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Researchers use single-atom catalyst, convert CO to CO2
March 5, 2018

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University and Tufts University have demonstrated for the first time that a single metal atom can act as a catalyst in converting carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, a chemical reaction that is commonly used in catalytic converters to remove harmful gases from car exhaust.

Alternative to wasteful methane flaring developed by WSU researchers
August 1, 2017

Bakken methane flareBy Eric Sorensen, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Jean-Sabin McEwen knocks out a Web search for “North Dakota,” “night sky” and “flaring,” and quickly finds a picture from space showing a glowing cluster bigger than Minneapolis. It’s from oil and gas fields burning off methane, producing as much greenhouse gas in a year as 1 million cars.

Research advances energy savings for oil, gas industries
February 27, 2017

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University research team has improved an important catalytic reaction commonly used in the oil and gas industries that could lead to dramatic energy savings and reduced pollution.

Researchers determine key improvement for fuel cells
July 18, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

McEwenPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), a promising clean energy technology that has struggled to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace.

Researchers shed light on important catalyst structure
May 26, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

chemistry-coverPULLMAN, Wash. – Volkswagen’s disgrace last year for altering software to pass emissions tests highlighted a problem for the auto industry: People want vehicles that are both non-polluting and fuel efficient, but they are difficult to produce with current technologies.

Doctoral student receives national award for biofuels work
December 8, 2015

By Zahra Debbek, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Alyssa-HensleyPULLMAN, Wash. – Alyssa Hensley, who will graduate with a doctoral degree this month from Washington State University, recently received a national award so she could present her research about making biofuels more reliable.

Researcher receives grant to improve biofuel production
October 12, 2015

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

McEwenPULLMAN, Wash. – A researcher at Washington State University has received a three-year $450,000 federal grant to develop computer models for using iron to more efficiently refine bio-oils and make better biofuels.