This work was supported as part of the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), under Award DE-SC0012702.
The selective oxidation of methane to methanol is the “holy grail” reaction in natural gas upgrade. Very recently, a highly collaborative experimental and theoretical work performed at ICDC (Farha, Hupp, Cramer, Gagliardi, Camaioni, Lercher) reports the synthesis and characterization of Cu-oxo clusters deposited on the nodes of the metal–organic framework NU-1000. This new material was shown to catalyze the conversion of methane to methanol with a carbon selectivity of 45-60%. This study presents a promising first-generation of MOF-based catalysts for selective methane functionalization.
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