Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University. We invite you to browse these pages that describe our instructional and research community.

Here you will find award-winning teachers, internationally recognized scholars, excellent research facilities, and active researchers creating new materials and new knowledge. Read about our course and degree offerings, and explore our photo and video galleries.

Our graduates can be found in local industry as well as Fortune 500 firms across the United States. Many of our undergraduate students pursue graduate education in chemistry or biochemistry; others complete professional training in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. Our Ph.D. alumni are researching and teaching at prestigious companies, colleges, and universities around the world.

Have you been part of the Kent State Chemistry and Biochemistry community? If you're an alumnus of our Department, please take a moment to let us know what you are doing now.

Our alumni do great things every day - we invite YOU to become part of our success story!

The KSU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) Chapter is a group for students interested in all disciplines related to and including chemistry. Planned activities are geared towards social and professional networking and development as well as community outreach for both chemistry promotion and service to help better our local community.

Recent events include hosting seminar speakers and a poster session; arranging local professional development seminars; professional networking; acting as Peer Advisors to incoming chemistry students, and various community se

  • Access chemical and health safety resources, submit safety suggestions or submit incident reports.

  • The Summer 2024 REU program will run from May 28-August 2, 2024.

    From 2001-2015, 2017-2019, and in 2022/2023, we hosted participants from across the country who spent ten weeks in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute research laboratories. Students in our program work closely with the faculty and other researchers on exciting projects in the areas of liquid crystals, materials (biomaterials & nanomaterials) and biological membranes.

  • Pre-pharmacy and Pre-medicine study may be completed at Kent State University by taking basic academic courses through the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Students are required to complete a primary major. Students often choose to complete the primary major in Chemistry or Biological Sciences.

Departmental Colloquium

Colloquia are scheduled Thursdays in room 111 Williams Hall from 4-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Feb. 29: Dr. Hao Shen (KSU)

Thursday, March 7: Dr. Jeffrey Mighion (KSU)

Thursday, March 14: SAACS Event: Effective Poster Presentation Workshop

Thursday, March 21: Dr. Chunming Liu (U Akron)

Thursday, March 28: Spring Break

Thursday, April 4: Dr. Ivan Popov (UA)

Thursday, April 11: Dr. Yann Molard (RICS)

Thursday, April 18: Honors Week (details TBA)

Thursday, April 25: Dr. Arkaprabha Konar (KSU)

Thursday, May 2: Safety Meeting