Catalyst synthesis

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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    Heterogeneous photocatalysts are rarely employed in industry for the synthesis of commodity chemicals due to efficiency problems. Now, a photochromic Bi2WO6–x/amorphous-BiOCl composite is reported, which features a remarkable activity for the photocatalytic oxidation of toluene into benzaldehyde and benzoic acid.

    • Anna Kubacka
    •  & Marcos Fernández-García
    Nature Catalysis 1, 643-644
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    Specific forms of nitrogen doping can endow carbon-based metal-free materials with electrocatalytic activity. Now, introducing sp-hybridized nitrogen atoms into some acetylenic sites of ultra-thin graphdiyne — a highly π-conjugated lamellar carbon allotrope — has led to excellent oxygen reduction reaction activity.

    • Yao Zheng
    •  & Shi-Zhang Qiao
    Nature Chemistry 10, 900-902
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    The identification of organic structure-directing agents capable of tailoring the physicochemical properties of microporous materials has remained a challenge. Now, a unique methodology to design organic mimics of reaction intermediates provides a route to optimize the selectivity of zeolite catalysts.

    • Jeffrey D. Rimer
    Nature Catalysis 1, 488-489
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    Reactive metal–support interactions are generally considered characteristic of oxide supports. Now, two-dimensional niobium carbide, a member of the MXenes family, has been used as a platinum support providing an active water-gas shift catalyst via reduction-induced formation of stable, catalytically active Nb–Pt nanoparticles.

    • Wilfred T. Tysoe
    Nature Catalysis 1, 316-317