ALS X-Rays Shine a New Light on Catalysis
Electrocatalysts are responsible for expediting reactions in many promising renewable energy technologies, but techniques for investigating their mechanism of action have not been very effective or available. However, recently a team of Stanford researchers used enhanced x-ray technology at the ALS in a novel way to observe the behavior of individual electrons during important chemical processes. What they learned has upended long-held scientific understanding of how metal oxide catalysts work. Read more...