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Shale gas biological conversion to:

Highlight of Research Areas

Synthesis of ammonia from renewable electricity (solar or wind power) under low pressure (0-200 psig) and temperture of 250-400 degrees Celsius. At WVU, hydrogen rich syngas production through renewable hardwood biomass gasification was obtained through synergistic natural gas–biomass co-processing.  The diagram shows reaction between methane and biomass molecules on catalyst surface elucidating synergistic effect of methane-biomass co-gasification.  This technology is a novel, heterogenous, multi-functional catalyst which selectively activates the active metal clusters using microwave energy to reach the 700°C reaction temperature to activate the stable C-H bonds.