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  • Kent R. Mann

    Distinguished University Teaching Professor, College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Professor

    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Sensor Materials
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Inorganic Photochemistry and Sensors
    • B.S. University of Illinois
    • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
    Office: 668B Kolthoff Hall

Principal Research Interests

Our group is interested in two areas: low band gap organometallic and organic materials for transistors, light emitting diodes and solar cells and new vapochromic and vapo-luminescent compounds for electronic nose sensor arrays. We use a combination of organic and organometallic chemistry, X-ray crystallography, electrochemistry, UV-vis and emission spectroscopy methods to study these problems. Structures of a platinum sensor compound (above) and a transistor material (below) are shown.

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Honors and Awards

  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2003
  • Horace T. Morse—Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2003
  • George W. Taylor/IT Alumni Society Distinguished Teacher Award, 1996
  • Minnesota Governor's Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention, 1993
  • Herbert Newby McCoy Award, CalTech, 1978

Mailing Address

  • Kent R. Mann, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • B-7, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431