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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.

Click below for more information on our Hinkley projects on waste-to-energy (WTE):

 Current: Carbon capture from landfill gas, Part 2


  • Renewable Fuels
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Advanced Materials


  • John N. Kuhn
  • Professor and Associate Chair
  • Dept. of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering
  • 4202 E. Fowler Ave., ENG030
  • 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 and Biomedical Engineering in 2009.


    Recent News (more news)

    November 2023 - A project on the carbon capture from landfill emissions is funded by the William W. Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.  

    November 2023 - Congratulations to Sheyla for passing the candidacy exam

    November 2023 - Several presentations are given at the AICHE meeting. 

    November 2023 - Welcome to Prabhsimran Singh for joining as a PhD student. 

    July 2023 - Congratulations to Collin for passing the candidacy exam

    June 2023 - A USF R&I ESIF award is made for sustainable manufacturing. LINK 

    June 2023 - Several members travel to Rhode Island to present posters and talks at the NACS meeting.  

    May 2023 - Congratulations to Hanzhong Shi for defending his PhD and graduating this semester.

    May 2023 - Congratulations to Prabhsimran Singh  for defending his MS and graduating this semester. 

    January 2023 - Congratulations to Hanzhong for earning a USF Dissertation Completion Fellowship.