Eventually, all energy will have to come from sustainable sources, i.e. the sun. In the transition period, which is likely to last several decades, energy from fossil sources will continue to be used on a large scale, including the enormous amounts of carbon stored as coal and gas.
Liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel are attractive as medium for storing and transporting energy, as their energy content per unit of volume and weight is unsurpassed, and the necessary infrastructure is widely available. These factors make conversion technologies as gas, biomass and, not in the least, coal-to-liquids attractive options. Synthesis gas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, is the key intermediate in all these conversions. Hence, the chemistry of synthesis gas (or syngas) is a key topic in catalysis.
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