Kenneth J. Shea

5042B Reines Hall University of California Irvine Irvine, CA 92697 (949) 824-5844
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1973

B.S., University of Toledo, 1968

Biography and Research: 
Professor Kenneth Shea is a synthetic chemist who is developing new methods and strategies for the formation of carbon-carbon bonds. Through his research in organic synthesis, his lab is enabling science for many new technologies including the development of plastic antibodies, which is a great advance in the biotech industry as well as diagnostics, and polymer coatings (such as gel nail polish) that can be removed safely and easily.  Among his many distinctions, he has been named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Arthur C. Cope Scholar, and NIH Senior International Fellow. 

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