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Turning air into fuel: USC chemists convert carbon dioxide into methanol
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The research could one day create a sustainable fuel source from greenhouse gas emissions.

They're making fuel from thin air at the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. For the first time, researchers there have directly converted carbon dioxide from the air into methanol at relatively low temperatures.
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Olah and Prakash Receive $1 Million for Fuel Research
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Israel awards the 2013 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize to USC Dornsife's George A. Olah, a Nobel laureate, and G.K. Surya Prakash for their research on methanol markets.

George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash, pillars of the chemistry department at USC Dornsife, have received a first-ever $1 million prize from the State of Israel for their innovative research on alternative fuels.
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February 24, 2016:

Organic-Materials Chemistry Seminar:

Cyclodextrin Complexation: From Fundamental Science to Applied Toxicant Detection

Prof. Mindy Levine, University of Rhode Island

12:00 p.m., Olah Library

February 26, 2016:

13th Annual Carl M. Franklin Lecture on Science and Society:

Cleaner, More Efficient Cars, Trucks and Ships Using Methanol Engines

Dr. Daniel R. Cohn, Division Head and Senior Research Scientist, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:00 p.m. SGM 123


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University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661

Phone: 740-5962

Fax: 740-6679

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