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Recognizing the best catalyst for a reaction

Lazaridou, Anna, Smith, Louise R., Pattisson, Samuel, Dummer, Nicholas F. ORCID:, Smit, Joost J., Johnston, Peter and Hutchings, Graham J. ORCID: 2023. Recognizing the best catalyst for a reaction. Nature Reviews Chemistry 10.1038/s41570-023-00470-5

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Heterogeneous catalysis is immensely important, providing access to materials essential for the well-being of society, and improved catalysts are continuously required. New catalysts are frequently tested under different conditions making it difficult to determine the best catalyst. Here we describe a general approach to identify the best catalyst using a data set based on all reactions under kinetic control to calculate a set of key performance indicators (KPIs). These KPIs are normalized to take into account the variation in reaction conditions. Plots of the normalized KPIs are then used to demonstrate the best catalyst using two case studies: (i) acetylene hydrochlorination, a reaction of current interest for vinyl chloride manufacture, and (ii) the selective oxidation of methane to methanol using O2 in water, a reaction that has attracted very recent attention in the academic literature.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Publisher: Nature Research
ISSN: 2397-3358
Funders: EPSRC and Johnson Matthey
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 February 2023
Date of Acceptance: 18 January 2023
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 14:38

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