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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

Publication details for Dr Russell Taylor

Raynes, Samuel John, Shah, Meera Anoop & Taylor, Russell Alan (2019). Direct conversion of methane to methanol with zeolites: towards understanding the role of extra-framework d-block metal and zeolite framework type. Dalton Transactions 48(28): 10364-10384.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

The
direct
conversion
of
methane
to
methanol
has
been
an
active
area
of
research
for
over
a
century,
though
a
viable
industrial
process
is
yet
to
be
realised.
However,
in
the
last
three
decades
substantial
progress
has
been
made
in
the
field
through
homogeneous
and
heterogeneous
approaches.
This
perspective
article
explores
the
latest
advances
in
the
field
of
direct
methane
to
methanol
conversion
by
zeolites
containing
extraframework
d-­‐block
metals,
focussing
on
first
row,
d-­‐
block
metals.
The
article
highlights
the
similarities
and
differences
in
the
nature
and
formation
of
the
active
site,
the
mechanism
of
methane
activation
as
well
as
mode
of
functionalisation,
and
where
appropriate
draws
on
understanding
gained
from
theoretical
studies.
From
the
insight
obtained
into
the
different
roles
of
the
extra-­‐framework
metal
and
zeolite
framework
we
propose
new
areas
of
research
which
the
authors
believe
will
be
of
benefit
to
the
field.