Chemistry & Physics

Drury University > Chemistry & Physics

Students in the Department of Chemistry and Physics are expected to integrate practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as to reach a deeper understanding of how the practice of science impacts society. Throughout the curriculum students learn to work cooperatively in teams that are independent of gender, race, or creed, where they solve problems together and take this life skill into their future careers.

Student Research Opportunities

All chemistry students are expected to participate in research and to present their research at regional or national meetings. In the past three years:

  • Over 70 students have participated in research
  • 40 students became co-authors in refereed journals
  • 35 presented their research at national meetings of the American Chemical Society

The research program at Drury University has been nationally recognized with one member of the department being awarded the 1998 ACS national award for excellence in undergraduate research.

Contact Us:

Dr. Madhuri Manpadi

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department Chair of Chemistry & Physics
Trustee Science Center 108
Office: (417) 873-7185

Meet the Faculty


B.S. ACS MAJOR        B.A. MAJOR        MINOR





Physics students working on robotic arm.

Chemistry Facilities

Our classrooms are well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. More than $500,000 has been spent for equipment in recent years, including:
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectrophotometer (FTIR)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA)

Physics Facilities

Each teaching laboratory is equipped with computers interfaced with a wide variety of sensors for collecting and analyzing data in real time, from experiments involving motion, temperature, force, sound, electrical and magnetic and other phenomena. The department’s resources include:
  • high speed cameras
  • a suite of 8- to 14-inch telescopes with CCD cameras
  • computer control for color imaging
  • two LulzBot TAZ 3D printers
  • Lab equipment for modern physics experiments - e/m, magnetic torque, PE effect, x-ray phenomena, Geiger counters, Earth’s field NMR, Muon lifetime, Arduinos, etc.
  • Lab equipment for optics experiments - lasers, single and double-slit apparatus, gas discharge tubes, spectroscopes, interferometers, FLIR camera, He-Ne and solid-state lasers, etc.