Catalysis by Small Metal Clusters

Science  21 Sep 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4412, pp. 1213-1220
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4412.1213


Experimental and theoretical studies of small clusters of metal atoms are aimed at revealing how properties change in the ultrafinely divided state. Thermodynamic, electronic, and structural features can be size-dependent and may be involved in determining the activity of small-particle catalysts. Correlations between these properties give indications of the features important in catalysis.