MEC Became an Industrial Partner of CISTAR


MEC Became an Industrial Partner of NSF-funded Center at Purdue University

MEC Fuels & Chemicals (MEC) is excited to announce that it became an Industrial Partner for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkanes Research (CISTAR). CISTAR’s vision is to create a transformative engineered system to convert light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels in smaller, modular, local, and highly networked processing plants.

MEC recently attended CISTAR’s Fall meeting at University of New Mexico’s beautiful campus in Albuquerque and provided feedback on highly innovative R&D carried out by CISTAR researchers. MEC looks forward to continue participating in CISTAR’s innovation ecosystem consisting of continuous interaction among faculty, student researchers, companies, and non-industrial stakeholders such as government agencies, regulators, NGOs, and consumers to accelerate the commercialization of CISTAR’s technologies.

The CISTAR team has been developing innovative process designs for economic production of liquid chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons. Researchers have also been exploring novel approaches for converting methane to chemical intermediates, which can then be used as a feedstock for conversion to liquid fuels.

The NSF will provide $19.75 million over five years for the center. Industrial and university partners will contribute additional funding and critical resources. The center includes academic teams of researchers from Purdue, the University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as partners from industry, national laboratories and national and international research organizations (

For more information about the center, please visit If you are interested in learning more about this partnership, please visit, call 713-344-0652, or email Please follow @MEC Fuels & Chemicals on social media for updates on MEC’s reactors/testing equipment, catalysts/adsorbents, R&D and future news & events!