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Title: Experimental and First-Principles Evidence for Interfacial Activity of Ru/TiO 2 for the Direct Conversion of m -Cresol to Toluene

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  1. School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd St., Room T301 Norman OK 73019 USA
  2. Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Houston TX 77204 USA
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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DEEE0006287; SC0011983; AC02-06CH11357; AC02-05CH11231
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Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 14; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-10-20 16:00:39; Journal ID: ISSN 1867-3880
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Omotoso, Taiwo O., Baek, Byeongjin, Grabow, Lars C., and Crossley, Steven P. Experimental and First-Principles Evidence for Interfacial Activity of Ru/TiO 2 for the Direct Conversion of m -Cresol to Toluene. Germany: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/cctc.201700157.
Omotoso, Taiwo O., Baek, Byeongjin, Grabow, Lars C., & Crossley, Steven P. Experimental and First-Principles Evidence for Interfacial Activity of Ru/TiO 2 for the Direct Conversion of m -Cresol to Toluene. Germany. doi:10.1002/cctc.201700157.
Omotoso, Taiwo O., Baek, Byeongjin, Grabow, Lars C., and Crossley, Steven P. Mon . "Experimental and First-Principles Evidence for Interfacial Activity of Ru/TiO 2 for the Direct Conversion of m -Cresol to Toluene". Germany. doi:10.1002/cctc.201700157.
title = {Experimental and First-Principles Evidence for Interfacial Activity of Ru/TiO 2 for the Direct Conversion of m -Cresol to Toluene},
author = {Omotoso, Taiwo O. and Baek, Byeongjin and Grabow, Lars C. and Crossley, Steven P.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1002/cctc.201700157},
journal = {ChemCatChem},
number = 14,
volume = 9,
place = {Germany},
year = {Mon Jul 03 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Mon Jul 03 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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