Newly discovered catalyst could lead to the low-cost, clean production of methanol

Scientists from Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Technical University of Denmark have discovered a catalyst for methanol production that could lower the cost of methanol production. 

The catalyst is based on nickel-gallium instead of the commonly used copper, zinc and aluminum based catalyst.

"Methanol is processed in huge factories at very high pressures using hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from natural gas," said study lead author Felix Studt, a staff scientist at SLAC. "We are looking for materials than can make methanol from clean sources, such as sunshine, under low-pressure conditions, while generating low amounts of carbon monoxide."

The results are published in the March 2 online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry.

Read more at Stanford University news page.