Chunshan Song
Monday, July 14, 2014

Chunshan Song, director of the EMS Energy Institute and Distinguished Professor of fuel science and chemical engineering was on sabbatical at the Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China from June 30, 2013 through July 1, 2014. The EMS Energy Institute welcomed him back last week.

During his sabbatical, Song worked closely with faculty at DUT on research in the areas of clean fuels and catalysis, and carbon dioxide capture. Over the course of the year, he published 13 journal articles in several highly respected publications. 

Penn State and DUT have a formal joint research endeavor, the Joint Center for Energy Research (JCER), which Song co-directs. In addition to his research, Song also focused on JCER activities during his sabbatical. Part of his responsibility as co-director is to facilitate faculty and student exchanges and collaborations between the two universities. Several Penn State faculty and students were able to visit DUT during the past year to collaborate on research and lecture through JCER.

A lot has happened over the last year and the EMS Energy Institute continued to thrive under the interim leadership of Zuleima Karpyn, associate professor of petroleum and natural gas. Although Song was in touch during his sabbatical, it was hard to stay on top of all the happenings, so now that he is back at University Park, he is meeting with the faculty and staff at the Institute to develop a plan for the upcoming year.