Industry Membership Program

CISTAR will work with key industry and innovation partners to develop novel engineered systems that catalytically convert methane and C2+ alkanes to more valuable compounds for use as fuels, chemical intermediates, and other products while maintaining long-term membership relationships.

CISTAR’s Industrial Membership Program leverages NSF funding with an industry membership fee that enables strategic advice from industry; however significant and strategic industrial support is still needed to accelerate R&D progress and technology transfer to industry.




Gold Membership Annual Fees

  • Large Entities (500 or more employees) USD $60,000
  • Medium Entities (10 or more employees, but less than 500) USD $30,000
  • Small Entities (less than 10 employees) USD $10,000
  •  Startup Entities (less than $1M funding) USD $1,000

Silver Membership Annual Fees

  • Large Entities (500 or more employees) USD $30,000
  • Medium Entities (10 or more employees, but less than 500) USD $15,000
  • Small Entities (less than 10 employees) USD $5,000
  • Startup Entities (less than $1M funding) USD $500

Membership BENEFITS

Gold Membership Exclusive Benefits

  • Intellectual Property (IP): Access to CISTAR novel catalytic and separation breakthroughs and innovations in chemical reactor designs with right to recommend IP filings. (Gold Members only)
  • Licensing: Priority notification of IP filings. Exclusive rights to review claims. First option to negotiate a commercial use license. Final rights as “most favored licensee.” (Gold Members only)

Membership Benefits (both Gold and Silver Members)

  • Confidential Information: Right to request confidential information (requires NDA) on CISTAR research, technology, and inventions for internal research and evaluation purposes.
  • Advisory Board: Exclusive seat on the CISTAR Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and invitation to attend biennial meetings and interact with CISTAR leadership team, as well as NSF representatives. Gold Members get an additional seat in IP Oversight Board (IPOB).
  • Research Sponsorship: Sponsor individual research programs outside the CISTAR Core, in areas related but not overlapping with the research funded by NSF, university cost-share, and industry membership fees. Submit joint proposals to other federal sponsors.
  • Research Findings: Exclusive access to CISTAR research findings, insider knowledge, and industry trends for R&D technology transfer, policy, and environmental aspects through biennial meetings, webinars, and quarterly newsletters.
  • Networking: Access to CISTAR experts in catalysis, separations, reactor design, and engineering economic analysis; professional interactions with a wide range of academia and industry leaders, and companies from the entire alkane transformation value chain.
  • Recruiting: Preferential access to talented, diverse, and highly-trained undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers.
  • Promoting: High visibility branding with all CISTAR university partners, NSF, and other affiliated professional organizations.
  • Education: Contribute to the education programs and workforce development of new generations of engineers through internships, seminars, speakers, and mentorship.

Technology Readiness Levels

  • Research: (TRL 1-4) CISTAR will conduct basic science on how to develop catalysts capable of converting alkanes as well as separation knowhow that leads to the potential for integration and development.
  • Development: (TRL 4-6) CISTAR & Industry will collaborate to develop what is learned through research, leading to insights into how to build an integrated pilot system that might be fully derisked leading to a design-build concept that might be implemented at pre-commercial scale.
  • Implementation: (TRL 6-9) INDUSTRY is expected to construct and engineer modular systems at semi-works scale that leads to full implementation of the system at a commercial scale.


For more information or to join, please contact Peter Keeling or fill out this short contact form.

Peter Keeling portrait Peter Keeling
Industry & Innovation Director
Purdue University