Fischer-Tropsch is the most common process used to synthesize liquid fuels from on-oil sources (typically coal or natural gas).

Fischer-Tropsch reacts a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, in the presence of a catalyst, to form liquid hydrocarbons. The feedstock gas mixture (called synthesis gas) is formed by gasifying coal or natural gas.

Fischer-Tropsch is the basis for most GTL (gas-to-liquids) and CTL (coal-to-liquids) technologies.

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