Matteo Pasquali

Rice University

Director of the Carbon Hub; A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science

Matteo Pasquali serves as the Director of the Carbon Hub, a Rice-led initiative whose mission is to build a zero emissions future, where clean hydrogen and carbon materials are co-produced sustainably at large scale from hydrocarbons. Since his appointment on the Rice University faculty in 2000, Pasquali has served in various capacities, including Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Master of Lovett College, and Senator at Rice University, Chief Scientific Advisor at Shell, and as Director of two startups he co-founded (DexMat and NanoLinea). Pasquali is an elected fellow of the AAAS and APS and has won numerous awards including the NSF Career, Goradia Innovation Grand Prize, Herschel Rich Invention Award, Schlack Prize for Man-Made fibers, and the Rice Presidential Mentoring Award. Pasquali and his students have co-authored over 220 scientific articles and over 30 patents and patent applications, which have been cited over 17,000 times. Pasquali's research has been funded by US government agencies, corporations, and private foundations. His former students and postdocs are on the faculty at prominent US and international universities and in multinational corporations. Pasquali holds a PhD from University of Minnesota and a MS from University of Bologna, both in Chemical Engineering.

Sessions With Matteo Pasquali

Thursday, 10 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 09:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 10:10 pm

    View from the Ivory Tower: Role of universities in advancing decarbonization technologies

    Panel Innovation & Technology

    After the pandemic-induced drop in 2020, energy demand and emissions are back on their growth trajectories. In its report “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector,” the IEA stated that getting to net-zero by 2050 will require “nothing short of a total transformation of the energy system that underpins our economies.” The report also observed that “the pathway is narrow but achievable.” Shorter innovation cycles and faster scale-up of new and existing energy technologies will be essential in achieving these targets within this time frame. Although the power sector is decarbonizing at a fast pace, other sectors are lagging significantly. How are three of the world’s leading universities addressing this challenge? How are these universities planning to reduce industrial emissions? How are universities, national labs, and energy companies improving their collaborations? What climate-resilient infrastructure investments do universities recommend publicly funding? What is the responsibility of universities to enable and support a “Just Transition” in developing countries? How can universities encourage the next generation to work in the energy industry?