Catalytic Oxidation of Light Alkanes Mediated at Room Temperature by a Tricopper Cluster Complex Immobilized in Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles

Chih Cheng Liu, Damodar Janmanchi, Da Ren Wen, Jung Nan Oung, Chung Yuan Mou, Steve S.F. Yu, Sunney I. Chan

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Abstract

The controlled oxidation of light alkanes is challenging chemistry. Here, we describe the further development of a catalytic system consisting of a tricopper cluster complex immobilized in mesoporous silica nanoparticles, which we have recently shown to be capable of efficient conversion of methane into methanol without overoxidation under ambient conditions, to follow the oxidation of (i) ethane to ethanol, (ii) propane to isopropanol and acetone, and (iii) a 1:1:1 mixture of methane, ethane and propane. The efficacy of the system to mediate the catalytic conversion of these light alkanes in natural gas into liquid oxidized products is also assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5431-5440
Number of pages10
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • alkane oxidation
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • mesoporous silica nanoparticles
  • methane oxidation
  • natural gas conversion
  • tricopper cluster complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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