Archived Version - Shale gas future: Global distribution and industry impacts
Duration: 60 Minutes
increasing availability of natural gas from shale deposits in the
U.S. is continuing to have a profound effect on many industrial
sectors. While prominent shale deposits have received attention in
the U.S., there is lower awareness of the distribution of shale
across the globe and the enormous petroleum resources they
represent. The economic advantage created by shale gas and the
benefits to the U.S. economy of shale development are well
reported. The impacts of the shale development on the technology
used in the chemical industry is not discussed nearly as often.
Increasing ethane use favorably impacts ethylene derivatives, but
has negative implications for chemical products based on steam
cracker co-products. The shifting feedstock slate creates
challenges and opportunities for the industry. Less naphtha
cracking creates less C3 and higher materials, leading to a shift
toward on-purpose production of propylene, butadiene and other
chemical intermediates. This Webinar is designed to help attendees
better understand how the shale gas boom may play out globally,
and what it will mean for the chemical industry in the future.
Viewers Will Learn:
Who Should Attend:
David Burnett is the Director of
Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is
the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum
Engineering at Texas A&M University. At present he leads two
programs and is co-PI on a third. Burnett’s GPRI DesignsTM
Desalination Technology is a trademarked technology, developed by
Burnett’s team, presently in field trials in the Northeast serving
to demonstrate cost-effective technology for the development of the
Marcellus Shale. Mr. Burnett also is leading a multi-sponsor joint
industry project for GPRI to develop working prototypes of
environmentally friendly seismic sounding units for off shore
O&G exploration. He serves as the co-director of the RPSEA
(Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America) Field Testing of
Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $6 million
joint partnership among university/industry and government
organizations. Burnett also serves as the Department of Petroleum
Engineering Research Coordinator. During 2010, the Department of
Petroleum Engineering, the Number 1 rated PE department in the
nation according to US News and World Report, is conducting an
estimated $30 million in funded research including Burnett’s
industry and government funded projects of approximately $7,000,000.
Burnett has numerous publications and has six
David S. Bem, R&D Vice President, Advanced Materials, The Dow Chemical Company
David Bem is the vice president of Research & Development for Advanced Materials at The Dow Chemical Company.
Prior to this role, he was the
R&D director for Core R&D responsible for leading early
stage exploration of disruptive technologies and the development of
new businesses. He joined Dow in 2007 as the R&D leader for
Hydrocarbons & Energy, Alternative Feedstocks and Basic
Chemicals. In 2008, he became the R&D director of Dow Automotive
until he moved to Core R&D in 2010.
David received a B.A. in chemistry from West Virginia University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. David began his career at UOP, a Honeywell Company, focused on the synthesis and applications of zeolites and microporous materials. While at UOP, he led the discovery and development of PI-242, a high activity catalyst for butane isomerization. In 2000, he became R&D director of Torial, a subsidiary of UOP, and developed and commercialized high throughput tools for heterogeneous catalysis.
In 2002, David joined Celanese Corporation as R&D director for acetyls, oxygenates, and acetone derivatives where he was responsible for advancements in AO+™ (acetic acid technology) and Vantage Plus™ (vinyl acetate technology). In 2005, he became a member of the Celanese Corporate Executive Committee and R&D director for Engineering Polymers/Ticona. In that role he drove new product development for POM (Polyacetyl), LCP, PPS, and PBT, he led Celanese Corporate innovation team and the implementation of innovation processes.
David was recently appointed to the
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) of the National
Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Advisory Board for Oakridge
National Laboratories Energy and Environmental Sciences
Directorates. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Department
of Chemistry at UW-Madison. David holds nine US patents and has
authored more than 20 publications.
Moderator: Scott Jenkins, Senior Editor, Chemical Engineering magazine
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor's degree from Colgate University, and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.