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 currently are being applied to pharmaceutical chemistry and the formulation of agrochemicals.

Aakeröy has received more than $2 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 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and his work has been cited more than 4,500 times in scientific literature. He has given more than 60 invited presentations at academic institutions, industry and national laboratories, and he has been the keynote speaker at 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 and he will become the chair in 2013. He holds several editor positions for 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 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