What are gas hydrates?: Chapter 1

Edited by: Y.C. BeaudoinW. WaiteR. Boswell, and Scott Dallimore



The English chemistry pioneer Sir Humphry Davy first combined gas and water to produce a solid substance in his lab in 1810. For more than a century after that landmark moment, a small number of scientists catalogued various solid “hydrates” formed by combining water with an assortment of gases and liquids. Sloan and Koh (2007) review this early research, which was aimed at discerning the chemical structures of gas hydrates (Fig. 1.1), as well as the pressures and temperatures at which they are stable. Because no practical applications were found for these synthetic gas hydrates, they remained an academic curiosity.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title What are gas hydrates?: Chapter 1
ISBN 978-92-807-3429-4
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher United Nations Environmental Programme
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 20 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Frozen Heat: UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates
First page 11
Last page 30