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  • Kenneth R. Leopold

    Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Taylor Distinguished Teaching Professor

    • Chemical Physics
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • B.S. State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook
    • Ph.D. Harvard University
    Office: 217 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

Work in our group lies on the interface between physical, inorganic, and atmospheric chemistry. Novel aspects of molecular structure, unusual types of bonding, and microsolvation as a driving force for chemical change are the central themes of our work. Whenever possible, we tackle problems through the study of systems which are or may be active in the Earth's atmosphere. This approach allows us to blend basic physical and inorganic chemistry with topics of environmental importance. High resolution microwave spectroscopy and computational chemistry are our primary tools.

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Honors and Awards

  • Brasted Award for Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching, 2011
  • College of Science & Engineering Taylor Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2008
  • Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2005
  • Associate Fellow, Minnesota Supercomputer Institute
  • George W. Taylor/College of Science & Engineering Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1997
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor, 1989-1992

Mailing Address

  • Kenneth R. Leopold, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • B-2, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431