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J Catal. 2011 Dec 1;284(2):157-164. Epub 2011 Nov 14.

Cu-ZSM-5: A biomimetic inorganic model for methane oxidation.

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Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, K.U.Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium.


The present work highlights recent advances in elucidating the methane oxidation mechanism of inorganic Cu-ZSM-5 biomimic and in identifying the reactive intermediates that are involved. Such molecular understanding is important in view of upgrading abundantly available methane, but also to comprehend the working mechanism of genuine Cu-containing oxidation enzymes.


C-H activation; Cu-ZSM-5; Dicopper(II) oxo; Dioxygen activation; Model complex; Selective methane oxidation; Zeolite

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