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CATALYTIC MATERIALS

Two are better than one

Finely tuned interactions in the second coordination sphere of enzymes or homogeneous catalysts can be essential for their function. Now, this concept has been applied to the surface of a catalytic material, utilizing pairs of Cu atoms for the selective electrochemical fixation of CO2.

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Fig. 1: Pairs of Cu0–Cux+ atoms proposed as the active sites of electrochemical CO2 reduction on Pd10Te3 nanowires.

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Natinsky, B.S., Liu, C. Two are better than one. Nature Chem 11, 200–201 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-019-0221-1

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