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    Supramolecular hosts can readily self-assemble from simple components and allow remarkable chemical rate enhancements and product selectivity utilising defined microenvironments and specific host–guest interactions. This Review Article describes recent conceptual and catalytic advances made in this field.

    • Mariko Morimoto
    • , Stephen M. Bierschenk
    • , Kay T. Xia
    • , Robert G. Bergman
    • , Kenneth N. Raymond
    •  & F. Dean Toste
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    Organochlorides are attractive building blocks for photocatalytic synthesis that have been receiving increasing attention lately, thanks to recent methodological advances that overcome their inertness. In this Review Article, Giedyk and colleagues summarise the developments and strategies for their photocatalytic activation.

    • Martyna Cybularczyk-Cecotka
    • , Joanna Szczepanik
    •  & Maciej Giedyk
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    The electro- and photo-catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide are important processes in the context of developing a sustainable carbon-neutral economy. In this Review Article, the authors discuss how the local chemical environment in the proximity of the catalytic active site can influence the reactivity and selectivity of the processes and detail different approaches to achieve their modulation.

    • Andreas Wagner
    • , Constantin D. Sahm
    •  & Erwin Reisner
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    Peroxygenases are promising enzymes to contribute to more environmentally friendly and sustainable oxidation reactions in industry. This Review Article gives a comprehensive overview about enzymes with peroxygenase activity and strategies to engineer them for desired reactions and enhanced performances.

    • Marie-Cathérine Sigmund
    •  & Gerrit J. Poelarends
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    Radical S-adenosyl-l-methionine enzymes catalyse challenging chemical reactions, showing potential for biotechnological applications. This Review focuses on enzyme structure–function relationships, providing insights on how these biocatalysts perform different reactions and control the reactive radical species.

    • Yvain Nicolet
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    A shift from sugar-based feedstocks and biomass to the use of atmospheric CO2 for the bioproduction of fuels and chemicals is desirable. This Review describes how microorganisms can be engineered for CO2 fixation and industrial valorization of this key molecule.

    • Zihe Liu
    • , Kai Wang
    • , Yun Chen
    • , Tianwei Tan
    •  & Jens Nielsen
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    Artificial photosynthetic technologies could potentially contribute to limiting global warming while providing useful chemicals for society. This Review Article covers photosynthetic semiconductor biohybrids—electrodes/nanomaterials coupled with microorganisms—for light-driven catalytic conversion of CO2 to fuels and other value-added chemicals.

    • Stefano Cestellos-Blanco
    • , Hao Zhang
    • , Ji Min Kim
    • , Yue-xiao Shen
    •  & Peidong Yang
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    Spatial organization of biocatalytic cascades can improve their performance. In this Review Article, Itamar Willner and colleagues discuss technologies to artificially confine and localize enzyme cascades, the origin of observed rate enhancements and potential applications of such designed systems.

    • Margarita Vázquez-González
    • , Chen Wang
    •  & Itamar Willner
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    Advances in enzyme performance and capabilities are making them increasingly attractive to synthetic chemists. In this Review Chen and Arnold outline the ways that enzymes have been engineered to achieve reactivities well beyond their original functions.

    • Kai Chen
    •  & Frances H. Arnold
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    Bioelectrocatalysis provides access to sustainable and highly efficient technological applications, but several limitations still prevent the large-scale integration of such devices. This Review discusses the current status of hydrogenase-based biofuel cells and biophotoelectrodes for solar energy harvesting.

    • Adrian Ruff
    • , Felipe Conzuelo
    •  & Wolfgang Schuhmann
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    Methods to control the performance of heterogeneous catalysts are extremely relevant to the success of industrial processes. This review provides a rationalization of the effects that metal support interactions have on the reactivity of different catalytic systems, emphasizing strategies to tune such effects.

    • Tom W. van Deelen
    • , Carlos Hernández Mejía
    •  & Krijn P. de Jong
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    CO oxidation is an important reaction in automotive catalysis which has been extensively studied since the 1970s. In this Review, Higashi and Beniya examine the development of state-of-the-art catalysts, in particular focusing on CO oxidation pathways for single-atom and few-atom cluster catalysis.

    • Atsushi Beniya
    •  & Shougo Higashi
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    Proton exchange membrane fuel cells can efficiently provide clean power for electric vehicles, although more efficient and economic cathode catalysts are still required. This Review highlights recent breakthroughs, challenges and future research directions for Pt group metal (PGM) and PGM-free oxygen reduction catalysts.

    • Xiao Xia Wang
    • , Mark T. Swihart
    •  & Gang Wu
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    Catalysis has been crucial for the transportation sector, as it has enabled the treatment of automotive exhausts over the years in agreement with evolving environmental regulations. This review details the most important milestones in automotive catalysis, while looking at the future of the field.

    Car image reproduced from Freepik/Flaticon.

    • Robert J. Farrauto
    • , Michel Deeba
    •  & Saeed Alerasool
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    Electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction is an attractive approach for obtaining fuels and chemical feedstocks using renewable energy. In this Review, the authors describe progress so far, identify mechanistic questions and performance metrics, and discuss design principles for improved activity and selectivity.

    • Michael B. Ross
    • , Phil De Luna
    • , Yifan Li
    • , Cao-Thang Dinh
    • , Dohyung Kim
    • , Peidong Yang
    •  & Edward H. Sargent
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    First-principles-based multiscale models provide mechanistic insight and allow screening of large materials spaces to find promising new catalysts. In this Review, Reuter and co-workers discuss methodological cornerstones of existing approaches and highlight successes and ongoing developments in the field.

    • Albert Bruix
    • , Johannes T. Margraf
    • , Mie Andersen
    •  & Karsten Reuter
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    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
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    The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to fuels and feedstocks has received increased attention over the past few years. In this Review, Roldan Cuenya and co-workers discuss strategies to achieve high selectivity towards multicarbon products via rational catalyst and electrolyte design.

    • Dunfeng Gao
    • , Rosa M. Arán-Ais
    • , Hyo Sang Jeon
    •  & Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
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    Production of industrial chemicals from renewable biomass feedstock plays an important role in addressing limited fossil fuel resources, climate change and environmental problems. This Review provides a comprehensive overview of biological and chemical routes for the synthesis of industrial chemicals derived from key precursor metabolites of central carbon metabolic pathways, and visualizes the results in a global bio-based chemicals map.

    • Sang Yup Lee
    • , Hyun Uk Kim
    • , Tong Un Chae
    • , Jae Sung Cho
    • , Je Woong Kim
    • , Jae Ho Shin
    • , Dong In Kim
    • , Yoo-Sung Ko
    • , Woo Dae Jang
    •  & Yu-Sin Jang
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    The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide allows recycling of the greenhouse gas to produce chemicals and fuels. In this Review, Seh and co-workers discuss the progress in operando techniques applied to heterogeneous carbon dioxide electroreduction, highlighting the mechanistic insights that these techniques have provided.

    • Albertus D. Handoko
    • , Fengxia Wei
    • , Jenndy
    • , Boon Siang Yeo
    •  & Zhi Wei Seh
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    Two-dimensional materials have been in the spotlight since the discovery of graphene, and over time an extensive library of other ultrathin layered structures have emerged. In this Review, Pumera and Chia gather and discuss the features of this class of materials and review their recent applications in electrocatalysis.

    • Xinyi Chia
    •  & Martin Pumera
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    Plasmonic catalysis has recently revolutionized the field of catalysis, promising to achieve improved control over catalytic reactions by targeting specific electronic excitations. In this Review, Linic and co-workers discuss the recent advances in the field, focusing on the underlying physical mechanisms and their application in catalysis, as well as limitations and future perspectives.

    • Umar Aslam
    • , Vishal Govind Rao
    • , Steven Chavez
    •  & Suljo Linic
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    The artificial synthesis of ammonia remains one of the most important catalytic processes worldwide, over 100 years after its development. In this Review, recent developments in enzymatic, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis towards the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia are discussed, with a particular focus on how mechanistic understanding informs catalyst design.

    • Shelby L. Foster
    • , Sergio I. Perez Bakovic
    • , Royce D. Duda
    • , Sharad Maheshwari
    • , Ross D. Milton
    • , Shelley D. Minteer
    • , Michael J. Janik
    • , Julie N. Renner
    •  & Lauren F. Greenlee
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    The conversion of methanol — which can be produced from non-fossil resources — to important chemical commodities such as olefins and aromatics allows for the diversification of organic feedstocks beyond petrochemicals. This Review covers recent discoveries about the mechanism of this process and discusses how these link to practical aspects in reaction engineering.

    • Irina Yarulina
    • , Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury
    • , Florian Meirer
    • , Bert M. Weckhuysen
    •  & Jorge Gascon
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    Single-atom catalysts have drawn increasing attention as methods for their preparation and characterization improve. Here, Beller and co-workers discuss the latest developments in the field of single-metal-site catalysts, discussing how this catalyst class bridges heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, and providing a perspective on how the field might continue to develop.

    • Xinjiang Cui
    • , Wu Li
    • , Pavel Ryabchuk
    • , Kathrin Junge
    •  & Matthias Beller
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    CO is a vital building block in organic synthesis but, due to its toxicity, storage and transport can be problematic. This review focuses on the methods — both chemical and electrochemical — for the in situ generation of CO from CO2, and its subsequent incorporation into chemicals through catalytic means.

    • Dennis U. Nielsen
    • , Xin-Ming Hu
    • , Kim Daasbjerg
    •  & Troels Skrydstrup
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    Chemical and biological catalysts provide distinct advantages and disadvantages to the synthetic chemist. This Review focuses on efforts to combine chemo- and biocatalysts, outlining the opportunities achievable by this approach and also efforts to overcome any incompatibilities between these different systems.

    • Florian Rudroff
    • , Marko D. Mihovilovic
    • , Harald Gröger
    • , Radka Snajdrova
    • , Hans Iding
    •  & Uwe T. Bornscheuer