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.

Biographical Profile

College of Engineering & Comp.
Chemical Engineering
Tenure Status
Non-Tenure Track

Interest Background

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

Dates Type Description Institution/Entity
2003 - Present Membership Member AIChE
2007 - Present Membership Member American Chemical Society (ACS)

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
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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Major Equipment

  • (Not Shared) Shimadzu UV-2600 Spectrophotometer
  • (Not Shared) CH Instruments 660E Potentiostat
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