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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kelli Khuong, PhD

Director, Organic Chemistry

Kelli Khuong, PhD,  joined the department in August 2005. Her primary responsibilities are teaching in the organic sequence and coordinating the organic labs.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Organic Chemistry
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Chemistry

Scholarly and Creative Work

Khuong’s first chemistry love was orbital symmetry, and she has spent most of her career using computational methods to study reactions on the fuzzy boundary between concerted-pericyclic mechanisms and stepwise-diradical mechanisms.

Teaching Interests

Khuong has taught organic chemistry lecture and lab, general chemistry lab, and chemistry and society.