With natural gas production rising, engineers and scientists, including U.Va. chemical engineer Matthew Neurock, are seeking ways to convert methane into useful chemicals.
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October 26, 2010 — From childhood stories of pirate treasure to fine jewelry, there is a near-universal understanding that gold is scarce, lustrous and valuable. Researchers at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science have expanded the concept of gold's value by showing how it – and other metals – can be used as catalysts for creating more environmentally friendly chemical processes.