From palladium to noble metal-free hydrogenation catalysts – intermetallic compounds in catalysis

Research report (imported) 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids

Armbrüster, Marc; Kovnir, Kyrill; Friedrich, Matthias; Grin, Yuri
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden
A knowledge-based concept has proven as efficient strategy for the development of innovative catalysts. Understanding of the crystal structure and the atomic interactions within intermetallic compounds allows for selection of suitable intermetallic compounds as effective hydrogenation catalysts. In contrast to the widely applied trial-and-error approach, the knowledge-based approach is an advantageous alternative, demonstrating the application potential of intermetallic compounds in heterogeneous catalysis.

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