Alumnus John Kuhn's research recognized with USF award

Posted: November 1, 2019

John Kuhn,
Professor John Kuhn,
John Kuhn, '07 Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of South Florida (USF) and a former member of Umit Ozkan’s research group, was one of twelve faculty to receive USF's 2019 Outstanding Research Achievement Award. Each award winner, selected by members of the university-wide USF System Senate Research Council, received $2,000 with the award in recognition of their achievements.

Kuhn’s research, which has garnered national and international acclaim, focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and chemical reaction engineering applied toward upgrading waste gases, including biogas and carbon dioxide.

In addition to several ongoing federally and Florida High Tech Corridor Council-funded projects where Kuhn serves as either principal investigator or co-PI, his team was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) BioEnergy Technology Office grant of more than $1.8M to lead a team of university, national laboratory, and industry experts to convert biogas to value-added fuels and products. His lab also received ongoing funding from the Hinkley Center for Solid Waste Management in 2018.

Kuhn has led a research team that published nine peer-reviewed articles, including several in journals with an impact factor greater than 10. He was also the lead researcher on three new patents and gave six invited talks in 2018.

After graduating from The Ohio State University with his doctoral degree in chemical engineering, Kuhn did his post-doctoral studies with Gabor Somorjai at UC-Berkeley before joining the faculty at University of South Florida.


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