Friday, March 14, 2014

Scripps Florida chemists take step in replacing oil with...

Scripps researchers are coming up with discoveries which may lead to natural gas to take a liquid form. It could be used in a wider variety of applications and be easier to transport. Click title for link to article.
Theoretically, natural gas could replace oil as the main ingredient in diesel fuel, gasoline and plastics.
Practically, converting natural gas into a versatile liquid has proven costly and complicated.
Chemists at Scripps Florida say their breakthrough in energy science could make the United States’ ample reserves of natural gas more valuable. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, Scripps Florida scientists describe a process using clever chemistry and inexpensive metals to turn the plentiful gas into a liquid replacement for petroleum.