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
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Shenqiang Ren for earning an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award grant. Dr. Ren and his research group will be conducting research on cutting-edge photovoltaic technology intended to give American forces tactical advantages in the field. Please see the link for more information.
Researcher receives Young Investigator Award for photovoltaic nanomaterials | The University of...
Researcher receives Young Investigator Award for photovoltaic nanomaterials Mon, 08/04/2014ContactBrendan M. LynchKU News Service785-864-8855blynch@ku.eduLAWRENCE — A researcher at the University of Kansas has earned an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award grant to conduct research on cutti…

KU physicists doing groundbreaking work at the Large Hadron Collider. http://t.co/blsTaCXfG5 #KUfacts #KUdiscoveries #CERN #physics
KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.