Chemistry Department Celebrates First Phase of Renovated Lab Space

Beakers and Chemistry equipmentOfficials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and McCarthy Building Companies recently gathered to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $21.5 million project to renovate and modernize 75,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings on the UMKC Volker Campus.

“Renovating and expanding UMKC’s primary biology and chemistry teaching laboratories enhances our ability to offer outstanding research and academic degree programs in modern sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Robert Simmons, UMKC associate vice chancellor of administration. “Modernizing outdated buildings benefits students, faculty and the community, while addressing functionality, enrollment capacity and deferred maintenance needs.” Continue reading

Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City. Continue reading

Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry. Continue reading

Dr. Clayborne presents at KPCS

Dr. Clayborne presented his research on electrochemical oxidation of formic acid at the Kansas Physical Chemistry Symposia (KPCS) at Wichita State University on February 4th. The KPCS brings together physical chemists from various colleges and universities across the state of Kansas. The symposia includes oral and poster presentations from students and faculty.

ACS Midwest Regional Meeting

Many graduate students and faculty members in the Department of Chemistry participated in the 51st Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in October.  The meeting was held at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas. The Midwest Regional Meeting offers an opportunity for chemists at UMKC and other universities in the midwest region to present their research, offers workshops for graduate students, and gives industries a chance to meet the talent in the midwest.

Curators’ Distinguished Professor Dias in the news!

In August Curators’ Professor Jerry Dias’ research was highlighted again when discussing the periodic system.  The story, highlighted on True Viral News, mentions the important work of classifying benzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons.  The article was originally published in Scientific American. To find out more about Professor Dias’ research, please view his faculty profile.