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The Heterogeneous Catalysis & Materials Chemistry Group researches at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis and materials chemistry. Targeted research areas include synthetic biofuels, carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion by photocatalytic and chemical methods, hydrogen generation and purification, and water purification by photocatalysis and adsorption. We have a strong focus on materials which include transition metals, oxides, oxynitrides, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). The research efforts have applications in green chemistry and sustainability.

Our group meetings are on Mondays in the IDRB. Please contact us for more information

Click here for more information on our Hinkley projects on waste to energy:


  • Renewable Fuels
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Advanced Materials


  • John N. Kuhn
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
  • 4202 E. Fowler Ave., ENB 118
  • University of South Florida
  • Tampa, FL 33620
  • Phone: 813-974-6498
  • email: jnkuhn at usf.edu
  • John Kuhn earned his B.S. from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he started at USF in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering in 2009.


    Recent News (more news)

    May 2016 - Congratulations to Yolanda (PhD), Ryan (MS), Adela (BS), Bryan (BS), Taylor (BS), and Andy S. (BS) for their respective graduations.

    April 2016 - Congratulations to Devin Walker (MS 2012) for being selected as the recipient of the USF COE Outstanding Young Alumni (LINK)

    April 2016 - Congratulations to Debtanu for winning the department's outstanding RA award and Bryan for earning the department's undergraduate researcher award.

    April 2016 - Adela presents a talk at the AICHE regional undergraduate conference in Alabama.

    March 2016 - Debtanu presents a poster at the USF STEM Summit LINK

    March 2016 - Congratulations to Ryan Kent for defending his thesis.

    March 2016 - Congratulations to Yolanda Daza for defending her dissertation.

    November 2015 - Congratulations to Debtanu Maiti for passing his proposal defense and becoming a PhD candidate.

    November 2015 - Adela, Ummuhan, Nada and Yolanda present their research at the National AIChE conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.