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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Converting methane to methanol using nature-inspired, self-assembled material

Natural Gas Initiative

Matteo Cargnello, Chemical Engineering

The research is focused on engineering new materials. Composed of microporous polymer networks with embedded metallic clusters, these materials will perform the transformation of methane gas into liquid methanol using geometric confinement effects to bypass thermodynamic limitations. The ideas for these catalysts are inspired by naturally occurring enzymes that show much better performance for this reaction.