Blazing the trail to new-generation science
Combining atoms to create new and exciting elemental functions
Metallic nano-particles light up another path towards eco-friendly catalysts
- Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology produced subnano-sized metallic particles that are very effective as catalysts for the oxidation of hydrocarbons.
- These catalysts can be as much as 50 times more effective than well-known Au-Pd bimetallic nanocatalysts.
Isomerizations of a Pt4 cluster revealed by spatiotemporal microscopic analysis
- Steady-state isomerizing phenomena in metal clusters were observed for the first time
- Dynamic structures of platinum 4-atom clusters such as the inter-atomic bond distance and isomerization rate were successfully
Creation of atomically thin layers of oxidized borophene
- Synthesis of atomically flat oxidized borophene sheets through a simple solution-based method in ambient condition
- Anisotropic electronic property was observed for the crystal
- Facile exfoliation to an atomic-layer due to intercalated cations
Discovery of periodic tables for molecules
- Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) develop tables similar to the periodic table of elements but for molecules.
- Their approach could be used for predicting novel stable substances and creating useful materials.
Investigation of novel functional material based on fine-controlled metal assembly
- Investigation of luminous dendrimer by fine-controlled assembly of bismuth
- Intensity control and solid-state emission by restraining concentration quenching
- Emission switching by reversible assembly of bismuth units
Binding nano-capsules that behave like atoms
- Binding nano-capsules that behave like atoms to build one-dimensional (linear) and two-dimensional (planar) nanostructures
- Demonstrated that metal salts can be incorporated into nano-capsules
- Potential for the incorporation and application of a wide variety of nanomaterials
Alloying three metals into 1 nanometer particles
- Development of a method to precisely alloy three kinds of metals into extremely small nanoparticles with a diameter of about 1 nm
- The discovery that copper and precious alloys interface shows high catalytic activity in the hydrocarbon oxidation reaction
Development of oxidation catalyst utilizing low-cost tin oxides
- Establishment of a size-selective synthesis method of tin oxide clusters
- Discovering that CO oxidation reaction activity changes depending on the composition of the clusters
- Suggesting the potential for establishing highly active catalysts utilizing low-cost base metal materials
How a tetrahedral substance can be more symmetrical than a spherical atom: A new type of symmetry
- Special tetrahedron substances with a higher symmetry than spherical atoms were theoretically discovered
- A new type of symmetry gives rise to "super-degeneracy", the anomalous multiplicity of quantum states
- Super-degenerate nanomaterials with unprecedented electrical and magnetic properties will be developed
Breakthrough in blending metals: Precise control of multimetallic cluster formation achieved
- A way to create innovative materials by blending metals with precision control.
- The approach, based on a concept called atom hybridization, opens up an unexplored area of chemistry that could lead to the development of advanced functional materials.