An executive with a leading alternative energy company will speak Friday, Oct. 31, at West Virginia University about the commercialization of a technology to convert coal or petroleum coke into pipeline-quality synthetic natural gas.

Donald B. Anthony is the chief technology officer for Great Point Energy, the leading developer of catalytic gasification technology to convert coal, petroleum coke and biomass into natural gas while capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Employing its proprietary conversion and carbon capture technology, GreatPoint Energy produces ultra-clean natural gas from widely abundant domestic sources.

Anthony will speak at WVU as part of the Department of Chemical Engineerings Dow/Union Carbide Reaction Engineering and Catalysis Seminar. The seminar will take place at 9 a.m. in Assembly Room A of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy. A reception will follow in the NRCCE lobby.

Anthony is responsible for technology strategy, engineering, research, technical project development, operations and licensing for Great Point Energy. He has been a director, adviser and consultant to the company since 2005.

Prior to joining Great Point Energy, he served as president and executive director of the Council for Chemical Research; president and chief executive officer of NineSigma Inc.; president of Bailey Controls and ABB Process Automation; vice president of technology for Bechtel Petroleum and Chemicals; and vice president of research and development for BP America and Standard Oil of Ohio.

Anthony earned his bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo. He went on to complete both his masters and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is a member of the University of Chicago Review Committee for the Argonne National Library and a past member of the National Research Councils Energy Engineering Board. He served as chairman of the board of the Glennan Microsystems Initiative and as an executive member of the Northeast Ohio Regional Technology Coalition. He is also a past member of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering Visiting Committee.

The Dow/Union Carbide Reaction Engineering and Catalysis Seminar Series was established in 1994 to honor R. Richard Bannister and his association with the Department of Chemical Engineering in WVU s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources .