Yang Zhang of NPRE Illinois and his team may have overturned a decades-old theory in the petrochemical industry by showing the viscosity of liquid alkanes can be changed to flow thirty times faster. The discovery could revolutionize the pipeline transport of oil and other products and making filling your vehicle's fuel tank and almost instantaneous process. In the late 1940s, Walter Kauzmann and Henry Eyring predicted that all alkanes would have a universal viscosity near their melting points. However, it was quickly noticed that there is a difference between odd and even numbered alkanes in terms of density and melting points. Zhang has demonstrated that this odd-even effect can be carried over from solid to liquid and that the original theory over-simplified the picture of alkane properties.