Back Cover: Diatomic [CuO]+ and Its Role in the Spin-Selective Hydrogen- and Oxygen-Atom Transfers in the Thermal Activation of Methane (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 21/2011)

Authors

  • Dipl.-Chem. Nicolas Dietl,

    1. Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany), Fax: (+49) 30-314-21102
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  • Dipl.-Chem. Christian van der Linde,

    1. Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 40, 24098 Kiel (Germany)
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  • Dr. Maria Schlangen,

    1. Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany), Fax: (+49) 30-314-21102
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  • Prof. Dr. Martin K. Beyer,

    1. Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 40, 24098 Kiel (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz

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    1. Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany), Fax: (+49) 30-314-21102
    • Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany), Fax: (+49) 30-314-21102
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Abstract

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The final puzzle piece of the first-row transition-metal oxides has been found. In their Communication on page 4966 ff., H. Schwarz et al. describe how more than ten years after its theoretical prediction to serve as a powerful methane→methanol converter, the bare [CuO]+ cation has been successfully generated in the gas phase. The crucial role of two-state reactivity and the importance of oxygen-centered radicals for selectivity in the oxidation of methane have been revealed by a combination of mass spectrometry and DFT calculations.

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