National Engineering Laboratory for Green Chemical Productions of Alcohols-Ethers-Esters

The National Engineering Laboratory for Green Chemical Productions of Alcohols-Ethers-Esters (NELAEE), located in Xiamen University, is one of the national laboratories managed by the National Development and Reform Commission and announced its establishment in 2008.

The NELAEE aims to perform research for government agencies, universities, and industries to deliver breakthrough on science and technology to meet today's key national needs, particularly, dedicates to the development and commercialization of green chemical production technologies of alcohols, ethers and esters. With optimized utilization of fossil energy resource as goal, the great R&D efforts will be put on development of highly efficient novel catalysts and catalytic processes and their commercialization, with emphasis on: development of highly efficient catalysts and green chemical processes for synthesis of alcohols, ethers and esters from coal-based syngas, development of highly efficient novel catalysts for synthesis of light hydrocarbons from syngas and their selective conversion, development of highly efficient catalysts for water-gas shift (WGS), and development of economical and effective ways/techniques to chemically fix CO2, as well as preparation and applications of new type of nano-catalyst materials.

Recently, a certain number of highly efficient novel-type catalysts have been successfully developed in this laboratory, such as novel type of highly efficient Cu-based catalysts for methanol synthesis, highly efficient and selective CoCu (or CoMoK, NiMoK)-based catalysts for higher alcohol synthesis, and highly efficient PdZn-based catalysts for hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol, as well as K-free MgAl-based spinel-supported CoMoS sulfur-resistant catalysts for WGS, with potential prospects for commercial application.