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A catalyst for conversion

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tufts-led research on a breakthrough in methane conversion was featured in APS Science 2017. 
A methane flare in the blue sky

Research conducted by a group of researchers led by Tufts chemical engineers is featured in APS Science 2017 (pages 80-81). The coverage highlights the group's breakthrough method for directly converting methane to methanol, which could lead to more energy efficient production of methanol or acetic acid.

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Distinguished Professor and the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering, doctoral candidate Mengwei Li, and former Tufts postdoctoral scholar Junjun Shan collaborated with Lawrence F. Allard, Ph.D., distinguished research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sungsik Lee, Ph.D., staff scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, on the research.

The team accomplished the oxidation of methane using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, publishing the original results in Nature.