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How to look for a few good catalysts

July 30, 2015

New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.

Materials that have good wetting properties, as illustrated on the left, where droplets spread out flat, tend to have hydroxyl groups attached to the surface, which inhibits catalytic activity. Materials that repel water, as shown at right, where droplets form sharp, steep boundaries, are more conducive to catalytic activity, as shown by the reactions among small orange molecules. Illustration: Xiao Renshaw Wang

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