Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply to the University of Wyoming apply now

Global Resource Navigation

Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW

Maohong Fan

Image of Dr. Maohong Fan
Dr. Fan is a SER Professor in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. As a PI or Co-PI, he has many projects in the areas of chemical and energy generation as well as environmental protection, which have been supported by domestic and international funding agencies such as NSF, DOE, EPA, USGS and USDA in the U.S., New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Japan, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and industrial companies such as Siemens and Caterpillar. He has helped various chemical, environmental and energy companies to overcome their technical challenges. His NSF projects in recent years are in the areas of solar catalytic chemical looping based biomass refinery, simultaneous and low-emission utilization of coal and biomass, and application of nanotechnologies in energy production and environmental protection. Moreover, his recent DOE projects cover the areas of mercury removal, CO2 capture, rare earth extraction, carbon fuel cells, production of chemicals/fuels and hydrogen from ethane, catalytic production of near-zero-CH4 syngas, and catalytic ethylene glycol synthesis.


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

1)- 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.

2)- 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.

3)- Understanding the reaction kinetics and mechanisms associated with generation of chemicals (including petrochemicals) and energy through various theoretical and experimental methods including computation chemistry.

4)- Recovering value-added and/or critical materials such as rare earth elements and lithium from coal/coal-utilization-by-products and produced water.

5)- Controlling air pollution (e.g., CO2 capture), and managing water qualities (e.g., heavy metal and chemical oxygen demand removals).

6)- Converting environmentally concerned materials (e.g., CO2) and copious agricultural byproducts (corn stover) into clean fuels.

7)- Life cycle assessments of chemical and energy generation processes.

8)- Application of artificial intelligence in clean energy generation.

9)- Development of non-carbon fuel production technologies.


He has published his research results in various refereed books, book chapters, and journal papers in different chemical and environmental engineering, energy, and chemistry journals. A list of Dr. Fan's publications are available on Google Scholar.

Image of people

Dr. Fan's Chemical Engineering Page

Click here >
Image of people

Dr. Fan's Petroleum Engineering Page

Click here >
Contact Us

Trish Steger

Executive Administrative Assistant

1000 E. University Avenue

Dept. 3012

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6897

Fax: 307-766-6701


School of Energy Resources University of Wyoming
Find us on Facebook (Link opens a new window) Find us on Twitter (Link opens a new window) Find us on Instagram (Link opens a new window) Find us on YouTube (Link opens a new window) Find us on Pinterest (Link opens a new window)

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Instagram Icon Facebook Icon

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Gainful Employment | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon