2014 CACS-SW Tech Seminar

Location: Duncan Hall 1070, Rice University (Map and parking)

Date: March 1, 2014

09:30-10:00 AM Member Registration and Networking

10:00-10:05 AM Welcome Address and Introduction of the Speaker, Teng Xu, CACS President

10:05-11:30 AM Keynote Speech: “Advanced Catalyst Technologies to Meet Petroleum Refining Challenges”, Dr. José G. Santiesteban

11:30-11:50 AM Q&A, Picture Time

All Attendees
* Snacks and drinks will be provided during networking times in the lobby. Please do not bring them inside classroom.
* Parking validations can be provided to those with needs.
* Please submit the registration form below.

Chinese American Chemical Society (CACS) - Southwest (SW) Chapter

José G. Santiesteban

In the first part of the presentation, I will give an overview of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company capabilities. In the second part, I will discuss some of the current challenges and opportunities that the petroleum refinery industry is facing, such as: (1) Global demand outlook for energy, (2) petroleum refining trends, and (3) examples of advanced catalyst technologies to address tighter fuels and lubricant product specifications. I will describe how the petroleum refining industry is capitalizing on advanced catalyst technologies to address these challenges to produce cleaner fuels and higher quality lubricants to meet the societal needs. I include several examples of recently commercialized novel catalyst technologies, which resulted from ExxonMobil's fundamental understanding of zeolite and base metal catalysis coupled with our development and manufacturing capabilities.

About Dr. José G. Santiesteban:
José was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. He joined Mobil's Central Research Laboratory (CRL) in Princeton, NJ in 1989, with B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At CRL, he carried out research in the area of exploratory catalytic processes until 1994. In 1994 he transferred to Mobil's Paulsboro Research Laboratory, Lubricant Products Development Division in Paulsboro, NJ. In 1995, José left Mobil to join Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he led an interdepartmental group in the development of novel catalytic processes. José went back to Mobil in early 1998 in Paulsboro, NJ to lead a group in exploratory research of new petrochemical technologies. He then had a number of technical leadership and management assignments in the Company with a special focus on heterogeneous catalysis. José was appointed as Director of the Catalyst Technology and R&D Computing Laboratory in 2006. In 2010, José was given the responsibility to lead the Catalyst Technology and Modeling Laboratory, which is his current position.

José is inventor or co-inventor on more than 80 US patents, editor of two books on catalysis, and author of over 20 refereed publications. He has been a member of teams responsible for discovery, development and commercialization of various catalytic technologies in the area of petrochemicals, clean fuels and lubricants. José also actively participates in the worldwide scientific community; he has been a plenary speaker and invited speaker at various national and international conferences in catalysis.

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Zhun Zhao, zz6@rice.edu

José G. Santiesteban

Manager, Catalyst Technology Division
Process Technology, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering