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Title: Understanding Shale Gas: Recent Progress and Remaining Challenges

Because of a number of technological advancements, unconventional hydrocarbons, and in particular shale gas, have transformed the US economy. Much is being learned, as demonstrated by the reduced cost of extracting shale gas in the US over the past five years. However, a number of challenges still need to be addressed. Many of these challenges represent grand scientific and technological tasks, overcoming which will have a number of positive impacts, ranging from the reduction of the environmental footprint of shale gas production to improvements and leaps forward in diverse sectors, including chemical manufacturing and catalytic transformations. This review addresses recent advancements in computational and experimental approaches, which led to improved understanding of, in particular, structure and transport of fluids, including hydrocarbons, electrolytes, water, and CO 2 in heterogeneous subsurface rocks such as those typically found in shale formations. Finally, the narrative is concluded with a suggestion of a few research directions that, by synergistically combining computational and experimental advances, could allow us to overcome some of the hurdles that currently hinder the production of hydrocarbons from shale formations.
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  1. Univ. College London, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Chemical Engineering
  2. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). School of Earth Sciences
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Published Article
Journal Name:
Energy and Fuels
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0887-0624
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Univ. College London, London (United Kingdom)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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OSTI ID: 1417741