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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 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)

    December 2016 - Congratulations to Nada and Ummuhan for defending their dissertations.

    November 2016 - Congratulations to Debtanu for receiving a travel award from the AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division to attend the annual meeting that will be held in November San Francisco.

    November 2016 - Nada and Debtanu present their research at the National AIChE conference in San Francisco, California.

    November 2016 - Adela, Gaurav, Debtanu, and Tony present their research at the USF College of Engineering Research Day.

    September 2016 - Andy and Debtanu present their research at the Southeastern Catalysis Society Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina. Congratulations to Debtanu for winning a poster presentation award.

    August 2016 - Welcome to Yetunde "Tosin" Sokefun who joins the group as a PhD student.

    August 2016 - A NSF REU site award is made to USF. The first cohort of students will begin in May 2017. LINK