K. Barbara Schowen

Professor Emerita
Primary office:
785-864-3829; 785-842-4371
Malott Hall
Room 3035


Academic Degrees

  • B.A., 1960, Wellesley College
  • Ph.D., 1964, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Areas of Specialization

Solvent Effects on Mechanisms of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions

Research Interests

Organic chemistry: bioorganic reaction mechanisms, enzymic and proton-transfer catalysis, solvent effects, solvent isotope effects.

Selected publications

Schowen, K.B.; Limbach, H.-H.; Denisov, G.S. and Schowen, R.L., "Hydrogen bonds and proton transfer in general-catalytic transition-state stabilization in enzyme catalysis," Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 2000 1458, 43-62.

Tian, J.; Tan, J.; Schowen, K.B. and Schowen, R.L., "The Role of the Medium in Solvent Isotope Effects on Serine Protease Action," Can. J. Chem., 1999, 77, 781-786.

Chemistry department receives more than $8.5 million in research grants annually
14 chemistry faculty members have NSF CAREER Awards
Longest-running chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates in the nation
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