The active site of low-temperature methane hydroxylation in iron-containing zeolites

@article{Snyder2016TheAS,
  title={The active site of low-temperature methane hydroxylation in iron-containing zeolites},
  author={Benjamin E. R. Snyder and Pieter Vanelderen and Max L. Bols and Simon D Hallaert and Lars H. B{\"o}ttger and Liviu Ungur and Kristine Pierloot and Robert A. Schoonheydt and Bert F. Sels and Edward I. Solomon},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={536},
  pages={317-321}
}
An efficient catalytic process for converting methane into methanol could have far-reaching economic implications. Iron-containing zeolites (microporous aluminosilicate minerals) are noteworthy in this regard, having an outstanding ability to hydroxylate methane rapidly at room temperature to form methanol. Reactivity occurs at an extra-lattice active site called α-Fe(ii), which is activated by nitrous oxide to form the reactive intermediate α-O; however, despite nearly three decades of… 
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