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Colleen Kelley

Creator, Founder, & Researcher
Kids' Chemical Solutions

Kids' Chemical Solutions has been a labor of love for Colleen as a retired University of Arizona chemistry professor
and author of a series of kid’s chemistry comic books. In 2023, the PBS short documentary, “Comic Book
Chemistry” was awarded an Emmy. This documentary centered around Colleen’s vision, chemistry comic book
series and her success with teaching college-level chemistry concepts to kids. During Colleen’s 30 years of
teaching chemistry, she became aware that her students were struggling with basic concepts, including
fluency with the symbols for the elements themselves. Kids' Chemical Solutions is Colleen’s gift to all future
scientists – one that will help them succeed in college chemistry.
Colleen holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State University, was awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship to conduct research at the Universite Pasteur in Strasbourg, France under the direction of Nobel Prize Winner, Jean-Marie Lehn. Colleen was a tenured faculty member with research expertise in environmental toxicology, medicinal chemistry, and chemistry education. She has published four chemistry textbooks, over 30 peer-reviewed articles, and has presented her work globally.

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