Methane Coupling over Magnesium Oxide: How Doping Can Work


  • We thank M. Hashagen, F. Rybicki, Dr. F. Girgsdies, Dr. M. Eichelbaum, and Dr. O. Timpe for experimental support and scientific discussions. This work was conducted in the framework of the COE “UniCat” ( of the German Science Foundation.


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Electronic doping of magnesium oxide catalysts has an effect on the oxidative coupling of methane. Highly active sites can be created by co-modification of MgO with iron and gold in ppm quantities.