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J Am Chem Soc. 2006 Dec 20;128(50):16028-9.

Combined redox couples for catalytic oxidation of methane by dioxygen at low temperatures.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongshan Road 457, Dalian, 116023, PR China.


The combination of three redox couples Pd2+/Pd0-quinone/hydroquinone-NO2/NO creates an electron-transfer loop, which facilitates one-pot catalytic oxidation of methane selectively to methanol by dioxygen in CF3COOH at a temperature as low as 80 degrees C. This is the first example where an organic cocatalyst significantly increases the catalytic efficiency of a transition metal in the selective oxidation of methane in the presence of dioxygen.

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