CISTAR


  • Purdue University The University of New Mexico northwestern2 University of Notre Dame The University of Texas at Austin

About Us


2018 Annual Meeting

CISTAR's biannual meeting will take place October 4-5, 2018 at the University of New Mexico. For more information, please contact Cristina Farmus.

CISTAR’s Vision

To create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants.



 

Overview

The last 10 years have witnessed an unprecedented revolution in the domestic supply of shale hydrocarbon reserves with the potential to lower the cost of our nation’s electricity, power, chemicals, and fuels for the next 100 years. If new technologies can be developed, energy experts project the U.S. will transition from a net importer to net exporter of energy resources by 2030. In addition, substitution of natural gas for coal for electrical power generation has, and will continue, to be a major contributor to the reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas until economic, renewable energy future can be developed. CISTAR researchers and educators will help accelerate the transition by:

  • Producing new, broadly disseminated and impactful science for energy and fuels technology from shale gas hydrocarbons;
  • Generating intellectual property to support commercialization of new technologies;
  • Demonstrating a combined experimental-computational approach to materials discovery that can be applied beyond hydrocarbon research;
  • Providing leading-edge analysis of important environmental issues associated with shale gas upgrading;
  • Developing a diversified, well-trained workforce of innovative students with technical and professional skills; and
  • Informing the public about safe and environmentally responsible ways to use U.S. hydrocarbon resources.


Research


New scientific and engineering discoveries will produce novel catalysts and separation systems with transformative new performance properties.

The CISTAR team will develop innovative process designs for economic production of liquid chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons. Researchers also will explore novel approaches for converting methane to chemical intermediates, which can then be used as a feedstock for conversion to liquid fuels.

New materials and fundamental understanding will be transferred from initial, proof of concept lab-scale experiments to full-size pilot scale operations with economic evaluations using systems-level lifecycle and environmental impact analysis to guide research and scale these innovative processes to field demonstrations with industrial partners.

Education


CISTAR's Workforce Development goal is to create a technically excellent and inclusive community of hydrocarbon systems researchers, learners, and teachers through competency-based education, best-practice mentoring, and growth in key professional skills.

Students conducting research in a lab

Summer Research Experiences

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): The CISTAR REU, held at Purdue University, is an 11-week summer research internship program for undergraduates majoring in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials engineering, ceramic engineering or science, environmental science, or economic analysis.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET): The CISTAR RET, held at Purdue University, is an opportunity for STEM teachers to engage in hands-on research projects with faculty mentors in Chemical Engineering.

Students presenting research

University Education

CISTAR aims to create a research-based, scalable, and sustainable portfolio of best-practice initiatives to attract and develop high-potential, diverse students to CISTAR and prepare them to be innovative leaders in a global energy economy. Undergraduate and graduate students will be CISTAR Fellows mentored to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to identify career interests, strengths, and areas of challenges. Through research, coursework, certificates, workshops, and participation in special activities across all partners, the CISTAR Fellows will make progress in becoming valuable contributors to the hydrocarbon economy.

Pre-college students in a lab

Pre-College Education

CISTAR is committed to broadening participation in engineering and will actively promote the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM through high-quality pre-college engineering experiences for middle and high school students and teachers. CISTAR pre-college engineering experiences will be aligned with the NGSS engineering standards and informed by current research on pre-college engineering education. Activities will include Research Experiences for Teachers, a Young Scholar Summer Research program for students, and Purdue ZipTrips virtual field trips.

Resources

The University Education and Pre-College Education activities will be continuously improved through evaluation by Western Michigan University's CRICPE: Center for Research on Instructional Change in Post-Secondary Education evaluators.

Diversity & Inclusion


To be successful, a global community of engineers needs to encourage diversity and value cultural differences.

CISTAR engages in recruiting efforts and training initiatives that evidence our appreciation for people from diverse backgrounds. Our dedication to creating a culture that helps participants reach their full potential, value cultural differences, and contribute to the energy industry is demonstrated in a welcoming and supportive environment.


Diversity Staff

Adrian Thomas

Diversity and Inclusion Director
cistardiversity@purdue.edu
Adrian Thomas

Steve Peralta

Diversity Co-Director
speralta@unm.edu
Adrian Thomas

Industry & Innovation


CISTAR's innovation ecosystem consist of continuous interaction among faculty, student researchers, companies, and non-industrial stakeholders such as government agencies, regulators, NGOs, and consumers to accelerate the commercialization of new Engineering Research Center technologies and workforce development. The ecosystem will also interact with government regulators and NGOs in addressing non-trivial barriers to safety and environmental safeguards.

For more information to become a CISTAR industrial member, please visit the Industrial Membership Page page or contact Innovations and Industry Director, Peter Keeling at pkeeling@purdue.edu.

Industrial Partners

  • Air Liquide Logo BgtL LLC Logo British Petroleum Logo Clariant Logo ExxonMobil Logo Gas Technology Institute logo UOP A Honeywell Company Logo Lyondell Base II Logo NICE Logo Pioneer Oil Company Logo Shell Oil Logo Swift Fuels Logo Tenawa Resource Management Logo The Heritage Group Logo Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Logo BASF micromeritics mecfuels

Innovation Partners

  • Cercas Logo Indiana Economic Development Corp Logo Purdue Research Foundation SMLC Logo STC.UNM Logo Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences Logo Argonne National Laboratory Logo Oak Ridge National Laboratory Logo Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Logo Sandia National Laboratories Logo Technische Universitat Berlin Logo UCL Logo Unicat Logo

Contact

  • CISTAR
    207 S. Martin Jischke Drive, Room 203
    West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • : cistar@purdue.edu
  • : +1 765-494-1883
  • CISTAR is dedicated to creating an environment that welcomes, respects, and supports people from all backgrounds.