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Dr. Ceri Hammond, Michael M. Forde, Dr. Mohd Hasbi Ab Rahim, Adam Thetford, Qian He, Dr. Robert L. Jenkins, Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos, Dr. Jose A. Lopez-Sanchez, Dr. Nicholas F. Dummer, Dr. Damien M. Murphy, Dr. Albert F. Carley, Dr. Stuart H. Taylor, Dr. David J. Willock, Dr. Eric E. Stangland, Dr. Joo Kang, Dr. Henk Hagen, Prof. Christopher J. Kiely and Prof. Graham J. Hutchings Direct Catalytic Conversion of Methane to Methanol in an Aqueous Medium by using Copper-Promoted Fe-ZSM-5 Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 5 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201108706

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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).

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