Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of all chemical elements and compounds except for organic compounds (hydrocarbons and their derivatives).

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    The activity of the membrane-bound enzyme pMMO depends on copper but the location of the copper centers is still under debate. Here, the authors reconstitute pMMO in nanodiscs and use native top-down MS to localize its copper centers, providing insights into which sites are essential for activity.

    • Soo Y. Ro
    • , Luis F. Schachner
    • , Christopher W. Koo
    • , Rahul Purohit
    • , Jonathan P. Remis
    • , Grace E. Kenney
    • , Brandon W. Liauw
    • , Paul M. Thomas
    • , Steven M. Patrie
    • , Neil L. Kelleher
    •  & Amy C. Rosenzweig
  • Research |

    High-throughput computation is especially useful for materials screening where synthesis is challenging. Here, it is used to construct a stability map of ternary nitrides, allowing discovery of stable compounds and providing insight into principles that govern nitride stability.

    • Wenhao Sun
    • , Christopher J. Bartel
    • , Elisabetta Arca
    • , Sage R. Bauers
    • , Bethany Matthews
    • , Bernardo Orvañanos
    • , Bor-Rong Chen
    • , Michael F. Toney
    • , Laura T. Schelhas
    • , William Tumas
    • , Janet Tate
    • , Andriy Zakutayev
    • , Stephan Lany
    • , Aaron M. Holder
    •  & Gerbrand Ceder
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    While photoelectrochemical water splitting offers a low-cost, integrated means to generate fuel from light, poor charge carrier transport limits performances. Here, authors embed laser-synthesized colloids in bismuth vanadate photoanodes to boost charge carrier mobilities and enhance photocurrents.

    • Jie Jian
    • , Youxun Xu
    • , Xiaokun Yang
    • , Wei Liu
    • , Maosen Fu
    • , Huiwu Yu
    • , Fei Xu
    • , Fan Feng
    • , Lichao Jia
    • , Dennis Friedrich
    • , Roel van de Krol
    •  & Hongqiang Wang
  • Research | | open

    There is a strong push to develop new catalysts and supports to convert low-value CO2 into high-value CH4. Here, authors found that the internal or external confinement of Ni on multi-layered siloxene supports determined the reaction pathway, activity, selectivity, and stability in CO2 methanation.

    • Xiaoliang Yan
    • , Wei Sun
    • , Liming Fan
    • , Paul N. Duchesne
    • , Wu Wang
    • , Christian Kübel
    • , Di Wang
    • , Sai Govind Hari Kumar
    • , Young Feng Li
    • , Alexandra Tavasoli
    • , Thomas E. Wood
    • , Darius L. H. Hung
    • , Lili Wan
    • , Lu Wang
    • , Rui Song
    • , Jiuli Guo
    • , Ilya Gourevich
    • , Abdinoor A. Jelle
    • , Jingjun Lu
    • , Ruifeng Li
    • , Benjamin D. Hatton
    •  & Geoffrey A. Ozin
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    Hydride ions are promising for energy storage since they are abundant, lightweight, and highly mobile, but ionic conductivity should be improved. Here the authors achieve fast hydride ion conductivity in a mixed-anion compound by tuning oxygen content.

    • Keiga Fukui
    • , Soshi Iimura
    • , Tomofumi Tada
    • , Satoru Fujitsu
    • , Masato Sasase
    • , Hiromu Tamatsukuri
    • , Takashi Honda
    • , Kazutaka Ikeda
    • , Toshiya Otomo
    •  & Hideo Hosono
  • Research |

    Detailed knowledge about its catalytic process is important for exploiting [Fe]-hydrogenase—an enzyme that cleaves and produces H2—for technological purposes. This study presents an atomic-resolution crystal structure of a substrate-bound closed active form of the enzyme and a precise catalytic cycle.

    • Gangfeng Huang
    • , Tristan Wagner
    • , Matthew D. Wodrich
    • , Kenichi Ataka
    • , Eckhard Bill
    • , Ulrich Ermler
    • , Xile Hu
    •  & Seigo Shima
    Nature Catalysis 2, 537-543

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    A comprehensive chemical space of potential inorganic ternary metal nitrides has been explored by computational methods as a guideline for their experimental synthesis and discovery.

    • Ralf Riedel
    •  & Zhaoju Yu
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Radical intermediates are key species in many chemical transformations. Recent advances have provided a new suite of selective radical alkylation reactions. This Comment highlights pioneering studies using alkyl amines that act as radical precursors in a number of catalytic processes by their conversion to alkylpyridinium salts.

    • Duanyang Kong
    • , Patrick J. Moon
    •  & Rylan J. Lundgren
    Nature Catalysis 2, 473-476
  • News and Views |

    Hydrogenases are very powerful biocatalysts for dihydrogen cleavage. Now, X-ray crystallography shows how [Fe]-hydrogenase requires ligand exchanges at the metal centre and significant molecular motions to open and close its active site to effectively transfer a hydride to an electrophilic organic substrate.

    • Yvain Nicolet
    Nature Catalysis 2, 481-482