Wong: Exploiting nanomaterials. The catalyst is made from nano-scale clusters of tungsten oxide lying on top of zirconium oxide. The catalyst converts ‘straight-line’ molecules of n -pentane—one of many hydrocarbons in gasoline—into better-burning branched n -pentane, says Michael Wong" />
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Efficiencies Soar With Novel Refining Catalyst

8:53 AM MDT | September 24, 2010 | Alex Scott

Researchers from Rice University (Houston, TX) say they have developed a catalyst that is up to five times more efficient than existing technologies at cracking heavy oil byproducts into hydrocarbons for gasoline. Wong: Exploiting nanomaterials. The catalyst is made from nano-scale clusters of tungsten oxide lying on top of zirconium oxide. The catalyst converts ‘straight-line’ molecules of n -pentane—one of many hydrocarbons in gasoline—into better-burning branched n -pentane, says Michael Wong...

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