The 6th USA-China Chemical Engineering Conference, Beijing, China, October 30-November 3, 2011

Intellectual Merit

This grant is to provide travel funds for U.S. speakers, authors of papers, and particularly young academic participants to The 6th USA-China Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held in Beijing, China, on November 7- 10, 2011 (the dates have been changed since the proposal was submitted). The theme of the conference is: Chemical Engineering for Clean Energy. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science, the Chemical Industry & Engineering Society of China (CIESC), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The purpose of the Conference is to provide a forum for U.S. Chemical Engineers to meet their counterpart in China to discuss the latest advancements, exchange research ideas and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

The $30,000 will provide for approximately 30 partial travel grant awards to U.S. speakers, authors of papers, particularly young academic participants at the Conference. Travel awards will be made based on the following considerations: (1) scientific or technological merit of the speaker/participant; (2) professional qualifications relative to age and position; (3) institutional and geographical distribution.

Broader Impacts:

Global issues such as new and renewable energy sources, clean fuels and environment will be among the focal points of discussion that will be beneficial to the U.S. participants. The direct communication will facilitate development and expansion of the potentially vast markets in China for U.S. chemical products.

Project Report

The NSF grant was a travel grant for partially defraying the travel costs of academic speakers to the 6th Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering, held in Beijing, China on November 7-10, 2011. The grant was used to partially fund the travel of 24 young faculty members, 3 graduate students, and 5 senior faculty members of the U.S. delegation. A summary and the outcomes of the Conference are given below. Summary and Outcomes of the Conference 1. Conference name: The 6th Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering 2. Time and place: Nov. 7-10, 2011, Beijing, China 3. Attendance: Approximately 400 total, with US attendees, approximately 100 4. Conference Theme: Due to the challenges we face in energy, resources and environment, the theme of this conference is "chemical engineering for clean energy", emphasizing the role of chemical engineers in the development of clean & sustainable processes, products, and services to meet the ever-growing demand on energy, and yet to reduce emissions for improving the human condition. The purpose of the conference is to create a platform for scientists, engineers and practitioners to exchange and share their views and latest research findings in the chemical engineering sciences especially related to energy industry, and to promote collaborations among participants from China, US and other countries. 5. Conference Symposia: Total 13 symposia on clean and renewable energy and sustainability. In addition, two plenary panel sessions were held: Panel discussions on challenges and opportunities in energy industry Panel discussions on research and education of chemical engineering in 21st century Outcome of the Conference: 1) Scientific exchange of research results in the field of clean energy which led to further advancement of science and technology on clean energy technologies 2) Enhanced relationship between the two chemistry and chemical engineering groups of the US and China 3) Fostered new collaborations between the two countries

Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor
United States
Zip Code