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Faculty Profiles

Winkelmann, Kurt

Professor of Chemistry, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences

My research students and I engage in both chemistry and chemical education research. I mentor graduate students in the Chemistry Department and in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Sciences. I welcome undergraduate students from many departments into my research group. My research is interdisciplinary – recent projects have involved collaborations with faculty in chemistry (of course), chemical engineering, materials engineering, biology, mathematics, aviation, and education, as well as scientists at Kennedy Space Center, FAA, and private companies. Summaries of new and recent activities are described on my research group's website. I encourage graduate and undergraduate students to stop by my office or contact me to discuss any projects that interest you. We also lead a wide variety of chemical consulting projects. Organizations or individuals interested in consulting with my group should contact me as well.


Educational Background

B.S. Chemistry, Virginia Tech 1995

Ph.D. Chemistry, Auburn University 2000

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Environmental Catalysis, Northwestern University 2001


Recognition & Awards

2013 Florida Tech Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching

2012 Orlando ACS Award for Outstanding Four-Year College Teacher

2012 Florida Tech President’s Award for University Excellence

2009 Florida Tech Andrew W. Revay Jr. Award for Excellence in Service


Courses Taught

My teaching experience includes

  • General Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology Laboratory
  • General Physical Science (online), and
  • Computers for Chemists


Service and administration

I am active in the Florida Tech Faculty Senate and other departmental and university committees. I also oversee the administration of Florida Tech’s online science courses. I coordinated Florida Tech’s General Chemistry program from 2010 to 2016 and co-directed Florida Tech's TA Training Seminar from 2012 to 2014.


Current Research

Education Research

I have a strong interest in understanding student learning in the chemistry laboratory and classroom. Current and past projects include developing and assessing new academic courses and programs, creating and implementing new lab experiments for first-year students, and using of digital learning environments (virtual worlds) for chemistry lab, among others. Read more about my education research.


Chemical Research

My chemical research group explores the properties and chemical reactions associated with nanoscale materials. Nanoparticles are an interesting class of materials because of their high ratio of surface area to volume and the variation of their properties with particle size. Our research spans the disciplines of physical chemistry (especially kinetics), materials chemistry, environmental science, and biochemistry. Read more about my chemical research.



Finally, my research group engages in many consulting projects with individuals, government agencies, and companies. These include a study of fuel stability properties with the FAA, the review of a devulcanization process of rubber tires, and an analysis of commercial ink photostability. I also review textbooks and other teaching and assessment materials for publishers. Contact me if you would like to partner with my research lab to solve a chemical problem, analyze a material, or develop a new chemical process.



Visit my research website for an up-to-date list of publications.


Research Funding

Visit my research website for an up-to-date list of funded projects.