Recent and Upcoming Events

April 10-12, 2018

2018 Project Review Meeting for Crosscutting Research Portfolios

Bruce Miller and Joel Morrison represented UCFER at NETL’s Crosscutting Research Annual Meeting held April 10-12, 2018 at the Omni William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miller gave a presentation. He provided a brief overview of the development and structure of UCFER, the current status of UCFER and presented significant accomplishments to date.

May 29-June 1, 2018

EMI 2018 – MIT Mini-symposium (for EMI 2018, affiliated with EMI Poromechanics Committee):  “Coupled Processes in Subsurface Technologies”

This mini-symposium, part of the Engineering Mechanics Institute Conferece, presented on similar topics that UCFER projects are exploring and was organized by University of Wyomying’s Shunde Yin and MIT’s Ruben Juanes. The symposium attracted contributions that discussed the study of coupled processes associated with, but not limited to, unconventional oil and gas development, geothermal exploitation, solid/fluid waste disposal, geological carbon
sequestration and underground gas storage.

May 30 & 31, 2018

Energy Days 2018

The third annual Energy Days were held on May 30 and 31, 2018 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in University Park, Pennsylvania. Several posters were prepared for the Poster Session, one general poster giving an overview of UCFER and several summarizing UCFER-sponsored research by Penn State faculty. The posters were:

  • “University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research” prepared by the Operations Management Team
  • “Fundamental Studies on the Reaction Mechanisms of Oxygen Carriers for CLC/CLOU with Solid Fuels” prepared by Richard A. Yetter, Eric Boyer, Adr van Duin, Wembo Zhu and Princeton University’s Yiguang Ju, Hao Zhao, and Chris Burger.
  • “Evaluation of Bed Agglomeration Potential in Advanced Chemical Looping Combustion of Solid Fuels” prepared by James Kennedy, Ronald Breault, Chris Guenther, and Sarma Pisupati
  • “A Bipolar Membrane-Based CO2 Electrolyzer and High Throughput Discovery of Efficient CO2 Reduction Catalysts” prepared by  Zhifei Yan, Yuguang C. Li, Jemery Hitt, Liang Zhu, Michael A. Hickner, and Thomas E. Mallouk.
  • “The Use of FTIR to Study the CO2 Capture in Cationic Polymers” prepared by Raymond Lopez-Hallman and Michael A. Hickner.

Fall 2018

Fourth UCFER Request for Proposals

The fourth round of solicitations is expected to be released Fall 2018. Funding and topic details will be provided as information becomes available.

October 28-November 2, 2018

Topical Conference on Advances in Fossil Energy R&D

UCFER Director, Dr. Chunshan Song, and NETL’s Dr. Madhava Syamlal will be serving as co-chairs for a topical conference at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting. The Topical Conference: Advances in Fossil Energy R&D will include a plenary session by Dr. Steven Winberg, the assistant secretary for Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy. Multiple sessions will be held throughout the week on such topics as CO2 capture, storage, and utilization along with discussions on advance in such fields as hydrogen production and environmentally sustainable systems. The AIChE Annual Meeting will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

June 2019

The 44th International Technical Conference on Clean Energy

Penn State has been approached to organize a technical session at the 44th International Technical Conference on Clean Energy that will be held in Clearwater, Florida in June 2019. The session would consist of an opening presentation that introduces the UCFER program, followed by several project specific presentations. This will be a good venue to showcase UCFER to a wide range of industries, who could be potential partners as the UCFER program matures. Abstracts will be due in January 2019. Penn State will approach PIs later in 2018 that have active projects to discuss their interest and availability.

August 10-16, 2019

20th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences

The 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences has opened its call for abstracts. The conference, in session August 10-16, 2019 at Penn State University Park, will include the past topic areas of geo-mathematics, geostatistics, and geomodeling, but with a special focus on geomodeling issues at the intersection of food, water and energy. Interested researchers can submit a short abstract through the conference website at by December 18, 2018.

Learn more about the IAMG 2019 Conference including optional short courses and tours at website URL and register by April 30, 2019, for a discounted registration cost.