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Copper-exchanged zeolites with mordenite structure mimic the nuclearity and reactivity of active sites in particulate methane monooxygenase, which are enzymes able to selectively oxidize methane to methanol. Here we show that the mordenite micropores provide a perfect confined environment for the highly selective stabilization of trinuclear copper-oxo(More)
A thorough investigation of the active titanium species in TS-1 zeolite was conducted by in situ UV resonance Raman spectroscopy combined with UV/Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, DFT calculations, and epoxidation experiments. A new titanium species was identified with a characteristic Raman band at 695 cm(-1) when excited at the 266 nm laser line. It(More)
Two chiral sulfur compounds, tert-butyl tert-butanethiosulfinate (1) and tert-butanesulfinamide (2), with inversion of configuration, have been studied by Raman optical activity (ROA) and electronic circular dichroism combined with density functional theory calculation. With the S-S linkage in 1, the couplings between the two tertiary carbon atoms often(More)
• A submitted manuscript is the author's version of the article upon submission and before peer-review. There can be important differences between the submitted version and the official published version of record. People interested in the research are advised to contact the author for the final version of the publication, or visit the DOI to the(More)
Characterization of the chirality evolution involved in chemical and biochemical reaction processes is extremely important to the understanding of the chiral catalysis mechanism. In this work, the chiral transition from the epoxidation of (-)-alpha-pinene to alpha-pinene oxide and successive hydrolysis to (-)-pinanediol has been studied as an archetype of(More)
The isomerization of 1,3-dihydroxyactone and d-glucose over Sn-Beta zeolite was investigated by in situ 13 C NMR spectroscopy. The conversion rate at room temperature is higher when the zeolite is dehydrated before exposure to the aqueous sugar solution. Mass transfer limitations in the zeolite micropores were excluded by comparing Sn-Beta samples with(More)
The mechanism of crystallization of microporous titanosilicate ETS-10 was investigated by Raman spectroscopy combined with (29)Si magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy, DFT calculations, and SEM imaging. The formation of three-membered ring species is shown to be the key step in the hydrothermal synthesis of ETS-10. They are formed by means of a(More)
Microporous materials, often referred to as molecular sieves or open-framework materials, are a class of inorganic solids that possess regular pores or voids in the size range of 5–20 . Zeolites are the most well known family of such materials. Even though numerous zeolite structures have been successfully synthesized, it is still necessary to rationally(More)
The characteristic pyrrolidine ring structure of proline (Pro) and its conformational flexibility are important to its biological function in peptides and proteins. Properties of Pro in aqueous solution vary with the acid-base conditions. In this work, Raman optical activity (ROA) spectroscopy is used to carefully study the chirality of L-Pro in aqueous(More)
• A submitted manuscript is the author's version of the article upon submission and before peer-review. There can be important differences between the submitted version and the official published version of record. People interested in the research are advised to contact the author for the final version of the publication, or visit the DOI to the(More)