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Imprisoning natural gas

Israel Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of chemical engineering, is collaborating with colleagues from the Stevens Institute of Technology toward a more environmentally-friendly production of natural gas. Wachs, working with Dr. Simon Podkolzin of Stevens Institute, is studying the fundamentals of a new catalytic process for converting natural gas into benzene and other easily shippable liquid hydrocarbons over supported molybdenum nanoparticles. Their joint research has recently been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation.