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Editorial: Focus on Base Metal Catalysis

Updated: May 23


Since the establishment of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and the advent of ‘‘green chemistry,’’ base metal catalysis has increasingly been a focus of scientific research. Although precious metal catalysts based on Au, Rh, Pt, and Pd have proven robust in industries ranging from transportation and energy to pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, they are considered scarce and expensive resources. Base metals such as Cu, Zn, Co, and Ni are Earth-abundant and potentially costeffective alternatives to precious metal catalysts, but they require further study to advance their full translation to industry.

Bissette, A., & Ackerman-Biegasiewicz, L. (2023). Focus on base metal catalysis. Cell Reports Physical Science, 4(4), 101381.

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