Dr. Chunshan Song is the Director of the EMS Energy Institute, a Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, and a Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering (courtesy) at The Pennsylvania State University. He also serves as Associate Director of Penn State’s Institutes of the Energy and Environment, and as Director of the International Joint Center for Energy Research (JCER) between Penn State and Dalian University of Technology. He specializes in clean fuels and catalysis research including catalytic conversion and utilization of energy resources, including coal, petroleum, natural gas and biomass. His current research interests include catalysis in fuel processing for ultra-clean fuels and fuel cells; CO2 capture, conversion and utilization; reforming of hydrocarbon and alcohol fuels for syngas and H2 production; shape-selective catalysis for synthesis of organic chemicals; catalysis and reaction chemistry for energy conversion; and synthesis and applications of nano-porous catalytic and sorbent materials.
Dr. Song worked at Osaka Gas Company Research Center in Japan prior to joining Penn State. He has held visiting professorships at Imperial College London, University of Paris VI, Tsinghua University, Dalian University of Technology, Tianjin University, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (Dalian), Institute of Coal Chemistry (Taiyuan) in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Taiyuan University of Technology. He has also served as an advisory board member for US DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, US NSF Engineering Research Center, and as a consultant or advisor for some major energy companies including BP, ExxonMobil, and Saudi Aramco. Currently, he is on the advisory board for multiple professional journals.
Dr. Song has published over 330 refereed journal papers and 28 book chapters, edited 9 books and 11 special issues of research journals, delivered 60 plenary or keynote lectures at international conferences, and given over 270 invited lectures worldwide. He is an inventor for 8 patents. He serves on several boards and committees for professional societies and international conferences. He has numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the profession.
Dr. Song received a bachelor degree in chemical engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China, and a masters degree and doctorate in applied chemistry from Osaka University, Japan.