A method for producing methanol from methane in which methane is provided to an anode electrode having a metal oxide catalyst disposed on an anode side of an electrolyte membrane, thereby producing methanol and electrons on the anode side. The electrons are conducted to a cathode electrode such as having an oxygen reduction catalyst disposed on a cathode side of the electrolyte membrane, thereby transforming oxygen and water provided to the cathode side to hydroxide ions.
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 This invention was made with government support under grant DE-AR0000307 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The government has certain rights in the invention.