Bio

Kevin C. Leonard, PhD

Assistant Professor

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Department of Chemistry (Courtesy Appointment)

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


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

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

2006 – 2011  Chief Technology Officer, SolRayo Inc., Madison, WI

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

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



Awards


Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2017)

KU Miller Distinguished Service Award for Research (2017)

Don Green Faculty Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (2017)

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

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



Invited Presentations


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


Leonard, K.C. “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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