Office Hours

  • MWF 10-11 pm

  • or by appointment or chance/walk ins.


  • PhD Work: The syntheses, characterization, functionalization and application of various polymeric materials as "biomaterial bridging surfaces" for the repair of spinal cord injuries.

  • Current: The functionalization and use of osteoconductive cements for the repair of critical sized bone defects/fractures.


Barnabas Gikonyo

Director of Introductory Chem Labs


ISC 317B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Classes Taught

Organic Chemistry I,

Organic Chemistry II,

Chemistry and Society,

General Chemistry II.

Labs Taught

Chem 117: General Chemistry,

Chem 119: General Chemistry,

Chem 125: Quantitative analysis,

Chem 212: Organic Chemistry,

Chem 214: Qualitative Organic Chemistry,

Chem 216: Organic Chemistry.



Office Hours: Mondays, 2-4pm, Thursdays 1-2pm, by chance (walk-ins) or by appointment.

Required Text/Materials for Spring classes.

     Chem 119: General Chemistry Labs

-      Chemistry 119 Laboratory Manual (by Prof. Dave Geiger) from college bookstore,

-      A lab coat (knee long),

-      A bound quad ruled (squared) laboratory notebook- available at various stores,

-       Safety goggles with chemical splash protection (indirectly vented and the goggles touch the face around the perimeter),

-      A small (~ 1 GB) thumb/flash/USB drive for saving/storing data,


CHEM 211- Organic Chemistry II

-Organic Chemistry
Authors: T. W. Graham Solomons, Craig B. Fryhle, Scott A. Snyder
Publisher: Wiley
Edition: 11th Edition
ISBN: 9781118147399

Please note-
1: This is a loose-leaf, 11th edition binder ready version of the textbook. You may also get hard bound version of this edition.
2: You also require access to Sapling learning online homework system for the duration of the course. This is available at

These 2 are required for the course.

3: The use of molecular model kits is encouraged but not required


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Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. (Organic and Materials Chemistry), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois.
  • B.S. Kenyatta University, Nairobi.
Spring 2015 Classes

CHEM 119:
N/Introductory Chemistry Lab

    An introduction to the experimental techniques and methodology used to explore matter and chemical reactivity. Experiments include the synthesis and characterization of a compound, identification of
    unknown substances, an exploration of the gas laws, volumetric and gravimetric analysis, structure and bonding, and acid/base chemistry. Prerequisites: or Co-requisite: CHEM 116 or CHEM 203. Offered every fall and spring
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CHEM 213:
Organic Chemistry II

    Continuation of CHEM 211 with emphasis on the biochemically important alcohol, amine, carbonyl and aromatic functional groups. Structure elucidation by spectroscopic methods is also explored. Prerequ
    isites: CHEM 211. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered every spring
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