Issue Date: March 12, 2012
Hydrogenation At Isolated Atoms
Copper nanoparticles dotted with a few isolated palladium atoms can serve as effective catalysts for hydrogenating organic compounds, according to a study conducted at Tufts University (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1215864). The work may lead to reformulated catalysts with reduced quantities of rare and costly metals for large-scale industrial processes.
The study also suggests strategies for boosting the catalytic activity of abundant and relatively inert . . .
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