Issue Date: December 12, 2011
Carbon Monoxide Boosts Gold Catalysis
Carbon monoxide adsorbed on gold enhances the precious metal’s ability to catalyze oxidation of alcohols in an electrochemical cell, according to researchers at Leiden University, in the Netherlands (Nat. Chem., DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1221). CO is a classic example of a poison to many transition-metal catalysts because it typically binds strongly to metal active sites, denying access to reactant molecules. . . .
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