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PNNL scientist selected for National Academy symposium

Yong Wang chosen as one of only 86 in the nation to participate in pioneering engineering event.

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September 02, 2004 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Yong Wang, a senior scientist at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 10th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium, September 9-11, in Irvine, Calif.

The three-day event will bring together engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing cutting-edge engineering research and technical work in industry, academia and government. Wang was selected for his work in the development of advanced catalysts and novel reactors for hydrogen production, the development of microchannel reactors and engineered catalyst for microchannel fuel processing, and chemical synthesis and aqueous phase catalysis for biomass conversion.

Wang has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of catalysis and reaction engineering. He has received two R&D 100 Awards, a Presidential Green Chemistry Award, was named the 2004 PNNL Inventor of the Year and the 2003 Battelle Distinguished Inventor. Wang has 88 publications and 30 issued U.S. patents, 15 of which were granted in 2003 and eight already in 2004. Additionally, Wang has co-authored a textbook titled Microreaction Technology and Process Intensification to be published in 2005.

Wang earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Chengdu University of Science and Technology in China in 1984, and master's and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from Washington State University in 1992 and 1993, respectively.

Wang is the third staff member from PNNL to be selected for this honor, and the second in the last two years - S.K. Sundaram was selected in 2001, and Cindy Bruckner-Lea in 2003. He currently focuses on the development of microchannel reactors for fuel processing and chemical synthesis. He also is an adjunct professor at Washington State University.


Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Biomass, Chemistry, Catalysis

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