• CORRECTION: This story was updated on Jan. 21, 2016, to correct the accidental labeling of manganese oxide as MgO.
Volume 94 Issue 3 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: January 18, 2016

Researchers Gain Control Over Nanoscale Structure Of Catalysts

Custom syntheses improve catalyst performance by tuning locations of active sites
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: catalyst, heterogeneous catalysis, synthesis, nanotechnology

Solid catalysts have a reputation for being tricky to make and control. Unlike liquid-phase catalysts, which generally are discrete molecules with clearly defined structures, the solid variety typically consists of variously shaped particles of one material intimately mixed and fused with other materials. That complexity makes it difficult to control these catalysts’ structures on a microscopic scale. Yet a number of researchers have recently devised synthesis methods for doing just that.

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