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Selective Photo-oxidation of Methane to Methanol with Oxygen over Dual-Cocatalyst-Modified Titanium Dioxide

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Title: Selective Photo-oxidation of Methane to Methanol with Oxygen over Dual-Cocatalyst-Modified Titanium Dioxide
Authors: Song, Hui Browse this author
Meng, Xianguang Browse this author
Wang, Shengyao Browse this author
Zhou, Wei Browse this author
Song, Shuang Browse this author
Kako, Tetsuya Browse this author
Ye, Jinhua Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: methane oxidation
titanium dioxide
dual cocatalysts
cobalt oxide
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2020
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Journal Title: ACS catalysis
Volume: 10
Issue: 23
Start Page: 14318
End Page: 14326
Publisher DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c04329
Abstract: Direct and selective oxidation of CH4 with dioxygen to methanol is a "dream reaction" in modern catalysis yet remains a great challenge. Here, we report that TiO2 loaded with dual cocatalysts, that is, nanometals and cobalt oxide (CoOx) nanoclusters, is capable of selectively catalyzing CH4 to CH3OH at room temperature under photoexcitation using abundant and inexpensive O-2 as an oxidant. The best activity for the formation of the primary products, CH3OOH and CH3OH, is up to 50.8 pmol for 2 h with 95% selectivity. Mechanistic studies elucidate that the superior activity and selectivity result from the synergistic effect of nanometals and CoOx. Nanometals enhance CH4 conversion by promoting the separation of the photoexcited electron and the reduction of O-2. The CoOx mediates a mild CH4 oxidation process by suppressing the formation of highly oxidative (OH)-O-center dot radicals that can further oxidize CH3OH to HCHO and CO2, thereby preserving a high selectivity toward oxygenated products. This work provides a prototype in designing efficient photocatalysts for selective oxidation of CH4 to CH3OH with O-2 under mild conditions.
Rights: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in ACS Catalysis, copyright c American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
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