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Issue 11 Live.

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

Latest Research

  • Article |

    The nature of the active sites of molybdenum trioxide and molybdenum carbide, two related catalysts with great potential for hydrodeoxygenation reactions, is still under debate. Now, a comparative operando near-ambient-pressure XPS study during hydrodeoxygenation of anisole reveals important differences between these two materials.

    • Karthick Murugappan
    • , Eric M. Anderson
    • , Detre Teschner
    • , Travis E. Jones
    • , Katarzyna Skorupska
    •  & Yuriy Román-Leshkov
  • Article |

    Methanol synthesis from methane is a promising route to valorize this abundant natural gas, but existing thermal processes require harsh reaction conditions. Now, a photocatalytic approach based on TiO2-supported iron oxide species is described, which affords methanol in high yield and selectivity at ambient conditions.

    • Jijia Xie
    • , Renxi Jin
    • , Ang Li
    • , Yingpu Bi
    • , Qiushi Ruan
    • , Yucheng Deng
    • , Yajun Zhang
    • , Siyu Yao
    • , Gopinathan Sankar
    • , Ding Ma
    •  & Junwang Tang
  • Article |

    Catalytic studies on single crystals are very insightful, but it is often difficult to extend their conclusions to an actual catalytic process due to gaps in the experimental conditions. Now, Madix and co-workers report a method to bridge these gaps using the oxidative coupling of methanol on gold as an example.

    • Christian Reece
    • , Evgeniy A. Redekop
    • , Stavros Karakalos
    • , Cynthia M. Friend
    •  & Robert. J. Madix
  • Article |

    The reason for the high water-oxidation activity of Ni(Fe)OxHy catalysts in alkaline electrolyte is not yet well understood. Now, Chorkendorff and co-workers report that oxygen evolution is limited to the near-surface region by measuring the activity trends of mass-selected NiFe nanoparticles.

    • C. Roy
    • , B. Sebok
    • , S. B. Scott
    • , E. M. Fiordaliso
    • , J. E. Sørensen
    • , A. Bodin
    • , D. B. Trimarco
    • , C. D. Damsgaard
    • , P. C. K. Vesborg
    • , O. Hansen
    • , I. E. L. Stephens
    • , J. Kibsgaard
    •  & I. Chorkendorff
  • Article |

    Organoboron compounds are versatile intermediates in organic chemistry, and as such the selective introduction of multiple boron-containing groups is of high interest. Here Shi and co-workers report a copper-catalysed method that can selectively introduce two, three or four boronate groups into common starting materials by simply making minor modifications to the reaction conditions.

    • Jiefeng Hu
    • , Yue Zhao
    •  & Zhuangzhi Shi
  • Article |

    Manganese carbonyl complexes are promising electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction, but the intricate mechanisms are difficult to probe. Here, vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy is used to detect the transient catalytic intermediates, providing experimental evidence for the mechanism and demonstrating the utility of the analytical approach for molecular electrocatalytic processes in general.

    • Gaia Neri
    • , James. J. Walsh
    • , Gilberto Teobaldi
    • , Paul M. Donaldson
    •  & Alexander J. Cowan

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Indirect methods are generally adopted to elucidate complicated mechanisms of transition metal catalysis. Now, a way to directly observe transient manganese species and monitor key reaction steps has been established by using time-resolved multiple-probe spectroscopy.

    • Congyang Wang
  • Editorial |

    Models play a significant role in the development of catalysts. However, they are constructed using a reductionist approach and this poses the question of their relevance for the comprehension of physical phenomenon.

  • News & Views |

    Despite being used as a water-oxidation catalyst in alkaline electrolysis for over a century, the details of how Ni–Fe (oxy)hydroxide catalysts function remains unclear. Now, using a nanoparticle model system, the intrinsic activity and underlying catalytic mechanism is probed.

    • Shannon W. Boettcher
  • News & Views |

    The mechanism of methanol coupling to methyl formate over single-crystal gold catalysts has been firmly established but barely reconciled with experiments performed under practical conditions. Now, a method to close this gap has been reported, which enables the prediction of the reaction´s selectivity for a broad range of experimental conditions.

    • Rachel B. Getman

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