On behalf of the Conference Advisory Board, Conference Committees, and the University of Pittsburgh we welcome you to the Thirty-Third Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference held August 8 - 12, 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Center in Cape Town, South Africa. 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 200 technical papers and posters will be presented throughout the conference. The Poster Sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 10 from 17:30 - 19:30. For detailed information on technical sessions, papers and speakers, please turn to page 6 in the Technical Program.

The invited Plenary Speakers include: Grace M. Bochenek, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy, USA; Wang Hongqiao, Vice President, China National Coal Association, CHINA; Robert Jeffrey, Managing Director and Senior Economist, Econometrix, SOUTH AFRICA and Rosemary Falcon, Professor, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, SOUTH AFRICA; Aleksander Sobolewski, Institute For Chemical Processing of Coal, POLAND; Xiangzeng Wang, Senior Vice President, Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group Company, CHINA; Paul de Mattos, Managing Director, Clarke Energy, SOUTH AFRICA; Satya P. Chauhan, Senior Program Director, Battelle Columbus Operations, USA; and Johan Brand, Managing Director, Africary, SOUTH AFRICA.

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 all session chairs, speakers and international delegates for their contributions to the 2016 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 we invite you to join us next year for the Thirty-Fourth Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from September 5 - 8, 2017.


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Richard Winschel, Chair
CONSOL Energy Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA