Catalyst synthesis

Catalyst synthesis is the process of fabricating catalytic materials. It aims to optimize factors such as the catalyst activity, selectivity, stability and cost.

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    Intensified interest in the area of nickel catalysis has driven the quest for an air-stable and modular Ni(0) precatalyst. Now, an air-stable Ni(0)-olefin precatalyst allows for the convenient set-up of nickel-catalysed reactions on the benchtop.

    • Timothy B. Boit
    • , Katie A. Spence
    •  & Neil K. Garg
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    Transition metal-catalysed bioorthogonal reactions are severely hindered in biomedical applications, mainly due to a lack of target specificity. Now, research shows that a trojan exosome vesicle can deliver a palladium catalyst specifically to progenitor cells for bioorthogonal catalysis, allowing localized prodrug activation.

    • Zhi Du
    •  & Xiaogang Qu
    Nature Catalysis 2, 837-838
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    The design of heterogeneous catalysts with tunable activity and selectivity constitutes a remarkable challenge. Now, a synthetic approach towards producing nanocrystals encapsulated within polymer layers has been developed, unravelling the principles to achieve control of transition state and product diffusion using CO oxidation as a case study.

    • Qiang Fu
    •  & Xinhe Bao
    Nature Catalysis 2, 834-836
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    While heating a catalyst causes growth of nanoparticles through Ostwald ripening, repeated on/off high-temperature shockwaves can reverse the process, converting the nanoparticles into stable single-atom catalysts.

    • Abhaya K. Datye
    Nature Nanotechnology 14, 817-818