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  • Design of artificial photosynthetic systems that mimic the complex supramolecular structures in natural systems remains a grand challenge. Here self-assembled nanomicelles containing Zn porphyrins and Co porphyrins as photosensitizer and catalyst achieve selective photocatalytic CO2-to-CH4 conversion in water.

    • Junlai Yu
    • Libei Huang
    • Jia Tian
  • Electrocatalytic processes involving gas molecules are generally limited by low solubility in aqueous solutions. Here water endowed with permanent microporosity by silicalite-1 nanocrystals is used to concentrate O2, allowing the measurement of the intrinsic activity of a Pt/C catalyst in the oxygen reduction reaction.

    • Agnes E. Thorarinsdottir
    • Daniel P. Erdosy
    • Daniel G. Nocera
  • Charge transfer and chemical kinetics both contribute to the overall overpotential that is observed in a typical electrocatalytic experiment, but it remains difficult to resolve the individual contributions. Here a Pd membrane double cell is used to separate the charge transfer and chemical steps in the hydrogen evolution reaction to evaluate how experimental conditions affect the individual steps.

    • Bryan Y. Tang
    • Ryan P. Bisbey
    • Yogesh Surendranath
  • Electrocatalytic nitrate reduction represents an opportunity to generate ammonia under ambient conditions, yet the efficiency has been limited by the large overpotential required. Here, a Ru–Co alloy demonstrates a three-step relay mechanism involving a spontaneous redox step that reduces the overpotential for the process.

    • Shuhe Han
    • Hongjiao Li
    • Bin Zhang
    • Proton exchange membrane fuel cell catalyst layers (CLs) have complex structures that largely determine their performance and durability. Their three-dimensional morphology and component spatial distribution is still poorly understood. This comprehensive work reports one of the first cryogenic transmission electron tomography reconstructions of a full commercial CL section, including challenging-to-image ionomer distribution.

      • Jasna Jankovic
      News & Views
    • The issue of gas solubility has profound implications for studying the activity of oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysts. Aqueous solutions endowed with permanent microporosity — termed microporous water — could be the answer.

      • Christopher Batchelor-McAuley
      News & Views
    • The discovery of the Tetrahymena group I intron’s self-splicing defined RNAs as capable catalysts. Now, cryogenic electron microscopy structures of this ribozyme have revealed large conformational changes and mechanistic details of its two-step mode of action.

      • Kyle H. Cole
      • Katrina Mogannam
      • Andrej Lupták
      News & Views
    • In a standard electrochemistry experiment, the electrochemical signal reports on all electron transfer, chemical, and diffusion steps between the anode and cathode. Now, a membrane reactor decouples each of these steps to enable direct measurement of elementary reaction steps in ways that are otherwise not possible.

      • Yunzhou Wen
      • Curtis P. Berlinguette
      News & Views
    • Electrochemical hydride (H) transfer has been an elusive process. Now, using well-designed model systems, the phenomenon has been isolated and further demonstrated as a practical synthetic method with H2 gas as the hydrogen source.

      • Adam Holewinski
      News & Views

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