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Volume 2 Issue 7, July 2019

Catalysis for transportation

The transportation sector represents a major area of research for the catalysis community. This Insight provides an overview of this prominent field, covering the topics of emissions control, production of hydrocarbon fuels and fuel cell powered engines.

The cover image comes from a Review Article on single-atom and few-atom cluster catalysts for CO oxidation by Atsushi Beniya and Shougo Higashi.

Image: Sergey Kichigin / Cover Design: Alex Wing


  • The transportation sector represents a vibrant area of application for researchers in the catalysis community. This Insight presents a selection of topical articles showcasing the potential of catalysis research in an area of crucial societal relevance.



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Comment & Opinion

  • For the foreseeable future, we will continue to rely on the internal combustion engine for mobility of people and goods. The ubiquitous three-way catalyst does not work below 350 °C, with appreciable O2, nor does it control soot. Low temperature catalysis, chemical trapping and filtration will grow in need, and represent research opportunities.

    • Christine K. Lambert
  • Catalysis is essential in the automotive and transportation sectors to target the United Nations sustainable development goals for climate change and the environment. To comply with both the ambitious United Nations goals and step-by-step stringent emission regulations, innovative and economically viable catalytic systems will be a key element in meeting these challenges.

    • Aiyong Wang
    • Louise Olsson
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  • Solid oxide fuel cells have been identified as a promising technology to decarbonize the transportation sector. This perspective describes recent advances in the area and identifies those crucial aspects that still require development in order to favour the practical application of this technology.

    • Paul Boldrin
    • Nigel P. Brandon
  • 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
    Review Article
  • 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
    Review Article
  • 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.

    • Robert J. Farrauto
    • Michel Deeba
    • Saeed Alerasool
    Review Article
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