Volume 85 Issue 39 | pp. 87-91
Issue Date: September 24, 2007

The Riches Of Gold Catalysis

Chemists are using this precious metal to catalyze a treasure trove of reactions
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE

GOLD, ONCE CONSIDERED catalytically dead, is dazzling chemists with the repertoire of reactions it can catalyze. From simple oxidations to complex organic synthesis, gold has proven to be a powerful and multipurpose catalyst. Gold catalysts already have made it out of the lab and into commercial use in the air quality and alternative energy industries, and they are poised to make a splash in the fine chemicals market next.

Gold catalysts come in two types: . . .

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