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Maohong Fan

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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.

Education

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) Assimilation of various methods and processes including homogeneous, heterogeneous and photo as well as bio catalysis and separation with sorption and membrane as well as chemical looping pathway for conversion of fossil and renewable resources into value-added chemicals/materials and clean fuels.

2) Synthesis of new functional materials including ionic liquids, organic frameworks, magnetic materials and catalysts with different methods including supercritical fluids, crystallization, chemical vapor desposition.

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 materials from coal and other mineral utilization-by-products and co-produced water in fossil energy industries.

5) Water and wastewater treatment.

6) Bioresource production and conversion.

7) Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

8) Development of renewable energies.

9) Computations.

10) Life cycle assessments of material production and energy generation processes.

 

Projects 

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.

Publications

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 such as Nature Communications. He is one of the global highly cited researchers:

https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2019/

The statistics of his publications are given at:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ocl_AloAAAAJ&hl=en.

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