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A Complete Catalytic Cycle for Supramolecular Methanol-to-Olefins Conversion by Linking Theory with Experiment


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


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Le Tour de MTO: A complete working catalytic cycle for the conversion of methanol to olefins in HZSM-5 is reported in full consistency with both experimental and theoretical observations. This particular route includes carbon-atom scrambling into a methylbenzene ring, NMR-observed cationic intermediates, and the production of isobutene.