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US military consumes more hydrocarbons than most countries – with a massive hidden impact on the climate

June 21, 2019

The US military’s carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted in order to have a substantial effect…
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Leeds Dwayne Heard, third from left, recently visited Sandia National Laboratories’ Combustion Research Center. From left, Craig Taatjes, Rebecca Caravan, Heard, Lenny Sheps, David Osborn and Judit Zador. (Photo by Dino Vournas/Sandia)
Digesting hydrocarbons

February 9, 2019

Sandia research investigates how organic reactions affect Earth’s atmosphere Volatile organic compounds can be found in the air…
Image of a flame that was sampled by Sandia National Laboratories scientists against the backdrop of mass spectra and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds found inside the flame. (Image courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories)
Deconstructing deleterious soot

February 8, 2019

Sandia identifies unusual polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using tandem mass spectrometry. In most situations, breaking things apart isn’t the…
U.S. NGPL production continues to grow, driven by production in East and Southwest regions

February 6, 2019

In EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) Reference case, natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) production grows by 32% between 2018…
Light-activated, single-ion catalyst breaks down carbon dioxide

December 5, 2018

A team of scientists has discovered a single-site, visible-light-activated catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into “building block”…
Cracking the code to soot formation

September 7, 2018

Sandia scientists unlock mystery to help reduce hazardous emissions The longstanding mystery of soot formation, which combustion scientists…
Uncovering a missing link from methane to methanol

June 24, 2018

Microscopic crystalline structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems…
About 7% of fossil fuels are consumed for non-combustion use in the United States

April 12, 2018

While most fossil fuels in the United States are burned, or combusted, to produce heat and power, EIA…
New chemical mechanisms identified on road to cleaner, more efficient combustion

March 9, 2018

Sandia researchers unravel chemistry of organic compounds Sandia National Laboratories researchers have identified key chemical mechanisms for the…
U.S. ethane consumption, exports to increase as new petrochemical plants come online

February 21, 2018

Over the next two years, EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects growth in U.S. consumption of ethane in the petrochemical industry…
New Way to Transform Natural Gas and Volatile Hydrocarbons to More Useful Chemicals

July 26, 2017

In a new paper published in Nature Chemistry, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania report a new method…
From sustainable hydrocarbons to spin liquids

April 25, 2017

Fuel such as petrol is made up of hydrocarbons – a family of molecules consisting entirely of carbon…
Deeper look at unconventional oil and gas

February 13, 2017

Understanding how oil and gas molecules, water and rocks interact at the nanoscale will help make extraction of…
Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants

April 14, 2016

An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common…
Sweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gas

April 4, 2016

In at least one — and probably many — oil and gas drilling operations, the use of biocides…
New biofuels eliminate need for blending with petroleum fuels

November 12, 2015

A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven…
New ORNL catalyst features unsurpassed selectivity

October 31, 2015

Catalysts that power chemical reactions to produce the nylon used in clothing, cookware, machinery and electronics could get…
Bacteria in the world’s oceans produce millions of tonnes of hydrocarbons each year

October 6, 2015

Scientists have calculated that millions of tonnes of hydrocarbons are produced annually by photosynthetic bacteria in the world’s…
New ORNL catalyst addresses engine efficiency, emissions quandary

September 15, 2015

A catalyst being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could overcome one…
U.S. remained world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014

April 8, 2015

The United States remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014, according to…
Growing U.S. HGL production spurs petrochemical industry investment

January 30, 2015

Between 2014 and 2018, U.S. petrochemical capacity expansion projects are projected to increase domestic demand for ethane by…
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