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Methane Conversion to Liquid Fuels and Chemicals

Faculty & Researchers


Matteo Cargnello (Focus Area Leader)

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Thomas Jaramillo

Thomas Jaramillo (Focus Area Leader)

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Xiaoling Zheng

Xiaolin Zheng (Focus Area Leader)

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Alfred Spormann

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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January 21, 2020 (All day)
January 22, 2020 (All day)

Stanford University



Project Topics

His group research interests are in the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and nanocrystals. Reactions of interest are related to sustainable energy generation and use, control of emissions of greenhouse gases, and better utilization of abundant building blocks (methane, biomass).

Recent years have seen an unprecedented motivation for the emergence of new energy technologies. Global dependence on fossil fuels, however, will persist until alternate technologies can compete economically. We must develop means to produce energy (or energy carriers) from renewable sources and then convert them to work as efficiently and cleanly as possible. Catalysis is energy conversion, and the Jaramillo laboratory focuses on fundamental catalytic processes occurring on solid-state surfaces in both the production and consumption of energy. Chemical-to-electrical and electrical-to-chemical energy conversion are at the core of the research. Nanoparticles, metals, alloys, sulfides, nitrides, carbides, phosphides, oxides, and biomimetic organo-metallic complexes comprise the toolkit of materials that can help change the energy landscape. Tailoring catalyst surfaces to fit the chemistry is our primary challenge.

The Zheng group studies the interfacial science among combustion, nanomaterials and energy conversion. Our goal is to bridge combustion science with scalable synthesis and applications of high-dimensional nanomaterials to provide innovative and revolutionary solutions to solve some of today’s most challenging problems, such as energy and the environment. The Zheng group is also interested in innovating new manufacture methods for flexible and attachable inorganic electronics.

Related Publications

Synthesis of Colloidal Pd/Au Dilute Alloy Nanocrystals and Their Potential for Selective Catalytic Oxidations Journal of the American Chemical Society Cody J. Wrasman, Alexey Boubnov, Andrew R. Riscoe, Adam S. Hoffman, Simon R. Bare, and Matteo Cargnello 09/2018; : 40 PDF icon jacs.8b07515.pdf