Catalyst synthesis

Definition

Catalyst synthesis is the process of fabricating catalytic materials. It aims to optimize factors such as the catalyst activity, selectivity, stability and cost.

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    Merging the advantages of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts is a useful strategy for creating improved catalytic systems. Now, a concept has been developed that uses single Pd atoms — supported within liquid alloy droplets — that emerge from the droplet subsurface and interior to react with molecules approaching from the gas phase.

    • Günther Rupprechter
    Nature Chemistry 9, 833–834
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    Selective conversion of C–H bonds into C–N bonds to form N-heterocycles would streamline the synthesis of these important structural motifs. Now, an iron(II) catalyst has been developed that can transform alkyl azides into cyclic secondary amines by controlling the iron imido intermediate to react only with the nearby aliphatic C–H bond.

    • Tom G. Driver
    Nature Chemistry 5, 736–738
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    Olefin metathesis is a flexible and efficient method for making carbon–carbon bonds and has found widespread application in academia and industry. Now, a detailed mechanistic study looking at key catalytic intermediates offers new insight into this reaction, and may prove useful in the development of more active and selective catalysts.

    • Jennifer A. Love
    Nature Chemistry 2, 524–525