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

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Science  16 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6377, eaar4968
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4968

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The comment and response concerning the report of oxidation of methane to methanol by water (Reports, 5 May 2017, p. 523) do not fully capture the implications of thermodynamic limitations. A nonisothermal process in which each cycle requires a large temperature swing and permits only substoichiometric methane conversion surely could not be carried out on any practical scale.

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