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NChem Research Highlights: Catalysis, catenanes and qubits

Let’s dive straight in: Catalysts’ performances can be tuned by including other metals – for example, a CuPt alloy. You might expect that, for an effective catalyst, the surface would feature more of the reactive metal – in this case, Pt. But no! The less reactive Cu atoms migrate to the surface, where they create islands of Pt atoms to do the biz with the CO molecules.  Read more

NChem Research Highlights: Straight iron, protein binding and H-graphene

Like a cricket pitch with autumnal goal-posts, here’s a small sign of time passing: Research Highlights are now going to be more like 200 words than 250. Why? Because the print version of Nature Chemistry will require shorter stories, so we need to get in the habit now! I hope you’ve enjoyed the bonus 50 or so words per article – you’ll never have it so good again!  Read more