Hua Song

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

PhD - Chemical Engineering

Ohio State University, 2009

MEng - Chemical Engineering

Tsinghua University, 2004

BEng - Chemical Engineering

Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2001

Contact information


Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning Building : EEEL 457B


Dr. Song teaches core and technical elective courses related to chemical engineering at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Experimental Design & Error Analysis (ENCH 701)

Chemical Thermodynamics (ENCH 633)


Separation Processes II (ENCH 505)

Chemical Process Design I (ENCH 511)

Chemical Process Design II (ENCH 531)

Chemical Engineering Laboratory (ENCH 551)

Introduction to Instrumental Characterization Techniques (ENCH 519)

Preferred method of communication

For current openings in Dr. Song’s research group, visit the group website.


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Catalytic upgrading
  • Sorbent development
  • Catalytic control

Research activities

Dr. Song’s research aims to develop low-cost catalyst systems with high performance and novel catalytic processes for efficient energy utilization in an economical, renewable, and environmentally friendly way. He has applied for 4 patents in this field. The key areas of research under the Green Catalysis Research Group are:

  • Catalytic heavy crude oil upgrading using natural gas
  • Catalytic light olefin upgrading – using natural gas for gasoline quality improvement
  • Catalytic coal or biomass upgrading using natural gas for liquid chemical or fuel productions
  • Natural gas solid sorbent development for vehicular application
  • Catalytic simultaneous conversion of municipal solid waste and greenhouse gas into valuable commodities
  • Catalytic natural gas conversion to liquid chemicals or fuels
  • Low temperature catalytic NOx control under high sulfur environment
  • Catalytic hydrogen production from on-board methanol steam reforming for fuel cell application


Dr. Hua Song completed his BEng in chemical engineering at the Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an (China) in 2001, followed by an MEng in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2004. He holds a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University (2009).

Currently, Dr. Song is the principle investigator for the Green Catalysis Research Group at the Schulich School of Engineering. Prior to becoming an associate professor at the University of Calgary in 2012, he was a research chemical engineer II at RTI international between 2011 and 2012, and a lead research engineer at the Research Center of Babcock & Wilcox between 2009 and 2010.


Selected publications

Li, Q., He, P., Jarvis, J., Bhattacharya, A., Mao, X., Wang, A., Bernard, G., Michaelis, V., Zeng, H., Liu, L., Song, H.*, "Catalytic co-aromatization of methane and heptane as an alkane model compound over Zn-Ga/ZSM-5: A mechanistic study", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2018) 236, 13-24;

He, P., Jarvis, J., Meng, S., Wang A., Kou, S., Gatip, R., Yung, M., Liu, L., Song, H.*, "Co-Aromatization of Methane with Olefins: The Role of Inner Pore and External Surface Catalytic Sites", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2018), 234, 234-246;

Wang, A., Austin, D., Karmakar, A., Bernard, G., Michaelis, V., Yung, M., Zeng, H., Song, H.*, "Methane Upgrading of Acetic Acid as a Model Compound for Biomass Derived Liquid over Modified Zeolite Catalyst", ACS Catalysis (2017) 7, 3681-3692;

He, P., Gatip, R., Yung, M., Zeng, H., Song, H.*, "Co-Aromatization of Olefin and Methane over Ag-Ga/ZSM-5 Catalyst at Low Temperature",  Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2017) 211, 275-288;

He, P., Zhao, L., Song, H.*, "Bitumen Partial Upgrading over Mo/ZSM-5 under Methane Environment: Methane Participation Investigation", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2017) 201, 438-450;

Lou, Y., He, P., Zhao, L., Cheng, W., Song, H.*, "Olefin Upgrading over Ir/ZSM-5 catalysts under methane environment", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2017) 201, 278-289;

Wang, A., He, P., Yung, M., Zeng, H., Qian, H., Song, H.*, "Catalytic Co-Aromatization of Ethanol and Methane", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2016) 198, 480-492.