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Brent Gunnoe heads $11 million Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization

The Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization will focus on identifying catalysts that will allow the conversion of methane into liquid fuels, including the reaction of methane and oxygen into methanol, which, if accomplished, would have the potential to greatly augment gasoline as a more environmentally friendly fuel.U.Va.’s center is one of 46 new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers being funded by the Department of Energy. These centers, being established at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms, will pursue advanced research to alleviate some of the most pressing energy problems facing the nation this century.

The 46 centers were selected for funding from a pool of 260 applications after a rigorous merit review process. Each will be funded at $2 million to $5 million per year for an initial five-year period.

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