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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.

Here is a link to the NSF REU Site on Functional Materials and Manufacturing

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


  • 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)

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

    December 2022 - Congratulations to Olusola for passing the candidacy exam.

    November 2022 - Welcome to Fernanda Pimenta for joining as a PhD student.

    November 2022 - Several presentations are given at the AICHE meeting.

    August 2022 - Congratulations to Olusola for earning a EREF Scholarship and Brian for a being selected for a USF Signature Research Fellowship.

    August 2022 - Congratulations to Rarosue for passing the candidacy exam.

    July 2022 - Congratulations to Olusola for participation in the DOE summer school for advanced characterization at ORNL and ANL.

    May 2022 - Congratulations to Magda Tsarpalini for defending her PhD and graduating this semester.

    May 2022 - Congratulations to Eesha Bhattacharjee for defending her MS and graduating this semester.

    April 2022 - Congratulations to Tione Grant for being selected as the department's undergraduate researcher award.

    November 2021 - Welcome to Collin Schmidt for joining as a PhD student.