Stefan Bossmann

Professor of chemistry

Brett EsryStefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, sees big possibilities with the tiniest of materials. He specializes in nanotechnology -- containers and metal-based particles that are just nanometers in size.

In recent years, Bossmann's research has turned to applying nanotechnology to fighting cancer. A researcher affiliated with Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center and the University of Kansas Cancer Center, he and colleagues are developing new methods to detect and stop the disease. A magnetic hyperthermia project uses iron/iron oxide nanoparticles and an alternating magnetic field to overheat a tumor, effectively killing it. Another project introduces a nanoparticle formula to a cancer patient's blood sample. The blood sample is reintroduced into the patient, where the defensive cells in the blood sample -- now loaded with anticancer drugs -- combine with tumor metastases, weakening or killing them.

In 2012, Bossmann helped develop a cancer detection test. The test uses a small sample of a patient's blood and alerts doctors about the early stages of breast and non-small cell lung cancer before physical symptoms appear. He has also explored unique physical and chemical properties of channel proteins to help develop new drugs that fight and treat tuberculosis.

Bossmann received his master's degree in 1988 and doctorate in 1991, both from the University of Saarland in Germany. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University from 1991-1993. Prior to joining Kansas State University in 2004, Bossmann was a professor at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany from 1993-2004. He was a partner in the German company Mycotek from 1998-2004.

Bossmann has received numerous awards, including a Langmuir-Fellowship from Columbia University in 2001; the Young Professor's Award in technical and macromolecular chemistry from the German Society for Technical Chemistry and Biotechnology in 1998; the Habilitation Award of the Chemical Industry Fund in 1996; and the NATO Research Award in 1994.

He holds membership in various professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the Center for Applied Nanotechnology and the German Society for Technical Chemistry and Biotechnology, or DECHEMA. He has also authored or co-authored more than 135 publications in prestigious and peer-reviewed journals, and hold nine patents.

Bossmann can be contacted at 785-532-6817 or