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Keywords:

  • carbon monoxide;
  • density functional calculations;
  • gold;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • nanostructures
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Going for gold: Density functional calculations show how gold nanoparticles are more active catalysts for CO oxidation than other metal nanoparticles. The high catalytic activity of nanosized gold clusters at low temperature is found to be related to the ability of low-coordinate metal atoms to activate reactants.