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Issue 10 Live.

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

Latest Research

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    Nature’s oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II is a multinuclear manganese cluster. Whether mononuclear manganese can also efficiently catalyse water oxidation has been a long-standing question. Now, Li and co-workers show that single atoms of manganese can be anchored on nitrogen-doped graphene to catalyse the oxygen evolution reaction. Credit: Water image Frankie Angel / Alamy Stock Photo.

    • Jingqi Guan
    • , Zhiyao Duan
    • , Fuxiang Zhang
    • , Shelly D. Kelly
    • , Rui Si
    • , Michel Dupuis
    • , Qinge Huang
    • , John Qianjun Chen
    • , Chunhua Tang
    •  & Can Li
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    The electrochemical transformation of CO2 into liquid fuels is a major challenge. Now, Jaramillo, Hahn and co-workers present a Au/Cu catalyst highly active to C2+ alcohols at low overpotentials as a result of a tandem mechanism where CO2 is reduced to CO on Au and further reduced to C2+ alcohols on nearby Cu.

    • Carlos G. Morales-Guio
    • , Etosha R. Cave
    • , Stephanie A. Nitopi
    • , Jeremy T. Feaster
    • , Lei Wang
    • , Kendra P. Kuhl
    • , Ariel Jackson
    • , Natalie C. Johnson
    • , David N. Abram
    • , Toru Hatsukade
    • , Christopher Hahn
    •  & Thomas F. Jaramillo
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    Organocatalysed photoredox-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization is a very promising method, although many challenges still lie ahead. Now, Kwon, Gierschner, Kim and co-workers present a computer-aided-design strategy to identify organic photoredox catalysts for this process. The success of the design strategy is demonstrated by polymerizations of methyl methacrylate and styrene.

    • Varun Kumar Singh
    • , Changhoon Yu
    • , Sachin Badgujar
    • , Youngmu Kim
    • , Yonghwan Kwon
    • , Doyon Kim
    • , Junhyeok Lee
    • , Toheed Akhter
    • , Gurunathan Thangavel
    • , Lee Soon Park
    • , Jiseok Lee
    • , Paramjyothi C. Nandajan
    • , Reinhold Wannemacher
    • , Begoña Milián-Medina
    • , Larry Lüer
    • , Kwang S. Kim
    • , Johannes Gierschner
    •  & Min Sang Kwon
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    Single-atom catalysts have proven successful in many catalytic applications. Now, Li, Wu and co-workers show that single-atom catalysts can be prepared directly from bulk metals using an ammonia atmosphere, owing to the formation of volatile metal–ammonia species that are trapped by the nitrogen-rich carbon support.

    • Yunteng Qu
    • , Zhijun Li
    • , Wenxing Chen
    • , Yue Lin
    • , Tongwei Yuan
    • , Zhengkun Yang
    • , Changming Zhao
    • , Jing Wang
    • , Chao Zhao
    • , Xin Wang
    • , Fangyao Zhou
    • , Zhongbin Zhuang
    • , Yuen Wu
    •  & Yadong Li
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    The precise understanding of the active phase under reaction conditions at the molecular level is crucial for the design of improved catalysts. Now, Strasser, Jones and colleagues correlate the high activity of IrNi@IrOx core–shell nanoparticles with the amount of lattice vacancies produced by the nickel leaching process that takes place before and during water oxidation, and elucidate the underlying structural-electronic effects.

    • Hong Nhan Nong
    • , Tobias Reier
    • , Hyung-Suk Oh
    • , Manuel Gliech
    • , Paul Paciok
    • , Thu Ha Thi Vu
    • , Detre Teschner
    • , Marc Heggen
    • , Valeri Petkov
    • , Robert Schlögl
    • , Travis Jones
    •  & Peter Strasser
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    Although mechanistic understanding can drive new reactivity development, the key bond-forming and -breaking steps in catalytic cycles are often sufficiently fast to elude observation. Here, the authors photochemically produce a key intermediate in Mn-catalysed C–H functionalization, and follow the subsequent steps—spanning processes occurring over seven orders of magnitude in time—using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

    • L. Anders Hammarback
    • , Ian P. Clark
    • , Igor V. Sazanovich
    • , Michael Towrie
    • , Alan Robinson
    • , Francis Clarke
    • , Stephanie Meyer
    • , Ian J. S. Fairlamb
    •  & Jason M. Lynam

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