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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

By the numbers

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

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! His team's research is titled "Controlling the Reactivity of a Metal-Hydroxo Adduct with a Hydrogen Bond."

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Tim Jackson
A collage of 13 of our 2021 graduates.

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.

Research Areas
Faculty Member Steven Soper gives a presentation to a group of alumni.

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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KU Chemistry Events

News from the Department

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!
Anton Barybin

Senior Anton Barybin nominated for Rhodes, Marshall Scholarships

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has nominated six current seniors and a recent graduate for prestigious fellowships for study in the United Kingdom with the support of the university’s Office of Fellowships.  
Misha Barybin

Professor Misha Barybin named 2021 Chancellors Club Teaching Professor

LAWRENCE — KU Endowment has announced the recipients of the 2021 Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships. The honorees are health care educators at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita and KU School of Nursing and professors of geophysics and chemistry at KU’s Lawrence campus.  

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