The catalytic oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) on transition metal-doped TiO 2 nanowire catalysts was performed and the effects of metal dopants were studied. With transition metal doping, the electric and optical properties of nanowires were adjusted, which seemed to improve the catalytic activity and selectivity of the OCM reaction. A Mn-doped TiO 2 nanowire catalyst exhibited the highest C 2 yield with the highest (ethylene)/(ethane) ratio because of its moderate oxidation activity, while a highly active Rh-doped TiO 2 nanowire catalyst converted methane into fully oxidized CO and CO 2 . The electric conductivity assessed by UV-vis absorption represented the oxidation activity of the nanowire catalysts.
- Oxidative coupling of methane
- Transition metal doping