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Jianli (John) Hu

Statler Chair in Engineering for Natural Gas Utilization - Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Professor - Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Director - Center for Innovation in Gas Utilization and Research (CIGRU)

Jianli Hu is the Statler Chair Professor and the Director of Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization (CIGRU) at West Virginia University. He leads an interdisciplinary faculty team carrying out cutting-edge research in natural gas conversion as well as renewable energy utilization.

Hu has demonstrated strong leadership in partnering with national laboratories in the United States and industrial companies to undertake a number of research projects funded by U.S. federal agencies. These research projects span across the fields of reaction engineering, surface chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, plasma and microwave-enhanced catalytic reactions. Specifically, his research group at WVU is focused on microwave catalysis approaches to produce ammonia from renewable power under low pressure and temperature, production of chemicals and carbon nanomaterials from natural gas.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1991

B.S., Chemistry, Tsinghua University, 1986

MBA, Washington State University, 2002