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Tom Kuntzleman, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry,
Whiteman-Gibbs Science Center
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Tom Kuntzleman has broad research interests, which reflects his profound curiosity in how the universe operates. He has published several articles in the Journal of Chemical Education that describe interesting, everyday applications of chemistry. Some of these articles include a description of the chemistry of light-sticks, how the cloud forms when dry ice is placed in water, and how stunt people use chemistry to safely light themselves on fire. Kuntzleman works with MicroLab, Inc. (Bozeman, MT) to research and design products for data acquisition equipment. In addition, his broad range of interests serves him well, as his teaching load at SAU involves teaching general, analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry. Kuntzleman strives to engage his students in the subject matter, making chemistry come alive through chemical demonstrations as much as possible. He is very active in awakening public interest in science, presenting chemical demonstrations and activities to children several times a year on campus, at schools, and in churches. He also is the director of SAU’s popular Cougar Science Camp and also directs the annual Halloween in the Science Lab celebration.


  • Ph.D.: (Physical Chemistry) University of Michigan, 2005
  • M.S.: (Chemistry) University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2000
  • B.S.: (Chemistry Education) Bloomsburg University, 1991