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Issue 3 Live!

Nature Catalysis is a new online-only journal that covers all areas of catalysis, incorporating the work of scientists, engineers and industry. Issue 3 now live!

Latest Research

  • Article |

    Aminocarboxylic acids are used in a broad range of domestic products and industrial applications. Here, Poelarends and co-workers report a chemoenzymatic route for the asymmetric synthesis of the antibiotic co-drug candidate aspergillomarasmine A and related aminocarboxylic acids by exploiting the broad substrate promiscuity of ethylenediamine-N,N′-disuccinic acid (EDDS) lyase.

    • Haigen Fu
    • , Jielin Zhang
    • , Mohammad Saifuddin
    • , Gea Cruiming
    • , Pieter G. Tepper
    •  & Gerrit J. Poelarends
  • Article |

    For practical applications, water-oxidation catalysts should be inexpensive, active and stable. Here, Cronin and co-workers dope molybdenum into the Weakley sandwich-type polyoxometalate, showing that this dramatically lowers the overpotential for the oxygen evolution reaction while maintaining the stability against oxidation.

    • Mercè Martin-Sabi
    • , Joaquín Soriano-López
    • , Ross S. Winter
    • , Jia-Jia Chen
    • , Laia Vilà-Nadal
    • , De-Liang Long
    • , José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
    •  & Leroy Cronin
  • Article |

    Selective catalytic reduction is employed at the exhaust of diesel vehicles to abate nitrogen oxide emissions. Now, guided by time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy and transient experiments using Cu-SSZ-13 as the catalyst, the authors unravel important features of the reaction mechanism that allow the performance of the catalyst to be improved.

    • Adrian Marberger
    • , Andrey W. Petrov
    • , Patrick Steiger
    • , Martin Elsener
    • , Oliver Kröcher
    • , Maarten Nachtegaal
    •  & Davide Ferri
  • Article |

    Small metal nanoclusters often display high catalytic activity, but also low stability due to aggregation. Here, Xu and co-workers show that subnanometre Pd clusters can be contained within porous organic cages. Not only do the particles retain high catalytic activity, they also show excellent solubility and stability.

    • Xinchun Yang
    • , Jian-Ke Sun
    • , Mitsunori Kitta
    • , Huan Pang
    •  & Qiang Xu
  • Article |

    Single-atom catalysts are of growing importance, but the nature of their structure and reactivity remains under debate. Here, Sykes and co-workers show that single Pt atoms on a well-defined Cu2O surface are capable of performing low-temperature CO oxidation, and provide data on the binding site and electronic structure of the Pt atoms.

    • Andrew J. Therrien
    • , Alyssa J. R. Hensley
    • , Matthew D. Marcinkowski
    • , Renqin Zhang
    • , Felicia R. Lucci
    • , Benjamin Coughlin
    • , Alex C. Schilling
    • , Jean-Sabin McEwen
    •  & E. Charles H. Sykes
  • Article |

    The choice of solvent system has important implications regarding the catalytic upgrading of carbohydrate-containing biomass. Here, Dumesic and co-workers study solvation effects in organic solvent/water mixtures and employ the obtained information to control the rate and selectivity of the acid-catalysed dehydration of fructose.

    • Max A. Mellmer
    • , Chotitath Sanpitakseree
    • , Benginur Demir
    • , Peng Bai
    • , Kaiwen Ma
    • , Matthew Neurock
    •  & James A. Dumesic

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Ammonia synthesis is an energy-intensive process due to the high activation barrier for N2 dissociation, which is the rate-determining step on conventional catalysts. Now, a ternary intermetallic catalyst is reported to be capable of catalysing this reaction through an alternative pathway.

    • Malte Behrens
  • News & Views |

    Solvents are used pervasively in catalytic studies to enhance kinetics and selectivities. Now, the analysis of biomass upgrading has been remarkably simplified by elucidating the solvation effects of dehydration for key compounds with solvent-enabled control of reactivity.

    • Hu Li
    •  & Richard L. Smith Jr
  • Editorial |

    In situ studies are very important to advance our comprehension of catalytic reactions and are expected to be boosted by the development of more powerful analytical tools.

  • News & Views |

    Fluctuations in the composition of reactant gas mixtures often lead to activity and selectivity variations in automotive catalysts. Now, time-resolved operando spectroscopy sheds light on the transient changes of surface species for a commercially applied catalyst and leads to process optimization.

    • Feng Gao
    •  & János Szanyi

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.
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