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Response to Comment on “Selective anaerobic oxidation of methane enables direct synthesis of methanol”

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Science  13 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6360, eaan6083
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6083

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Periana argues that the stepwise reaction of methane with water is thermodynamically unfavorable and therefore impractical. We reply by presenting an in-depth thermodynamic analysis of each step in the process and show that the surface concentrations of the reactants and products as well as the stabilizing effect of additional water molecules, as discussed in the original paper, fully support the feasibility of the proposed reaction.

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