Electronic Structure Helps Define Palladium Cluster Reactivity | November 9, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 45 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 87 Issue 45 | p. 40 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 9, 2009

Electronic Structure Helps Define Palladium Cluster Reactivity

A link between metal cluster size, electronic properties of the cluster, and catalytic activity could help in designing better, less expensive catalysts
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: catalysis, surface, heterogeneous, carbon monoxide

A link between palladium cluster size, the electronic properties of the cluster, and catalytic activity is being reported by a research group led by the University of Utah’s Scott L. Anderson (Science 2009, 326, 826). The activity of heterogeneous catalysts is known to depend on catalyst cluster size, but a lack of experimental probes for looking at sample structure has prevented a systematic study of catalytic trends. Anderson and colleagues deposited clusters of . . .

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