Local interest in natural gas technology for vehicles might open new doors

Our research was recently spotlighted in the Columbia Daily Tribune. Here is an excerpt:

“The city of Columbia might be a test case for cutting-edge improvements to natural gas-powered vehicles as it prepares to bring in a compressed natural gas station and experiment with other advanced natural gas technologies… …A group of University of Missouri […]

Infrared study of boron-carbon chemical bonds in boron-doped activated carbon

We report Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) studies of boron-doped activated carbons. The functional groups for hydrogen adsorption in these materials, the boron-related chemical bonds, are studied by comparing the activated carbon materials with and without boron doping. The activated carbon materials are prepared from corncob biomass waste feedstock through KOH activation, yielding adsorbents with […]

Increased H2 gravimetric storage capacity in truncated carbon slit pores modeled by Grand Canonical Monte Carlo

Hydrogen adsorption in slit shaped pores built up from truncated graphene fragments has been simulated using Grand Canonical Monte Carlo technique and the influence of pore wall edges on hydrogen storage by physisorption has been analyzed. We show that due to the additional gas adsorption at the pore edges the adsorbed gravimetric amount significantly increases […]

GE and MU Researchers Developing At-Home Refueling Station for NG Vehicles

Goal of ARPA-E project to achieve 10X reduction in station costs and cut re-fueling time for Natural Gas (NG) vehicles from a whole work day to under one hour.

Developing unique approach to re-fueling that would replace more expensive and complex compressor technologies used today

Initial focus will be on re-fueling stations for fleet vehicles, […]

America, Start Your Natural-Gas Engines

Credit: Douglas Fraser

Our research has been just featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal.

“Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a smaller tank that allows natural gas to be stored at a much lower pressure by keeping it in a material essentially made out of corncobs turned into charcoal […]

Nanospace engineering of KOH activated carbon


Romanos, J. et al. Nanospace engineering of KOH activated carbon. Nanotechnology 23, 015401 (2012).

This paper demonstrates that nanospace engineering of KOH activated carbon is possible by controlling the degree of carbon consumption and metallic potassium intercalation into the carbon lattice during the activation process. High specific surface areas, porosities, sub-nanometer (<1 nm) […]

Hydrogen storage in engineered carbon nanospaces

Burress, J. et al. Hydrogen storage in engineered carbon nanospaces. Nanotechnology 20, 204026 (2009).

It is shown how appropriately engineered nanoporous carbons provide materials for reversible hydrogen storage, based on physisorption, with exceptional storage capacities (~80 g H2/kg carbon, ~50 g H2/liter carbon, at 50 bar and 77 K). Nanopores generate high storage capacities […]

Enhanced hydrogen adsorption in boron substituted carbon nanospaces

Firlej, L., Roszak, S., Kuchta, B., Pfeifer, P. & Wexler, C. Enhanced hydrogen adsorption in boron substituted carbon nanospaces. The Journal of chemical physics 131, 164702 (2009).

Activated carbons are one of promising groups of materials for reversible storage of hydrogen by physisorption. However, the heat of hydrogen adsorption in such materials is relatively low, […]

Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap

A Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap Consultant Report Done by the California Energy Commission.

The California Energy Commission’s Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap identifies initiatives and projects that research, develop, demonstrate, and deploy advanced fuel-efficient natural gas powered transportation technologies and fuel switching strategies that result in a cost-effective reduction of on-road and off-road petroleum […]

State Alternative Fuels Plan

State Alternative Fuels Plan by California Energy Commission

Assembly Bill 1007, (Pavley, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2005) required the California Energy Commission to prepare a state plan to increase the use of alternative fuels in California (State Alternative Fuels Plan).

The Energy Commission prepared the plan in partnership with the California Air Resources Board and […]