Neutron spectroscopy studies of methanol to hydrocarbons catalysis over ZSM-5

A. Zachariou, A. Hawkins, S. F. Parker, D. Lennon, R. F. Howe*

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This article reviews recently published work showing how inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy can be used to identify species found in zeolite ZSM-5 used as a catalyst for conversion of methanol to hydrocarbons. The advantages and disadvantages of the technique are illustrated, and current challenges identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Today
Early online date12 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2021

Bibliographical note


Johnson Matthey plc and the EPSRC are thanked for postgraduate student support (A.P.H., A.Z.) via the Industrial CASE scheme (EP/P510506/1 and EP/N509176/1 respectively). Johnson Matthey plc is additionally thanked for provision of the ZSM-5 catalyst, plus some characterisation information. The STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is thanked for access to the neutron beam facilities. The UK Catalysis Hub is thanked for resources, support and access to the Research Complex at Harwell which is provided via our membership of the UK Catalysis Hub Consortium and funded by UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (grants EP/K014706/1, EP/K014668/1, EP/K014854/1, EP/K014714/1 and EP/M013219/1).


  • Inelastic neutron scattering
  • Methanol to hydrocarbons
  • Zeolite ZSM-5


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