Cu-Exchanged zeolites are promising materials for the selective conversion of methane to methanol. Their activity is attributed to the presence of small Cu-oxo and Cu-hydroxy clusters, but the nature of active centers in various zeolite structures is still under debate. In this contribution, we combine time dependent density functional theory with spin-orbit coupling to predict the optical spectra of various Cu monomers and dimers in SSZ-13. We furthermore compare theoretical results to experimental measurements and find that the presence of Cu-hydroxy dimers and Cu monomers could potentially explain the experimentally observed UV-vis-NIR spectra.
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