Methanol from methyl rhenium
A vital aspect of catalytic conversion of methane to methanol is the coupling of the carbon and the oxygen. One of the few transition metal complexes known to perform this coupling at room temperature is methyl tri-oxo rhenium (MTO). By understanding how this particular system couples the atoms and contrasting it with other known systems, such as Periana's bpim-Pt/oleum system, strategies for oxidation by other metals will be devised.
Personnel: Jason Gonzales