Noble metal clusters can enhance performance of catalysts and save resources: Lower-cost production thanks to optimized distribution of atoms – publication in Nature Catalysis –

Billions of noble metal catalysts are used worldwide for the production of chemicals, energy generation, or cleaning the air. However, the resources required for this purpose are expensive and their availability is limited. To optimize the use of resources, catalysts based on single metal atoms have been developed. A research team of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) demonstrated that noble metal atoms may assemble to form clusters under certain conditions. These clusters are more reactive than the single atoms and, hence, exhaust gases can be much better removed. The results are reported in Nature Catalysis.

Noble metal catalysts are used for a wide range of reactions. Among others, they are applied in nearly all combustion processes to reduce pollutant emissions. Often, they consist of very small particles of the active component, such as a noble metal, which are applied to a carrier material. These so-called nanoparticles are composed of

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High-performance single-atom catalysts for high-temperature fuel cells

High-performance single-atom catalysts for high-temperature fuel cells
Conceptual diagram of single atom catalyst developed by KIST researchers. Credit: Korea Institue of Science and Technology(KIST)

Unlike secondary batteries that need to be recharged, fuel cells are a type of eco-friendly power generation system that produce electricity directly from electrochemical reactions using hydrogen as fuel and oxygen as oxidant. There are various types of fuel cells, differing in operating temperatures and electrolyte materials. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), which use a ceramic electrolyte, are receiving increasing attention. Because they operate at high temperatures around 700 degrees Celsius, they offer the highest efficiency among fuel cell types, and can also be used to produce hydrogen by steam decomposition. For the commercialization of this technology, further improvement of cell performance is necessary, and novel high-temperature catalyst materials are highly anticipated.


Platinum (Pt)-based catalysts demonstrate excellent performance in fuel cell electrode reactions. Single-atom Pt catalysts are interesting due to their unique functionality.

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Influencer Marketing Startup ClanConnect.ai Raises INR 5 Cr Led by Venture Catalysts

The seed funding round also saw participation from a cohort of angel investors, including MD of Forest Essentials Samrath Bedi,  Sandeep Aggarwal of Droom.in, Haptik’s co-founder Aakrit Vaish and Redchillies VFX chief creative officer Haresh Hingorani

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ClanConnect.ai, an online platform that connects brands to influencers, announced on Wednesday that it has raised INR 5 crore seed capital.

The funding round was led by seed and angel investment firm Venture Catalysts along with a cohort of angel investors that include MD of Forest Essentials Samrath Bedi,  Sandeep Aggarwal of Droom.in, Haptik’s co-founder Aakrit Vaish and Redchillies VFX chied creative officer Haresh Hingorani.

Founded by Kunal Kishore Sinha, who has co-founded PR and communications firm Value 360, Sagar Pushp, former head of

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