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Rational Design of Transition Metal Cation Nanoclusters in Zeolites for Selective Oxidation of Methane

The wide abundance and its high H/C ratio make methane an ideal bridge to lower the carbon footprint of energy carriers and chemicals. Using our biochemistry-inspired approach, we propose a program for converting methane to methanol under mild conditions using O2 as oxidant. We base our proposal on promising results using a Cu-based zeolite to selectively oxidize methane. It is the central hypothesis that the zeolite pores offer a unique environment, which stabilizes tailored transition metal oxide clusters that react selectively with methane, but do not oxidize methanol further. This selectivity is to be achieved by adjusting the redox potential and Lewis acidity of the clusters such that the hydrogen abstraction from methanol is not favored. The key challenge will be to understand and manipulate the reaction pathway in order to be able to operate under conditions that allow stabilization of the metal oxide cluster also in the presence of water formed during the reaction. The project tightly links theoretical and experimental research to design and realize new active and selective methane oxidation catalysts based on zeolite metal oxide host-guest systems. We will explore the impact of the steric environment and polarity of the zeolite environment and the redox nature of the metal oxide cluster (e.g., with Cu, Fe, Co, and Ni). Theory of catalytic methane oxidation will be used to rationalize the experimental observations and at the same time provide guidance to the experimental research.




EuroTech network event: From excellent research to excellent innovation – are universities ready for the future?

20 September 2017, 6-8pm, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union,...


More fun than anyone: IGSSE@ TUM´s dragon boat race

Although the IGSSE team did not make it to Head of the Olympic Lake in 2017 - their fun was...


Apply now: IGSSE travel grant for ICCE 2017

28-29 September 2017, TU Darmstadt

Submission deadline for abstracts: 18 June 2017


10th IGSSE Forum

1 - 4 June 2016, TUM Science and Study Center, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...


Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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