James Shurtleff

Faculty Member

Dr. Kevin Shurtleff

Biography

I've spent most of my career developing technologies that solve real-world problems. I've started five companies based on my inventions, including a hydride hydrogen generator company (Trulite Technology), a PEM fuel cell company (Synexus Energy), an enhanced oil recovery company (Mountain West Energy), and a micromist nutraceutical delivery company (MicromistNOW).

As an associate professor of Chemistry at Utah Valley University, I'm sharing my passion and experience with students to solve real-world problems. My research students and I have designed, built, and tested several low cost, renewable energy systems using wind and river power. We also developed a process to recycle waste motor oil produced by the Aviation Department into a synthetic diesel fuel for use in the utility vehicles on campus. We also designed, built, and tested a low cost solar water purification system to provide clean water to isolated communities. In addition, we've produced graphene films using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition.

Currently, I'm focusing my research efforts on solving several problems: 1) preventing/ending harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Utah Lake using the UVU algae harvesting boat developed and built at UVU, 2) developing low cost, large-scale, advanced alkaline hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission long-haul trucks, trains, and ships, 3) producing large sheets of single-crystal graphene super material, and 4) designing a hybrid DT fusion fission microreactor that will "burn-up" nuclear waste and generate electricity.

Teaching

CHEM 3065

Physical Chemistry I Lab, Fall 2022

CHEM 1210

Principles of Chemistry I PP, Fall 2022

CHEM 496R

Special Topics in Chemistry, Fall 2022

CHEM 489R

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Fall 2022

CHEM 3075

Physical Chemistry II Lab, Spring 2022

CHEM 1215

Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory, Spring 2022

CHEM 496R

Special Topics in Chemistry, Spring 2022

CHEM 489R

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Spring 2022