Non-precious Metal Catalysts for Low Temperature Methane Combustion

drawing of chemical reaction resulting in methane combustion.

Students will research the properties of natural gas as a promising resource for clean energy, exploring implications for methane emissions and other limitations.

Project description

As the push for alternative energy sources grows, natural gas has become a promising resource as it is significantly cleaner compared to traditional fossil fuels such as diesel. However, natural gas that does not fully combust can result in high methane emissions. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a greenhouse gas 30 times worse than CO2. 

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Students with advanced Excel/Labview skills, adequate experience with catalyst synthesis, hands-on experience with microreactors
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Eleni Kyriakidou

Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

613 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1629


Start the project

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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Chemical and Biological Engineering