Klabunde, Kenneth J. 1943-

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KLABUNDE, Kenneth J. 1943-


Born May 30, 1943, in Madison, WI; son of Vernon L. and Anita J. Klabunde; married, April 8, 1967; wife's name Linda M. (a teacher); children: Sara Klabunde Huter, David, John. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Augustana College, B.A., 1965; University of Iowa, Ph.D., 1969. Politics: "Moderate/Republican." Religion: Lutheran.


Home—105 Notre Dame Cir., Manhattan, KS 66503. Office—Department of Chemistry, Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506; fax: 785-532-6666. E-mail—[email protected].


University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, faculty member, 1970-79; Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, teacher of chemistry, 1988, university distinguished professor, 1988—. Nanoscale Materials, Inc., founder, vice president, chief technology officer, and member of board of directors, 1995—.


American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.


Boyd Award, Kansan of the Year, 2002.


Chemistry of Free Atoms and Particles, Academic Press (San Diego, CA), 1980.

Thin Films from Free Atoms and Particles, Academic Press (San Diego, CA), 1985.

Free Atoms, Clusters, and Nanoscale Particles, Academic Press (San Diego, CA), 1994.

Nanoscale Materials in Chemistry, Wiley Publishing Group (New York, NY), 2001.


Research on nanomaterials.


Kenneth J. Klabunde told CA: "My primary motivation for writing has been to impart scientific results and knowledge clearly and in an interesting way. I believe that research projects are not done until the results have been published so that society can use the results as is appropriate. Also, areas of science need to be summarized for the scientific community and for the public. Clear and interesting communication is vital at all levels of science.

"The writing process for me is mainly organizational in nature. First I think and dissect a project in my mind and decide if I need coauthors or help in any way. Next I write a rough outline, then a more detailed outline. I may even write an abstract. All of this gets me ready for the task at hand. Once writing begins, I am very organized, and I try to write a section every evening or early morning. It is amazing how fast a project goes if each day something is accomplished.

"The one thing that helps me write is a habit of extensive reading of novels of all types, as well as the reading of scientific journals. Speed reading, organizing of chapters, and overall comprehension has been aided by reading. My job as a professor and part-time entrepreneur is forty percent reading and thirty percent writing."



Science, June 22, 1984, Thomas H. Maugh, "Unusual Bimetallic Catalyst Synthesized," p. 1329.