Steven R. Kass

portrait of Professor Steven Kass

Steven R. Kass

Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 223
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


A.B. Vassar College, 1978

M.S. and Master of Philosophy, Yale University, 1980

Ph.D. Yale University, 1984

Post Doctorate University of Colorado, 1984-1986 (C.H. Depuy & G.B. Ellison)

Research Interests

Organic Chemistry: physical organic chemistry, organocatalysis, Brønsted Acids and Bases

Environmental & Green Chemistry

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry

Energy & Catalysis

Chemical Theory & Computation: computations, molecular recognition

Our group is interested in the development and applications of small molecule environmentally friendly Brønsted acids and bases, novel metal-free hydrogen bond catalysts, and anion molecular recognition (i.e., supramolecular chemistry) to solve environmental, medical and chemical problems.

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Steven Kass' researcj
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Honors and Awards

L.I. Smith Professor, 2016-

Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, Fellow, 2009-present

Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, Associate Fellow, 1994-2009

Visiting Professor, Boston College, 2012

Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales, 2004

Visiting Fellow Australia National University, 2001

Faculty Sabbatical Supplement Award, 2001-2002

Single Quarter Leave, University of Minnesota, 1998

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1993-1995

Bush Sabbatical Supplement Award, 1993-1994

American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award, 1989

University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor, 1988-1991

Wolfgang Prize for Distinguished Graduate Studies, Yale University, 1984

Phi Beta Kappa, 1978

Olive E. Lambert Award in Chemistry, Vassar College, 1976-78

National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Program Fellow, 1976

Mailing Address

Steven R. Kass
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-18, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431