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A non-syn-gas catalytic route to methanol production.
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PMID:  22968696     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Methanol is an important platform molecule for chemical synthesis and its high energy density also renders it a good candidate as a cleaner transportation fuel. At present, methanol is manufactured from natural gas via the indirect syn-gas route. Here we show that ethylene glycol, a versatile chemical derived from biomass or fossil fuels, can be directly converted to methanol in hydrogen with high selectivity over a Pd/Fe(2)O(3) co-precipitated catalyst. This opens up a possibility for diversification in natural resources for energy-starved countries. The working catalyst contains extremely small 'PdFe' clusters and metal adatoms on defective iron oxide to give the required metal-support interaction for the novel synthesis.
Authors:
Cheng-Tar Wu; Kai Man Kerry Yu; Fenglin Liao; Neil Young; Peter Nellist; Andrew Dent; Anna Kroner; Shik Chi Edman Tsang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature communications     Volume:  3     ISSN:  2041-1723     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat Commun     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528555     Medline TA:  Nat Commun     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1050     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Wolfson Catalysis Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3QR, UK.
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