Volume 90 Issue 33 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 13, 2012

Catalyst Could Zap Methane Emissions

Catalysis: Agent oxidizes methane efficiently at low temperatures
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: catalyst, methane, oxidation, palladium oxide, ceria, alumina

A new Oxidizing catalyst could lead to practical ways of scrubbing methane from motor vehicle exhaust. It could also lead to methods for obtaining more efficient combustion in, and reduced emissions from, industrial turbines fueled by natural gas, which is composed primarily of methane.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, an atmospheric substance that absorbs and emits radiation in a way that tends to warm Earth’s surface. Up to now, it has not been practical . . .

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