Professor Juan Bravo Suárez, PhD

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Learned Hall
Room 4151
The University of Kansas
1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
No Address
Room LSRL-C-145F



Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Industrial University of Santander

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Atlantico

Teaching Interests

  • Mass Transfer, Chemical Engineering Laboratory, Chemical Engineering Kinetics & Reactor Design, Catalysis

Research Interests

  • Catalysis
  • Fuels
  • Chemicals
  • Spectroscopy
  • Kinetics
  • Materials
  • Biomass
  • Natural gas


  • University of Atlantico, Colombia, Chemical Engineering, B.S. 1997
  • Virginia Polytech Institute & State University, Chemical Engineering, Visiting Scholar 2000-2003
  • Ind University of Santander, Colombia, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. 2004
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, Postdoc Researcher 2004-2008
  • Lawrence Berkeley National La, Postdoc Fellow 2008-2009
  • The University of Kansas, Research Associate 2009-2013
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company, Research Scientist 2013-2014

Research Interests

Our group focuses on the development of catalytic materials for the conversion of renewable biomass derived feedstocks, abundant natural gas components, and for environmental applications. We combine the preparation of controlled nanomaterials with experimental kinetics studies and in situ characterization of surface species at reaction conditions to gain fundamental knowledge on reaction pathways, mechanism, and catalyst requirements, information required for the development of more active and selective new and improved catalysts.

  • Advanced Catalyst Synthesis
  • In Situ Spectroscopy and Spectrokinetics
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Biomass and Alternative Feedstock Conversion
  • Fuels and Chemicals


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