Kenneth "Ken" R. Leopold

portrait of Professor Kenneth Leopold

Kenneth "Ken" R. Leopold

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


Smith Hall
Room 217
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook 

Ph.D. Harvard University

Research Interests

Research Page

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.

FSA chirpspectrum done by Professor Leopold
FSA conversion done by Professor Ken Leopold

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

Selected Publications

See Research Site for Publications

Mailing Address

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