Volume 88 Issue 19 | pp. 42-44
Issue Date: May 10, 2010

Zeroing In On Golden Mechanisms

Studies elucidate catalytic reaction steps yet key questions remain unsettled
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: catalysis, gold, nanoscale catalysts, esterification, acylation
Gold nanoparticles decorated with oxygen atoms (red) catalyze the reaction of benzeneacetaldehyde (left) with methoxy intermediates to form the methyl ester (right). Au is yellow, C is blue, and H is white.
Credit: Bingjun Xu/Harvard U

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