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Hydrocarbon Resources
January 11-16, 2009
Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA
Chair:
Phillip F. Britt

Vice Chair:
Alan L. Chaffee

Over 85% of the world’s energy comes from hydrocarbon resources, which includes petroleum, natural gas and coal. With the declining availability of light petroleum and the growing demand for transportation fuels and chemical precursors, there is increased interest in the use of heavier feedstocks and alternate energy sources, such as biomass. To meet emerging energy and environmental demands within a carbon constrained future, there are significant fundamental challenges that must be addressed towards the efficient utilization of hydrocarbon resources. The 2009 Gordon Research Conference on Hydrocarbon Resources will provide an international forum for scientists from academia, industry, national laboratories, and other research institutions to focus on forefront, unpublished research issues across this field. Presentations by world leading researchers will address current challenges in the characterization, conversion, and utilization of hydrocarbon resources - including innovative catalysts for hydrocarbon processing and heteroatom removal, heavy oil chemistry, conversion of coal to gas and liquids, conversion of biomass, novel carbon materials, fresh analytical approaches for the characterization of complex energy resources, and computational chemistry for insight into hydrocarbon reactions and catalyst design. Attendees are strongly encouraged to present posters on their own work to stimulate additional discussion and debate. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to present their work and interact with leaders in their field. The informal setting of the conference, excellent presentations and posters, and ample discussion time makes this a top conference. We look forward to seeing you there!


SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm NOVEL CARBON MATERIALS
Discussion Leaders: Professor Teresa J. Bandosz (The City College of New York) and Professor Hiroaki Hatori (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmProfessor Dongyuan Zhao (Fudan University)
"Large-Scale Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous Carbon Materials and Their Applications"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmProfessor Takeshi Abe (Kyoto University)
"Lithium-ion Kinetics at Carbon Electrode for Lithium-ion Batteries - From Graphite to Carbon Nanosphere"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Informal Poster Session
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm HEAVY HYDROCARBONS (I)
Discussion Leader: Dr. Simon R. Kelemen (ExxonMobil)
9:00 am - 9:40 amProfessor Hilkka I. Kenttämaa (Purdue University)
"Novel Mass Spectrometric Methods for Characterization of Hydrocarbons"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:10 amDr. Koji Saito (Nippon Steel Corporation)
"Total Understanding of the Local Structures of Brown Coal: Perspective From Recent Multi-Nuclear (1H, 13C, 15N, 29Si, 27Al, 11B, 23Na, 25Mg) Solid-State NMR Technique at High Magnetic Field (16.4T)"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmProfessor Tadafumi Adschiri (Tohoku University)
"Role of Water on Reactions Under Supercritical Condition - Hydrocarbons, Biomass, Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm HEAVY HYDROCARBONS (II)
Discussion Leader: Professor Murray Gray (University of Alberta)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmProfessor Ronald J. Pugmire (University of Utah)
"Kerogen and Ashpaltene Structures and Molecular Modeling"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmDr. Alan Burnham (American Shale Oil LLC)
"Mechanistic Comparison of AMSO’s: True-In-Situ Shale Oil Recovery Process to Historical Approaches"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Informal Poster Session
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm COAL TO GAS AND LIQUIDS
Discussion Leader: Professor Kouichi Miura (Kyoto University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDr. David Harris (CSIRO)
"Measurement of Coal Gasification Kinetics: Unraveling The Process to Build Practical Understanding"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amProfessor Burt Davis (University of Kentucky)
"Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Mechanism for Fe and Co Catalysts"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmProfessor Zhenyu Liu (Beijing University of Chemical Technology)
"Chemistry and Engineering Challenges in Direct Coal Liquefaction"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm RENEWABLE RESOURCES TO HYDROCARBONS
Discussion Leader: Professor Victor S.-Y. Lin (Iowa State University/Ames Laboratory)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmProfessor Takashi Tatsumi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
"Catalysis of Porous Materials for the Conversion of Alcohols to Lower Alkenes"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmProfessor Masahiko Matsukata (Waseda University)
"Porous Membranes for Process Intensification"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Informal Poster Session
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm HYDROGEN PRODUCTION
Discussion Leader: Professor Chunshan Song (Penn State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDr. John A. Turner (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
"The Sustainable Hydrogen Economy: Frontiers, Opportunities and Challenges"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Professor Serguei N. Lvov (Penn State University)
"Alternative Thermochemical Cycles for H2 Production"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Professor James J. Spivey (Louisiana State University)
"Hydrogen Production from the Catalytic Reforming of Hydrocarbons"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CHALLENGES FOR CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE AND STORAGE
Discussion Leader: Professor Alan L. Chaffee (Monash University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmProfessor Benny Freeman (University of Texas at Austin)
"Next Generation Polymeric Membrane Materials for Carbon Capture and Syngas Purification"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmDr. Anthony V. Cugini (National Energy Technology Laboratory)
"Advanced CO2 Management Technologies for Capture, Storage, and Risk Assessment"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Informal Poster Session
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting (Part 1)
(Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences)
9:00 am - 12:30 pm COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
Discussion Leader: Dr. James Franz (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:30 amDr. N. Aaron Deskins (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
"Computational Chemistry as a Tool for Understanding Catalytic Processes over Oxide Surfaces"
9:30 am - 9:45 am Discussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amDr. Jeffrey P. Greeley (Argonne National Laboratory)
"First-principles Investigations of the Catalytic Activity of Aqueous Metal Electrodes and Subnanometer Metal Clusters"
10:15 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
10:45 am - 11:15 amProfessor Jonathan Mathews (Penn State University)
"Coal Molecular Modeling, Moving Forward with Large-Scale Modeling"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Poster Presentations
Organizer: Professor Diego Cazorla-Amoros (Universidad de Alicante)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmBusiness Meeting (Part 2)
(Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Discussion Leader: Dr. Martin Gorbaty (Hydrocarbon Science Consulting)
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dr. John Shinn (Chevron)
"Developments in Energy and Climate: Need for New Solutions"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Informal Discussions and Refreshments
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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