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2nd Natural Gas Utilization Workshop

Chemistry, Technology, and Deployment of Natural-Gas-based Chemicals, Fuels, and Energy Systems
August 12-14, 2018
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AIChE’s Center for Energy Initiatives (CEI) is hosting a consensus-building workshop on Aug 12-14, 2018 in College Station, TX. This workshop brings together leaders in downstream natural gas conversion across industry, academia and government to discuss various perspectives on hurdles to technology implementation. Topics will focus on novel advances in natural gas conversion. The goal of each session will be to call out high potential leads that have emerged or may emerge in each area along with key enablers to facilitate continued progress.

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Call for Abstracts is now open until July 13, 2018

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Invited Speakers

Session Topics

  • Advances in catalyst/process chemistries for natural gas conversion: Thinking beyond LNG and CNG
  • Advances in reaction engineering and separations for natural gas conversion: Novel, emerging technologies for modular and intensified gas processing
  • Process systems engineering for natural gas systems: Centralized vs. distributed models, process design, optimization, supply chain

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Conference Co-Chair

Organizing Committee

Featured Speakers

Jim Bielenberg

Jim Bielenberg, PhD, is the chief technology officer of the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute. He has spent the last 15 years working in various areas of new technology development, including 12 years working at ExxonMobil.Read more

Anne Gaffney

Dr. Anne M. Gaffney has over thirty years of industrial chemistry and catalysis experience having worked at ARCO, DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and Lummus Technology in various R&D and leadership roles. She is currently the Director of Process Science and Technology at Idaho National Laboratory and recently appointed Laboratory Fellow. Read more

Fanxing Li

Dr. Fanxing Li is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. Dr. Li received his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He received his PhD at the Ohio State University in 2009. Dr. Li has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters. He is also an inventor/co-inventor of 12 patents and patent applications. He has won numerous awards including the Best PhD in Particle Technology Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, SABIC Young Professional Award, the NC State Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, and was named as a NC State University Faculty Scholar. Read more

Patrick Linke

Dr. Patrick Linke is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Chair of the Chemical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Graduate Studies. He is a co-founder and director of the Qatar Sustainable Water and Energy Utilization Initiative (QWE), a center of excellence for research and capacity building at Texas A&M University in Education City. Dr. Linke is a process systems engineer and his activities focus on the design of efficient processes, integrated systems and associated infrastructures. Dr. Linke is a process systems engineer and his activities focus on the design of efficient processes, integrated systems and associated infrastructures. Dr. Linke regularly serves on numerous national and international committees. He served as Chief Engineer for the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) in the Office of the Heir Apparent from 2009-2014. Read more

Christos Maravelias

Christos obtained his Diploma in Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, an MSc in Operational Research from the London School of Economics (London, UK), and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2004, where he is currently the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor.Read more

Stratos Pistikopoulos

Professor Pistikopoulos is TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, he is the Interim Co-Director and Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, the Course Director of the Master of Science in Energy, the Director of the Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Centre, and the Texas A&M Principal Investigator of the RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute on process intensification, co-leading the Modeling & Simulation Focus Area. Read more

Joseph Powell

Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, Ph.D.) is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Shell’s Chief Scientist - Chemical Engineering. In 1988 he joined the Process Development Department at Shell Technology Center Houston, where he has led major R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery, in addition to a Hunters innovation group. He currently serves on the U.S. National Academy Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, and editorial committee of Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Read more

Fabio H. Ribeiro

Fabio H. Ribeiro is currently the R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on the Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) at the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1989, worked for Catalytica, Inc. in Mountain View, California, held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California – Berkeley, and was on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute faculty before joining Purdue University in August 2003. His research interests are centered on the kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions and catalyst characterization under reaction conditions.Read more