John Hull, Ph.D., recently joined the faculty at MSU St. Andrews, working on applied catalysis and process optimization projects in bio-renewables. His past research has focused on the organic and organometallic synthesis and method development.
Hull is a native of Duluth, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, doing undergraduate research in organic synthesis with Professor Robert M. Carlson, focusing on sulfur-stabilized carbanions as a tool for organic synthesis. After obtaining an undergraduate degree Hull then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis doing organometallic synthesis in Professor Wayne Gladfelter’s group, obtaining a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1983. His main focus during this time was the use of transition metals to stabilize highly reactive organic species. After completing his graduate studies at Minnesota, Hull came to work at Dow Chemical in Midland, MI, working in process development R&D for 33 years, retiring from Dow in 2016. During this time he worked on a variety of projects that became commercial successes for Dow. Over the course of his Dow career, John had numerous patents and publications in the area of optimization and scale-up of commercial processes. In July 2017, he joined the MSU St. Andrews facility in Midland as a Research Assistant Professor under Paul Hunt working on applied catalysis and process optimization projects in bio-renewables.