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32th International Coal Conference

Pittsburgh, PA, USA October 5-8, 2015

On behalf of the Conference Advisory Board, Conference Committees, and the University of Pittsburgh we welcome you to the Thirty-Second
Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference held October 5 – 8, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh PA. The
Conference is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Coal – Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development” which covers a wide spectrum of important
topics on coal technology, synfuel and environmental issues. The topics cover energy and environmental issues and technologies related to
coal and its byproducts. Over 300 technical papers and posters will be presented throughout the conference. The Poster Sessions will be held
on Wednesday, October 7 from 18:00 – 21:00. For detailed information on technical sessions, papers and speakers, please turn to page 6 in the
Technical Program.

The invited Plenary Speakers include: Dr. Grace M. Bochenek, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), USA; Mr. Richard A.
Winschel, Director of Research and Development, CONSOL Energy, USA; Mr. Vann Bush, Managing Director of Energy Supply and Conversion,
Gas Technology Institute, USA;Mr. Norman Kettenbauer, Vice President – Engineering & Contracting, Longview Power, LLC, USA; Dr. Lesley
Sloss, Principal Environmental Consultant, IEA CCC, and Lead of the Coal Partnership area at the UN Environmental Programme, UK; Prof. Frans
Waanders, Professor and Director, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University, SOUTH AFRICA; Prof. Farid A. Malik,
Forman Christian College (American University), PAKISTAN; Mr. James Van Nostrand, Director, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development,
USA; Mr. John Pippy, CEO, Penssylvania Coal Alliance, USA; and Dr. Daman S. Walia, President and CEO, ARCTECH Inc., USA.
We express our sincere gratitude to the contributors for their support and involvement, to all the authors and co-authors of the technical papers
and to all the members of the Program Committee, Awards Committee, International Committee and Membership Committee. Special thanks go
to our Technical Program Chairs, Evan Granite of NETL-DOE, USA; Jim Hower of the University of Kentucky, CAER, USA; and Gary Stiegel,
Consultant, USA, as well as to all session chairs, speakers and international delegates for their contributions to the 2015 technical program.
As the chair of the Advisory Board of the Conference, I deeply appreciate your participation and interest in this year’s Conference and invite you
to join us next year for the Thirty-Third Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, which will be held in Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
from August 8 – 12, 2016