[Toshiki Sugimoto] Unveiling molecular-level mechanism of photocatalytic partial oxidation and reduction of methane through operando spectroscopy

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Toshiki Sugimoto

Toshiki Sugimoto

Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
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The goal of this study is to propose and demonstrate a new concept of interface engineering for developing active photocatalyst surfaces that effectively convert methane and water into methanol. Target reaction fields are surfaces of wide-gap and nano-particulate transition-metal-oxide semiconductors where photo-generated electrons and holes have enough energy to redox both methane and water. Operando spectroscopy will be conducted for various photocatalysts that have many kinds of low-coordinated metal cations at surfaces as a function of chemical potential of methane and water in the gas phase.

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