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A portrait of John Hu

John (Jianli) Hu

Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization

Professional Preparation

Tsinghua University Beijing, China – Chemistry B.S., 1986

Tsinghua University – Chemical Engineering Ph.D., 1991

University of Pittsburgh – Chemical Engineering Postdoctoral Associate, 1991-1995

Washington State University – Business MBA, 1999-2002


2016-present: Statler Chair Professor, Director of Center for Innovation in Gas Utilization and Research (CIGRU), West Virginia University

2010-2016: Director of Technology Innovation, Koch Industries, Inc.

2007-2010: R&D Manager, Black & Veatch Corporation.

1999-2007: Research Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

1998-1999: Senior Research Engineer, BP Oil


Project Relevant Publications

  1. Yuxin Wang, Ashley Caiola, Brandon Robinson, Qingyuan Li, Jianli Hu, Hierarchical Galloaluminosilicate MFI Catalysts for Ethane Non-oxidative Dehydroaromatization, Energy & Fuel, 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b04457 2020.
  2. Brandon Robinson, Ashley Caiola, Xinwei Bai, Victor Abdel-Sayed, Dushyant Shekhawat Jianli Hu, Catalytic Direct Conversion of Ethane to Value-added Chemicals Under Microwave Irradiation, Catalysis Today, 2020.
  3. Amoolya Lalsare, Ali Sivri, Ryan Egan, Roman J. Vukmanovich, Cosmin E. Dumitrescu, Jianli Hu, Biomass – flare gas synergistic co-processing in the presence of carbon dioxide for the controlled production of syngas (H2:CO ∼ 2 – 2.5), Chemical Engineering Journal,
  4. Qingyuan Li, Yuxin Wang, George Skoptsov, Jianli Hu, Selective Hydrogenation of Acetylene to Ethylene over Bimetallic Catalysts, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 58 (45), 20620-20629, 2019
  5. Sarojini Tiwari, Ashley Caiola, Xinwei Bai, Amoolya Lalsare, Jianli Hu, Microwave Plasma-Enhanced and Microwave Heated Chemical Reactions, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, DOI 10.1007/s11090-019-10040-7 (2019)
  6. Amoolya Lalsare, Yuxin Wang, Qingyuan Li, Ali Sivri, Roman J. Vukmanovich,
  7. Cosmin E. Dumitrescu, Jianli Hu, Hydrogen-Rich Syngas Production through Synergistic Methane-Activated Catalytic Biomass Gasification, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 7, 16060-16071, 2019
  8. Bingying Gao, I-Wen Wang, Lili Ren, Jianli Hu, Catalytic Methane Decomposition over Bimetallic Transition Metals Supported on Composite Aerogel, Energy & Fuels, 33, 9099-9106, 2019
  9. Xinwei Bai, Brandon Robinson, Casey Killmer, Yuxin Wang, Li Lili, Jianli Hu, Microwave Catalytic Reactor for Upgrading Stranded Shale Gas to Aromatics, Fuel, 243, 485-492, 2019
  10. I-Wen Wang, Deepa Ayillath Kutteri, Bingying Gao, Hanjing Tian, Jianli Hu, Methane Pyrolysis for Carbon Nanotubes and COx‑Free H2 over Transition-Metal Catalysts, Energy & Fuels, 33 (1), 197–205, 2019
  11. Xinwei Bai, Sarojini Tiwari, Brandon Robinson, Casey Killmer, Li Lili, Jianli Hu Microwave catalytic synthesis of ammonia from methane and nitrogen, Catalysis Science & Technology, 8, 6302-6305,2018

Additional Publications

  1. Jianli Hu, Amoolya Lalsare, Cosmin Dumitrescu, Ali Sivri, Methane and Methane-Carbon Dioxide Activated Synergistic Biomass Gasification for Hydrogen Rich Syngas Production, U.S. Provisional Patent application 62/944,120, 2019
  2. Jianli Hu, I-Wen Wang, Lili Li, Method and Composition for Production of CO2-Free Hydrogen and Carbon Nanomaterials by Methane Decomposition, US Provisional Patent Application, U.S. Pat. Appl. No. 62/927,951, 2019.
  3. Jianli Hu, Methods and Compositions for Microwave-Assisted Non-Oxidative Catalytic Direct Conversion of Natural Gas. US Application :16/355,501, PCT/US19/22586, 2019.
  4. Jianli Hu, Method and Compositions for Direct, Simultaneous Conversion of Nitrogen and Natural Gas to Value Added Compounds, PCT/US19/58454, 2019.
  5. Jianli Hu, Deepa Ayillath Kutteri, I-Wen Wang, Catalysts and Processes for Tunable Base-Grown Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes. U.S. Patent, Appl. No. 62/559,930 (2017), PCT/US18/51545, 2018.
  6. Jianli Hu, et al. Method and Composition for Catalytic Ammonia Synthesis, U.S. Patent Application Number: 16127843, 2018.

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