Kyle Stephens

  • School of Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

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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. Then, Kyle received his Master’s degree in chemical engineering under his advisor, Alan Allgeier, where he worked on a reaction mechanism study that could help valorize a biomass feedstock for a very important polymer, Nylon 6,6. 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.​ As of now, Kyle is working as a Research Associate in the Allgeier Group at KU.


B.S. in Chemical Engineering, The University of Kansas, 2017, Lawrence, KS
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, The University of Kansas, 2019, Lawrence, Kansas

Selected Publications

Kyle J. Stephens, Alan M. Allgeier*, Alysha L. Bell, Torren R. Carlson, Yan Cheng, Justin T. Douglas, Laurie A. Howe, Carl A. Menning, Sarah A. Neuenswander, Sourav K. Sengupta, Prem S. Thapa, and Joachim C. A Mechanistic Study of Polyol Hydrodeoxygenation over a Bifunctional Pt-WOx/TiO2 Catalyst. Ritter. ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 12996−13007

Kyle J Stephens, Guido Zichittella, Ali J Saadun, Simon Büchele, Begoña Puértolas, René Verel, Frank Krumeich, Marc-Georg Willinger, Javier Perez-Ramirez. Transformation of titanium carbide into mesoporous titania for catalysed HBr oxidation. Catal. Sci. Technol., 2020, 10, 4072

Priya D Srinivasan, Steven R Nitz, Kyle J Stephens, Ed Atchison, Juan J Bravo-Suarez. Modified Harrick reaction cell for in situ/operando fiber optics diffuse reflectance UV–visible spectroscopic characterization of catalysts. Applied Catalysis A, General 561, 2018, 7-18

Selected Presentations

Stephens, K. J., Allgeier, A. M. (04/18/2018) - A Closer Look at the Most Important Reaction in Biomass: Hydrodeoxygenation. Great Planes Catalyst Society (GPCS). Manhattan, KS.

Stephens, K. J., Allgeier, A. M. (2019) - Hydrodeoxygenation over Ptwox Catalysts: Isotopic Labeling. 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.

Stephens, K. J., Allgeier, A. M. (2019) - Mechanism of Hydrodeoxygenation: Isotope Incorporation. 2019 North American Catalysis Society Meeting. Chicago, IL