Barnabas Gikonyo

Director of Introductory Chemistry Labs and Lecturer
ISC 317B

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

Portrait of Barnabas Gikonyo

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 116: Chemistry I

    An introduction to some of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include introduction to chemistry, stoichiometric principles, atomic structure and nature of the periodic table, chemical bonding, reactions in solutions, solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and trends in the physical and chemical properties of elements and their compounds.

  • 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 216: Organic Chemistry Laboratory

    Laboratory practices in representative organic preparations and procedures.