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Chance and Necessity: My Encounter with Gold Catalysts

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  • Prof. Masatake Haruta

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    1. Research Center for Gold Chemistry, Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0379 (Japan)
    2. Gold Catalysis Research Center, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, 457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023 (P. R. China)
    • Research Center for Gold Chemistry, Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0379 (Japan)

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“Have you tried gold?” This question after a presentation on hydrogen oxidation steered Masatake Haruta's research on heterogeneous catalysis. He found that gold combined with 3d transition metal oxides could exhibit surprisingly high catalytic activity for carbon monoxide oxidation at temperatures as low as 203 K.

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