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  • The non-innocence of electrolyte cations in the activity of CO2 reduction has been widely acknowledged, although these complex effects are not fully understood. Here, opposite to the trend observed with Cu and Ag surfaces, smaller alkali cations greatly enhance CO2-to-methanol conversion on a cobalt molecular electrocatalyst.

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  • Methods for studying the adsorption behaviour of molecules onto surfaces under reactive and non-reactive conditions are needed to improve photocatalysts for water treatment. Here the authors develop an imaging technique, adCOMPEITS, to quantify the adsorption of micropollutants on Au/TiO2 and identify a long-range enhancement effect.

    • Ming Zhao
    • Wenjie Li
    • Peng Chen
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  • Methods for electrocatalytic deracemization remained elusive. Now, electrocatalytic cyclic deracemization of alcohols is reported, involving sequential anodic dehydrogenation and cathodic hydrogenation using two distinct metal hydride catalysts and a chemically modified electrode to avoid redox incompatibility.

    • Cheng-Jie Zhu
    • Xiuying Yang
    • Jianchun Wang
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  • Iridium-based oxides are the most active catalysts for acidic water oxidation, but a complete understanding of their surface reconstruction under operation remains elusive. Now three key paracrystalline structural motifs are identified on the seemingly amorphous reconstructed IrOx surface.

    • Bingzhang Lu
    • Carolin Wahl
    • Linsey C. Seitz
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  • Pt-based catalysts are the state of the art for the oxygen reduction reaction. Now the three-dimensional local atomic structure of PtNi and Mo-doped PtNi nanoparticles is revealed via atomic electron tomography, and a local environment descriptor of catalytic activity is put forwards.

    • Yao Yang
    • Jihan Zhou
    • Jianwei Miao
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    • A combination of an iron(ii)-catalyst and a hydroxylammonium salt enables the direct and selective conversion of an inert aromatic C–H bond to a valuable, unprotected amine functionality. This approach solves a long standing challenge in modern synthesis.

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      • Rene M. Koenigs
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    • Rational design of improved electrocatalysts requires a profound understanding of the catalyst’s active sites during the reaction. However, molecule conversion occurs on the few-nanometre scale and operando tools for simultaneous nanoscale chemical, electronic and structural investigation are scarce. Now, the geometric and electronic creation and evolution of individual active sites during the hydrogen evolution reaction on MoS2 has been unravelled using electrochemical tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

      • Katrin F. Domke
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    • The absolute position of band edges is widely considered an indispensable design principle for selection of appropriate semiconductors for a given photo(electro)catalytic reaction. In this Perspective, the authors re-examine this idea from a viewpoint of semiconductor physics and make the case that alignment of band edges with chemical redox potentials is of limited importance.

      • Aaron J. Kaufman
      • Adam C. Nielander
      • Shannon W. Boettcher
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    • 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
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    • 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
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