Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Cover Picture: Changing the Activity of Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction by Tuning the Surface Electronic Structure (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 18/2006)
Alloying platinum surfaces ... ... with 3d transition metals makes better cathodes for fuel cells. In their Communication on page 2897 ff., J. K. Nørskov and co-workers show that this process results in a tuning of the electronic structure of the surface and increases its catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction. The cover picture shows how a wave function involving oxygen p and surface platinum d states in Pt3Co is influenced by cobalt atoms in the second layer.
Also of Interest
About 135 types of molecules have already been identified in space, especially in interstellar clouds. In his Review on page 2842 ff., I. W. M. Smith discusses gas-phase reactions at very low temperatures which contribute to an understanding of astrochemistry.
In their Communication on page 2864 ff. V. L. Pecoraro and co-workers describe how changing only one of the amino acids in the primary sequence of TRI peptides can result in selective control over the coordination number of a metal center.
The isolation and characterization of air-stable metallabenzenes with a transition metal of the second transition series is described by G. C. Jia, H. P. Xia, and co-workers in their Communication on page 2920 ff.