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Kevin J. Smith
ProfessorChemical and Biological Engineering
Faculty of Applied Science
The aim of our research is to better understand the relationships between heterogeneous catalyst properties, reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms, so as to assist in the design and development of improved catalysts and catalytic processes. We focus on issues related to the Canadian energy scene. Current research activities include an investigation of hydrogen production by catalytic methane decomposition, synthesis gas conversion to alcohols and hydrocarbons, residue and bio-oil hydroconversion (upgrading) as well as hydrogen storage using heteroaromatic liquids.
Electrocatalytic hydrogenation and depolymerization pathways for lignin valorization: Toward mild synthesis of chemicals and fuels from biomassGreen Chemistry, 2020
Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 2020
Synergistic effects between electrocatalyst and electrolyte in the electrocatalytic reduction of lignin model compounds in a stirred slurry reactorJournal of Applied Electrochemistry, 2020