Kim Renee Dunbar
Kim Renee Dunbar

Dr. Kim Renee Dunbar Leads Esteemed Texas A&M University-Based Research Group

For decades, Dr. Kim Renee Dunbar has helped further the international scientific community’s understanding of inorganic chemistry and has received several awards and titles honoring her contributions. From Texas A&M University, she leads the Dunbar Research Group and makes strides in the field of chemistry for current and future applications. 


Kim Renee Dunbar selfie 2 1Dr. Kim Renee Dunbar’s career in chemistry extends back decades where she’s contributed landmark research and application, especially in the field of inorganic chemistry. She is a leading chemistry professor and department head at Texas A&M University where she also leads a student-based research team.


In a few short years, the Dunbar Research Group has improved the scientific understanding of many topics in inorganic chemistry and have achieved lofty recognition in the scientific community. Today, they are backed by a handful of major institutions that ensure Dr. Kim Renee Dunbar and her team can continue increasing our understanding of critical elements in chemistry.  Among their notable contributors are the United States Department of Energy, the American Chemical Society, the Welch Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.


The research she and her team have conducted go on to help develop projects that aid humanity through stronger materials, disease treatments, novel compounds and much more. 

The Dunbar Group focuses on topics in inorganic chemistry with a special emphasis on coordination chemistry. In their research, they attempt to understand and be more equipped to explain relationships between molecular structure and physical properties to the masses. Dr. Kim Renee Dunbar facilitates research on subjects like molecular magnetism, anti-cancer compounds, and multifunctional materials with organic radicals. 


The students that Dunbar brings onto the research group have the benefit of expanding their chemical knowledge outside the boundaries of their individual degrees and are able to serve as an instrumental component of an internationally-recognized scientific research group. While involved, they gain experience in several state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation, which include air-free synthesis (glovebox and Schlenk-line), X-ray crystallography, SQUID magnetometry, mass spectrometry, computational chemistry, cell viability assays, electrochemistry, and electronic, EPR, infrared, and NMR Spectroscopies. In addition to their degrees, this exclusive experience equips them for careers in chemistry and provides a launch pad for continued education.


Dr. Kim Renee Dunbar is a qualified leader and is well respected by her team, her university, and the larger scientific community. She was named a Davidson Professor of Science in 2004 and achieved the honor of being the first female chair-holder of the Davidson Chair in Science. Dunbar has also been named a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University’s highest academic faculty rank, and received the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the

Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry among a range of other accreditations. Leading the Dunbar Research Group, she improves the knowledge of inorganic chemistry in labs, facilities, and educational institutions all over the globe.