Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at University of Nebraska Kearney is committed to be a premiere undergraduate chemistry program that prepares its students for success in their academic, professional, or industrial careers. Our vision is to achieve distinction through excellence in teaching, high-quality research experiences, and engagement in the community and profession, focusing on the development of our students.  We offer high-quality undergraduate programs of study that provide our students with the background necessary to work as professional chemists or to prepare for graduate or professional school. Chemistry is a "hands-on" science, and we place an emphasis on providing students with the best laboratory experience possible through access to state-of-the-art equipment and participation in active undergraduate research programs.

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UNK Science Day is a community outreach event organized by science faculty in the departments of physics, chemistry, biology, health sciences and astronomy in the College of Natural and Social Sciences at UNK. High school students and their teachers from nearby communities are invited to get a glimpse of scientific learning and laboratory experience at the college level. UNK science faculty and students organize events in the Bruner Hall of Science that allow the visitors to perform simple, intriguing experiments designed to foster student interest in science, and encourage them to pursue higher education and future careers in science and technology.

Dr. Amanda M. Glass organized the chemistry events on behalf of the chemistry department this year. More than a hundred high school students attended the UNK science day on Nov 24th, and performed two chemistry experiments including metal ion flame color tests and DNA extraction from strawberries.

Research Apprentice Program is now open! Follow this link for information about the program, eligibility, and application process. Please download the application form using this link: UNK Chemistry Research Apprentice 2014

UNK Faculty and Students Give Fifteen Presentations at the 49th ACS (Fall, 2014 - Nov 12 to 15) Midwest Regional Meeting in Columbia, MO
  • γ-Cyclodextrin mediated photo-heterodimerization between cinnamic acids and coumarins. (Oral presentation) A. R. Clements, M. Pattabiraman
  • Anisotropic gold nanoparticles prepared by the reduction of HAuCl4 with HEPES: Optimization of synthesis conditions and shape stabilization by protein A. M. M. Neumann, S. A. Darveau, C. L. Exstrom
  • Immobilization and functional coating of gold nanoparticles in a polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic device structure. J. R. Blum, R. L. Svatora, K. L. Kounovsky-Shafer, S. A. Darveau, C. L. Exstrom
  • Characterization of an engineered ascorbate peroxidase. F. A. Kovacs, J. McGovern, Z. R. Porter, H. Tobias, A. M. Glass
  • Characterizing metal binding in small peptides derived from the metal-binding domain of the nickel metallochaperone SlyD. T. E. Bjorklund, A. J. Munch, D. Rathore, E. D. Dodds, A. M. Glass
  • Comparing myoglobin and hemoglobin using circular dichroism spectroscopy. E. P. Edwards, A. M. Glass
  • New N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) for the benzoin condensation. N. Bae, H. Palencia, R. D. Murbach
  • Synthesis of a new alkyl-branched N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) precursor for mechanistic investigations on the transesterification of soybean oil and methanol. R. D. Murbach, H. Palencia
  • Synthesis of silicon bound N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) precursors. P. Santos, R. D. Murbach, H. Palencia
  • Synthesis of new triazolylidene N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) precursors for organocatalysis. A. Vargas-Castano, H. Palencia
  • Synthesis of a new functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene and its use as a catalyst. H. Palencia
  • Determination of electroosmotic and electrophoretic forces in a gel matrix in different ionic strength conditions. R. Flaugh, J. Lallman, K. L. Kounovsky-Shafer
  • Quantifying the binding interactions between HSA and atrazine using affinity chromatography. A. Blair, A. C. Moser
  • Using GC-MS to detect atrazine in soil samples. A. Donovan, C. W. Willicott, A. C. Moser

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