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Petroleum Engineering

Maohong Fan

Maohong Fan

SER Professor in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Room 4048, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.5633
Fax: 307.766.6777

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Dr. Fan has led and worked on many projects in the areas of chemical production, clean energy generation and environmental protection, which have been supported by various domestic and international funding agencies such as NSF, DOE and EPA, USGS and USDA in the US, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Japan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and industrial companies such as Siemens and Caterpillar. He has helped various chemical, environmental and energy companies to overcome their technical challenges. He has published over 175 refereed books, book chapters, and papers in different chemical and environmental engineering, energy, and chemistry journals. As an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member or Advisory Board Member, he has been serving several international chemical and energy as well as environmental journals. He has been supporting and supervising a number of graduate students and postdocs as well as research scientists in his research areas.


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Osaka University, 2003
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2000
  • Ph.D. Environmental (Engineering) Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997

Research Interests

  • Integrating multiple methods and processes including (homogenous, heterogeneous and photo as well as bio) catalysis and separation with sorption and membrane as well as chemical looping pathway for conversion of fossil resources including coal, oil and gases, and renewable resources into value-added chemicals/materials (such as carbon fiber and carbide) and clean fuels
  • Developing new materials (e.g., ionic liquids and nanostructure as well as magnetic materials especially catalysts) for clean energy production with conventional and unconventional technologies such as supercritical fluids and advanced crystallization as well as chemical vapor deposition
  • Understanding the reaction kinetics and mechanisms associated with generation of chemicals (including petrochemicals) and energy through various theoretical and experimental methods including computation chemistry
  • Recovering value-added and/or critical materials such as rare earth elements and lithium from coal/coal-utilization-by-products and produced water
  • Controlling air pollution (e.g., CO2 capture), and managing water qualities (e.g., heavy metal and chemical oxygen demand removals)
  • Converting environmentally concerned materials (e.g., CO2) and copious agricultural byproducts (corn stover) into clean fuels
  • Life cycle assessments of chemical and energy generation processes
  • Application of artificial intelligence in clean energy generation
  • Development of non-carbon fuel production technologies

See Dr. Fan's Google Scholar Site here

Read Dr. Fan's current curriculum vitae (CV) here.

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