The chemical diversity
of metal oxides accounts for the importance of this materials class
in various functional applications.
We investigate the reactive surface of metal oxide catalysts in
activation of C-H, O-O, C-O, and O-H bonds in small molecules.
The oxidation of short-chain alkanes and oxygenates on the surface
of bulk and supported V-based mixed oxides, perovskites, and alkaline
earth metal oxides is studied with the aim to identify descriptors
to predict selectivity.
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