Steven R. Kass

University of Minnesota, USA

Steven R. Kass was born in New York City, NY, USA, in 1956. He received an A.B. degree in chemistry (with the highest general and departmental honors) from the Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY, USA) in 1978 and then went to Yale University in New Haven, Conn, USA where he earned his M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in 1980 and 1984. He was awarded the Wolfgang Prize for his Ph.D. dissertation. He did a two-year postdoctoral stint at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colo, USA with Professors G. B. Ellison and C. H. DePuy, which was followed by an appointment in 1986 as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, the University of Minnesota. Kass rose through the ranks and is currently a Professor. He is interested in physical organic chemistry and mass spectrometry and has studied problems ranging from the development of novel Bronsted acids to reactive intermediates, reaction mechanisms, and electrostatic effects. In 1988–1991, he was a McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor, and during this time (1989) he was awarded the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award. Kass was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1993 to 1995, a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in 2001, and a Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales in 2004 and has been a Fellow at the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute since 2009. He also is an Editorial Board Member of Organic Chemistry. His current research is the same as that of 2011.

Biography Updated on 13 April 2011

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