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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Kenneth L Roberts

Title: Instructor, Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-8978
Fax: 803-777-8265
Office: Swearingen Engineering Center
Room 2C34
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC  29208
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Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1997

M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1992

B.Ch.E., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990


Professor Roberts’s research group is involved in the development of advanced catalysts and ceramic nanomaterials for renewable energy systems, chemical manufacturing and environmental engineering. More recent work has investigated magnetic nanomaterials for bioimaging, ceramic nanofillers for composite materials and the application of supercritical and high pressure fluids for precision cleaning.

Selected Publications

  • Moore, G.L., Kumar, D. and Roberts, K.L. (2015). “Sonolytic Synthesis of Iron- and Alkaline Earth-Based Magnetic Nanomaterials: Single and Mixed Metal Nanostructured Materials”, 2nd  Nanotechnology Dubai Conference & Exposition Proceedings, March 16-18, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Roberts, K.L., "Interdisciplinary Course Development in Nanostructured Materials Science and Engineering," Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education (Chapter 11).  Hershey, PA:  IGI Global (2015).
  • Young, D.A., Mohammed, A.K., Blue, S.K., and Roberts, K.L. ( 2014).  "Photocatalytic Mineralization of Chlorazol Black E (Direct Black 38) over Zeolite-Supported Titania-Based Catalysts", Journal of Chemical and Process Engineering, vol. 1, pp. 1-7.
  • Covington, L., Munirathinam, K., Islam, W., and Roberts, K.L. (2012).  "Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured molybdenum & tungsten carbide materials, and study of diffusion model," Polish Journal of Chemical Technology, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 28-34.

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