Bansi Kalra

Bansi Kalra

Teaching has been my love and passion ever since I came to Hollins. During this time I have taught courses at all levels. I believe that the teaching of a beginning course in chemistry is very exciting and enjoyable if the teacher is really interested in his/her students. I have always had the privilege of teaching Chem 101, the first course in general chemistry and I have always enjoyed it.

For students afraid of mathematics and science, I offer a a Short Term course, “Hands on Chemistry,” giving them a chance to come to a chemistry lab and find out that chemistry can be fun and that they can learn and use analytical techniques employed by “real” chemists.

The other courses I teach are Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry and have taught Environmental Analysis, introducing some of the techniques and the instruments used in the chemical analysis of environmental pollutants.

Areas of Expertise

  • Kinetics of Thermal Reactions of Small Hydrocarbons in the Gas Phase

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Hands on Chemistry


  • Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1973
  • M.Sc., Panjab University, India
  • B.Sc., Panjab University, India

Publications & Articles

  • David K. Lewis, Timothy Gray, Vlad Katsva, Kyle Parcella and Jessica Schlier, and Bansi L. Kalra, Janet Cho and Debra Mish; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1,2,2-Tetramethylcyclopropane, Int. Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 2006, 38, 483-488.
  • J. Y. Cho ’98, D. K. Lewis, and B. L. Kalra; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of Methylcyclopropane, J. Phys. Chem., 1999, Vol 103,362-364.


  • Elected as the First Paula P. Brownlee Professor, and reelected for a second term. Served from 1998-2004.