Single-Atom Gold Catalysts May Offer Path to Low-Cost Production of Fuels & Chemicals

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. — New catalysts designed and investigated by Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from other university and national laboratories have the potential to greatly reduce processing costs in future fuels, such as hydrogen. The catalysts are composed of a unique structure of single gold atoms bound by oxygen to several sodium or potassium atoms and supported on non-reactive silica materials.