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KU Chemistry

KU Chemistry provides cutting-edge education and research opportunities. Diversity in our research and a strong culture of collegial interaction among the faculty, staff and students has always set us apart. We put a strong premium on interdisciplinary research and the vast majority of our faculty have research collaborations that involve other departments at KU, around the country and abroad.

Integrated Science Building opened in 2018

Carnival of Chemistry - Sunday, November 20, 2022 1:00-4:00 pm

Carnival of Chemistry - Sunday, November 20th 1:00-4:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, November 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Gray-Little Hall for the 2022 Carnival of Chemistry!

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Our Mission

To serve humanity through the education of students and the public, to advance scientific knowledge in the chemical sciences, and to discover new processes and materials that can address challenges in health, energy, and the environment.
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By the numbers

Top 50
Ranking in US Graduate Programs for Public Schools
NSF Career Awards among active Chemistry Faculty
in annual student scholarships




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The Department's research programs and faculty place KU Chemistry at the leading edge of scientific research in a broad range of areas.

Research, Alumni & Friends, Resources and Support Chemistry



The Department's research programs and faculty place KU Chemistry at the leading edge of scientific research in a broad range of areas.
Alumni and Friends


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Your generous support enables us to support many of our activities, including graduate student support, undergraduate programs, faculty development, and program and special initiatives.

Brian Laird named September 2022 Sutton Award recipient

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Professor Brian Laird on receiving the September 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award! His winning paper was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics and is titled, “Inside and out: Surface thermodynamics from positive to negative curvature.”

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The 2021 KU Chemistry newsletter is up online!

The University of Kansas Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that our 2021 Newsletter is available online!

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The rich research experiences for our students that set KU Chemistry apart from other programs, would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

Your giving provides opportunities for our talented graduate and undergraduate student and our dedicated faculty to excel in the research lab, classroom, and beyond.

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Research Areas

The Department's research programs and faculty place KU Chemistry at the leading edge of scientific research in a broad range of areas, including bioanalytical chemistry, nanoscience, spectroscopy, and more.

Research Areas
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Award-Winning Faculty

Our highly recognized faculty consists of 29 active faculty, including five distinguished professors. Our faculty members' research is concentrated in a broad range of areas, from bioanalytical chemistry to computational chemistry.

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Degrees Offered

The Department of Chemistry offers two curriculum degree plans, an American Chemical Society certified BS and also a BA. Ranked in the Top 50 U.S. Graduate Programs for Public Schools, our graduate program offers a Chemistry Ph.D. and MS.

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Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance.

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