Methane to methanol conversion induced by thorium oxide through the CH3Th(O)H intermediate in solid argon.

@article{Gong2012MethaneTM,
  title={Methane to methanol conversion induced by thorium oxide through the CH3Th(O)H intermediate in solid argon.},
  author={Yu Gong and Lester Andrews and Virgil E Jackson and David A. Dixon},
  journal={Inorganic chemistry},
  year={2012},
  volume={51 20},
  pages={11055-60}
}
Reactions of ThO molecules and CH(4) have been investigated in solid argon near 4 K. The CH(3)Th(O)H molecule is produced when the sample is exposed to UV irradiation. Identification of this new intermediate is substantiated by observation of the Th═O and Th-H stretching vibrational modes with isotopic substitution via matrix infrared spectroscopy, and the assignments are supported by electronic structure frequency calculations. Methanol absorptions increase together with formation of the CH(3… CONTINUE READING

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