Media mention: ‘Why Capturing Methane Is So Difficult’

January 17, 2023

Where: Scientific American, “Why Capturing Methane Is So Difficult” 

Who: Thomas Wood, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State

What: Thomas Wood, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was featured in a Scientific American article that discussed methane emissions and how current technologies to remove the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere are new and untested. Wood shared his insight on a bacterial bioreactor that could eliminate the risk and expense of transporting captured methane from fracking or other emissions sites by converting the gas to useful chemicals on site. Wood’s research focuses on bacteria that can convert methane into acetate, an industrial chemical, and polylactate, which can be used to manufacture biodegradable polymers.


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