Volume 94 Issue 17 | pp. 26-27
Issue Date: April 25, 2016

For Lewis acids and bases, a little frustration goes a long way

Chemists’ understanding of unquenched acid-base pair reactivity expands to include metal oxide surfaces
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, JACS In C&EN, Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, frustrated Lewis pairs, CO2 fixation, solar fuel

Chemists have long known that catalytic Lewis acidic and Lewis basic sites on metal and metal oxide surfaces help spark a range of reactions that are important in industrial chemical and fuel production. Yet researchers still have no general theory available to predict all the mechanistic nuances of how these electron-deficient and electron-rich sites lead to that reactivity.

As a case in point, a research team led by nanochemistry specialist Geoffrey . . .

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