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Michael Korn, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Center for Natural Sciences, Room 303
(434) 592-5456


  • Dr. rer. nat. in Chemistry with an emphasis in macromolecular chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Diploma in Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany


  • Bayer Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)


Growing up in Western Europe and having received all his degrees from there, the United States is Dr. Korn’s second home. He moved to the U.S. many years ago, however, and all of his children have grown up in the States. The Korns spent one year living in Uganda, Africa; a memorable time enjoying the outdoors, classical music, painting, and photography.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry lab
  • CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry lab

Research Interests

Dr. Korn’s research interests are at the interface between organic chemistry, materials science, and biology and include the following topics:

  • Chemistry of the origin of life
  • Development of new organic laboratory experiments
  • Organic semiconductors
  • Fluorescent molecules

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • The International Liquid Crystal Society
  • Virginia Academy of Science
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