Methane (CH4), as the main component of natural gas, landfill gas and a by-product from oil refining and chemical processing, has attracted considerable attention primarily due to the large reserves found in North America. Due to difficulties in natural gas transporting over long distances, flaring and venting practices are used on site, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, natural gas prices that used to be similar to oil process, have substantially decreased the last 5 years and have changed the worldwide energy balance. Consequently, the direct production of value-added chemicals and fuels from CH4 is of a great interest, considering the ease of their portability as liquids and the large domestic CH4 sources. The research focuses on the conversion of methane to alcohols using mixed oxide support metal catalysts. I obtained my BS degree from Central South University. During my undergraduate studies, I conducted research on the recovery of valuable metals in a spent lithium-ion battery under the mild conditions of phosphoric acid leaching.
Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ (Advisor: Dr. Xianqin Wang)