The Alfred G. Comolli Collection
Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Science History Institute Archives. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Alfred G. (Al) Comolli was born in Brattleboro, VT on February 2, 1929. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he studied Chemical Engineering. Upon graduating he went to work for Koppers then moved on to American Cyanamid, Monsanto and Thiokol. He co-founded Hydrocarbon Technologies, Inc. (HTI) to develop clean energy technologies. He died at his home in Yardley, PA on July 21 2011. In 1946, Percival Keith, a chemical engineer who worked at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project, invented a process using liquid oxygen and synthetic gas to produce liquid fuels. In the light of ongoing shortages of petroleum-based gasoline products, Keith's process attracted the interest of Amoco which built a plant in Brownsville, TX utilizing the technology to produce synthetic gasoline from natural gas, of which there were abundant supplies.
For a more detailed inventory, please view this record in our library catalog: https://othmerlib.sciencehistory.org/record=b1063323~S6
The collection is two-hirds devoted to the Amoco Chemical Corporation' attempt to make gasoline from natural gas; the remaining third concerns the Cyanamid Company's work with X-15, a synthetic fiber.
These materials are thematically organized by Comolli into three ring-binders. Material left as found.
The collection is comprised of company documents and secondary sources. None of the materials were actually authored by Comolli.
Source of acquisition--Comolli, Alfred G. . Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--2004..
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