Harold Schobert and Jonathan Mathews
Friday, October 18, 2013

The EMS Energy Institute organized the Fourteenth International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), held from September 29-October 3, in State College, PA. Jonathan Mathews, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering, and program director for the Institute’s coal science and technology program, chaired the conference, which attracted over 220 participants from 29 countries.

ICCS&T is held every two years in different international settings. Thirteen previous conferences have taken place under the auspices of ICCS, while the last four conferences were organized under the auspices of ICCS&T: Spain (2011), Cape Town (2009), Nottingham (2007), and Okinawa (2005). The 1981 conference was the first of this reconstituted conference. The goal of the conference is to bring together the academic, industrial, and government communities to exchange ideas, concepts, and innovations for the shared purpose of facilitating coal research advances. The 2013 conference marked the first time the ICCS&T had been held in Pennsylvania, a state with a rich coal history.

The 2013 conference attracted a diverse international audience and covered on all aspects of coal science, technology, and related areas of interest. Technical presentations focused on clean coal technologies, including combustion, gasification, ash chemistry, trace elements, coal structure and chemistry, coal tar, coke, spontaneous combustion, CO2 sequestration, coalbed methane, carbon capture, and coal-to-liquids. Keynote speakers included Jack Pashin, Oklahoma State University; Harold Schobert, Penn State; and Michael Klein, University of Delaware. The conference also included a reception at the Penn State Arboretum, a conference dinner at the historic Nittany Lion Inn and two poster sessions.

Conference sponsors, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Illinois Clean Coal Institute, ACS Division of Energy and Fuels, H-Quest, LLC, and IEA Clean Coal Center all assisted in making the conference possible. Overall, the ICCS&T 2013 was a large success and the EMS Energy Institute was excited to host one of the most important events in the field of coal research.