John Jurchen

John Jurchen

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Natural Science
Health Careers Program

Office: Science 201
Office phone: 402-643-7317


John C. Jurchen joined the Concordia faculty in 2005 upon completion of an individual NRSA sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in analytical neurochemistry. Dr. Jurchen’s research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, included constructing state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instrumentation, exploring the gas-phase structure of biological non-covalent complexes, and developing methods for mass spectrometry imaging of nervous tissue. His current research interest is performing electron structure calculations to model reaction mechanisms and other areas of interest with his undergraduate students. He is also engaged in his passion: sharing God’s love and the wonders of His creation.


Post-doctoral training: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Ph.D. in Chemistry: University of California, Berkeley, CA
B.S.Ed. and B.A. in Chemistry: Concordia University, Seward, NE

Courses taught

Introductory Chemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics & Kinetics), Physical Chemistry II (Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy), labs for all of the above


Dr. Jurchen is a member of the American Chemical Society, and the Gideons International. He teaches Sunday morning Bible study and plays trumpet weekly at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in nearby Goehner, Neb. He feels very blessed to share both an office and a chemistry teaching ministry with his wife, Dr. Kristy Jurchen.

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