USF patents: Local scientists pursue innovations to make our lives better


University of South Florida researchers have found a way to help reduce waste associated with the U.S. production of natural gas. By simplifying the conversion of gas to liquid, methane gas that is normally burned as waste could be used to power diesel engines.

“We at least get a single time use out of it,” says John Kuhn, an Associate Professor for the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.

The invention is one of 114 utility patents USF received in 2016. It ranked fifth place among the nation’s public universities — the highest it has ever in the annual ratings — for the number of patents issued.