Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at UK. The department provides a friendly, yet rigorous instructional environment in the forefront areas of chemistry at the undergraduate (B.A. and B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) levels.

A particular strength of our programs is the emphasis on original research, even at the undergraduate level. Chemistry majors garner the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen professions, whether continuing to graduate school to become research scientists, to industry, or to professional schools.

The faculty of the department have extensive research programs in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Current research facilities include seven NMR spectrometers, two X-ray diffractometers, several mass spectrometers, and a myriad of smaller-scale instrumentation.

If you have not visited the Department and the UK campus recently, you will be surprised how things have changed.  Construction seems to be everywhere!  A new Academic Science Building (ASB), which will be sited on Rose Street across from the Thomas Hunt Morgan Building, should open for classes in the 2016 fall semester.  This $100M structure will house most of the undergraduate teaching functions of the Department and all of the instructional laboratories.  For more information, including live webcams of the construction's progress, visit

Let me invite you to browse these web pages for further details about the department, our academic programs, the faculty and their research.

This is an exciting time for our Department, our College, and our University.  You are welcome to be a part of it.

Mark Meier
Chair, Department of Chemistry

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