RESEARCH

Research Overview

The CISTAR team will develop innovative process designs for engineered systems that produce low carbon footprint chemicals and transportation fuels from light hydrocarbons. Researchers also will explore processes that have the potential to lower carbon emissions through decarbonization, modular design, and electrification of manufacturing based on renewable energy sources.

New materials and fundamental understanding will be transferred from initial, proof of concept lab-scale experiments to 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.

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Research News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Pillar Leadership

Linda Broadbelt portrait Linda Broadbelt
CISTAR Deputy Co-Director
Northwestern University
Ruilan Guo portrait Ruilan Guo
CISTAR Deputy Co-Director
University of Notre Dame