Photosensitized synthesis of protected aminoalcohols. Credit: WWU – Glorius Group New method for generating the least accessible form of vicinal aminoalcohols; study published in Nature Catalysis. Whether in beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure or in natural products, so-called vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday […]

Scientists have broken the rules of enzyme engineering to unlock a new method for creating chemical reactions that could unlock a wide range of new applications – from creating new drugs to food production. In their paper published recently in Nature Catalysis, Professor Francesca Paradisi and Dr. Martina Contente of the […]

Krebs cycle metabolites fall in energy-rich carbon feedstock. Credit: Issey Takahashi Scientists from Nagoya University have achieved a breakthrough in converting energy-deficient metabolites to a biorenewable resource thanks to a versatile catalyst. The imminent environmental crisis calls for an urgent transition to a green economy. A team of scientists at […]

3D model of the active center of the catalyst Titanium Silicalite -1 with the titanium pair (light grey). Credit: ETH Zürich Activity of the industrial catalyst TS-1 relies on titanium pairs/Important discovery for catalyst development. ‘Titanium silicalite-1’ (TS-1) is not a new catalyst: It has been almost 40 years since […]

Neighborly collaboration for catalysis. First, a number of nanoparticles of copper are isolated in a gas-filled nanotube. Researchers then use light to measure how they affect each other in the process by which oxygen and carbon monoxide become carbon dioxide. The long-term goal of the research is to find a […]

A research team from Caltech and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has demonstrated a promising way to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into ethylene — an important chemical used to produce plastics, solvents, cosmetics and other important products globally. The scientists developed nanoscale copper wires with specially shaped surfaces to […]

An artist’s rendering of a new electrocatalytic process that can convert carbon dioxide and water into ethanol. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory A research team led by scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Northern Illinois University has discovered a new electrocatalyst that can […]

A newly discovered metal-free carbon-based catalyst that has the potential to be much less expensive and more efficient for many industries, including manufacturing of bio- and fossil fuels, electrocatalysis, and fuel cells. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy, Ames Laboratory Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered […]

Artistic rendering of electrocatalytic process for conversion of carbon dioxide and water into ethanol. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory New electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. Catalysts speed up chemical reactions and form the backbone of many industrial processes.  For example, they are essential in transforming heavy oil into gasoline […]

Boston College researchers used three different catalysts in one system to transform, in three steps, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to methanol, a liquid fuel that serves as a promising method for hydrogen storage. The first catalyst converts carbon dioxide and hydrogen to formic acid, which is then modified by […]