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Issue 5 Live.

Nature Catalysis covers all areas of catalysis, incorporating the work of scientists, engineers and industry. Issue 5 now live.

Latest Research

  • Article |

    The generation of hydrogen fuel from water and visible light requires photoelectrodes that are inexpensive, stable and highly active. Now, Luo, Grätzel and co-workers report Cu2O photocathodes that reach these goals. Incorporation into an unassisted solar water splitting device gives ~3% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency.

    • Linfeng Pan
    • , Jin Hyun Kim
    • , Matthew T. Mayer
    • , Min-Kyu Son
    • , Amita Ummadisingu
    • , Jae Sung Lee
    • , Anders Hagfeldt
    • , Jingshan Luo
    •  & Michael Grätzel
  • Article |

    The structural modification of inactive materials to effectively engineer active catalysts is very attractive. Here, layered crystalline Pd3P2S8 is transformed by electrochemical lithiation into amorphous Li-incorporated nanodots. This process turns the inert parent material into a highly active and stable hydrogen-evolving catalyst.

    • Xiao Zhang
    • , Zhimin Luo
    • , Peng Yu
    • , Yongqing Cai
    • , Yonghua Du
    • , Daoxiong Wu
    • , Si Gao
    • , Chaoliang Tan
    • , Zhong Li
    • , Minqin Ren
    • , Thomas Osipowicz
    • , Shuangming Chen
    • , Zheng Jiang
    • , Jiong Li
    • , Ying Huang
    • , Jian Yang
    • , Ye Chen
    • , Chung Yen Ang
    • , Yanli Zhao
    • , Peng Wang
    • , Li Song
    • , Xiaojun Wu
    • , Zheng Liu
    • , Armando Borgna
    •  & Hua Zhang
  • Article |

    Dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR) allows the conversion of both enantiomers of a racemic mixture into a single enantiomer of product, and requires both a stereoselective reaction and a means of rapidly racemizing the starting materials. Here, a highly stereoselective iridium-catalysed DKR of secondary allylic alcohols is reported, with mechanistic studies implying that substrate racemization is achieved through carbon–oxygen bond cleavage.

    • Jianguo Liu
    • , Suppachai Krajangsri
    • , Jianping Yang
    • , Jia-Qi Li
    •  & Pher G. Andersson
  • Article |

    Catalytic oxybromination is an important strategy for the upgrade of methane. Here, Pérez-Ramírez and co-workers employ operando photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy as well as kinetic analyses and molecular simulations to unravel the complex reaction mechanism.

    • Vladimir Paunović
    • , Patrick Hemberger
    • , Andras Bodi
    • , Núria López
    •  & Javier Pérez-Ramírez
  • Article |

    Methane borylation allows for the functionalization of an otherwise unreactive compound, enabling its use as a one-carbon building block; however, competing diborylation presents a selectivity issue. Now, a metal–organic-framework-based catalyst highly selective for monoborylation is reported. The selectivity is due to the reaction taking place within the catalyst pores, which excludes the formation of the larger diborlyated product.

    • Xuan Zhang
    • , Zhiyuan Huang
    • , Magali Ferrandon
    • , Dali Yang
    • , Lee Robison
    • , Peng Li
    • , Timothy C. Wang
    • , Massimiliano Delferro
    •  & Omar K. Farha
  • Article |

    Reactive metal–support interactions can tune the activity of heterogeneous catalysts, but have mainly been reported for oxide supports. Now, the metal–support interaction of platinum with MXenes at moderate temperature is reported, using the water-gas shift reaction as an example to showcase the properties of a representative catalyst.

    • Zhe Li
    • , Yanran Cui
    • , Zhenwei Wu
    • , Cory Milligan
    • , Lin Zhou
    • , Garrett Mitchell
    • , Biao Xu
    • , Enzheng Shi
    • , Jeffrey T. Miller
    • , Fabio H. Ribeiro
    •  & Yue Wu

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    The need for new single enantiomer drug substances helps drive the development of new asymmetric catalytic synthetic methods. A new enantioconvergent process enabled by an ionization racemization mechanism allows a hydrogenative route to chiral compounds with two stereocentres.

    • Jessica A. Griswold
    •  & Jeffrey S. Johnson
  • Comment |

    Industrial research of new catalysts has benefited from both insight and predictions from first-principles calculations. We now find ourselves on the brink of a digital transformation where multiscale approaches and machine-learning methods promise to revolutionize the field.

    • Glenn Jones
  • News & Views |

    Reactive metal–support interactions are generally considered characteristic of oxide supports. Now, two-dimensional niobium carbide, a member of the MXenes family, has been used as a platinum support providing an active water-gas shift catalyst via reduction-induced formation of stable, catalytically active Nb–Pt nanoparticles.

    • Wilfred T. Tysoe

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