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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:


  • 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)

    August 2017 - An article on USF's recent patents. LINK

    August 2017 - Congratulations to Bryan Hare for earning a FSGC/NASA M.S. fellowship.

    July 2017 - An invited talk is given at the Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability Conference on renewable fuel and chemical production.

    July 2017 - An invited talk is given at the SWANA FL 2017 Summer Conference and Hinkley Center Colloquium on waste-to-energy.

    June 2017 - NSF I-Corps project is awarded.

    June 2017 - Several members travel to Denver to present posters and talks at the NACS meeting.

    May 2017 - Congratulations to Ummuhan (PhD), Nada (PhD), Gaurav (BS), and Tony (BS) for their respective graduations.

    May 2017 - Congratulations to Debtanu for receiving a USF Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

    April 2017 - Congratulations to Nada for winning the department's outstanding RA award, Tony for earning the department's undergraduate researcher award, and Adela for earning the TA of the year.

    March 2017 - Congratulations to Gaurav for defending his thesis.