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Tuning Reactivity and Catalysis:
A Manifesto for Rational Design

Catalytic processes can be tuned by means that are either predominantly electronic (e.g. alloying, promotion), predominantly structural (e.g. nanoparticles, stepped surfaces), or a mixture of both (e.g. oxide supports with strong interactions). From a theoretical point of view, our group has contributed to the development of coinage metal systems for low-temperature catalysis, fungiform nanostructures of Au/IrO2/TiO2, and the water-gas-shift reaction on ceria-supported Au nanoclusters. We have also suggested safer and more efficient means to produce synthesis gas from natural gas, as a feedstock for Fischer-Tropsch or other C-C coupling reactions, both through experiment and theory.

Related techniques

Single-Crystal Adsorption Calorimetry (SCAC)
Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM)
Supersonic Molecular Beams (SMB)
Density Functional Theory (DFT)

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