Biographical Profile Interest Background Professional Preparation Memberships & Professional Activities Positions & Appointments Major Equipment
Meekins, Benjamin Highsmith
Research Assistant Professor
My work focuses on photo- and electrocatalysis for the generation of clean fuels. This includes photocatalytic splitting of water to hydrogen and oxygen as well as electrochemical conversion of sulfur dioxide to sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid to chlorine, each paired with formation of hydrogen gas. This work seeks to both understand the fundamental processes that govern the catalysis as well as use that information to maximize efficiency in application-based settings.
- College of Engineering & Comp.
- Chemical Engineering
- Tenure Status
- Non-Tenure Track
- Do you include students in your research?
- Undergraduates and Graduates
- Interest Keywords
- solar energy, solar energy conversion, catalysis, electron transfer processes, carbon dioxide remediation, combustion synthesis, single nanoparticle collision detection, electrocatalysis, hybrid sulfur cycle
- Institutional Focus Areas
- Nanotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Future Fuels, Materials Research
- Personal Focus Areas
- Solar Fuels, Electrocatalysis, Fundamental Catalytic Processes
Professional Preparation(Education & Training)
|Dates||Institution||Location||Degree||Field of Study|
|08/2007 - 05/2012||University of Notre Dame||South Bend, IN||M.S. and Ph.D.||Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering|
|08/2003 - 05/2007||University of South Carolina||Columbia, SC||B.S.||Chemical Engineering|
Memberships & Professional Activities
|2003 - Present||Membership||Member||AIChE|
|2007 - Present||Membership||Member||American Chemical Society (ACS)|
Positions & Appointments
|06/2012 - 02/2014||Postdoctoral Researcher||University of Texas at Austin|
|12/2014 - 07/2016||Researcher||University of Texas at Austin|
|05/2015 - 07/2016||Physical Chemistry Laboratory Director (CH153K and CH154K)||University of Texas at Austin|
|07/2016 - Present||Research Assistant Professor||University of South Carolina|
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- (Not Shared) CH Instruments 660E Potentiostat
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