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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.

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Emeritus Distinguished Professor Theodore “Ted” Kuwana

Emeritus Distinguished Professor Theodore “Ted” Kuwana

August 3, 1931 - December 31, 2021

The Department of Chemistry is saddened to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Emeritus Distinguished Professor Theodore “Ted” Kuwana.  Ted passed away Friday morning, December 31, 2021, from complications due to pneumonia.  Ted received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Antioch college in 1954 and his M.S. degree from Cornell University in 1956.  He came to KU to study under the direction of Prof. Ralph N. Adams and became Ralph’s first Ph.D. in 1959.  Following postdoctoral studies with Prof. Fred Anson at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Riverside in 1960 as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  He moved to Case Western Reserve as an Associate Professor in 1965 and was promoted to full Professor in 1968.  In 1971 he moved to Ohio State University.  Ted joined the faculty at KU in 1986 as Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the Director of the Center for Bioanalytical Research.  He was a pioneer in the development of spectroelectrochemistry, leader in bioelectroanalytical chemistry, and founder of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library.  Ted was tremendously influencial in shaping our department and his philanthropic support in retirement has helped all aspects of our program.  In particular, he and Dr. Don Leedy initiated a fund to provide for an annual Ralph N. Adams Lectureship and to support graduate student travel to conferences.  For those interested in honoring Ted’s memory and legacy at KU, the family encourages donations to this fund using the following link:

https://www.kuendowment.org/leedy-kuwana

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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

Steven A. Soper: November 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award Recipient

The Department congratulates Dr. Steven A. Soper on receiving the November 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award! His team's research is titled "Label-Free Identification of Single Mononucleotides by Nanoscale Eletrophoresis."

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Steven A. Soper
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What's next for our 2021 Graduates?

We congratulate all of the 34 undergraduate and graduate students who graduated from our Department this semester and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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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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Steven A. Soper

Steven A. Soper: November 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award Recipient

The Department congratulates Dr. Steven A. Soper on receiving the November 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award!
Ward Thompson

Ward Thompson: October 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award Recipient

The Department congratulates Dr. Ward Thompson on receiving the October 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award!
Anton Barybin

Senior Anton Barybin named finalist for Marshall Scholarship

LAWRENCE — Three seniors at the University of Kansas have advanced in the competition for prestigious scholarships for study in the United Kingdom.
Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson: September 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award Recipient

The Department congratulates Dr. Tim Jackson on receiving the September 2021 Sutton Family Research Impact Award!

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