Brookhaven National Laboratory

Upton
New York
United States
 

Gold Nanoprisms Activate Catalytic Platinum

Materials & Chemical

Prototype

Platinum is the best, and most expensive, catalyst for many reactions. This technology maximizes its activity per gram in two ways. First, only a monolayer of platinum is used, ensuring each platinum atom is available for catalysis. Second, the special geometry of the gold substrates increases the platinum monolayer’s activity.