Green Way to Utilize Coal

Twenty Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBME) undergraduates, led by Prof Marshal Liu, undertook an eye-opening two-week summer internship in June-July 2016 at a Towngas-owned coal liquefaction plant in Inner Mongolia. Coal liquefaction entails the conversion of coal to liquid chemicals (methanol) or hydrocarbons (gasoline), a relatively clean and green process that has drawn great attention, especially in China.

The placement enabled participants to gain in-depth understanding of the production process and major facilities involved, receiving positive feedback from both students and senior management at the plant. Students also had the opportunity to see the local sights and learn more about the culture and history of Inner Mongolia.

Given the internship’s valuable outcomes, Towngas and the CBME Department have agreed to continue organizing the program.