Spring 2015
Satya Chauhan
Senior Program Director, Battelle
Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Advances in Conversion of Coal and Biomass to Jet Fuel

This seminar will cover three difference technology options for converting coal and/or biomass to jet fuels suitable for U.S. military use.  One approach involves indirect liquefaction utilizing Fischer Tropsch (FT) conversion of synthesis gas.  A second approach involves direct conversion of bio-oils to jet fuel.  A third approach covers direct liquefaction of coal and biomass, while minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The results are based on about 8 years of ongoing efforts with the U.S. Air Force.


Dr. Chauhan is a Senior Program Director at Battelle managing programs on clean energy and green processes and products.  During his 35+ years with Battelle, he has managed research programs in fuels preparation, coal liquefaction, coal and biomass gasification, production of liquid fuels from non-petroleum sources, pollution prevention, waste management, advanced separations, chemical process development, and minerals processing.  Dr. Chauhan has more than 25 years of experience in designing, building, and testing high-pressure, high-temperature pilot plants for both gas and liquid-phase hydrocarbon conversion processes.  He holds 22 U.S. patents, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, including over 50 on alternative energy topics.  Dr. Chauhan has received over 65 innovation awards, including 7 R&D 100 Awards, Battelle’s Distinguished Inventor Award, American Chemical Society’s Industiral Innovation Award, and IIT Kanpur’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.