Mark Shiflett


Two of KU's twelve Foundation Faculty are in the School of Engineering. Steven Soper is a leading international researcher in chemistry and biomedical engineering who is developing new technologies for biomedical devices and the associated assays, that have important applications for disease detection. Mark Sheflitt is prominent chemical engineer, who comes from Dupont and the University of Delaware, and specializes in green chemistry and green engineering to develop cost-competitive processes to produce chemicals needed by a variety of industries while also striving to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
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Foundation Distinguished Professor
School of Engineering
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis


Mark B. Shiflett is a Distinguished Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas. Shiflett has an appointment in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and is a member of the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis. Professor Shiflett joined the University of Kansas as the final Foundation Professor in August 2016. Professor Shiflett received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2001 and 1998. He received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from N.C. State University in 1989. Dr. Shiflett retired from the DuPont Company after 28 years of service in August 2016. He was a Technical Fellow in the Central Research and Development organization which is located at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. Professor Shiflett was also an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Professor Shiflett is an inventor on 45 U.S. patents and has published over 90 articles on his research at DuPont. He was awarded the DuPont Bolton Carothers award in 2005, the ACS Hero of Chemistry award in 2006 and the University of Delaware presidential citation in 2007 for his development of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant mixtures to replace chlorofluorocarbons which were linked to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Professor Shiflett was elected in 2014 to be a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and in 2016 to be a Division Fellow in the American Chemical Society for his significant professional accomplishments and contributions to the chemical engineering profession. Professor Shiflett received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Institute award for Industrial Research in 2016 for the development of non-ozone-depleting refrigerants which have led to the healing of the Earth’s ozone layer, new applications using ionic liquids, an environmentally friendly TiO2 process and mentoring and educating chemical engineers. Professor Shiflett is a licensed professional engineer and his research at KU will focus on environmentally friendly, energy efficient processes and products for the chemical industry.


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University of Delaware, Chemical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, 2002
University of Delaware, Chemical Engineering, Master of Science, 1998
North Carolina State University, Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, 1989