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Read our November issue

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


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    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.

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    • Hydrogen oxidation reactions in hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells have slow kinetics. Switching from platinum group metal (PGM) electrocatalysts to those that are PGM-free is a challenging task as the latter are prone to oxidation. Now, stable and active nickel–molybdenum–niobium catalysts are introduced for this type of fuel cell.

      • Alexey Serov
      News & Views
    • Photosynthetic semiconductor biohybrids represent a viable approach to solar-to-chemical production but it remains challenging to tap their full potential. Now, a microbe–quantum dot hybrid has been developed for simultaneous fixation of CO2 and N2 with internal quantum efficiencies approaching the theoretical limits.

      • Jian Zhang
      • Liming Liu
      • Xiulai Chen
      News & Views
    • Artificial enzymes capable of catalysing significant transformations are highly desired but usually suffer from limitations in structural design and poor efficiency. Now, a monolayered metal–organic framework is reported as an editable biomimetic platform to achieve exceptional artificial photosynthesis performance.

      • Yin Zhang
      • Joshua Phipps
      • Shengqian Ma
      News & Views
    • The composition of an electrolyte has a significant effect on electrocatalytic reaction rates and product selectivities. One mechanism by which spectator alkali cations can dictate reaction kinetics is now better understood.

      • Ian T. McCrum
      News & Views
    • In the context of probing electrocatalytic systems, quartz crystal microbalance measurements, initially developed in 1959, provided the base for measuring mass changes at the electrode–electrolyte interface under reaction conditions.

      • Nikolay Kornienko
      News & Views
    • Benjamin Martindale
    Research Highlight
  • This issue presents a selection of retro News & Views articles that highlight the historical development of some spectroscopic and analytical techniques that might not be the most popular, but have nonetheless provided an important contribution to the elucidation of catalytic reactions.