UMKC Catalog


Master of Science: Chemistry - Emphasis Areas


Research in analytical chemistry is focused on:
  • Gas chromatography.
  • Mass spectrometry.
  • Fourier transform infrared, Raman and positron annihilation spectroscopy techniques.


Research in inorganic chemistry is focused on:
  • Bioinorganic chemistry, including synthetic and mechanistic coordination chemistry of essential and toxic metal ions.
  • Inorganic reactions including thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of metal-ligand interactions in aqueous and other media.
  • Correlation of electronic structure calculations with experimental measurements.
  • Bioinorganic chemistry of the heaviest metals.
  • Development of new synthetic methodology to novel organic-inorganic hybrids.
  • Polymer-silicate composites.


Research in organic chemistry is focused on:
  • Synthesis and molecular architecture of bile acids and benzenoid hydrocarbons.
  • Synthesis and physical studies of novel host-guest systems.
  • Total synthesis of complex natural products.
  • Development of new synthetic methods.
  • Development of new scaffolds and reagents for combinatorial chemistry.
  • Medicinal chemistry.
  • Chemical biology.
  • Synthesis and elucidation of natural products and antitumor agents.
  • Biomimetic materials chemistry of cyclodextrin derivatives.
  • Immobilized enzymes for "green" enantioselective catalysis.


Research in physical chemistry is focused on:
  • Using infrared and Raman spectroscopy to determine molecular conformations.
  • Developing infrared spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of environmental pollutants.
  • Using ab initio and semiempirical computational methods to predict chemical and physical properties of interesting chemical species.
  • Quantitative structure activity relationships.
  • Physical and biological properties of dental materials.
  • Characterization of electronic and free-volume properties in materials.
  • Positron and positronium chemistry.
  • Organic conductivity and superconductivity.
  • Brownian dynamic simulation.
  • Developing and using solid-state NMR methods for structural and dynamical studies of proteins and peptides.


Research in polymer chemistry is focused on:
  • Synthesis of novel organic and organometallic polymers.
  • Novel dendrimers and their applications.
  • Core-shell nanoparticles as functional materials.
  • Hybrid polymers for molecular electronics.
  • Characterization of electronic/optical/photophysical properties of polymers.
  • Study of free volume, phase transition, relaxation phenomena, and gas diffusion of polymers and polymer blends.
  • Semiconducting polymers.