The contents have been expanded by 35% with new chapters on energy storage, methanol from biomass and waste products, as well as on carbon dioxide recycling. Written by the late Nobel laureate George Olah and his team, this is an inspiring read for anyone concerned with the major challenge posed by tomorrow′s energy and environmental problems.
2. Coal in the Industrial Revolution and Beyond
3. History of Petroleum Oil and Natural Gas
4. Fossil Fuel Resources and Their Use
5. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves and their Limits
6. The Continuing Need for Hydrocarbons Fuels and Products
7. Fossil Fuels and Climate Change
8. Renewable Energy Sources and Atomic Energy
9. The Hydrogen Economy and its Limitations
10. The "Methanol Economy": General Aspects
11. Methanol and Dimethyl Ether as Fuels and Energy Carriers
12. Production of Methanol From Still Available Fossil Fuel Resources
13. Production of Renewable Methanol and DME from Biomass and Through Carbon Capture and Recycling
14. Methanol–Based Chemicals, Synthetic Hydrocarbons and Materials
15. Conclusion and Outlook
Further Reading and Information
Alain Goeppert is a research associate in the groups of Profs. George A. Olah and G. K. Surya Prakash at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California, USA, since 2002. After obtaining his diploma in chemistry from the University Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France, he received his engineering degree from the Fachhochschule Aalen, Germany. He then returned to Strasbourg to obtain his PhD in 2002 under the direction of Prof. Jean Sommer at the Université Louis Pasteur. Dr. Goeppert′s current research is focused on the transformation of methane and CO2 into more valuable products and CO2 capture technologies.
G. K. Surya Prakash is currently a Professor and Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Scientific Co–Director at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at University of Southern California, USA. After gaining his bachelor and master degrees from India, he obtained his PhD from the University of Southern California under the direction of Prof. Olah in 1978. Professor Prakash has close to 600 scientific papers, 9 books and 25 patents to his name, and has received many accolades, including two American Chemical Society National Awards. His primary research interests are in superacid, hydrocarbon, synthetic organic & organofluorine chemistry, energy and catalysis areas.