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Latest Research

  • Article |

    Preparative methods for thioester and tertiary amide formation are currently missing in the biocatalysis repertoire. Now, a mutation of serine to cysteine in the catalytic triad of an acyltransferase expands its synthetic capability to generate these compounds while retaining its natural activity towards alcohols.

    • Martina L. Contente
    • , David Roura Padrosa
    • , Francesco Molinari
    •  & Francesca Paradisi
  • Article |

    Platinum-group-metal-free, non-iron catalysts are highly desirable for the oxygen reduction reaction at proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell cathodes, as they avoid the detrimental Fenton reactions. Now, a cobalt and nitrogen co-doped carbon catalyst with atomically dispersed porphyrin-like CoN4C12 sites is reported with an improved activity and durability in PEM fuel cell conditions.

    • Xiaohong Xie
    • , Cheng He
    • , Boyang Li
    • , Yanghua He
    • , David A. Cullen
    • , Evan C. Wegener
    • , A. Jeremy Kropf
    • , Ulises Martinez
    • , Yingwen Cheng
    • , Mark H. Engelhard
    • , Mark E. Bowden
    • , Miao Song
    • , Teresa Lemmon
    • , Xiaohong S. Li
    • , Zimin Nie
    • , Jian Liu
    • , Deborah J. Myers
    • , Piotr Zelenay
    • , Guofeng Wang
    • , Gang Wu
    • , Vijay Ramani
    •  & Yuyan Shao
  • Article |

    Although the light-promoted Sabatier reaction has great potential for CO2 remediation strategies, its mechanism is not fully understood. Now, a steady-state isotopic kinetic analysis coupled with infrared spectroscopy reveals important aspects of this hydrogenation process over a NiOx/La2O3@TiO2 composite catalyst.

    • Tze Hao Tan
    • , Bingqiao Xie
    • , Yun Hau Ng
    • , Siti Fatimah Binti Abdullah
    • , Hin Yin Marco Tang
    • , Nicholas Bedford
    • , Robert A. Taylor
    • , Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou
    • , Rose Amal
    •  & Jason Scott
  • Review Article |

    Supramolecular hosts can readily self-assemble from simple components and allow remarkable chemical rate enhancements and product selectivity utilising defined microenvironments and specific host–guest interactions. This Review Article describes recent conceptual and catalytic advances made in this field.

    • Mariko Morimoto
    • , Stephen M. Bierschenk
    • , Kay T. Xia
    • , Robert G. Bergman
    • , Kenneth N. Raymond
    •  & F. Dean Toste
  • Article |

    Despite their promising optical properties, organolead halide perovskites are not frequently used in photocatalysis due to their low stability in water. Here, a long-lasting semiconductive organolead iodide layered crystalline material with the ability to perform overall water splitting is introduced.

    • Xueling Song
    • , Guangfeng Wei
    • , Jiao Sun
    • , Chengdong Peng
    • , Jinlin Yin
    • , Xu Zhang
    • , Yilin Jiang
    •  & Honghan Fei
  • Article |

    Controlling the regioselectivity in the coupling of simple aromatics is challenging. Now, parapara selectivity is achieved during the aerobic dehydrogenative homocoupling of arenes through a shape-selective catalyst based on molecular palladium confined within the framework of zeolite materials.

    • Jannick Vercammen
    • , Massimo Bocus
    • , Sam Neale
    • , Aram Bugaev
    • , Patrick Tomkins
    • , Julianna Hajek
    • , Sam Van Minnebruggen
    • , Alexander Soldatov
    • , Andraž Krajnc
    • , Gregor Mali
    • , Véronique Van Speybroeck
    •  & Dirk E. De Vos

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Nickel–iron and cobalt–iron (oxy)hydroxides are state-of-the-art electrocatalysts for oxygen production in alkaline conditions. Now, the addition of high-valent dopants has been demonstrated to further propel the catalytic rate in these materials by an order of magnitude.

    • Michael John Craig
    •  & Max García-Melchor
  • Comment |

    The Fischer–Tropsch product, water, is regularly hypothesized to be the driving force for catalyst deactivation. Cobalt nanoparticles may be oxidized to CoO, form mixed-metal oxides with supports, or sinter to larger particles. This Comment discusses the feasibility of these deactivation pathways, highlighting the importance of in situ characterization.

    • Moritz Wolf
    • , Nico Fischer
    •  & Michael Claeys
  • News & Views |

    DNA-based dynamic networks show adaptation to external stimuli toward the generation of the fittest constituent. This selection principle has now been implemented to control the catalytic efficiency of an enzymatic reaction.

    • Lena J. Winat
    •  & Barbara Saccà
  • News & Views |

    Enhancing the oxygen exchange rate at the surface of oxides through rational design has long been a key goal of researchers pursuing sustainable energy solutions. Now, a simple infiltration method reveals that reaction rates on porous mixed-conducting oxides scale with the acidity of the infiltrate and can be tuned by orders of magnitude.

    • Sossina M. Haile

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