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April 21, 2023

Catalysts containing 3 or 4 atoms exposed at the surface

Researchers have begun creating catalysts containing just three or four atoms, known as ensembles, that exhibit properties more like a single atom. The clusters are very small, and the atoms are all exposed at the surface. Research findings suggest that catalysts made of just a few atoms promise greater efficiency in environmental remediation applications like water treatment.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants EEC 1449500 and CBET 1955793.]

Learn more in the Yale University news release Purifying water with just a few atoms. (Date of image: Dec. 9, 2020; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: April 21, 2023)

Credit: Jaehong Kim/Yale University

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