Transforming methane into new energy sources

Voices of Research: Fueling the Future

An Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) project of the U.S. Department of Energy

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Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization

Research Team Lead:
Brent Gunnoe

Host University:
University of Virginia

The team is researching pioneering ways to transform methane into new energy sources.

Scientific advances are needed to create new technologies that will provide large-scale access to alternative energy sources. At the core of nearly every large-scale alternative resource is the need to selectively rearrange chemical bonds using sophisticated catalysts that can break and form chemical bonds. New catalytic technologies can lead to high impact technologies, but such catalysts require a level of molecular control beyond our current means.

CCHF is focused on identifying catalysts that will allow the conversion of methane into liquid fuels. This work has the potential to greatly augment gasoline as a more environmentally-friendly fuel.