We are thrilled by the incredible success of the 2024 Carbon Hub Annual Meeting held in May at Rice University.

This year's event set a record for attendance, drawing a diverse crowd of industry leaders, research scientists, policymakers, and more. The meeting highlighted the exponential growth in carbon technologies and fostered a collaborative spirit among participants.

Day 1 kicked off at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies with panel discussions on the key role of private-public partnerships to advance the carbon transition, the big science questions, and progress toward commercialization of carbon materials. Following this, attendees expected technical updates from Rice Carbon Hub research collaborators with sessions continuing into the next morning.

Day 1 concluded with a networking dinner at the Rice Faculty Club at Cohen House.

Day 2 at the Ralph S. O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science saw further technical overviews in the morning, followed by an afternoon roundtable discussion on sustainability challenges for materials led by collaborators from the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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Notable speakers included Abby Kamin, Houston City Council Member; Scott Wright, president of the advanced materials division at the Huntsman Corp.; Ed Ganja, vice president of catalyst and analytical technology at Shell; Dhaval Shah, general manager for corporate technology and innovation at SABIC; and Jim Sledzik, director of strategic ventures at Saudi Aramco.

We look forward to raising the bar even higher at next year’s meeting, continuing to foster collaboration and innovation across industry and academia, and reinforcing Rice University’s leadership in addressing global sustainability challenges.

Stay tuned for more updates, and see you at the next Carbon Hub Annual Meeting!

carbon hub annual meeting 2024 Speakers

Confirmed Speakers for Carbon Hub Annual Meeting 2024 | May 6-7, 2024

Confirmed Speakers

  • Scott Wright, President of Advanced Materials Division - Huntsman
  • Ed Ganja, Vice President of Catalyst and Analytical Technology - Shell
  • Dhaval Shah, General Manager for Corporate Technology & Innovation - SABIC
  • Luca de Rai, Innovation Manager - Prysmian Group
  • Jeff Miller, Program Director - Kavli Foundation
  • Jim Sledzik, Director of Strategic Ventures - Saudi Aramco
  • John Lockemeyer, Chief Scientist for Catalysis - Shell
  • Nikhil Verghese, Corporate Fellow - SABIC

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In the Media

October 2022

CNBC meets with the Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner and Rice University President Reggie DesRoches to discuss the future of Houston, including Carbon Hub's role. Click here for the video.

March 2022

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Saudi Aramco joins the Carbon Hub! Click here for the press release.

We are pleased that the news of our partnership with Saudi Aramco has been reported on by the Houston Chronicle, Mirage News, Hydrogen Central, FuelCellsWorks, Green Car Congress, Arab News, Al Khaleej Today, Write Caliber, and Energy News.

August 2021

Houston Chronicle's Chris Tomlinson's article, "Carbon is damaging the climate, but also critical to clean energy," mentions the work of the Carbon Hub.

Carbon Hub's director Matteo Pasquali is interviewed and the work of the Carbon Hub is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle's article, "Rice scientists unveil secrets of carbon nanotubes."

July 2021

PNAS has published a co-authored opinion article by Carbon Hub director Matteo Pasquali and Carl Mesters (formerly of Shell), "We can use carbon to decarbonize - and get hydrogen for free."

June 2021

Houston's KHOU-11 reporter Shern Min Chow interviews Carbon Hub director Matteo Pasquali: "Working to create a zero-emissions future at Rice University."

April 2021

Houston Chronicle editorial: "Our jobs are bound up with the future of four hydrogen atoms and one carbon" Carbon Hub director Matteo Pasquali is quoted.

March 2021

Rice News article: "The Carbon Hub announces awarding seed grants for projects that will rapidly advance its vision for transforming the oil and gas sector into a leading provider of both clean hydrogen energy and solid carbon products..." More details about the research projects can be found in the linked article below.

March 2021

Professor Matteo Pasquali, director of the Carbon Hub, spoke at CERAWeek 2021 on March 5th. The video of the presentation, "Clean Hydrogen Energy, Transportation Systems & Industrial Decarbonization," can be found here.

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February 2021

Carbon Hub Collaborator Rachel Meidl (Baker Institute, Center for Energy Studies) presented this brief to the Biden Administration, titled "Recommendations for Realizing the Full Potential of Nanotechnology and Carbon Nanotubes as the Energy Sector Transitions."

The brief is part of a series of Baker Institute recommendations for the Biden Administration. This website has more information about the series.

October 2020

"Innovating the Future: The Next Frontiers In Clean Energy, Vaccines, and Agriculture, with Rice University's Dr. Yousif Shamoo" - Hold These Truths podcast with U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw and Rice University's Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Yousif Shamoo. The mission of the Carbon Hub is discussed.

Spring/Summer 2020

"Accelerating the Energy Transition to Zero-Emission Hydrocarbons" - published in the French-American Chamber of Commerce magazine. A dynamic article about the Carbon Hub and its mission to change how the world uses fossil fuels.

December 9, 2019

We are pleased that the Carbon Hub launch announcement has been reported on by the Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, World Oil, Oil and Gas Engineering, Hart Energy, H2 View, EurekAlert!, Science and Enterprise, and Informed Infrastructure.