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. Korean Scientist Makes Crude Oil Into Fuel

Cheaper gas!
by Staff Writers
Daejeon, South Korea (UPI) Aug 08, 2006
Korean scientists say they have created a new substance that can convert inexpensive intermediate crude oil into gasoline.

The team, led by Professor Ryoo Ryong of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, says it has generated a new type of zeolite that can be a petrochemical catalyst dozens of times more effective than exists today, The Korea Times reported Monday.

"Zeolite is the most widely used catalyst now in the petrochemical industry," Ryoo told the newspaper. "It has many outstanding advantages, but the hitch is that its efficiency was mediocre due to its slow reaction rate. In comparison, our new-fangled zeolite shows a substantially advanced reaction rate, at 1.5 times to dozens of times better than the one currently available."

Zeolite refers to a group of minerals that have a porous structure. It makes extremely active catalysts by confining molecules in small spaces within its crystalline pores.

The research is to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Nature Materials.

Source: United Press International

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BP Pipeline Leak Closes Down Biggest US Oilfield
London (AFP) Aug 07, 2006
British energy major BP was shutting down the biggest oilfield in the United States on Monday to tackle a pipeline leak, driving up oil prices on prospects that US output might fall by eight percent. BP said late on Sunday it had begun shutting down the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska after discovering severe corrosion on a pipeline and a small spill.

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