The Catalysis Materials and Engineering Laboratory (CMEL) at Henan University, formerly known as the Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, was founded in 1981. Certified as a teaching laboratory in 2002, it was designated as Research Laboratory by Henan University in 2008.
Its current research areas include novel catalysts, such as mesoporous molecular sieves (MMS), ionic liquids, nano-sized visible photocatalyst, solid acids and bio-methanation catalysts, catalytic technologies for producing biodiesel & bio-ethanol and for high-efficiency coal utilization, and catalytic process optimization and integration.
The Laboratory has a major annual commitment in the teaching and training of 500 undergraduate students as well as about 60 graduate students. The Laboratory's research group includes 8 professors, 6 associate professors, and 6 lecturers; 12 of them have PhD degree. Members of this research group teach a number of undergraduate courses in the fields of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chemistry Education, Applied Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, and Biological Engineering. In the past three years, the Laboratory has been entrusted with a number of research projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) or various provincial funding sources. We have also won 20 provincial/ministerial awards, compiled 6 textbooks, granted 8 invention patents, and published over 130 academic papers, including 56 in SCI/EI journals.
We at CMEL believe that all activities of human endeavor that require chemical and physical conversion of raw materials into final products in the future will increasingly rely on application of catalysis principles. Therefore, CMEL is committed to further development of catalysis reaction engineering theories and practice in solving a variety of practical and fundamental problems in the fuels, chemicals, petrochemicals, materials, biochemicals and environmental industries.