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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

ATTENTION: We will be closed Aug.1-5!

The Chemistry Department will be closed the week of August 1-5, due to GL/ISB building maintenance.
Please plan ahead as our entire building of Gray Little Hall/ISB will be closed for routine maintenance on the electrical system.
Gray Little Hall/ISB

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.

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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.
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News from the Department

2022 Summer Scholars

Chemistry Awards and Scholarships for Spring and Summer 2022

LAWRENCE — The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas recognized the academic, research and teaching achievements of department majors by awarding over $170,000 in awards and scholarships at the Awards and Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 7.
Heather Desaire

Professor Heather Desaire named April 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award Recipient

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Professor Heather Desaire on receiving the April 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 papers…
Dr. Steven Soper

Foundation Distinguished Professor Dr. Steven Soper among top 2% of scientists worldwide cited by others in research publications

Congratulations to Foundation Distinguished Professor Dr. Steven Soper, who is among the most cited researchers in the world, according to a study from Stanford University! In addition to Dr. Soper, 15 other KU Engineering faculty members are also in the Top 2%.
Emma Cosner

Emma Cosner receives University-wide prestigious Class of 1913 Award

Congratulations to Emma Cosner, a senior from Overland Park [who just graduated] majoring in chemistry and minoring in physics, on receiving the University-wide Class of 1913 Award! The award is a prestigious University Award granted annually to two graduating students who "show evidence of…
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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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Professor Heather Desaire named April 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award recipient

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Professor Heather Desaire on receiving the April 2022 Sutton Family Research Impact Award! Her winning paper was published in the Journal of Proteome Research and is titled, "Exposing the Brain Proteomic Signatures of Alzheimer’s Disease in Diverse Racial Groups: Leveraging Multiple Data Sets and Machine Learning."

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Heather Desaire
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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.

The Integrated Science Building from the South side.

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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