George A. Olah

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This book probes deep into the science and engineering of methanol production. Its authors include Professor Olah, a 1994 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for his work on hydrocarbon chemistry in superacids. If you seek a textbook or an easy to understand technical assessment of methanol, this is the book for you. It contains overviews of oil, natural gas,(More)
Nature's photosynthesis uses the sun's energy with chlorophyll in plants as a catalyst to recycle carbon dioxide and water into new plant life. Only given sufficient geological time can new fossil fuels be formed naturally. In contrast, chemical recycling of carbon dioxide from natural and industrial sources as well as varied human activities or even from(More)
Nature's photosynthesis uses the sun's energy with chlorophyll in plants as a catalyst to recycle carbon dioxide and water into new plant life. Only given sufficient geological time, millions of years, can new fossil fuels be formed naturally. The burning of our diminishing fossil fuel reserves is accompanied by large anthropogenic CO(2) release, which is(More)
N-Halosuccinimides (NXS, 1) are efficiently activated in trifluoromethanesulfonic acid and BF(3)-H(2)O, allowing the halogenations of deactivated aromatics. Because BF(3)-H(2)O is more economic, easy to prepare, nonoxidizing, and offers sufficiently high acidity (-H(0) approximately 12, only slightly lower than that of trifluoromethanesulfonic acid), an(More)
By using density functional theory (DFT) method at the B3LYP/6-311+G level, it has been shown that the preference for the singlet-state phenyl cation can be dramatically increased relative to the triplet state by introducing onium cationic substituents in the para position. At this level of theory, the singlet ground state for the parent phenyl cation was(More)
A combination of complete methane combustion with oxygen of the air coupled with bi-reforming leads to the production of metgas (H2/CO in 2:1 mole ratio) for exclusive methanol synthesis. The newly developed oxidative bi-reforming allows direct oxygenation of methane to methanol in an overall economic and energetically efficient process, leaving very(More)
Easy to prepare solid materials based on fumed silica impregnated with polyethylenimine (PEI) were found to be superior adsorbents for the capture of carbon dioxide directly from air. During the initial hours of the experiments, these adsorbents effectively scrubbed all the CO(2) from the air despite its very low concentration. The effect of moisture on the(More)