Direct Catalytic Conversion of Methane to Methanol in an Aqueous Medium by using Copper-Promoted Fe-ZSM-5


  • This work formed part of the Methane Challenge. The Dow Chemical Company is thanked for their financial support. Computing facilities for this work were provided by ARCCA at Cardiff University, HPC Wales, and through our membership of the UK’s HPC Materials Chemistry Consortium (MCC). The MCC is funded by EPSRC (EP/F067496).


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Iron copper zeolite (Fe-Cu-ZSM-5) with aqueous hydrogen peroxide is active for the selective oxidation of methane to methanol. Iron is involved in the activation of the carbon–hydrogen bond, while copper allows methanol to form as the major product. The catalyst is stable, re-usable and activates methane giving >90 % methanol selectivity and 10 % conversion in a closed catalytic cycle (see scheme).