Welcome to KU Chemistry!

At the University of Kansas, we believe that our program provides excellent and diverse opportunities for students and faculty interested in cutting-edge education and research.  Among many distinguishing characteristics, there are three that stand out.

  1. Research Diversity - the Department's research programs and faculty place KU Chemistry at the leading edge of scientific research in a broad range of areas ranging from the highly biologically end of the spectrum (such as our well regarded program in bioanalytical chemistry, or other efforts in proteomics and drug design), to materials research (both experiment and theory), to "green" chemistry (e.g. environmentally benign catalysis), to state-of-the-art molecular simulation and theory, and to the development of new strategies and paradigms in chemical education.
     
  2. Commitment and Support of Interdisciplinary Research and Training - the Chemistry Department and university put a strong premium on interdisciplinary research and the vast majority of our faculty have research collaborations that strongly involve other departments at KU, around the country, or abroad. All such projects involve significant graduate student participation. Active collaborations exist with Departments of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, to name only a few. The department is also a major participant in several interdisciplinary training grant programs at KU.
     
  3. Collegiality - the University of Kansas has a strong culture of collegial interaction among the faculty, staff and students. The department recognizes that effective scientific interaction and development is best achieved within an atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism and takes an active role in fostering and maintaining such an environment.
We think that if you will take time to learn more about KU Chemistry,
you will agree!

Chemistry department receives more than $6 million in research grants annually
14 chemistry faculty members have NSF CAREER Awards
Longest-running chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates in the nation
Check out the following article about solar energy in Kansas which includes research Shenqiang Ren's group is conducting to produce flexible panels as a cheaper alternative to the current silicon solar panels. http://cjonline.com/news/business/2014-08-23/solar-energy-still-minor-player-research-could-change
Solar energy still a minor player, but research could change that
Solar panels have a small, niche market in Kansas, but research to improve their efficiency and placement could change that in the future.

KU ODYSSEY team digs for clues to ancient Pleistocene people Searching for evidence of early people living on the plains in the late Pleistocene age, (see http://bit.ly/1li6uYX) Rolfe Mandel, a KU distinguished professor of anthropology, led an excavation in July 2014 in the “Coffey Site” along the Big Blue River bank in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Mandel says artifacts from Pleistocene period sediments could provide more clues about the Clovis and pre-Clovis people, who were the founding inhabitants of the Americas.