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, American Chemical Society. DOI:10.1021/bk-2017-1250.pr001 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.pr001

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

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.

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Ahmad Ghoulum's Final Thesis Defense | Friday, December 6th | 1:00 - 3:00PM | 298 Slawson Hall

Nan Wang's Comprehensive Exam Defense | Monday, December 9th | starts @ 3:00PM | 298 Slawson

Tugba Turnaoglu's Final Dissertation Defense | Tuesday, December 10th | starts @ 1:00PM | 1415A LEEP2

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)

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