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Latest Research

  • Article |

    H2 is a promising mediator of electrons from electrodes to microbes for chemicals production from CO2—but its low solubility limits the productivity. This work reports nanoemulsions as H2 carriers that improve the solubility and transfer kinetics of H2, increasing the productivity of the system.

    • Roselyn M. Rodrigues
    • , Xun Guan
    • , Jesus A. Iñiguez
    • , Daniel A. Estabrook
    • , John O. Chapman
    • , Shuyuan Huang
    • , Ellen M. Sletten
    •  & Chong Liu
  • Article |

    Upgrading CO to high-value multicarbon products is a promising avenue for fuel and chemical feedstock production. Here triangular Cu nanosheets that selectively expose the (111) surface exhibit a high acetate partial current density (131 mA cm–2) and Faradaic efficiency (48%) in CO electroreduction.

    • Wesley Luc
    • , Xianbiao Fu
    • , Jianjian Shi
    • , Jing-Jing Lv
    • , Matthew Jouny
    • , Byung Hee Ko
    • , Yaobin Xu
    • , Qing Tu
    • , Xiaobing Hu
    • , Jinsong Wu
    • , Qin Yue
    • , Yuanyue Liu
    • , Feng Jiao
    •  & Yijin Kang
  • Perspective |

    CO2 hydrogenation is frequently acclaimed as a strategy for greenhouse gases mitigation, although the carbon footprint of the corresponding electrocatalytic or thermocatalytic process is often neglected. This Perspective analyses the amount of CO2 generated during methanol production for different catalytic processes and hybrid thereof.

    • Brian M. Tackett
    • , Elaine Gomez
    •  & Jingguang G. Chen
  • Article |

    Immobilized molecular catalysts can be efficient for the electroreduction of CO2, but their practical applicability is hampered by the continued use of rare metals. Here, a photoelectrode based on an earth-abundant molecular catalyst with high CO2 reduction performance is introduced.

    • Jane J. Leung
    • , Julien Warnan
    • , Khoa H. Ly
    • , Nina Heidary
    • , Dong Heon Nam
    • , Moritz F. Kuehnel
    •  & Erwin Reisner
  • Article |

    In heterogeneous catalysis, solvents—and their interaction with metal supports—have a complex effect on reactivity. This study shows that, in Pd-catalysed furfural hydrogenation, water influences the rate and selectivity by favouring a proton transfer rather than a purely surface-bound mechanism.

    • Zheng Zhao
    • , Reda Bababrik
    • , Wenhua Xue
    • , Yaping Li
    • , Nicholas M. Briggs
    • , Dieu-Thy Nguyen
    • , Umi Nguyen
    • , Steven P. Crossley
    • , Sanwu Wang
    • , Bin Wang
    •  & Daniel E. Resasco
  • Article |

    Methane monooxygenase (MMO)—a protein of high biotechnological interest for the selective and mild conversion of methane to methanol—lacks a high-throughput production system. Now, the authors report the efficient production of particulate MMO-mimics for catalysis in solution and hydrogels.

    • Hyun Jin Kim
    • , June Huh
    • , Young Wan Kwon
    • , Donghyun Park
    • , Yeonhwa Yu
    • , Young Eun Jang
    • , Bo-Ram Lee
    • , Eunji Jo
    • , Eun Jung Lee
    • , Yunseok Heo
    • , Weontae Lee
    •  & Jeewon Lee

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    The diversity of engineered amine dehydrogenases for reductive amination remains limited. Now, native amino dehydrogenases offering a different sequence space and catalytic features are discovered — enhancing and broadening the biocatalysis toolbox.

    • Andreas S. Bommarius
  • Editorial |

    Peer review has established itself as a crucial validation mechanism for modern science. Despite the disadvantages associated with its practice, it remains a powerful method to add value to scientific publications.

  • News & Views |

    Given the fact that sodium is the most abundant alkali metal on Earth, the direct and indirect use of organosodium compounds in palladium-catalysed carbon–carbon bond forming reactions is an attractive alternative for sustainable organic synthesis.

    • Henry N. C. Wong
  • News & Views |

    Good durability and activity of single Ru atom catalysts is critical for their large-scale utilization in electrochemical water splitting. Now, both of these properties can be better controlled through compressive strain engineering.

    • Boon Siang Yeo
  • News & Views |

    High-yield production of a functionally active mimic of particulate methane monooxygenase in Escherichia coli has been presented. Investigation of its catalytic mode clarifies the role of duroquinol in biomimetic methanol production.

    • Sunney I. Chan
    •  & Steve S.-F Yu

About the Journal

  • Nature Catalysis brings together researchers from across all chemistry and related fields. It publishes work on homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysts, incorporating both fundamental and applied studies. Nature Catalysis provides coverage of the science and business of catalysis research, creating a unique journal for scientists, engineers and researchers in industry.

  • Nature Catalysis publishes original research as Articles. We also publish a range of other content types including Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, Correspondences, News & Views and Feature articles.

  • The Chief Editor of Nature Catalysis is Enda Bergin, who was previously Senior Editor and Team Manager at Nature Communications; other editors are Davide Esposito, Marçal Capdevila-Cortada and Jan-Stefan Völler.

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