Jeffrey Leonard

 Jeffrey Leonard
Mentor: Dr. Renwei Mei
College of Engineering
"I became interested in this particular field of research due to its potential far reaching impact. Results and conclusions drawn from this work can lead to sustainable renewable energy in a readily usable form."


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Sustainability Studies; Business Administration

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Technology
  • Energy Reducing Technology

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures


  • Greening Gator Footprints Leadership Team
  • Project Mascot


  • At Risk Youth Mentoring
  • Special Olympics

Hobbies and Interests

  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Music

Research Description

Solar Thermochemical Fuel Production
The overarching project goal is lowering the cost of the solar thermochemical production of syngas for clean and synthetic hydrocarbon fuels like petroleum. Our team will develop processes that rely on water and recycled CO2 as the sole feed-stock, and concentrated solar radiation as the sole energy source, to power a solar reactor to produce fuel efficiently. Successful large-scale deployment of this solar thermochemical fuel production could substantially improve our national and economic security by replacing imported oil with domestically produced solar fuels.