Operando spectroscopy on low temperature methane activation


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The direct low-temperature conversion of methane to methanol is currently a heavily investigated field, due to its enormous potential for the energy and chemicals sector. However, the high energy required for cleavage of the C−H bond in CH4 combined with the facile over-oxidation to COx pose great challenges for the realization of such a process. Cu-exchanged zeolites possess active sites able to cleave the C−H bond of methane at temperatures ≤200 °C, enabling its selective partial oxidation to methanol.

The Project:

We explore this process over Cu-zeolite materials by combining activity tests and operando infrared and Raman spectroscopy to thoroughly investigate the influence of reaction parameters and material elemental composition on the productivity and Cu-speciation during the key process steps.

Your Topsøe supervisor:

Pablo Beato

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