Breakthroughs Put Spotlight on Catalysis

Two research projects provide insights about reactions at the molecular level

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Separate research projects in Switzerland and Singapore have made breakthroughs in understanding catalyst activity that could affect the way the chemical industry understands and uses catalysts. In the Swiss project, researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen, and ETH Zurich have developed a method for improving the precision of experiments used to find catalysts and optimize their use. “We have found a way to construct catalytic model systems — that is, experimental setups — accurate to one nanometer and then track the chemical reactions of individual nanoparticles,” says Waiz Karim, who is affiliated with both the Laboratory for Micro and…

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