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Partial oxidation of methane to methanol catalyzed by single-atom noble metal (Rh, Pd or Pt) supported on doped mesoporous CeO2 (Ce1-xMxO2, M = Zr, Sn or La)

Grant number: 18/12021-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Technology
Principal Investigator:Elisabete Moreira Assaf
Grantee:Luiz Henrique Vieira
Home Institution: Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/23581-5 - Designing single metal sites stabilized by thin film surfaces through atomic layer deposition (ALD) for catalysis applications, BE.EP.PD


The abundance, low cost and environmental concerns related to emission of methane into the atmosphere have intensified research for valorization of this gas in recent years. Currently, processes that efficiently convert methane to alcohols or olefins are complex and costly, because they require the intermediate step of reforming methane to synthesis gas (CO and H2). Due to the difficulties involved in the indirect route, conversion to alcohols and larger hydrocarbons by direct route and under mild reaction conditions has been extensively studied. One of the major products in the direct transformation of methane is methanol, one of the most important raw materials in the global industry, which has shown increasing annual demand. Motivated by the current scenario of high availability and immediate search for valorization processes, this proposal presents the development of single-atom noble metal catalysts supported on doped mesoporous cerium dioxide for direct and efficient conversion of methane to methanol under mild reaction conditions. The low activation energies and capacity to stabilize methanol intermediates provided by the single-atom sites associated with high oxygen storage capacity and mobility, characteristic of doped CeO2 supports, can be determinant properties to obtain efficient catalysts for the process. Through the information obtained by the physical and chemical characterization of materials, using ex situ and in situ techniques, the ideal conditions of preparation and the mechanisms involved in the reaction will be determined, to establish the appropriate operating conditions leading to maximum productivity.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
LOPES, LARISSA B.; VIEIRA, LUIZ H.; ASSAF, JOSE M.; ASSAF, ELISABETE M. Effect of Mg substitution on LaTi1-xMgxO3+delta catalysts for improving the C2 selectivity of the oxidative coupling of methane. CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, v. 11, n. 1, p. 283-296, JAN 7 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VIEIRA, LUIZ H.; ASSAF, JOSE M.; ASSAF, ELISABETE M. Stabilization of atomically dispersed rhodium sites on ceria-based supports under reaction conditions probed by in situ infrared spectroscopy. Materials Letters, v. 277, OCT 15 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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