John Hursh

Mentor: Dr. Spyros Svoronos
College of Engineering
"I got involved with research after I became fascinated with algal mechanisms. There were a few labs on campus including obey sing chemical engineering applications so I found somewhere to apply my skills."


Chemical Engineering


Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

  • Algae
  • Polymers
  • Superfluidity

Academic Awards

  • AIChE Scale Up Essay Winner 2015
  • One World Conference Speaker 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Chemical Engineering Peer Advisors
  • University of Florida Housing and Residence Education



Hobbies and Interests

  • Developing sustainable solutions for a changing world
  • TV (X-Files, Rick & Morty)
  • Running
  • Thrift Shopping

Research Description

Algae Mass Separation and Fernentation for Ethanol Production
I will be growing algae in bioreactors and using the extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) it produces. A specific strain of yeast will be used to digest the EPS and synthesize ethanol.