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Ken Rohly

Job Title

  • Professor of Chemistry
    Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • Spring Arbor University - B.S., 1980
  • University of Pittsburgh - Ph.D., 1985

Research interests

My research is focused on solution, surface, and materials chemistry applied to industrial applications. My major area of interest has been the modification of the surface chemistry of metallic and polymeric biomaterials used for devices implanted in the body. Recent research projects include the development and understanding of ion-exchange materials, physical and chemical adsorption phenomena, the application of biocides in medical device processes, microencapsulation and controlled release of active agents, and the dynamics of chemical fixation on tissue. I have had research contracts with Medtronic, Deluxe Corp., and 3M, among others.


Originally from Northeast Ohio, I have been at Bethel for nearly 30 years and have worked with Medtronic, Inc., for over 25 years. My training is in inorganic and analytical chemistry, but I teach courses ranging from elementary education chemistry and STEM to general chemistry to advanced inorganic and analytical chemistry to senior seminar. I have supervised over 100 undergraduate student research projects, many of which have been funded by industry. I am interested in European history and periodically teach the History of Science in Europe course, offered during our January term.

My wife, Cindy, and I have three adult daughters, all of whom attended Bethel. We enjoy weekends at our cabin in Wisconsin, where I enjoy fishing, boating, and outdoor projects.