Northwestern University researchers have found the enzyme responsible for the methane-methanol conversion in methanotrophic bacteria. The bacteria catalyzes the reaction at a site that contains just one copper ion. This finding could lead to newly designed, human-made catalysts that can convert natural gas to readily usable methanol with the same effortless mechanism. Known for their […]

Los Alamos National Lab’s new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics. It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process. Zdeněk Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, […]

The USGS announced last week a very large oil reservoir in Texas and New Mexico. Located in the Permian basin the Mass Media picked it up and it is good news. For quick background the USGS has been evaluating oil reservoirs for decades and has a pretty good reputation lacking political bias and scientific extremism. […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team of researchers has taken the first three-dimensional images of kerogen’s internal structure, with a level of detail more than 50 times greater than has been previously achieved. The images should allow more accurate predictions of how much oil or gas can be recovered from any given formation. The […]

A Penn State led team of international researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near natural gas drilling sites. Thomas K. Wood, holder of the biotechnology endowed chair and professor of chemical engineering at Penn State explains one motive, “Currently, we […]

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