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  • historical laboratory equipment

    This series brings together our thematic retro News & Views offerings. These short articles reflect on historical developments in the fields of catalysis and their impact on contemporary research.

  • CO<sub>2</sub> Reimagined

    In acknowledgement of the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this Focus is dedicated to progressing the fundamental science and practical implementation of this technology to advance climate goals.


  • Iridium oxide is the state-of-the-art catalyst for water oxidation in an acidic electrolyte. Now amorphous and crystalline iridium oxides are studied using operando time-resolved optical spectroscopy, together with other techniques, to reveal the nature and density of active centres and the role of adsorbate–adsorbate interactions.

    • Caiwu Liang
    • Reshma R. Rao
    • Ifan E. L. Stephens
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  • Electrocatalytic urea formation most commonly involves the co-reduction of NOx species with CO2. This limits overall energy efficiency as commodity-scale NOx is produced from N2 via NH3. The swings in nitrogen oxidation state can be minimized through direct oxidative electrocatalytic reaction of CO and NH3 to urea, as shown in this study.

    • Haocheng Xiong
    • Peiping Yu
    • Qi Lu
  • Nanostructured design of mono- and multimetallic particles can be leveraged to achieve highly active catalysts. Now, a gas-balancing adsorption strategy is presented to prepare alloy nanowires with diameter of around 1 nm, whereby resulting catalysts achieve excellent performance for both anion- and proton-exhange membrane fuel cells.

    • Jiashun Liang
    • Shenzhou Li
    • Qing Li
  • Being able to selectively derive desired compounds from biomass feedstock is very challenging. Now the selectivity of Pt–Co catalysts for the electroreduction of guaiacol and other lignin-derived substrates is shown to depend on the Co speciation and preferential C–OH cleavage can be obtained, retaining the C–OR group.

    • Ruizhi Wu
    • Qinglei Meng
    • Buxing Han
  • Electroreduction of CO2 competes with the hydrogen evolution reaction; thus, controlling water’s activity to exclusively act as a proton donor is a desirable yet challenging goal. Now the behaviour of water in aprotic solvents is shown to depend on the solvent’s donor ability, which can modulate the hydrogen bond network and in turn promote the desired reactivity.

    • Reginaldo J. Gomes
    • Ritesh Kumar
    • Chibueze V. Amanchukwu
  • Pt is the most active catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction in acidic media, but the precise nature of its active sites remains elusive. Now electrical transport spectroscopy and molecular dynamics are combined to map the hydrogen adsorption sites on Pt nanowires and reveal the much higher activity of (111)/(100) edge sites.

    • Zhihong Huang
    • Tao Cheng
    • Xiangfeng Duan
    • Platinum-free electrocatalysts for anion exchange membrane fuel cells and water electrolysers are required to improve the techno-economic viability of these electrochemical technologies for the sustainable production and use of hydrogen. Modifying the electronic structure of Li-intercalated layered Mn-oxides via Ru doping resulted in a catalyst displaying impressive performance towards both technologies.

      • Eric Liu
      • Drew Higgins
      News & Views
    • The understanding of protein evolution is a central challenge in biology. Now, the evolution of a β-lactamase in vitro reveals that the total effect of mutations can change the rate-limiting step of the catalytic mechanism.

      • Gina Dotta
      • Alejandro J. Vila
      News & Views
    • The future of bioproduction lies in efficient C1 utilization. Methanol derived from CO2 can be fed to engineered bacteria that convert it into platform chemicals currently produced from fossil fuels. Now, recent results confirm we are getting closer.

      • Jan Lukas Krüsemann
      • Steffen N. Lindner
      News & Views
    • Atropisomerism is an expanding target of asymmetric catalysis. In this Review, recent advances in atroposelective synthesis under catalytic control are highlighted with a focus on general strategies that provide high versatility and modularity.

      • Shao-Hua Xiang
      • Wei-Yi Ding
      • Bin Tan
      Review Article
    • Gut microbes have enzymes that break down the heavily glycosylated mucin protein of host animals, but known enzymes recognize only one glycan chain. Now, bioinformatic exploration has uncovered a family of mucinases that targets dense sugar residues.

      • Shinya Fushinobu
      News & Views

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