Catalysis is the increase in the rate of a chemical reaction by the addition of a reagent — the catalyst — that is not itself consumed. The catalyst works by opening up a route between starting material and product with a lower activation barrier than the uncatalyzed process.


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  • News & Views |

    Medium-chain linear α-olefins are commodity chemicals; however, manufacturing α-olefins from biomass is challenging due to inefficient removal of the last oxygen atoms. Now, a two-step biological–chemical catalysis strategy to produce medium-chain linear α-olefins provides a route to sustainable polymers.

    • Shaafique Chowdhury
    •  & Pamela Peralta-Yahya
    Nature Chemistry 13, 1157-1158
  • Editorial |

    The catalysis of CO2 conversion is a research topic ripe with potential to contribute towards a net-zero future. This Focus issue features a collection of content dedicated to progressing the fundamental science and practical implementation of this technology to advance climate goals.

    Nature Catalysis 4, 913-914