Kent R. Mann

portrait of Professor Kent Mann

Kent R. Mann

Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry


Kolthoff Hall
Room 668B
225 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. University of Illinois

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry: sensor materials

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry: inorganic photochemistry and sensors

Professor Mann is interested in two areas: low band gap organometallic and organic materials for transistors, and light emitting diodes and solar cells and new vapochromic and vapo-luminescent compounds for electronic nose sensor arrays. He uses 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.

Professor Mann's platinum sensor compound and transistor materials

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