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NGI Workshop: Advances in conversion of methane to fuels and chemicals

NGI and SUNCAT members and Stanford affiliates can register for this event here.

November 7, 2017

Stanford Black Community Service Center

418 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305

This workshop is a collaboration of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) and the Stanford Center for Interface Science and Catalysis (SUNCAT)

Thanks to recent progress in unconventional oil and gas development technology, natural gas production and resources in North America are at all time highs, making methane an abundant and affordable feedstock. The only industrial process that converts methane into valuable chemicals is steam reforming, which provides syngas and utilizes large amounts of energy. Obtaining liquid fuels or other larger chemicals in a direct process starting from methane represents a great opportunity for a paradigm shift in the energy, chemical, and transportation industries. For this to happen, big challenges have to be overcome in order to activate the methane molecule at low temperatures and in a selective manner. Opportunities and challenges in the area of methane conversion to liquid fuels and chemicals are the subject of this focused workshop, which will bring together Stanford faculty, researchers, and students and representatives of industrial affiliate member companies. The goals of this workshop are to develop a shared understanding of the state of the science, align academic and industry perspectives on the obstacles and opportunities in this field, and define promising paths forward to help direct research and development priorities.


Key Topics to be Addressed:

1. Methane conversion with Thermal Process
2. Methane Conversion with Electrochemical Processes
3. Conversion of Other Natural Gas Compounds (e.g. Propene)



Attendees from NGI and SUNCAT member companies and Stanford affiliates can register for this event using this link.



Contact Info

Travel Information


Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO)San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). Although San Francisco is the largest of the area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Where to Stay

Visit Stanford's lodging guide which includes website links, rates, and contact information of local hotels, B&Bs and motels.

Stanford has two properties for lodging:

  • Rosewood Sand Hill offers luxury accommodations at special rates for Stanford visitors, as well as a spa and fine dining restaurant.
  • The Stanford Guest House, on the grounds of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is an economical favorite of Stanford visitors.

Directions & Parking

There is a parking lot in front of the Black Community Service Center - 418 Santa Teresa Street, with a few metered parking spots. 

The nearest visitor parking lot is located next to the Tressider Union, between Mayfield Ave. and Lagunita Dr. Other parking lots can be found here. Please note that parking on campus is very challenging and we recommend visitors to use public transportation or shared rides.