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Staining a porous catalyst

The structural features and catalytic performances of catalyst particles have now been correlated using a fluorescence microscopy approach, by tracking nanoprobes as well as fluorescent reaction products. Such mapping enables exploration of structure–function relationships, which is essential for the design of better catalysts.

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Fig. 1: Fluorescence imaging of a cylinder-shaped porous catalyst shows how pore architecture affects catalytic performance.