Workshop Report/Summary

The Changing Landscape of Hydrocarbon Feedstocks for Chemical Production: Implications for Catalysis: Proceedings of a Workshop (2016)

This was an interactive, multidisciplinary public workshop with about 120 participants that focused on identifying gaps and opportunities in catalysis research in an era of shifting feedstocks for chemical production. A report will be produced that summarizes the research gaps and opportunities identified by these participants. The objective is to provide a baseline of knowledge and opinions on this topic that can be used by federal agencies and other organizations to optimize their support for catalysis research in the face of major changes in the energy and chemical industries.

Presentations:

Overview of Shale Gas Boom and its Impact on the Chemical Industry
Mark Jones, The Dow Chemical Company

Implications for Catalysis
Johannes Lercher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Is oxidative coupling the royal road for the valorization of methane to olefines?
Reinhard Schomäcker, Technische Universität Berlin

Conversion of Methane and Light Alkanes to Chemicals over Heterogeneous Catalysts - Lessons Learned from Experiment and Theory
Alexis T. Bell, University of California, Berkeley

Homogeneous Catalysts for C-H Activation and Other Approaches to Shale Gas Utilization
Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Breakout group presentations:
Methane to Syngas: Jan Lerou, Jan Lerou Consulting, LLC
Methane to Ethylene: Bob Maughon, The Dow Chemical Company
Methane to Methanol: Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
Light Alkanes to Aromatics: Bruce Gates, University of California, Davis
Emerging Opportunities for Novel Approaches to Natural Gas Conversion, Electrocatalysis: Guido Pez, consultant
Activation of Natural Gas Using Nontraditional Oxidants: Eric McFarland, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panelist presentations:
David Allen, University of Texas, Austin
Bala Subramaniam, University of Kansas