Efficient Oxidation of Methane to Methanol by Dioxygen Mediated by Tricopper Clusters (pages 3731–3735)
Prof. Dr. Sunney I. Chan, Yu-Jhang Lu, Dr. Penumaka Nagababu, Dr. Suman Maji, Mu-Cheng Hung, Marianne M. Lee, Prof. Dr. I-Jui Hsu, Pham Dinh Minh, Jeff C.-H. Lai, Kok Yoah Ng, Sridevi Ramalingam, Prof. Dr. Steve S.-F. Yu and Prof. Dr. Michael K. Chan
Version of Record online: 18 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201209846
TONs of copper fun: There is considerable interest in developing catalysts to harness the abundant natural supply of methane for various industrial applications. Two tricopper complexes capable of mediating efficient oxidation of methane to methanol under ambient conditions were tested: a biomimetic tricopper complex (see figure) and a tricopper-peptide species derived from the particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) protein.