Michele Ostraat, Advanced Materials Leader for the Aramco Research Center – Boston, serves in a leadership role directing a technical team in applied research in chemistry, materials science, and engineering. Her team translates materials discovery into commercial opportunities for diverse technologies, including membranes for gas separation, porous materials for catalysis, and advanced composites for corrosion resistance. Prior to joining Aramco, she held numerous technical positions with increased responsibilities spanning new product and process development, prototyping, research and development portfolio management, and technology transfer. Michele was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Agere Systems, examining the synthesis of rare-earth doped aerosol nanoparticles and investigating the behavior of chalcogenide phase change materials. At DuPont’s Experimental Station, she focused on aerosol synthesis and characterization of sub-micron and nanoparticles for advanced electronic applications and the occupational safety and health of nanomaterials. As Senior Director at RTI International, Michele led scientific teams developing products and applications for aerosols and nanomaterials for energy, defense, and health-related technologies. Michele earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Wei Fan is an Assocaite Professor at Chemical Engineering Department of Univerity of Massachusettes Amherst. Dr. Fan’s research group focuses on the rational synthesis of nanoporous materials for the catalysts of biorefinery carriers, engineering their pore structure and size, surface properties and active sites based on the comprehensive understanding of their crystallization mechanism. Dr. Fan received his PhD from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and worked with Prof. Michael Tsapatsis in the University of Minnesota from 2007 to 2010 as a post-doc researcher. He started his research group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on 2010. He has published more than 90 peer-reviwed papers on more than 10 international journals including Nature Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition etc.
Prof. Shunai Che received her PhD from Yokohama National University, Japan, working on the synthesis of mesoporous materials under Prof. Tatsumi Takashi. She worked as a postdoctor for Sumio Iijima’s carbon-project and a JSPS fellow. In 2004, Shunai Che has moved back to China and been appointed as a professor of Department of Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She (1) discovered the anionic surfactant templating route to synthesize mesoporous silica; (2) found a new fabrication route for chiral mesoporous materials and proposed new concepts of both chiral mesopore- and electron transition-based optical activity; (3) proposed a concept for designing amphiphilic template with π-π stacking in hydrophobic side to produce single crystalline architecture with highly ordered mesoporous zeolite. Che’s research target is the development of new type mesoporous materials and their applications in catalyst, separation and optical devices.
Michael Stockenhuber did his PhD at the Institute of Physical Chemistry TU Vienna which he was awarded with distinction in 1994 (Dr.Techn.) He joined Nottingham Trent University in 1995 as postdoctoral researcher and was later appointed lecturer and promoted to Reader in 2007. In 2008 he moved to University of Newcastle and is full Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prof Stockenhuber has been hon. secretary of the British Zeolite Association and was secretary and now president of the Australian Catalysis Society. He has established and is head of the catalysis and process research laboratory at the University of Newcastle. In 2013, he has been appointed Assistant Dean Research Training in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. His main research interest is heterogeneous catalysis and nanoporous materials with a special emphasis on structure- function relationships. He is an expert in the use of in situ spectroscopic techniques with a special interest in synchrotron radiation, XPS and IR. Current topics of interest include catalytic combustion of ventilation air methane, conversion of glycerol to useful products, acid site characterisation using i.r. and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons, zeolites as base catalysts, selective hydrocarbon oxidation and reduction and fine chemical synthesis using “green” solid catalysts. Prof Stockenhuber received funding for highly prestigious projects from BP, EADS (Airbus), BHP, AEL, Ventia).
Wilhelm Schwieger studied Chemistry in Halle/Saale at the Martin-Luther-University from 1970 to 1974. In 1974 he joined the group of Prof. F. Wolf at the Institute of Technical Chemistry at the same University. After his PhD he joined the inorganic research division at the “Chemiekombinat Bitterfeld” and was the head of the ‘Molecular-Sieve-Group’, a joined research activity of the university and the industry. After about ten years in the industrial research he went back to the university in Halle in 1989. After two research internships, at the institute for Chemical Engineering at the Universität and at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Group of Prof. Dr. C. A. Fyfe in 1992 and 1994 he moved back to Halle, finished his habilitation in 1994. In 1998 he moved to Erlangen where he overtook the professorship for ‘Technical Chemistry’. The research interests are widespread in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and porous materials focusing at the structure formation and the application of porous systems. In particular: (i) Surface chemistry on and in crystalline porous materials; (ii) structure-working relationships of porous materials in respect to their different applications; (iii) development of materials with hierarchical pore structures for the design of new reactor concepts.
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Since its inception in 1988, Zeolyst International has emerged as a global leader in the disciplines of zeolite powders, catalysts and adsorbents. It combines the product development and manufacturing expertise in zeolites and catalysts from its parent companies, PQ Corporation and the Shell Global Solutions affiliate CRI/Criterion Inc., into a single entity that can handle the entire development and commercialisation of zeolite applications.
Rive Technology, Inc., was founded in 2006 to commercialize Molecular Highway (TM) technology for catalytic and separations processes, such as those used to refine petroleum, produce chemicals and biofuels, and purify air and water. Invented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rives proprietary technology improves traditional zeolite catalysts and adsorbents through introduction of broad channels, or molecular highways, which overcome the diffusion limits of these materials, leading to better yields, process efficiency, and process economics.
Aramco Services Company (ASC) is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. ASC’s geographical area of responsibility extends throughout North America, with operations in the U.S. and Canada, and selected activities in South America.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. BASF Corporation is the largest affiliate of BASF SE and the second largest producer and marketer of chemicals and related products in North America.