Geometrically isolated metal atoms in alloy catalysts can target efficient and selective catalysis. However, the geometric and electronic disturbance between the active atom and its neighbouring atoms, that is, diverse microenvironments, makes the active site ambiguous. Herein, we demonstrate a methodology to describe the microenvironment and determine the effectiveness of active sites in single-site alloys.
Read more in our recent publication on Nature Nanotechnology:
Designing single-site alloy catalysts using a degree-of-isolation descriptor