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


Post Doc:    The University of Texas at Austin

                    Center for Electrochemistry

                    Advisor: Prof. Allen J. Bard


Ph.D.:          The University of Wisconsin

                    Materials Science

                    Advisor: Prof. Marc. A. Anderson


M.S.:            The University of Wisconsin

                     Materials Science


B.S.:             The University of Wisconsin

                     Chemical Engineering & Applied Mathematics


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


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)


C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis

C&PE 524 Kinetics and Reactor Design

Invited Presentations

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

Leonard, K.C. and Anderson, M.A. “Overview of Capacitive Deionization Technologies” Wisconsin/Israeli Commission Water Technology Meeting Apr. 2010.

Leonard, K.C. “Developing Ultracapacitors for Renewable Energy Applications” University of Wisconsin Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium Apr. 2009.

Daugherty, M.D. and Leonard, K.C. “Ultracapacitors for Renewable Energy Storage” EUCI Webinar Jan. 2009.

Leonard, K.C. “Energy and Water - Materials for Society’s Two Most Important Resources” Universidade Estadual Paulista - Araraquara, Brazil Apr. 2007

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