[Tomoya Ishizuka] Development of Supramolecular Catalysts toward Methane Oxidation

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Tomoya Ishizuka

Tomoya Ishizuka

University of Tsukuba
Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Associate Professor


In this study, we plan to synthesize iron-oxo complexes having high valence number of the iron center through precise design of pi-conjugated ligands, and to achieve efficient methane oxidation using high oxidation reactivity of the iron-oxo complexes. We also plan to incorporate the iron complex as a building block into porous metal-organic frameworks to adsorb methane molecules into the hydrophobic pores for its efficient oxidation. The hydrophobicity of the inside walls of the metal-organic frameworks also assists active ejection of hydrophilic products of methane oxidation from the pores, which results in restraint on over-functionalization of methane.

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