Prof. Xian-Yong Wei from Department of Applied Chemistry, China University of Mining & Technology, China
Chemistry and chemical technology of heavy carbon resources
As the founder of molecular coal chemistry, my research interests are in the areas of chemistry and chemical technology of heavy carbon resources, including coals and their derivatives (coal tar, coal char, coal liquefaction oil and residue), heavy oils, natural bitumen and crop stalks. I am the author and co-author of 5 books, 4 book chapters, more than 500 publications in a number of international journals and inventor of more than 20 patents. I was awarded 12 prizes for natural science and science and technology progress. I devote myself to revealing molecular compositions of organic matters in heavy carbon resources and subsequently achieving directional conversion of the organic matters to fine chemicals and advanced carbon materials rather than converting heavy carbon resources to so-called clean energy. My dream is to establish a system of smart chemistry and chemical technology of heavy carbon resources as an important achievement of potential big science project and an industrial chain of smart conversion of heavy carbon resources to value-added chemicals and materials.