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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
  • 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)

    December 2018 - A project on the carbon capture from landfil emissions is funded by the William W. Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.

    November 2018 - An article on a recent DOE award. LINK

    October 2018 - Several presentations, including talks by Adela and Tosin, are presented at the National AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh PA.

    September 2018 - Tosin, Swetha, Adela, and Bryan present their research at the Southeastern Catalysis Society Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. Tosin and Bryan earn awards. Adela is selected for Honorable Mention.

    August 2018 - Congratulations to Debtanu (PhD) and Anne (PhD) for their respective graduations.

    July 2018 - A project on the viability of carbon dioxide conversion is awarded by VentureWell.

    July 2018 - An invited talk is given at the Green Chemistry, Engineering and Technologies Workshop in Lakeland FL.

    June 2018 - An invited talk is given at the Hinkley Advisory board meeting in Orlando FL.

    May 2018 - An invited talk is given at the FL AVS symposium in Orlando FL. Tosin and Adela also present posters.