John Carpenter

Director, Natural Gas

John Carpenter


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

John Carpenter, PhD, guides several projects focused on the conversion of natural gas to value products and small-scale applications. As manager of our natural gas program, he also heads up projects related to advanced technologies for coal to liquids via a Fischer-Tropsch process.

Dr. Carpenter’s current resource focus involves responsibility for a project converting natural gas to syngas, funded by ARPA-E. He also is working on novel separations of alkane/alkene products for modular-scale applications, in addition to research related to hydroprocessing of catalytic fast pyrolysis bio-crude and deoxygenation chemistry, among other areas.

While at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Carpenter researched shape selectivity and cracking activity of various zeolites through the Constraint Index test, in addition to studying light alkane oxidation over supported aqueous-phase catalysts based on the Shilov oxidation system.

Dr. Carpenter is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.