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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.

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14.02.17

Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen

18.04.17

Project team ROLITOS in a German documentary

10 May 2017, 11.30 pm Suedwestrundfunk (TV)

30 May 2017, 10.30 pm Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV)

11.04.17

Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium

9-11 June 2017, Berlin

For doctoral researchers and postdocs!

10.04.17

Register now: ICMSB 2017

26-28 July 2017, TUM Study and Science Center, Raitenhaslach

30.03.17

Apply now: Bavarian Elite Support Act - Scholarship 2017

Universität Bayern e.V. awards 10 research scholarships to highly qualified junior scientists...

30.03.17

1st ExaHyPE Colloquium

3 April 2017, 1pm-5pm, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching Campus

14.02.17

Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen

05.06.16

10th IGSSE Forum

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

15.12.15

The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner

26.11.15

ATUMS@IGSSE

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

20.11.15

Breakfast at IGSSE´s

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

13.10.15

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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Monday, 03. April 2017
1st ExaHyPE Colloquium
3 April 2017, 1pm-5pm, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching Campus