Characterization and analytical techniques

Characterization and analytical techniques are methods used to identify, isolate or quantify chemicals or materials, or to characterize their physical properties. They include microscopy, light or radiation scattering, spectroscopy, calorimetry, chromatography, gravimetric and other measurements used in chemistry and materials science.

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  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Physical Review Letters reports the properties of iron — the main element in the Earth’s core — at extreme temperatures and pressures, providing clues to the core’s composition.

    • Giulia Pacchioni
  • News and Views |

    Understanding the surface structure of a catalyst under a reaction environment is challenging, yet necessary. Now, a combination of in situ methods reveals the reversible formation of a surface alloy as the active phase for core–shell Ni–Au nanoparticles during CO2 hydrogenation, which could not be detected by ex situ methods.

    • Rongming Wang
    Nature Catalysis 3, 333-334
  • News and Views |

    Scanning atomic electron tomography measurements reveal the 3D local structure around single dopant atoms in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, providing essential information to investigate and predict their electronic properties.

    • Angus I. Kirkland
    Nature Materials 19, 827-828
  • News and Views |

    The presence of one-dimensional MEL intergrowths in two-dimensional MDI zeolite nanosheets, inferred from experimental and theoretical analysis, allows for world-beating xylene separation performance.

    • Jürgen Caro
    •  & Jörg Kärger
    Nature Materials 19, 374-375
  • News and Views |

    Controlled Pt loading on TiO2 nanoparticles enables single-site catalysts. With this, the coordination environment and catalytic activity can be obtained, allowing extraction of structure-function information.

    • E. Charles H. Sykes
    Nature Materials 18, 663-664