Prof. Aaron M. Scurto, PhD

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Learned Hall
Room 4132
University of Kansas
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Learned Hall



Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

B.ChE., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

Research Interests

  • Sustainable chemistry and engineering, alternative solvents, phase equilibrium thermodynamics, biomass processing, cellulose, homogeneous catalysis, acid & organometallic catalysis, enzyme catalysis, fermentation separations,

Selected Publications

Gilbert, W. J., Johnson, S. J., Tsau, J. Liang, J. & Scurto, A. M. (2017). Enzymatic degradation of polyacrylamide in aqueous solution with peroxidase and H2O2 . Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 134(10). DOI:10.1002/app.44560

Kian, K. & Scurto, A. M. (2017). Heat Transport Properties of CO2-Expanded Liquids: n-Hexane, n-Decane, and n-Tetradecane. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56(44), 12822-12832. DOI:10.1021/acs.iecr.7b03513 ://WOS:000415028300042

Shiflett, M. B., & Scurto, A. M. (2017). Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions. In . (Ed.), Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions (Vol. 1250, pp. 1-13). American Chemical Society. DOI:10.1021/bk-2017-1250.ch001 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.ch001

Shiflett, M. B., & Scurto, A. M. (2017). Ionic liquids: Current state and future directions, American Chemical Society. DOI:10.1021/bk-2017-1250.pr001 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.pr001

Minnick, D. L., Flores, R. A., & Scurto, A. M. (2017). Viscosity and Rheology of Ionic Liquid Mixtures Containing Cellulose and Cosolvents for Advanced Processing. In . (Ed.), Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions (Vol. 1250, pp. 189-208). American Chemical Society. DOI:10.1021/bk-2017-1250.ch008 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.ch008

Ahosseini, A. Ren, W. Weatherley, L. R., & Scurto, A. M. (2017). Viscosity and self-diffusivity of ionic liquids with compressed hydrofluorocarbons: 1-Hexyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 437, 34-42. DOI:10.1016/j.fluid.2016.11.022

Minnick, D. L., Flores, R. A., DeStefano, M. R., & Scurto, A. M. (2016). Cellulose Solubility in Ionic Liquid Mixtures: Temperature, Cosolvent, and Antisolvent Effects. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120(32), 7906-7919. DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b04309

Minnick, D. L., & Scurto, A. M. (2016). Reversible and non-reactive cellulose separations from ionic liquid mixtures with compressed carbon dioxide. Chem. Commun., 51(63), 12649-12652. DOI:10.1039/c5cc03519h

Nwosu, S. O., Schleicher, J. C., & Scurto, A. M. (2015). Kinetics and polarity effects in the synthesis of the ionic liquid, 1-hexyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bromide, using compressed CO2. J. Supercrit. Fluids, 96, 171-179. DOI:10.1016/j.supflu.2014.10.002

Minnick, D. L., & Scurto, A. M. (2014). Vapor-liquid equilibrium in the production of the ionic liquid, 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([HMIm][Br]), in acetone. Fluid Phase Equilib., 365, 11-19. DOI:10.1016/j.fluid.2013.11.030

Selected Grants

Scurto, Aaron, (Co-Principal), Subramaniam, Bala, (Principal), Shiflett, Mark, (Co-Principal), Fundamentals of Conventional C4-Alkylation to Guide Process Innovations, DuPont, $205,760, (05/02/2017 - 05/01/2018). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded.

Scurto, Aaron M, PhD(Co-Principal), Shiflett, Mark B, PhD(Principal), Electro-reduction of metals in supercritical fluid-room temperature ionic liquids, Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, $46,000, (11/01/2017 - 04/30/2018). Federal. Status: Funded.

Scurto, Aaron, (Co-Principal), Subramaniam, Bala, (Principal), Shiflett, Mark, (Co-Principal), Fundamentals of Conventional C4-Alkylation to Guide Process Innovations, DuPont, $205,760, Submitted 03/30/2017 (04/01/2017 - 03/31/2018). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Proposal Submitted.

Scurto, Aaron, (Principal), Depcik, Christopher, (Co-Principal), Stagg-Williams, Susan, (Co-Principal), Initial Studies in the High-Pressure Viscosity and Phase Behavior of ExxonMobil Diesel Blends, ExxonMobil Corporation, $25,753, Submitted 09/11/2017 (11/01/2017 - 02/28/2018). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Gang Yang's Comprehensive Exam Defense | Friday, December 13th | starts @ 9:30AM | 298 Slawson

Stop Day - Movie Night | Friday, December 13th | starts @ 5:00PM | Beren Center (G192 Slawson)

Winter Break | The main CPE office will be closed during the week of December 23-27 and again on Wednesday, Janurary 1, 2020. Some faculty and staff may be available on some of these days, but they should be contacted directly for individual appointments. 

Wednesday, January 15th | New Graduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, January 21st | First Day of Spring 2020 Classes

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