How methane-eating bacteria create 'green' fuel decoded

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Washington, May 14 (PTI) Scientists have identified an enzyme that helps some bacteria remove methane from the environment and convert it into a usable fuel -- paving the way for a creating a novel, sustainable source of energy.

Known for their ability to methanotrophic bacteria have long fascinated researchers.

A team from the Northwestern University in the US found that the enzyme responsible for the methane-methanol conversion catalyses this reaction at a site that contains just one copper ion.

The finding could lead to newly designed, human-made catalysts that can convert methane -- a highly potent greenhouse gas -- to readily usable methanol with the same effortless mechanism.