3D model of methane, CH4. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Converting methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into useful chemicals

Scientists from the University of Southern California have found a simple way to convert the greenhouse gas methane directly into ethylene and propylene, or olefin, which can be used for manufacturing plastics, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Methane is produced at large scale in the United States, India and China, and is more potent in heating up the earth than CO2. Efficient conversion of methane is especially important considering that the industrial and agricultural production of this gas is not expected to slow down any time soon.

Read the full story: University of Southern California
Scientific publication: Journal of the American Chemical Society