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Atomic-level insight about the metal–promoter interaction in Rh-based catalysts for the conversion of syngas to ethanol is provided. In the best-performing catalyst (Mn and Fe bi-promoted Rh on silica), the metal–promoter interaction leads to the formation of an active structure containing a bimetallic Rh–Fe alloy surrounded by MnOx species.



X. Huang, D. Teschner, M. Dimitrakopoulou, A. Fedorov, B. Frank, R. Kraehnert, F. Rosowski, H. Kaiser, S. Schunk, C. Kuretschka, R. Schlögl, M. Willinger, A. Trunschke,
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019, 58, 8709-8713.

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The bulk crystal structure of an oxidation catalyst as the most popular descriptor in oxidation catalysis is not solely responsible for catalytic performance.



X. Li, D. Teschner, V. Streibel, T. Lunkenbein, L. Masliuk, T. Fu, Y. Wang, T. Jones, F. Seitz, F. Girgsdies, F. Rosowski, R. Schlögl, A. Trunschke,
Chemical Science 2019, 10, 2429-2443.

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