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  • Mysterious organic scum boosts chemical reaction efficiency, may reduce chemical waste

    Illinois researchers are part of multi-institutional team that found that solvents spontaneously react with metal nanoparticles to form reactive complexes that can improve catalyst performance and simultaneously reduce the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing.

    Illinois researchers are part of multi-institutional team that found that solvents spontaneously react with metal nanoparticles to form reactive complexes that can improve catalyst performance and simultaneously reduce the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing. Reprinted with permission from D. Flaherty et al., Science 371:6529 (2021).

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach David Flaherty, call 217-244-2816; email dwflhrty@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Solvent molecules form surface redox mediators in situ and cocatalyze oxygen reduction on Pd” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1126/science.abc1339