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  • Research |

    Platinum plays a crucial role in various electrocatalytic systems, but its scarcity and cost limit its practical application. Now, a single-atom tailoring strategy applied to platinum nanowires maximizes their specific and mass activities for the hydrogen evolution and methanol and ethanol oxidation reactions.

    • Mufan Li
    • , Kaining Duanmu
    • , Chengzhang Wan
    • , Tao Cheng
    • , Liang Zhang
    • , Sheng Dai
    • , Wenxin Chen
    • , Zipeng Zhao
    • , Peng Li
    • , Huilong Fei
    • , Yuanming Zhu
    • , Rong Yu
    • , Jun Luo
    • , Ketao Zang
    • , Zhaoyang Lin
    • , Mengning Ding
    • , Jin Huang
    • , Hongtao Sun
    • , Jinghua Guo
    • , Xiaoqing Pan
    • , William A. Goddard III
    • , Philippe Sautet
    • , Yu Huang
    •  & Xiangfeng Duan
  • Research | | open

    Catalytic oxygen reduction is an important process for clean energy production. Here the catalytic activity of trioxotriangulenes for the oxygen reduction reaction is shown to be correlated with their redox potential, offering a potential route to rationally tune their catalytic activity.

    • Tsuyoshi Murata
    • , Kenji Kotsuki
    • , Hirotaka Murayama
    • , Ryotaro Tsuji
    •  & Yasushi Morita
  • Research | | open

    Electrocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen and oxygen generation provides an attractive path to obtain clean energy, but the half reaction of oxygen evolution remains the bottleneck for the progress. Here, the authors show single atom tungsten doped ultrathin α-Ni(OH)2 exhibits enhanced performance in electrocatalytic water oxidation.

    • Junqing Yan
    • , Lingqiao Kong
    • , Yujin Ji
    • , Jai White
    • , Youyong Li
    • , Jing Zhang
    • , Pengfei An
    • , Shengzhong Liu
    • , Shuit-Tong Lee
    •  & Tianyi Ma
  • Research |

    Electrochemical water splitting in acidic conditions is limited by the lack of inexpensive and stable anode catalysts. Now, Simonov and colleagues report a non-noble metal-based oxygen evolution catalyst formed in situ that exhibits high stability for acidic water oxidation due to a self-healing mechanism.

    • Manjunath Chatti
    • , James L. Gardiner
    • , Maxime Fournier
    • , Bernt Johannessen
    • , Tim Williams
    • , Thomas R. Gengenbach
    • , Narendra Pai
    • , Cuong Nguyen
    • , Douglas R. MacFarlane
    • , Rosalie K. Hocking
    •  & Alexandr N. Simonov
    Nature Catalysis 2, 457-465
  • Research | | open

    While photoelectrochemical cells may offer access to solar fuels from a single integrated device, halide perovskite photoelectrodes are difficult to use due to their inherent moisture sensitivity. Here, the authors protect perovskite photoanodes with graphite sheets to boost their stability in water.

    • Isabella Poli
    • , Ulrich Hintermair
    • , Miriam Regue
    • , Santosh Kumar
    • , Emma V. Sackville
    • , Jenny Baker
    • , Trystan M. Watson
    • , Salvador Eslava
    •  & Petra J. Cameron
  • Research | | open

    While cuprous oxide is a promising solar-to-fuel conversion material, photoelectrochemical devices substantially underperform. Here, the authors use femtosecond time-resolved two-photon photoemission spectroscopy to correlate photoexcited electron energetics and dynamics with performance losses.

    • Mario Borgwardt
    • , Stefan T. Omelchenko
    • , Marco Favaro
    • , Paul Plate
    • , Christian Höhn
    • , Daniel Abou-Ras
    • , Klaus Schwarzburg
    • , Roel van de Krol
    • , Harry A. Atwater
    • , Nathan S. Lewis
    • , Rainer Eichberger
    •  & Dennis Friedrich

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    A strategic mix of solar, wind and storage technologies around river basins would be safer and cheaper than building large dams, argue Rafael J. P. Schmitt, Noah Kittner and colleagues.

    • Rafael J. P. Schmitt
    • , Noah Kittner
    • , G. Mathias Kondolf
    •  & Daniel M. Kammen
    Nature 569, 330-332
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Transitioning to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers, argue Andreas Goldthau, Kirsten Westphal and colleagues.

    • Morgan Bazilian
    • , Michael Bradshaw
    • , Andreas Goldthau
    •  & Kirsten Westphal
    Nature 569, 29-31
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Skyscrapers in cities rob people of sunlight and put human health, well-being and sustainability at risk, warn Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska and Kyra Xavia.

    • Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska
    •  & Kyra Xavia
    Nature 568, 451-453
  • News and Views |

    How Nature reported hopes for the first trans-Atlantic flight in 1919, and plans to connect land-based gas wells to the UK national grid in 1969.