Volume 93 Issue 34 | pp. 30-31
Issue Date: August 31, 2015

From Coal To Chemical Building Blocks: An Academic Success Story For China

Technology to convert coal-derived methanol into olefins is a big win for academics
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: technology, China, coal, petroleum, feedstocks, olefins, methanol

Standing in front of a wall-sized poster depicting a commercial-scale chemical plant, Zhongmin Liu talks animatedly about his research. The plant is so big, says the deputy director of China’s Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), that a person could drive a small car inside some of the facility’s pipes.

Sparking Liu’s excitement is a reactor in the facility that converts methanol to a mixture of ethylene and propylene, the building blocks that make up . . .

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