Bio

Kevin C. Leonard, PhD

Associate Professor

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

The University of Kansas


Education


Post Doc:    The University of Texas at Austin

                    Center for Electrochemistry

                    Advisor: Prof. Allen J. Bard

                    2011-2013


Ph.D.:          The University of Wisconsin

                    Materials Science

                    Advisor: Prof. Marc. A. Anderson

                    2011


M.S.:            The University of Wisconsin

                     Materials Science

                     2011


B.S.:             The University of Wisconsin

                     Chemical Engineering & Applied Mathematics

                     2003



Research and Professional Experience


2019 – present        Associate Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas

2013 – 2019            Assistant Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas

2011 – 2013            Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin

2006 – 2011            Chief Technology Officer, UR-Water LLC., Madison, WI

2005 – 2006            Research Assistant, The University of Wisconsin – Madison

2004 – 2005            ELP (Engineering Leadership Program) Engineer, National Instruments, Austin, TX



Awards


KU Miller Scholar Award (2019)

Raymond Oenbring Teaching Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Education (2019 & 2015)

ACS Industrial & Chemistry Engineering Research Influential Researcher (2018)

Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2017)

KU Miller Distinguished Service Award for Research (2017)

Don Green Faculty Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (2017)

Kansas EPSCoR Education and Diversity Award (2014)

Oronzio & Niccolò De Nora Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Electrochemistry (2012)


Teaching


C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis

C&PE 524 Kinetics and Reactor Design

C&PE 701 Methods of C&PE Calculations

C&PE 615 Process Dynamics and Controls



Invited Presentations


“Pressure Dependent Reaction Rates for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction in CO2-Expanded Electrolytes” Applied Energy Conference at MIT (2019)


“Nanostructure-Controlled Activity of Electrocatalysts for the Solar Fuel Reactions.” Materials Research Society Annual Spring Meeting (2018)


“Characterizing Electrocatalysts with ‘Nano’ Gap Electrochemistry (Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy).” University of Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Seminar Series (2018).


Leonard, K.C. “Structure-Controlled Activity of Electrocatalysts for the Solar Fuel Reactions.” Oklahoma State University, Chemical Engineering Department Seminar (2017)


Leonard, K.C. “Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 Using Surface-Reduced In2O3 Nanocatalysts.” ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering (2017)


Leonard, K.C. “Layered-Hyperthin Electrocatalysts for the Water Splitting Reactions.” Kansas State University Chemical Engineering Department Seminar (2016)


Leonard, K.C. “Solar Fuels: Using Chemistry to Store Solar Energy.” The University of Akron Chemistry Department Seminar. (2016)


Leonard, K.C. “Solar Fuels: Using Chemistry to Store Solar Energy.” Kansas City AIChE Speaker Series (2015)


Leonard, K.C. “Methods for Discovering New Photocatalysts and Electrocatalysts for Solar Fuel Production” University of Missouri - Department of Chemical Engineering (2014)




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