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A catalytic mechanism is the sequence of elementary reactions by which a catalytic reaction proceeds.

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    Nitrogenases are enzymes capable of reducing atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia. By better understanding their structure and the reaction mechanism, researchers can work towards artificial mimics that may replace the need for the energy-demanding Haber–Bosch process.

    • Stephanie Greed
  • News & Views |

    The discovery of the Tetrahymena group I intron’s self-splicing defined RNAs as capable catalysts. Now, cryogenic electron microscopy structures of this ribozyme have revealed large conformational changes and mechanistic details of its two-step mode of action.

    • Kyle H. Cole
    • , Katrina Mogannam
    •  & Andrej Lupták
    Nature Catalysis 6, 291-293
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    In a standard electrochemistry experiment, the electrochemical signal reports on all electron transfer, chemical, and diffusion steps between the anode and cathode. Now, a membrane reactor decouples each of these steps to enable direct measurement of elementary reaction steps in ways that are otherwise not possible.

    • Yunzhou Wen
    •  & Curtis P. Berlinguette
    Nature Catalysis 6, 294-295
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    Electron transfer processes are almost ubiquitous, yet hard to understand thoroughly due to the variability of catalytic species involved. Now, a detailed mechanistic picture of the electron transfer associated with polypyridine nickel systems has been reported, offering an answer to the electron transfer puzzle of these complexes.

    • Shengchun Wang
    •  & Aiwen Lei
    Nature Catalysis 6, 220-221