Precision nanoclusters

Precisely defined, one nanometer, multimetallic nanoclusters (MNCs) composed of three metals - copper, platinum, and gold - have been made by a research team at Tokyo Institute of Technology. The MNCs have catalytic activity in the atmospheric oxidization of hydrocarbons some 24 times greater than commercially available carbon-supported platinum catalysts. Oxidation and subsequent functionalization of hydrocarbons is a critical step in many processes so improvements in the catalysts for such reactions are keenly sought.