Barnabas Gikonyo

Director of Introductory Chemistry Labs and Lecturer
ISC 317B

Stay happy, you have incredible value.
-Barnabas Gikonyo.

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Office Hours

Fall 2015: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10-11 am, by chance (walk-ins) or by appointment.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. (Organic and Materials Chemistry), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois.

  • B.S. Kenyatta University, Nairobi.


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.


  • CHEM 118: Chemistry II

    A continuation of CHEM 116. Topics to be covered include thermodynamics and reaction spontaneity, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, properties of acids and bases, aqueous solution equilibria, electrochemistry, molecular structure and bonding theories, transition metals and their coordination compounds, and chemical properties of selected elements.

  • CHEM 119: 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.

  • CHEM 129: Intro to Lab Research in Chem

    An introduction to research methods used in chemistry laboratories. Topics include utilizing chemical literature, experimental design and iteration, and scientific communication. Students complete a quantitative analysis project utilizing spectroscopic methods and write a technical report describing their work.