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Heterogeneous catalysis

Catch me if you can!

Chemists are like detectives: they like to know 'whodunit' during a catalytic reaction. Combining advanced electron microscopy with intelligent molecular design has now provided strong evidence for the presence of a highly active site within a complex catalytic solid.

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Figure 1: The catalysis murder-mystery game.
Figure 2: HAADF–STEM images of supported WOx/ZrO2 catalysts3.


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Weckhuysen, B. Catch me if you can!. Nature Chem 1, 690–692 (2009).

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