UCLA Team Engineers Biomolecules for Predictable Nanocatalysts

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UCLA Team Engineers Biomolecules for Predictable Nanocatalysts

Description A team at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is working at the nanoscale to explore a new class of more efficient catalysts that could be used to break down pollution, create hydrogen fuel cells, store hydrogen and synthesize fine chemicals.

The team, looking for a method for producing nanocatalysts in a controlled and predictable way, has demonstrated a new approach to produce nanocrystals with predictable shapes. The work uses surfactants, biomolecules of specific peptide sequences that can bind selectively to certain facets of the crystals' exposed surfaces.
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