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Assembling the pieces to improve catalysis

Understanding the ways by which metal-containing catalysts carry out a reaction is a chemical puzzle. Now, investigations of a multi-metallic molecular system uncover how the self-assembly of molecular catalysts facilitates cooperation between active species and improves the conversion of water to hydrogen gas.

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Fig. 1: The self-assembly of iridium catalysts via aggregation through their hydrophobic potions dramatically enhances bimolecular conversion of protons to dihydrogen.


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Sonea, A., Warren, J.J. Assembling the pieces to improve catalysis. Nat. Chem. 16, 678–679 (2024).

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