Prof. Aaron M. Scurto, PhD

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



B.ChE., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

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, William J., Stephen J. Johnson, Jyun-Syung Tsau, Jenn-Tai Liang, and Aaron M. Scurto. “Enzymatic Degradation of Polyacrylamide in Aqueous Solution with Peroxidase and H2O2                    .” Journal Articles. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 134, no. 10 (March 10, 2017).
Kian, K., and A. M. Scurto. “Heat Transport Properties of CO2-Expanded Liquids: N-Hexane, n-Decane, and n-Tetradecane.” Journal Articles. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 56, no. 44 (2017): 12822–32.
Shiflett, Mark B., and Aaron M. Scurto. “Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions.” Book Chapters. In Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions, 1250:1–13. American Chemical Society, 2017. 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.ch001.
Shiflett, Mark B., and Aaron M. Scurto. Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions. Books. Vol. 1250. American Chemical Society, 2017. 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.pr001.
Minnick, David L., Raul A. Flores, and Aaron M. Scurto. “Viscosity and Rheology of Ionic Liquid Mixtures Containing Cellulose and Cosolvents for Advanced Processing.” Book Chapters. In Ionic Liquids: Current State and Future Directions, 1250:189–208. American Chemical Society, 2017. 10.1021/bk-2017-1250.ch008.
Ahosseini, Azita, Wei Ren, Laurence R. Weatherley, and Aaron M. Scurto. “Viscosity and Self-Diffusivity of Ionic Liquids with Compressed Hydrofluorocarbons: 1-Hexyl-3-Methyl-Imidazolium Bis(Trifluoromethylsulfonyl)Amide and 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane.” Journal Articles. Fluid Phase Equilibria 437 (2017): 34–42.
Minnick, David L., Raul A. Flores, Matthew R. DeStefano, and Aaron M. Scurto. “Cellulose Solubility in Ionic Liquid Mixtures: Temperature, Cosolvent, and Antisolvent Effects.” Journal Articles. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 120, no. 32 (July 18, 2016): 7906–19.
Minnick, David L., and Aaron M. Scurto. “Reversible and Non-Reactive Cellulose Separations from Ionic Liquid Mixtures with Compressed Carbon Dioxide.” Journal Articles. Chem. Commun. 51, no. 63 (2016): 12649–52.
Nwosu, Sylvia O., Jay C. Schleicher, and Aaron M. Scurto. “Kinetics and Polarity Effects in the Synthesis of the Ionic Liquid, 1-Hexyl-3-Methyl-Imidazolium Bromide, Using Compressed CO2.” Journal Articles. J. Supercrit. Fluids 96 (2015): 171–79.
Minnick, David L., and Aaron M. Scurto. “Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium in the Production of the Ionic Liquid, 1-Hexyl-3-Methylimidazolium Bromide ([HMIm][Br]), in Acetone.” Journal Articles. Fluid Phase Equilib. 365 (2014): 11–19.

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