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Understanding the Failure of Direct C[BOND]C Coupling in the Zeolite-Catalyzed Methanol-to-Olefin Process


  • This work was supported by the Fund for Scientific Research–Flanders (FWO) and the Research Board of Ghent University.


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You are the weakest link, goodbye! Many individual steps of the direct mechanisms in the methanol-to-olefin process are tied together in an integrated scheme, allowing a simple identification of the weakest links. Calculations show that a combined pathway from methanol directly to ethylene does not exist and no C[BOND]C bond can be formed directly.