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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

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Top 50
Ranking in US Graduate Programs for Public Schools
14
NSF Career Awards among active Chemistry Faculty
$160,000
in annual student scholarships

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News from the Department

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Center creating lab-on-a-chip technology for medical tests wins $6.6 million in continued NIH funding

LAWRENCE — A research center based at the University of Kansas that develops rapid next-generation tests for a host of human ailments like cancer, stroke and COVID-19 recently earned $6.6 million in continued funding over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health's 
Zeke Piskulich

Zeke Piskulich awarded 2022 Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics

Congratulations to Dr. Zeke Piskulich, our recent PhD graduate, on receiving the Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics from the American Physical Society (APS). Zeke is an exceptional scholar who continues receiving recognition for his outstanding work at KU, even after…
Michael Johnson

Associate Professor Michael Johnson named March 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award recipient

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Associate Professor Michael Johnson on receiving the March 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award! The Sutton Award is a monthly competition among chemistry faculty. Every month, the Chemistry Department Chair and Associate Chairs review the peer-reviewed…
Dr. Zeke Piskulich

Dr. Zeke Piskulich selected to receive 2022 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

The University Department of Chemistry is honored to announce that Dr. Zeke Piskulich, our recent PhD graduate, has been selected to receive the 2022 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!
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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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Associate Professor Michael Johnson named March 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award recipient

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Associate Professor Michael Johnson on receiving the March 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award! His winning paper published in the journal Analytical Chemistry is titled, "Optimized Sawhorse Waveform for the Measurement of Oxytocin Release in Zebrafish."

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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.

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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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