Probing Catalysts with Water

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Science  09 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5250, pp. 774-775
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5250.774


Solid catalysts are widely used for chemical processes in industry, but much is still unknown about how they work on a microscopic level. In his Perspective, Sauer comments on work reported by Smith et al. in the same issue, in which water molecules were used as probes of the catalytic active sites.