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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
  • Associate Professor; Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
  • 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)

    December 2020 - Congratulations to Swetha Ramani for defending her PhD and graduating this semester.

    December 2020 - Welcome to Olusola Johnson for joining as a PhD student.

    November 2020 - Several presentations are given at the virtual AICHE meeting.

    October 2020 - Rarosue Amaraibi wins first prize in the Environmental and Green Chemistry category at the NOBCChE 2020 ConneXions Poster competition

    October 2020 - Yetunde “Tosin” Sokefun wins second prize in the Inorganic Chemistry category at the NOBCChE 2020 ConneXions Poster competition

    October 2020 - Magdalini is a recipient of one of the Young Algae Researcher Awards and won third place at the Algae Biomass Organization poster competition at the virtual 2020 Algae Biomass Summit

    July 2020 - A new NSF project between Penn. St. and USF on the use of zeolites for water purification begins.

    May 2020 - Congrats to Kaung Su Khin Zaw and Daniela Cerna for graduating with their B.S. degrees.

    January 2020 - Welcome to Rarosue Amaraibi and Brian Gray for joining the group as PhD students.