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Information Technology Solutions: Industrial Application of Shape Selective Zeolite Catalysts, Part 2

February 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM
ERB Room 228

Seminar Speaker

Dr. Nai Yuen Chen

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington; Member of NAE


More than 50 years ago the term "Shape Selective Catalysis" was coined to describe the unusual catalytic selectivity of a synthetic zeolite, known as a molecular sieve, which has an opening of about 5Å. It can selectively convert straight chain hydrocarbons in a hydrocarbon mixture.

Since then, great strides have been made in the discovery of new zeolites, now known medium pore, dual pore and large pore zeolites, and the synthesis of mesopore crystals with openings more than 100Å.
This presentation focuses on the development of shape selective catalysis, employing medium pore zeolites, in the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

About the Speaker

Nai Yuen Chen, Sc.D.
Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering.  Dr. Chen, inventor of 126 U.S. patents on novel catalysts, and catalytic processes in oil refining, petrochemicals and biomass upgrading, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1990.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Shanghai, a master's degree in chemical engineering from the Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology