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Nature Catalysis covers all areas of catalysis, incorporating the work of scientists, engineers and industry. January issue now live.

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  • Article |

    Single-atom catalysts can exhibit improved catalytic performance with respect to their bulk counterparts. Now, the authors introduce a yolk@shell catalyst with spatially separated Pd and Fe single sites that simultaneously catalyse nitroaromatic hydrogenation and alkene epoxidation reactions, leading to a cascade synthesis of amino alcohols.

    • Yafei Zhao
    • , Huang Zhou
    • , Xiaorong Zhu
    • , Yunteng Qu
    • , Can Xiong
    • , Zhenggang Xue
    • , Qingwei Zhang
    • , Xiaokang Liu
    • , Fangyao Zhou
    • , Xiaoming Mou
    • , Wenyu Wang
    • , Min Chen
    • , Ya Xiong
    • , Xingen Lin
    • , Yue Lin
    • , Wenxing Chen
    • , Hui-Juan Wang
    • , Zheng Jiang
    • , Lirong Zheng
    • , Tao Yao
    • , Juncai Dong
    • , Shiqiang Wei
    • , Weixin Huang
    • , Lin Gu
    • , Jun Luo
    • , Yafei Li
    •  & Yuen Wu
  • Article |

    The coupling of aryl halides and arylboronic acids is generally performed by metal-catalysed Suzuki–Miyaura reactions while metal-free approaches remain elusive. Here an organocatalytic approach based on amine catalysts is introduced for the preparation of commercially relevant asymmetric biaryls.

    • Lei Xu
    • , Fu-Yue Liu
    • , Qi Zhang
    • , Wei-Jun Chang
    • , Zhong-Lin Liu
    • , Ying Lv
    • , Hai-Zhu Yu
    • , Jun Xu
    • , Jian-Jun Dai
    •  & Hua-Jian Xu
  • Article |

    Multi-element oxide catalysts can feature superior properties compared with their single-element analogues but obtaining such complex structures remains a challenge. Here, a method is reported to access single-phase denary nanoparticles as stable and efficient catalysts for the combustion of methane.

    • Tangyuan Li
    • , Yonggang Yao
    • , Zhennan Huang
    • , Pengfei Xie
    • , Zhenyu Liu
    • , Menghao Yang
    • , Jinlong Gao
    • , Kaizhu Zeng
    • , Alexandra H. Brozena
    • , Glenn Pastel
    • , Miaolun Jiao
    • , Qi Dong
    • , Jiaqi Dai
    • , Shuke Li
    • , Han Zong
    • , Miaofang Chi
    • , Jian Luo
    • , Yifei Mo
    • , Guofeng Wang
    • , Chao Wang
    • , Reza Shahbazian-Yassar
    •  & Liangbing Hu
  • Article |

    As Ni(ii) complexes are generally considered inert toward O2, their utilization for catalytic oxygenation reactions is extremely rare. Here, the authors introduce an electrocatalytic method for the oxidation of sulfides based on bipyridine complexes of simple Ni(ii) salts using water as the oxygen source.

    • Yujie Liang
    • , Shi-Hui Shi
    • , Rui Jin
    • , Xu Qiu
    • , Jialiang Wei
    • , Hui Tan
    • , Xue Jiang
    • , Xiaomeng Shi
    • , Song Song
    •  & Ning Jiao
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Biological CO2 fixation is restricted to few enzymes and pathways, limiting its value in environmental protection and agricultural productivity. Now, a new-to-nature CO2-fixing enzyme allows CO2-dependent assimilation of glycolate in a designed pathway, and its use for different applications is demonstrated.

    • Marieke Scheffen
    • , Daniel G. Marchal
    • , Thomas Beneyton
    • , Sandra K. Schuller
    • , Melanie Klose
    • , Christoph Diehl
    • , Jessica Lehmann
    • , Pascal Pfister
    • , Martina Carrillo
    • , Hai He
    • , Selçuk Aslan
    • , Niña S. Cortina
    • , Peter Claus
    • , Daniel Bollschweiler
    • , Jean-Christophe Baret
    • , Jan M. Schuller
    • , Jan Zarzycki
    • , Arren Bar-Even
    •  & Tobias J. Erb
  • Article |

    General methods to regioselectively introduce both amine and alcohol functionalities into alkene substrates to afford 1,2-aminoalcohols in a single step are lacking. Now, this has been addressed by a metal-free photosensitization strategy using oxime carbonate as a suitable bifunctional reagent.

    • Tuhin Patra
    • , Mowpriya Das
    • , Constantin G. Daniliuc
    •  & Frank Glorius

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    On the threshold of the New Year we think back to the past 12 months and provide a few highlights.

  • News & Views |

    Atomically dispersed and nitrogen-coordinated single iron site catalysts hold great promise to replace platinum for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells, but they suffer from significant performance loss. Now, solving the conundrum to distinguish durable and non-durable FeN4 active sites can guide high-performance catalyst design.

    • Shengwen Liu
    • , Qiurong Shi
    •  & Gang Wu
  • News & Views |

    Electrochemical CO2 conversion to hydrocarbons has increasingly improved with the development of better catalysts. Now, a copper catalyst modified with a polymer boosts the selectivity for ethylene production to 87%.

    • Enrico Andreoli
  • News & Views |

    Despite over a century of research to understand heterogeneous electrocatalysis, the precise mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Now, it is proposed that the oxygen evolution reaction on IrOx is driven by changes in the redox state of the Ir–O active sites, rather than by changes in the interfacial electric field.

    • Shannon W. Boettcher
    •  & Yogesh Surendranath

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