[Takuya Kurahashi] New Photoredox Catalysts Working in Fine Bubbles in Water for Methane Oxidation

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Takuya Kurahashi

National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Institute for Molecular Science
Assistant Professor

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The present study creates revolutionary new photoredox catalysts that are able to carry out methane oxidation using dioxygen as the only reagent for cost-competitive methane conversion. One of the challenges is to dramatically improve the efficiency of the reaction between molecular catalysts in solution and gaseous methane. The present study develops cutting-edge technology for gas-liquid reactions using compressed fine bubbles of methane and dioxygen that include organic solution of catalysts, dispersed in water.

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