Mo Hunsen joined Kenyon's faculty in chemistry and biochemistry in 2001 after earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Michigan State University. His research interests focus on green chemical and enzymatic catalysis in carbohydrate and polymer chemistry including studies on cellulose nanocrystals and their stimuli-responsive nanocomposites. He also works on the use of natural products for prevention of cancer. He has a passion for exploring how green & sustainable chemistry and technologies could serve as a platform for green businesses that transform cheap and abundant natural resources to value-added products.
He was a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow (1990-1993) and has received the Robert J. Tomsich Science Award (2005) and the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2007). He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Organic Chemistry: Current Research, International Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry & Molecular Biology, Journal of Sustainable Development Studies and International Journal of African Development.
He has served as chair of the Department of Chemistry (2011-2013) and as co-chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2003-2006). He was a visiting professor at the department of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University (2013-14), at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (2005) and at the Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University (2006-2008).
Areas of Expertise
Chemical and enzymatic catalysis, green oxidation reactions, biodegradable polymers, carbohydrates and green nanocomposites.
2000 — Doctor of Philosophy from Michigan State University
1994 — Master of Science from Addis Ababa Univ, Ethiopia
1989 — Bachelor of Science from Addis Ababa Univ, Ethiopia