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Identification of the active sites in supported subnanometric metal catalysts

Identifying the active sites in supported catalysts comprising isolated metal atoms and subnanometric clusters is challenging because of the difficulty in obtaining detailed structural information under reaction conditions. Here, we discuss the limitations and pitfalls that may be encountered and provide suggestions accordingly.

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Fig. 1: Illustration of different types of supported metal catalysts.

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We are grateful for financial support from the Spanish government through the ‘Severo Ochoa Program’ (SEV-2016-0683).

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Liu, L., Corma, A. Identification of the active sites in supported subnanometric metal catalysts. Nat Catal 4, 453–456 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-021-00632-y

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