Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2012, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (10): 2315-2326.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201209146

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Relationship between the Structures of Metal Oxide Catalysts and Their Properties in Selective Oxidation of Methanol

CHEN Wen-Long, LIU Hai-Chao   

  1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of Unstable and Stable Species, Green Chemistry Center, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
  • Received:2012-09-04 Revised:2012-09-14 Published:2012-09-26
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    The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20825310, 20973011) and National Key Basic Research Program of China (973) (2011CB201400, 2011CB808700)


Methanol is an important platform molecule for the production of energy and chemicals. For its efficient utilization, it is of critical significance to clarify the relationship between the structures of the catalysts and their performance as well as the corresponding reaction mechanisms. In this review, we summarized some recent progress in the understanding of the active structures of several metal oxide-based catalysts and the reaction mechanism, and the consequent tuning of their redox and acid sites for the selective oxidation of methanol. The catalysts included supported molybdenum oxides, supported vanadium oxides, and heteropolyacids with Keggin structures as well as rhenium oxides and ruthenium oxides recently explored for the methanol oxidation. Such progress provides insights into the design of novel catalysts more efficient for the oxidative conversion of methanol towards the targeted products.

Key words: Methanol, Selective oxidation, Redox site, Acid site, Structure-activity relationship


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