Image: Sang Yup Lee and Hyun Uk Kim (KAIST). Cover design: Karen Moore.

January Issue now live

Nature Catalysis covers all areas of catalysis, incorporating the work of scientists, engineers and industry. January issue now live.

Latest Research

  • Review Article |

    Production of industrial chemicals from renewable biomass feedstock plays an important role in addressing limited fossil fuel resources, climate change and environmental problems. This Review provides a comprehensive overview of biological and chemical routes for the synthesis of industrial chemicals derived from key precursor metabolites of central carbon metabolic pathways, and visualizes the results in a global bio-based chemicals map.

    • Sang Yup Lee
    • , Hyun Uk Kim
    • , Tong Un Chae
    • , Jae Sung Cho
    • , Je Woong Kim
    • , Jae Ho Shin
    • , Dong In Kim
    • , Yoo-Sung Ko
    • , Woo Dae Jang
    •  & Yu-Sin Jang
  • Article |

    MOFs have found limited application in catalysis so far, as the result of their limited thermal and hydrolytic stability. Now, non-thermal plasma is shown to be able to promote and sustain the activity of HKUST-1 and other MOFs towards the water–gas shift reaction despite the presence of water.

    • Shaojun Xu
    • , Sarayute Chansai
    • , Cristina Stere
    • , Burapat Inceesungvorn
    • , Alexandre Goguet
    • , Kanlayawat Wangkawong
    • , S. F. Rebecca Taylor
    • , Nadeen Al-Janabi
    • , Christopher Hardacre
    • , Philip A. Martin
    •  & Xiaolei Fan
  • Perspective |

    Amide bond formation is a hugely important reaction in organic synthesis. This Perspective examines the factors that influence the choice of reaction conditions for this process, comparing widely used stoichiometric reagents with catalysts. The authors draw on both academic and industrial data and focus on the efficiency, scope and sustainability of the various approaches.

    • Marco T. Sabatini
    • , Lee. T. Boulton
    • , Helen F. Sneddon
    •  & Tom D. Sheppard
  • Article |

    The ability to functionalize normally unreactive sites in molecules opens up tremendous flexibility in synthesis design and structural modification, in addition to reducing the need for multiple steps or highly reactive reagents. Now, a dual-catalytic strategy, demonstrated with the methods for the β-arylation of aliphatic alcohols and for the enantioselective γ-hydroarylation of allylic alcohols, is reported for such reactions.

    • Dawid Lichosyt
    • , Yang Zhang
    • , Karolina Hurej
    •  & Paweł Dydio
  • Article |

    Single-atom catalysts are receiving much attention, but insights into their active sites or the differences in reactivity with conventional nanoparticles are still controversial. Now, operando studies on CO oxidation with Ir/MgAl2O4 accompanied by computational investigations reveal important features of this class of catalyst.

    • Yubing Lu
    • , Jiamin Wang
    • , Liang Yu
    • , Libor Kovarik
    • , Xiwen Zhang
    • , Adam S. Hoffman
    • , Alessandro Gallo
    • , Simon R. Bare
    • , Dimosthenis Sokaras
    • , Thomas Kroll
    • , Vanessa Dagle
    • , Hongliang Xin
    •  & Ayman M. Karim
  • Article |

    Despite the many recent developments in iron-catalysed cross-couplings, the mechanistic understanding of these reactions is lacking compared to the more studied palladium and nickel variants. Here, the authors find that during iron-catalysed Negishi reactions the diphosphine ligand predominately binds to the zinc—rather than the iron—centre.

    • Antonis M. Messinis
    • , Stephen L. J. Luckham
    • , Peter P. Wells
    • , Diego Gianolio
    • , Emma K. Gibson
    • , Harry M. O’Brien
    • , Hazel A. Sparkes
    • , Sean A. Davis
    • , June Callison
    • , David Elorriaga
    • , Oscar Hernandez-Fajardo
    •  & Robin B. Bedford

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    As we celebrate our first birthday, we thank everyone involved and look back on an exciting 12 months.

  • Comment |

    Developing catalytic reactions for organic synthesis is the central goal of countless research groups worldwide. High-throughput experimentation is invaluable for this pursuit, with the requisite tools becoming increasingly available to both industrial and academic research labs.

    • C. Liana Allen
    • , David C. Leitch
    • , Michael S. Anson
    •  & Matthew A. Zajac
  • News & Views |

    Optimization of catalytic stereoselectivity for new substrates often requires a time consuming experimental process, and high-accuracy molecular modelling remains intractable for comprehensive virtual screening. Now, highly enantioselective rhodium hydrogenation catalysts have been identified using a rapid computational transition-state analysis protocol and then experimentally verified.

    • Daniel H. Ess

About the Journal

  • Nature Catalysis brings together researchers from across all chemistry and related fields. It publishes work on homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysts, incorporating both fundamental and applied studies. Nature Catalysis provides coverage of the science and business of catalysis research, creating a unique journal for scientists, engineers and researchers in industry.

  • Nature Catalysis publishes original research as Articles. We also publish a range of other content types including Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, Correspondences, News & Views and Feature articles.

  • The Chief Editor of Nature Catalysis is Enda Bergin, who was previously Senior Editor and Team Manager at Nature Communications; other editors are Davide Esposito, Marçal Capdevila-Cortada and Jan-Stefan Völler.

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