Volume 91 Issue 50 | pp. 27-28
Issue Date: December 16, 2013

Catalysts That Are Less Precious

Researchers report progress on using iron and cobalt to replace precious metals in catalysts
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: hydrogenation, catalysis, asymmetric hydrogenation

Precious metals such as iridium, rhodium, and ruthenium are widely used to catalyze chemical reactions, but “precious” means expensive, and for many years chemists have been searching for base metals that can catalyze reactions less expensively.

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