News & Events

News & Events



CISTAR Researchers Jeff Miller and Tobin Marks named in Clarivate’s 2023 list of Highly Cited Researchers

According to Clarivate, the list recognizes “influential researchers at universities, research institutes, and commercial organizations around the world who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field(s) of research.”

Professor Can Li awarded scientific prize and research contract with Air Liquide

Congratulations Can Li, assistant professor with Purdue University Chemical Engineering and CISTAR NSF Engineering Research Center researcher who was awarded the Air Liquide Scientific Challenge Prize! He has been awarded a three-year grant to develop his breakthrough idea into market-ready technologies which is the core mission of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center. Can was hired through one of four faculty positions made available to CISTAR as part of Purdue’s commitment to our National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded ERC. Can’s future collaborations with Air Liquide, one of CISTAR’s founding industrial consortium members, will no doubt transform the approach to sustainability in the industrial sector.

Congratulations to our 2023 Poster Pitch and Poster Winners!

CISTAR Congratulates the following students for their outstanding poster pitch and posters at the 2023 CISTAR Biannual Meeting.

CISTAR Technical Highlights

CISTAR's technical accomplishments from over the years.

CISTAR Publications for 2023

View CISTAR publications published in 2023.

Industry News - Summer 2023

Welcome New CISTAR Industry Member, Precision Combustion, Inc. Texas and New Mexico (Permian) lead US Natural Gas, NGL and Crude Oil Production Growth

Research Updates

Updates from Thrust 1 and Thrust 2

Congratulations to our 2023 Summer Program Participants!

CISTAR’s summer programs are wrapping up after another successful session. Thank you to the graduate student mentors, faculty mentors, site liaisons, and everyone who welcomed these students and teachers to CISTAR!

2023 Biannual Meeting at the University of Texas at Austin

CISTAR is busy planning the details of the 2023 CISTAR Biannual Meeting, September 28-29, 2023 at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Commons Conference Center located in the Pickle Research Campus in Austin.

CISTAR News Summer 2023: Message from the Director

Dear CISTAR Community, We are more than halfway through Year 6 of our center. CISTAR continues to be an exemplary example of an NSF Engineering Research Center as marked by our progress in research, education, innovation, and diversity, and culture of inclusion over the years. I am confident our 2023 Biannual meeting at the University of Texas at Austin will be another opportunity for our team to collaborate on ways to continue this success. I would like to congratulate CISTAR’s outgoing Engineering Workforce Development Director Allison Godwin on her new appointment as Associate Professor at Cornell University.

CISTAR Visit to C2C Partners in Brazil

Members of the CISTAR Leadership team traveled to Brazil as part of the Center-to-Center grant - a joint partnership with the Center for Innovation on New Energies (CINE) and the Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Innovation (RCGI). The team visited the Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro (UFRJ), the University of São Paulo, RCGI, CINE, International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), Sirius at Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), and The Federal University of ABC (UFABC).

David W.C. MacMillan, 2021 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry meets with CISTAR Faculty

Renowned Princeton University professor and entrepreneur David W.C. MacMillan, who shared the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his groundbreaking work on catalysis, joined Purdue University President Mung Chiang for a conversation at the first Presidential Lecture Series event of 2023 last Monday and met with CISTAR Purdue Chemical Engineering faculty.

Benny Freeman Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering has elected Benny Freeman, a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, to the academy for 2023.

Dr. Tobin Marks Reflects on CISTAR Pending Renewal and the Role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion By Dr. Denise Driscoll

Dr. Linda Broadbelt introduced her colleague, Dr. Tobin Marks, who was scheduled to make some after-dinner remarks. She enumerated the many ways that Dr. Marks has been remarkable over the years, whether one looks “by the numbers” (i.e., the number of awards, publications, students mentored, and patents) or at his collegiality as he is the first to answer email requests, the first to offer his help or leadership, and the first to encourage first-generation college students, being one himself. During his address, Dr. Marks pointed out to the graduate students the uniqueness of their opportunity in CISTAR to interact with industry and learn more practical applications and also addressed how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is more than just capturing the numbers.

Happy First-Generation College Graduate Day!

Celebrating the People in CISTAR over the years who are First-Generation College Graduates.

Center-to-Center (C2C) Updates and the Growing Intercultural Global Energy Leaders (GIGEL) program

CISTAR's Alexander Dowling and the University of São Paulo professors give seminars at each other's universities as part of the C2C grant. The first session of the summer graduate certificate program, Growing Intercultural Global Energy Leaders (GIGEL) was created by CISTAR’s DCI director, Dr. Driscoll, to address the diversity and culture of inclusion goals outlined in the C2C grant. Dr. Driscoll summarizes the successes of the program in the following article.

REM Alum on Track to Earn Dual Undergraduate Degrees in Engineering, Chemistry from PVAMU, Xavier

Kayla Freeman, CISTAR's Research Experience & Mentoring Program Alum and a senior in Prairie View A&M University’s Chemical Engineering Program, came to “The Hill” as part two of a unique program at Xavier University of Louisiana. Upon graduation in May of 2023, Freeman will earn dual undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Xavier and engineering from PVAMU.

Industry & Innovation Update

U.S. NGL and Ethylene Industry Continues to Expand By: Bruce Cook, CISTAR, Research and Industry Advisor

DCI Update: 2022 CISTAR Outstanding Mentor Award Winners

Based on the nominations, the Mentoring Award Committee[1] selected the following individuals to receive a CISTAR Outstanding Mentor Award (and see some of the qualities for which they were chosen):

CISTAR Featured Undergraduate Fellows

In this newsletter, we are featuring a few of our CISTAR Undergraduate Fellows and their achievements.  If you would like to have a graduate or undergraduate student featured on our website and in the next newsletter, please e-mail Brittany Bright at

EWD Update: 2022 CISTAR Summer Programs

The CISTAR labs were full of visiting researchers this summer as all of our educational programs resumed in-person activities! Faculty and graduate mentors worked with undergraduates for the REU and REM programs at Purdue, the RET program continued for its third year at the University of Texas at Austin. Each of the CISTAR campuses hosted two high school students as part of the Young Scholars program. In all, 32 individuals gained research experience with CISTAR.

Are you following CISTAR?

If you didn't know, CISTAR is on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you have a moment, please visit our pages, follow our accounts and share our content when possible to attract new followers.

2022 CISTAR Biannual Meeting at the University of Notre Dame

The 2022 CISTAR Biannual meeting took place October 17-19, 2022 at the University of Notre Dame. This was the first fully in-person, center-wide meeting in the last two years with industry members, CISTAR Fellows, faculty, and staff from all five partner universities.

2022 CISTAR Year 5 NSF Renewal Site Visit Recap

CISTAR welcomed team members from the center's partner institutions, the Industrial Advisory Board chairs, and the National Science Foundation Site Visit Team (NSF SVT) to Purdue University on June 3-4, 2022 for the center’s first partial, in-person meeting in over two years.

CISTAR Welcomes New Faculty Member, Can Li

Prof. Can Li joined Purdue University and CISTAR as an Assistant Professor in June 2022.

CISTAR Welcomes Two New Industry Members, Evonik and Corteva

CISTAR announced that Evonik and Corteva are now CISTAR Industry Members.

CISTAR Congratulates Ricem Diaz Arroyo and Sopuru A. Ezenwa on CISTAR Fellowships

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 CISTAR Fellowship Winners, Ricem Diaz Arroyo and Sopuruchukwu (Sopuru) A. Ezenwa. CISTAR awards two fellowships annually – both of which are funded by Purdue Chemical Engineering alumni: Dick Reitz and Bill Murray.

CISTAR Congrats: Linsey Seitz

CISTAR Congrats Linsey Seitz, Northwestern University and CISTAR team member on her prestigious NSF Early Career Award!

CISTAR First-Generation College Students

As part of the 3rd National First-generation College Celebration, we listed CISTAR faculty, staff, and graduate fellows who were first-generation college students.

CISTAR Welcomes Two New Industry Members

CISTAR announced that Dow and Braskem are now CISTAR Industry Members.

Abhaya Datye and UNM Research Team Develops Improved Catalyst Technology

Abhaya Datye, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UNM and CISTAR International Programs Director along with his research team publish new findings in Nature Catalyst.

Announcing CISTAR's 2021 Biannual Meeting Perfect Pitch Winners

CISTAR's 2021 Biannual Meeting took place virtually October 13-15, 2021

CISTAR's Researchers Publish Findings for a New, More Economical Process for Converting Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) to Liquid Fuel

Researchers at the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) have created a new, more economical process for converting natural gas liquid (NGL) to liquid fuel.

Tobin Marks Named Among Global ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ for 2021

Tobin Marks, CISTAR Thrust 3 Lead, is named among global 'Highly Cited Researchers' for 2021

Tobin Marks Elected to American Philosophical Society

Tobin Marks, CISTAR Thrust 3 Lead, is elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Welcome Dr. Ruilan Guo to join Polymer as Editor

Dr. Ruilan Guo will join Polymer as new Editor since August 1st, 2021.

William F. Schneider awarded Notre Dame’s James A. Burns, C.S.C., Award for outstanding mentorship of doctoral students

William F. Schneider is the recipient of the James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. The award showcases the outstanding mentorship of Notre Dame’s very best doctoral advisers.

CISTAR Congrats: Jeff Brinker elected to the National Academy of Sciences

CISTAR congratulates Jeff Brinker, Distinguished and Regent’s Professor, Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, as he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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