A Biomimetic Approach to Methane Oxidation in Metal-Organic Frameworks
Our ability to harness our vast reserves of methane is limited by the high costs and dangers associated with transporting liquefied natural gas. These issues could be resolved by converting the methane into liquid methanol - a valuable fuel and chemical precursor. This proposal develops new catalysts for the methane-to-methanol conversion based on metal-organic frameworks - materials that can be rationally modified to incorporate powerful reactivity strategies from enzyme catalysis. This will address the significant practical limitations of current catalyst systems, bringing us closer to inexpensive methanol fuels derived from natural gas.
Arnold O. Beckman exemplifies the meaning of the word humanitarian. Combined with his unwavering enthusiasm for life, his keen sense of humor and his strong moral and ethical principles, he is a national icon.