Hydrogenation At Isolated Atoms | March 12, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 11 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 11 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 12, 2012

Hydrogenation At Isolated Atoms

Catalysis: Tiny quantities of palladium boost copper’s surface activity
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: catalysis, hydrogenation, palladium, single atom alloy

Copper nanoparticles dotted with a few isolated palladium atoms can serve as effective catalysts for hydrogenating organic compounds, according to a study conducted at Tufts University (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1215864). The work may lead to reformulated catalysts with reduced quantities of rare and costly metals for large-scale industrial processes.

The study also suggests strategies for boosting the catalytic activity of abundant and relatively inert . . .

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