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October, 2017

Dr. Lin Presents Lecture at Auburn University

Dr. Lin was invited to present, “The Role of Liquid-phase Catalysis in Production of Renewable fuels and Chemicals,” at the Samuel Gin College of Engineering Chemical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series. View Seminar Series flyer.

Renewable Jet Fuel Research Highlighted in Multiple Publications

Dr. Lin’s team at Washington State University and a team at the University of Nevada have developed a novel process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants.

The researchers’ work was recently published in the journal Green Chemistry and has been picked up by multiple publications.

View full article at WSU News

View article at Biomass Magazine

View article at Green Car Congress

December 21st, 2016 (Dr. Lin invited to join journal advisory board)

Dr. Lin has been named to the International Advisory Board for the journal, Energy Technology.

Past Research News (University of Nevada, Reno)

December, 2016 (Members graduate)

Congratulations to Dr. Lin’s former PhD students, Xiaokun Yang and Aimee Mi Lu (University of Nevada), who have recently graduated.

November, 2016 (Invited talk)

Dr. Hongfei Lin and Aimee Mi Lu gave oral presentations at the 2016 AICHE Annual Meeting.

December 22th, 2015 (New paper has been accepted)

Congratulations! Xiaokun Yang; Lisha Yang; Wei Fan; Hongfei Lin*, “Effect of Redox Properties of LaCoO3 Perovskite Catalyst on Production of Lactic Acid from Cellulosic Biomass” has been accepted by Catalysis Today. (2015)

Figure from paper: Effect of Redox Properties of LaCoO3 Perovskite Catalyst on Production of Lactic Acid from Cellulosic Biomass

December 20th, 2015 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “Mechanistic Insights into the Production of Alkyl Lactates by Catalytic Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass” at Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

December 6th, 2015 (New publication)

Lisha Yang; Xiaokun Yang; Elli Tian; Vivek Vattipalli; Wei Fan; Hongfei Lin*, “Mechanistic Insights into the Production of Methyl Lactate by Catalytic Conversion of Carbohydrates on Mesoporous Zr-SBA-15” is now available online in Journal of Catalysis. (2016) pp. 207-216

Figure from paper: Mechanistic Insights into the Production of Methyl Lactate by Catalytic Conversion of Carbohydrates on Mesoporous Zr-SBA-15

November 26th, 2015 (News release on AP and other major media)

Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel” (Associated Press).
Our current research, collaborated with Prof. Miller and other collaborators, on the high yield production of bio jet fuels from roadside weed has been reported by more than 15 major media including Associated Press, New York Times, CNBC, ABC, USA Today.

November 17th, 2015 (News release on RGJ)

UNR: Military interested in using gumweed as jet fuel“. Our gumweed project collaborated with Prof. Glenn Miller was released on RGJ (Reno Gazette-Journal).
screenshot of Reno Gazette-Journal, link to article above

 

November 8th – 13th, 2015 (AIChE presentations)

Dr. Lin gave talks on “Low Temperature Hydrogenation of Amine Captured CO2” and “Direct Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass to Alkyl Lactate on Mesoporous Zr-Silicates” in 2015 AIChE annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Xiaokun Yang gave talks on “Effect of Redox Properties of LaCoO3 Perovskites on Production of Lactic Acid from Cellulosic Biomass” and “Catalytic Upgrading Biocrude from Grindelia Squarrosa to Jet Fuels throught Aqueous Phase Hydrodeoxygenation” in 2015 AIChE annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Mi Lu gave a talk on “Production of Bio-Diesel Additives from Dairy Manure in Supercritical Ethanol” in 2015 AIChE annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

November, 2015

Congratulations! The book Reaction Pathways and Mechanisms in Thermocatalytic Biomass Conversion I with chapter: Lisha Yang, Ji Su, Xiaokun Yang, Hongfei Lin*,”Catalytic Oxidation Pathways for the Production of Carboxylic Acids from Biomass” has recently been published in electronic and print format in Springer. (2016)

November 4th, 2015

Congratulations to Lisha Yang on her new publication. Lisha Yang; Xiaokun Yang; Elli Tian, Hongfei Lin*, “Direct Conversion of Cellulose into Ethyl Lactate on Mesoporous Zr-SBA-15 Silicate in Supercritical Ethanol-Water Solutions” has now been accepted for publication in ChemSusChem.

October 18, 2015

Congratulations to Lisha Yang on her Journal of Catalysis publication. Lisha Yang; Xiaokun Yang; Elli Tian; Vivek Vattipalli; Wei Fan; Hongfei Lin*, “Mechanistic Insights into the Production of Methyl Lactate by Catalytic Conversion of Carbohydrates on Mesoporous Zr-SBA-15” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Catalysis. (2015)

July 15, 2015 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin delivered an invited talk entitled “Biofuels and Bio-products from Arid Land Plants” at National Renewable Energy Laboratory at Golden, CO

2015

Dr. Lin is serving as the Guest Editor of the special issue “Biomass Conversion” in the journal Catalysis Today, which is planned to be published in November, 2015

August, 2015 (New group member)

Akkrum Nasr joined Lin’s group as a PhD candidate. Welcome!

August, 2015 (New group member)

Kan Tang joined Lin’s group as a PhD candidate. Welcome!

August, 2015 (New graduation)

Congratulations! Lisha Yang graduated from Lin’s group as a PhD.
Lisha Yang and Hongfei Lin at UNR graduation

April, 2015 (Hot topic in Wiley-VCH)

Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Mi Lu and Hongfei Lin* “Highly Efficient Hydrogen Storage System Based on Ammonium Bicarbonate/Formate Redox Equilibrium over Palladium Nano-catalyst” on ChemSusChem. Vol. 8 (2015) 813-816.

Our paper has been selected as the hot topic in Wiley-VCH.
Hot Topics - Wiley-VCH: Carbon Dioxide - CO2 emission causes many environmental problems. To mitigate the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, the fixation, activation, and capture of CO2 through chemical reactions is important. Increasingly, CO2 is used as a carbon source in syntheses. Find all articles on carbon dioxide in Wiley Online Library...

April, 2015

Congratulations to Ji Su on his new position as research scientist in Gabor Somorjar’s group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

March 25th, 2015 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave a talk on “Highly efficient formate production by low temperature hydrogenation of amine captured CO2” at Symposium C1 Chemistry in 249th ACS Conference, Denver, CO.

Dr. Lin gave a talk on “Simultaneously Converting Carbonate / Bicarbonate and Biomass to Value-added Carboxylic Acid Salts by Aqueous-phase Hydrogen Transfer”at Symposium Catalytic Materials and Technologies for Upgrading of COx and Natural Gas in 249th ACS Conference, Denver, CO.

March 19, 2015

Congratulations to Ji Su on his Green Chemistry publication. Ji Su, Mi Lu, Hongfei Lin*, “High Yield Production of Formate by Hydrogenating CO2 Derived Ammonium Carbamate / Carbonate at Room Temperature” has been accepted for publication in Green Chemistry. (2015)
Figure illustrating High Yield Production of Formate by Hydrogenating CO2 Derived Ammonium Carbamate / Carbonate at Room Temperature

March 3, 2015

Congratulations to Lisha Yang on her first-authored paper. Lisha Yang, Mi Lu, Sarah Carl, Jesse A. Mayer, John C. Cushman, Elli Tian, Hongfei Lin*, “Biomass Characterization of Agave and Opuntia as Potential Biofuel Feedstocks” has been accepted for publication in Biomass and Bioenergy. Vol. 76 pp.43-53 (2015).

January 9, 2015

Congratulations to Ji Su on his new publication. Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Mi Lu and Hongfei Lin* “Highly Efficient Hydrogen Storage System Based on Ammonium Bicarbonate/Formate Redox Equilibrium over Palladium Nano-catalyst” on ChemSusChem. Vol.8 pp.813-816 (2015).
Screenshot of ChemSusChem article - see link above

December 26, 2014 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave invited talk on “The Role of Aqueous Phase Catalysis on CO2 Reduction and Hydrogen Storage”, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, December 26, 2014.

December 22, 2014 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave invited talk on “The Role of Aqueous Phase Catalysis on CO2 Reduction and Hydrogen Storage”, School of Environment and Energy, Peking University, December 22, 2014.

December 14, 2014

Congratulations to Ji Su on his publication. Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Xiaokun Yang, Mi Lu, Bing Luo, and Hongfei Lin*. “Simultaneously Converting Carbonate/Bicarbonate and Biomass to Value-added Carboxylic Acid Salts by Aqueous-phase Hydrogen Transfer.” Published on ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. Vol. 3 pp. 195-203 (2015).

This manuscript was selected to be the cover of the January, 2015 issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
web only. Editor: Cheryl Shanks, David Allen JEM: Esther

August 11, 2014 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave invited talk on “The Role of Aqueous Phase Hydrogenation on CO2 Capture and Conversion”, Symposium Carbon Dioxide Management: Recent Advances in Carbon Dioxide Capture, Conversion, Utilization and Storage in 248th ACS Conference, San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2014.

August 10, 2014 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave invited talk on “Simultaneous Conversion Of Biomass And CO2 to Co-produce Carboxylic Acids by Aqueous-phase Hydrogen Transfer”, Symposium Biofuels for Powering the World in 248th ACS Conference, San Francisco, CA, August 10, 2014.

July 16, 2014

Congratulations to Lisha Yang on her publication. Lisha Yang, Ji Su, Sarah Carl, Joan G Lynam, Xiaokun Yang and Hongfei Lin*. “Catalytic conversion of Hemicellulosic Biomass to Lactic Acid in PH Neutral Aqueous Phase Media.” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Vol. 162, pp. 149–157 (2015)
Figure illustrating Catalytic conversion of Hemicellulosic Biomass to Lactic Acid in PH Neutral Aqueous Phase Media

May, 2014

Congratulations to Ji on his publication. Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Reed Nicholas Liu, Hongfei Lin*. “Low-temperature oxidation of guaiacol to maleic acid over TS-1 catalyst in alkaline aqueous H2O2 solutions.” Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 5, pp.622-630. (2014)
Figure from Low-temperature oxidation of guaiacol to maleic acid over TS-1 catalyst in alkaline aqueous H2O2 solutions

May, 2014

Publication of a book chapter. Hongfei Lin, Ji Su, Ying Liu, Lisha Yang. Catalytic Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Value-Added Organic Acids in Aqueous Media. Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-54458-3_5. (2014)

March 3rd, 2014 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave a talk on “The Role of Aqueous Phase Catalysis on CO2 Reduction and Hydrogen Storage” at American Chemical Society meeting of the Sierra Nevada Local Section. Dr W H Boon, the Chair of ACS – Sierra Nevada Local Section spoke highly of the speech.

January, 2014

Dr. Lin received a two-year sub-contract of $60,000 from Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County. Dr. Lin’s group will evaluate the battery performance of the first all electrical zero-emissions buses in Reno.

October, 2013

Dr. Lin is honored to be invited by the Scientific Secretariat to apply for Eni Award 2014 in the field of energy and environment. The ENI Award is a highly prestigious prize awarded by the Italian oil and gas company ENI with the aim of encouraging better use of energy sources and increased environmental research. The ENI award is called the “Nobel Prize of energy research”.

October, 2013

Dr. Tao Shi joined Lin’s group as a visiting scholar. Welcome!

September, 2013

Dr. Lin received a major grant from USDA through Sun Grant Western Center with a total amount of $589,281 for 2 years. Dr. Lin is the co-PI in this project.

September 30th, 2013 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “From Petro-fuels to Biofuels: A Transition from ‘Hunter-gathers’ to ‘Agriculturists’”, School of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China, September 30, 2013.

September 28th, 2013 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “From Petro-fuels to Biofuels: A Transition from ‘Hunter-gathers’ to ‘Agriculturists’”, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao, China, September 28, 2013.

September 26th, 2013 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “From Petro-fuels to Biofuels: A Transition from ‘Hunter-gathers’ to ‘Agriculturists’”, School of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian Institute of Technology, Dalian, China, September 26, 2013.

September 18th, 2013 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “From Petro-fuels to Biofuels: A Transition from ‘Hunter-gathers’ to ‘Agriculturists’”, Department of Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China, September 18, 2013.

September 17th, 2013 (Invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “Connecting Lignocellulosic Biomass and Advanced Biofuels with Catalytic Aqueous Phase Partial Oxidation”, at the 2nd International Congress on Catalysis for Biorefineries at Dalian.

September 15th, 2013 (invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “From Petro-fuels to Bio-fuels: A translation from “Hunter gathers” to “agriculturists””, to multiple universities in China including Peking University, the top university in China, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beihang University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Dalian University of Technology, and Shandong University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Lin is giving the invited talk at Beijing Institute of Technology

September 11, 2013

Dr. Lin gave an invited keynote talk entitled “Bridging lignocellulosic biomass with advanced biofuels by catalytic aqueous-phase partial oxidation” in the 2013 ACS Fall Meeting at Indianapolis, IN.

August, 2013

Dr. Lin received a major grant from USDA NIFA with the total amount of $499,182 for 4 years. Dr. Lin is the co-PI in this project. He will work with the PI, Prof. Glenn Miller, and other team members to convert grindelia and rabbit brush on arid Lands to Bio- jetfuels and Bio-products.

August, 2013

Aimee Lu joined Lin’s group as a PhD candidate. Welcome!

August, 2013

Ying Liu graduated from Lin’s group with a Master’s degree. Congratulations!

July, 2013

Dr. Lin received a major grant from NSF CBET with the total amount of $299,950 for 3 years. Dr. Lin is the PI in this project. He will work with the co-PI, Prof. John Cushman, to convert drought-tolerant bio-energy crops including Agave and Opuntia to advanced biofuels.

July, 2013

Dr. Lin received a grant from NSF SBIR with the total amount of $50,000 for 6 months. Dr. Lin is the subcontractor of Polymeric Design, LLC. In this project, Dr. Lin will lead the effort to investigate surface oxidation, graftization and polymerization on ground tire rubber particles.

July, 2013

Prof. Jingji Zhang joined Lin’s group as a visiting scholar. Welcome!

April, 2013

Dr. Lin received a grant from GE Energy with the total amount of $65,000 for 10 months. Dr. Lin is the co-PI in this project. He will work with the PI, Prof. Alan Fuchs, and other team members to study the sulfur permeability.

March, 2013 (invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “Advanced Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass”, Department of Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, March 2013.

January, 2013

Xiaokun Yang joined Lin’s group as a PhD candidate. Welcome!

January, 2013

Dr. Ji Su joined Lin’s group as a postdoc. Welcome!

October 10, 2012

Our paper entitled “High yield production of levulinic acid by catalytic partial oxidation of cellulose in aqueous media” was accepted by the top journal in the area of renewable energy, Energy & Environmental Science. 5, pp. 9773-9777 (2012)

screenshot of publication: High yield production of levulinic acid by catalytic partial oxidation of cellulose in aqueous media
Figure from High yield production of levulinic acid by catalytic partial oxidation of cellulose in aqueous media

June 30, 2012

Lisha Yang joined Lin’s group as a PhD candidate, welcome!

June 24-29, 2012

Dr. Lin attended the 2012 Gordon Research Conference at New London, NH and made a poster presentation: “High Yield Production of Levulinic Acid by Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Cellulose in Aqueous Media.”

March 25, 2012

Dr. Lin attended the 2012 ACS Spring Conference at San Diego, CA and gave an oral presentation: “High Yield Production of Levulinic Acid by Catalytic Aqueous Phase Partial Oxidation of Cellulose.”

March 9, 2012 (invited talk)

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk to the Chemical Engineering Department of the New Mexico State University: “Connecting Lignocellulosic Biomass and Advanced Biofuels with Catalytic Aqueous Phase Partial Oxidation.”

Feburary, 2005

Dr. Lin gave an invited talk on “Optical fiber Monolith photocatalytic reactor for water treatment,” Fractal Systems Inc., Safety Harbor, FL, Feb. 2005.