May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


Christer B. Aakeröy, Head
Takashi Ito, Director of graduate studies (Recruiting)
Paul E. Smith, Director of graduate studies (Advising)

213 Chemistry and Biochemistry Bldg
Fax: 785-532-6666

Research Facilities

As a medium-sized department, K-State Chemistry is large enough to ensure that our students are provided access to a variety of first-rate equipment, yet small enough to assure our students of a close personal interaction with faculty. We recognize that our students are individuals, and our programs are structured so as to allow each student to reach his or her potential at an appropriate pace. The Department of Chemistry occupies two adjoining buildings – CBC and King Hall – that provide over 81,000 square feet of research, teaching and office space for the activities of our 21 faculty, 11 staff and 90 graduate students and research associates.

Computing resources for research and teaching are provided by the KSU research computing cluster, Beocat. Beocat is currently the largest academic supercomputer in Kansas, and includes nearly 400 researcher-funded computers. All Faculty, staff and students have access to the Beocat compute nodes. Chemistry researchers have access to a broad array of microscopy techniques, including AFM, STM, TEM, confocal and wide-field fluorescence microscopy (with demonstrated single molecule capability), and ultrafast video microscopy.

The department houses extensive computational resources including two Beowulf clusters, and numerous and broad electrochemical research capabilities. Chemistry researchers have access to broad array of microscopy techniques, including AFM, STM, TEM, near-field scanning optical microscopy, multiphoton-excited fluorescence microscopy (with demonstrated single molecule capability), and ultrafast video microscopy.

The Chemistry Department possesses substantial instrumentation for the synthesis of nanoscale materials: chemical vapor deposition, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, electrochemical deposition and metal-vapor deposition methods are all available in faculty research groups. An extensive set of materials characterization methods are available within the department including surface plasmon resonance, ellipsometry, chemisorption and temperature-programmed desorption techniques, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and FT-IR/Raman/DRIFT spectra of gases, liquids and solids.

Apart from routine spectroscopic instrumentation, the department houses many custom-built systems for time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy, fluorescence line-narrowing spectroscopy, hole-burning spectroscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy and high-resolution FT spectroscopy.

The Department also has a well-stocked chemical storeroom, electronics and machine shops (staffed by full-time personnel), and a dedicated glass shop operated by a Senior Scientific Glassblower. Safety in our research and teaching laboratories is of paramount importance to us, and we are fortunate to have a full-time safety officer.

The Kansas State University Libraries provide excellent facilities and support for research in the chemical sciences. Apart from electronic access to a full spectrum of research journals, the libraries maintain an extensive collection of print holdings. The library also participates in an interlibrary loan service that provides rapid access to work that has been published in obscure journals. The department enjoys round-the-clock access to all the resources of SciFinder Scholar and other online databases.
Programs of study and group structure

Programs of study and group structure

The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees specializing in analytical, biological, inorganic, materials, organic, and physical chemistry. The department faculty and research programs are operated through six overlapping “groups”. Each “group” has faculty and adjunct faculty who work together to coordinate a “group” graduate program involving graduate courses, seminar programs and a cumulative examination system.

Entering students are administered diagnostic exams in each of the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical) designed to assess their preparation for graduate studies. A minimum grade of C must be obtained in all courses in order to earn credit and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0) is necessary. Original research is the most important part of the graduate program, and selection of a research director is made during the first semester in residence in order to allow students to start work on their research projects at an early date.

Financial support

Most graduate students are supported for the duration of their studies by various teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Incoming students are generally awarded teaching assistantships; summer support also is provided if performance in course work and teaching duties during the academic year is satisfactory. Students with excellent undergraduate credentials frequently receive supplemental departmental fellowships and are considered for graduate fellowships on a university-wide competitive basis. Outstanding graduate students are recognized annually through teaching and research awards.




Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science