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Journal of Catalysts
Volume 2013, Article ID 730978, 9 pages
Research Article

Methane Activation and Transformation on Polyoxometalates

Université de Lyon ICL, C2P2 UMR 5265 LCOMS (CNRS-CPE-Université Lyon 1), 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69616 Villeurbanne, France

Received 9 November 2012; Accepted 19 December 2012

Academic Editor: Jianqin Zhuang

Copyright © 2013 Frédéric Lefebvre et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Methane is activated at moderate temperature on polyoxometalates, leading to the evolution of hydrogen and the formation of a methoxy species which has been characterized by solid-state CP-MAS NMR. In the case of a molybdic polyoxometalate, the methyl group is linked to an edge-shared oxygen atom of the polyoxometalate. Upon heating, it reacts with oxygens of the polyoxometalate resulting in the formation of formyl species and then carbon dioxide and a reduction of molybdenum. Upon treatment with water, only traces of methanol can be detected.