Novel Method Turns Methanol into Renewable Energy

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

A new renewable energy source might come from the world’s simplest alcohol.

A team of researchers from the University of Southern California, led by senior author G. K. Surya Prakash and 1994 Nobel Prize winner George Olah, have created a carbon-neutral method to produce and store hydrogen from methanol, without concurrent production of either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide…

The study was published in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. It represents Olah’s last major paper as he passed away on March 8, 2017.

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