June 26, 2018
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Microscopic crystalline structures, called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. Massimiliano "Max" Delferro, Ph.D., Catalysis Science Program Group leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, and Omar Farha, associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, have demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs. This work was a result of their joint efforts in the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, a DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. This research was published in Nature Catalysis.