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Latest Research

  • Article |

    New enzymes for the efficient and stereoselective synthesis of chiral amines are of high interest for the pharmaceutical industry. Now, Grogan, Vergne-Vaxelaire and co-workers report the discovery, characterization, crystal structure and engineering of a family of native amine dehydrogenases for the preparation of chiral amines from ketones.

    • Ombeline Mayol
    • , Karine Bastard
    • , Lilian Beloti
    • , Amina Frese
    • , Johan P. Turkenburg
    • , Jean-Louis Petit
    • , Aline Mariage
    • , Adrien Debard
    • , Virginie Pellouin
    • , Alain Perret
    • , Véronique de Berardinis
    • , Anne Zaparucha
    • , Gideon Grogan
    •  & Carine Vergne-Vaxelaire
  • Perspective |

    The electrochemical reduction of nitrogen is being intensely investigated as the basis for future ammonia production. This Perspective critiques current steps and missteps towards this goal in terms of experimental methodology and catalyst selection, proposing a protocol for rigorous experimentation.

    • Bryan H. R. Suryanto
    • , Hoang-Long Du
    • , Dabin Wang
    • , Jun Chen
    • , Alexandr N. Simonov
    •  & Douglas R. MacFarlane
  • Article |

    While organolithium and organomagnesium compounds have well developed methods in organic chemistry, organosodium compounds are much less widely used. Here a method to generate organosodium compounds from aryl chlorides and (hetero)arenes is reported, along with a demonstration of their use in cross-coupling reactions.

    • Sobi Asako
    • , Hirotaka Nakajima
    •  & Kazuhiko Takai
  • Review Article |

    Photocatalytic water splitting with particulate semiconductors represents a promising strategy for the generation of hydrogen as a solar fuel. This review covers recent advances in the development of reaction systems and photocatalysts towards the scale-up of this technology, emphasizing at the same time the challenges to overcome.

    • Takashi Hisatomi
    •  & Kazunari Domen
  • Article |

    While Ru-based electrocatalysts are among the most active for acidic water oxidation, they suffer from severe deactivation. Now, Yuen Wu, Wei-Xue Li and co-workers report a core–shell Ru1–Pt3Cu catalyst with surface-dispersed Ru atoms for a highly active and stable oxygen evolution reaction in acid electrolyte.

    • Yancai Yao
    • , Sulei Hu
    • , Wenxing Chen
    • , Zheng-Qing Huang
    • , Weichen Wei
    • , Tao Yao
    • , Ruirui Liu
    • , Ketao Zang
    • , Xiaoqian Wang
    • , Geng Wu
    • , Wenjuan Yuan
    • , Tongwei Yuan
    • , Baiquan Zhu
    • , Wei Liu
    • , Zhijun Li
    • , Dongsheng He
    • , Zhenggang Xue
    • , Yu Wang
    • , Xusheng Zheng
    • , Juncai Dong
    • , Chun-Ran Chang
    • , Yanxia Chen
    • , Xun Hong
    • , Jun Luo
    • , Shiqiang Wei
    • , Wei-Xue Li
    • , Peter Strasser
    • , Yuen Wu
    •  & Yadong Li
  • Perspective |

    The hydrogenation of CO2 to form methane has been known for over a century. However, given increased interest in small-molecule activation for energy storage, and improved catalysts and understanding of the process, it is worthwhile to look again at the reaction. This Perspective discusses recent work on the fundamentals of the Sabatier reaction and also the potential for large-scale applications.

    • Charlotte Vogt
    • , Matteo Monai
    • , Gert Jan Kramer
    •  & Bert M. Weckhuysen

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    The synthesis of highly branched low molecular weight products — potential synthetic lubricants — directly from ethylene is challenging when highly efficient early transition metal catalysts are employed. Now, an alkane soluble co-catalyst permits the synthesis of such polyethylenes using a zirconium catalyst in a saturated hydrocarbon solvent, where competitive solvent coordination at the active site of the catalyst is relatively unimportant.

    • Rhett Kempe
  • News & Views |

    The asymmetric synthesis of chiral γ-lactams is difficult and laborious; typically requiring pre-functionalization of starting materials. Now, a highly efficient alternative approach employing direct C−H amidation via chiral hydrogen-bond-donor catalysts has been developed.

    • Tong-De Tan
    •  & Long-Wu Ye
  • News & Views |

    The selective electrochemical conversion of ketones to value-added products still represents a challenge, due to a lack of fundamental understanding. Now, a principle has been revealed that allows the steering of the electroreduction of aliphatic ketones on platinum by carefully controlling the coordination number of the platinum atoms.

    • Ivana Matanović

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  • 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.

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  • The Chief Editor of Nature Catalysis is Enda Bergin, who was previously Senior Editor and Team Manager at Nature Communications; other editors are Davide Esposito, Marçal Capdevila-Cortada and Jan-Stefan Völler.

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