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DOI: 10.1002/cbic.200500261 Direct Conversion of Ethane to

Summary: DOI: 10.1002/cbic.200500261
Direct Conversion of Ethane to
Ethanol by Engineered Cytochrome
P450 BM3
Peter Meinhold,[a]
Matthew W. Peters,[a]
Michael M. Y. Chen,[a]
Katsuyuki Takahashi,[a, b]
Frances H. Arnold*[a]
Most natural gas sources remain untapped as energy and
chemical feedstocks. A catalyst for the selective oxidation of
gaseous alkanes into more easily transported alcohols could
allow these reserves to be exploited. Although catalytic alkane
hydroxylation has been reported by many groups,[1]
conversion of ethane and methane mainly to their correspond-
ing alcohols has yet to be demonstrated.[2]
For example, limit-
ed (i.e.<500 total turnovers) catalytic ethane oxidation is sup-


Source: Arnold, Frances H. - Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology


Collections: Chemistry; Biology and Medicine