Kass Group


top: Sofia Ramirez, Casey Lee-Foss, Brian Karl

bottom: Alex Lovstedt, Ted Riegel, Steven Kass, Dan Blechschmidt, Stephen Dempsey


Welcome to the Kass group website! We are primarily interested in the development and application of environmentally friendly Bronsted acid and base catalysts for organic reactions. Other projects include the development of non-coordinating cations, molecular recognition, and using HPLC to determine entantiomeric ratios.

Group meeting schedule

Group meetings are Fridays at 3:00 PM. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, group meetings are currently being held over Zoom. Contact a Kass group member for information on how to participate.

Group News

June 11, 2020

Curtis Payne successfully defended his thesis: Charge-Enhanced Brønsted Acids: Catalyst Designs and Analytical Methods.

June 12, 2018

Jie Ma successfully defended his thesis entitled "Electrostatically Enhanced Phosphoric Acids and Their Applications in Brønsted Acid Catalysis." Congratulations Jie!

May 22, 2018

Kass group member Yang Fan successfully defended his thesis, "Electrostatically Enhanced Thioureas: Synthesis, Reactivity and Selectivity." Congratulations Yang!

August 24, 2016

The Kass group started off the fall 2016 semester by sharing our research with first-year graduate students at the departmental poster session and then heading to Minnehaha Falls for the Chemistry Catalyst 2016 picnic. 

June 13, 2016

Nilay Kanova from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, has joined the Kass group for 10 weeks as a part of the Lando/ NSF Summer Research Program. Welcome, Nilay!