USC Dornsife chemists George Olah, a Nobel laureate, and G.K. Surya Prakash PhD ’78, director of Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, received the $1 million Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation prize for their groundbreaking research. It recognizes their work on the methanol economy, a concept to use methanol to replace fossil fuels and petroleum-based energy sources.

So what is methanol and how might it fuel our future?

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