduation from Kolese Santo Yusup Catholic High School, he immigrated to the United States and ultimately became a US citizen. Rendy attended Cal Poly Pomona University and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry with Summa Cum Laude in Spring 2003. He was introduced to organic chemistry research in Prof. Douglas Klumpp's laboratory, and his undergraduate thesis described the use of superacid to generate superelectrophilic dicationic species from simple organic compounds, such as cinnamic acid and its derivatives. Rendy then continued his studies in chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, completing his doctoral work in organic synthesis under the direction of Prof. Richard Taylor in September 2008. His graduate dissertation included synthetic methods development, such as the electrophile induced ether-transfer reaction, and its application in total synthesis directed towards polyketide natural products. Rendy then joined Prof. David Spiegel's group at Yale University in October 2008 as a postdoctoral researcher, and worked on the chemical synthesis of advanced glycation endproducts and structurally diverse amidine oligomers. In August 2011, Rendy joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at LSU as an Assistant Professor. He was then promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in August 2017. Rendy immensely enjoys college football and warm weather, thus making LSU (GEAUX TIGERS!!!) and Baton Rouge a perfect place for him to work and live for many years to come.

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Awards and Fundings

At Louisiana State University:

  • Tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry, August 2017
  • LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award, 2017
  • Louisiana Board of Regents, RCS One-Year Award, 2017
  • Outstanding Non-Tenured Professor in Natural and Physical Sciences for the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, 2017
  • LSU Rainmaker Award for Emerging Scholar in STEM, 2017
  • Albemarle Process Development Center Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award, 2016
  • National Science Foundation, Division of Chemical Synthesis (CHE-1464788)
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2015
  • Louisiana State University, Faculty Research Grant, 2015
  • Louisiana Board of Regents, PFUND Award (LEQSF-EPS(2015)-PFUND-395)
  • Louisiana Board of Regents, PFUND Award (LEQSF-EPS(2013)-PFUND-310)
  • Louisiana State University, Council on Research Summer Stipend, 2013

At University of Notre Dame:

  • The Reilly Fellowship, 2007 – 2008
  • The Rudolph E. Bottei Teaching Award for Outstanding Performance in Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2005
  • The Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004 and 2006

At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona:

  • Chemistry Departmental Scholarship, the Weck Scholarship Award, 2003
  • Chemistry Departmental Scholarship, the Reza Ehsani Memorial Scholarship, 2002
  • International Student Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, 2001 and 2002
  • Scholastic Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Academic Performance, 2001 and 2002
  • President's Honor List for Exceptional Academic Standing, 2001