Kyle Stephens received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas in 2017. Towards the end of this degree he worked as an undergraduate researcher at KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis where he conducted research in the area of biomass utilization. Kyle then began as a Master’s student in chemical engineering under his advisor, Alan Allgeier, where he is currently working on a reaction mechanism study that could help valorize a biomass feedstock for a very important polymer, Nylon 66. Being a part of Dr. Allgeier’s lab has also given him great experience in starting up a new lab and building his own experimental setup from scratch. Kyle is very passionate about alleviating the impact the chemical industry has on the earth and the people living here and is interested in technologies such as biomass utilization that adhere to this goal.
Stephens, K. J. (04/18/2018) - A Closer Look at the Most Important Reaction in Biomass: Hydrodeoxygenation. Great Planes Catalyst Society (GPCS). Manhattan, KS.