Christer Aakeröy

University distinguished professor of chemistry

aakeroyChrister Aakeröy, university distinguished professor of chemistry, works in the field of supramolecular chemistry. His research focuses on establishing how molecules communicate, recognize and bind to each other, and how physical properties of solid-state architectures can be modulated by controlling the way in which molecules are assembled. The results from his research are currently are being applied to pharmaceutical and agrochemical formulations, for fine-tuning the performance of energetic materials, and for facilitating storage and transport of unstable/volatile materials.
 
Aakeröy has received more than $3 million in research funding from organizations like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense and industrial collaborators. His research has appeared in more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals and his work has been cited almost 6,000 times in the scientific literature. He has given more than 65 invited presentations at academic institutions, industry and national laboratories, and he has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences across the world.
 
In 2009, Aakeröy was appointed to a four-year term on the board of governors of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre.  He was re-appointed in the 2013, when he also became the chair of the board.  He is the 2014-2015 President of the Kansas State University Distinguished Professors Group.  He holds several editor positions for three different chemistry journals. Aakeröy received a 2011 Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, the 2006 Making a Difference Award from the university's Women in Engineering and Science Program and the 2003 Segebrecht Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. He has supervised over 20 doctoral students and 25 undergraduate students.
 
Aakeröy joined Kansas State University in 1996 as an assistant professor of inorganic and supramolecular chemistry. He earned a doctorate from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and a master's degree from Uppsala University in Sweden.​

Aakeröy can be reached at 785-532-6096 or aakeroy@k-state.edu.