Novel Reactions Catalyzed by Metal Clusters Induced by the Ensemble Effect of Multi-Metal System

Principal Investigator

Hidehiro SAKURAI (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University)

Co-Principal Investigator

Masahiro EHARA (Professor, Research Center for Computational Science)

Outline of the Project

Recently we found that the bimetallic alloy nanoclusters exhibited totally different catalytic activity from the original monometallic catalysts.  These findings strongly suggest us that we have great opportunities to develop the novel reactions, which had never been realized by any types of catalysts, simply through the combination of the metals, as if it were modern alchemy. The objectives of this project involve the development of novel multi-metallic nanoclusters catalysts by the approaches both from experiments and theoretical analyses, to realize novel reactions and energy-saving reactions. 

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