Under modest pressures many simple gases form solid hydrates when mixed with water. As one example, a third of the Earth's methane is found at the bottom of the oceans in the form of methane hydrate. The gas hydrates are often important for models of the outer planets and their satellites and may have potential technological applications for carbon sequestration and gas transport. They are also models for the study of hydrophobic interactions which are important in the understanding of protein folding. This project aims to explore the structural systematics of gas hydrates at high pressure and to understand the factors determining hydrate stability. Experiments will be done on neutron and x-ray sources in Oxfordshire and in Grenoble, France.
- Dr John Loveday (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
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