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Selective anaerobic oxidation of methane enables direct synthesis of methanol

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Science  05 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6337, pp. 523-527
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9035

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A watery route from methane to methanol

Methanol production is an expensive, energy-intensive process that initially overoxidizes methane to carbon monoxide. Sushkevich et al. used copper sites in a zeolite to oxidize methane to methoxy intermediates; they then added water to release methanol and hydrogen while reoxidizing the copper. This inexpensive process could prove useful at gas well sites for producing an easily stored and transported liquid from excess gas that at present is burned away.

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