Brookhaven National Laboratory

New York
United States

Gold Nanoprisms Activate Catalytic Platinum

Materials & Chemical


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.