Research Overview

The CISTAR team develops innovative process designs for engineered systems that produce low carbon footprint chemicals and transportation fuels from light hydrocarbons. Researchers also 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 are 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

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.”

CISTAR Technical Highlights

CISTAR's technical accomplishments from over the years.

Research Updates

Updates from Thrust 1 and Thrust 2

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.

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.

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