The  image shows various single-cluster catalysts where different atoms in the clusters are highlighted with different colours, all anchored on a white support. A yellow haze flows across the support and interacts with clustered catalytic centres.

Designer catalysts

Single cluster catalysts — which typically comprise between 2 and 20 atoms together with linkers and ligands as desired — make for ideal, tailor-made heterogeneous catalysts.


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    The 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus and Alexei I. Ekimov for the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots


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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2023

The 2023 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus and Alexei I. Ekimov for the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.