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Toyota Central R&D exploring controlling catalysts at the quantum level for optimized performance and reduced costs

Toyota Central R&D exploring controlling catalysts at the quantum level for optimized performance and reduced costs 17 February 2015 The Frontier Research Center (FRC) at Toyota Central R&D Labs in Japan is investigating the development of catalysts controlled at the quantum level. This level of control should result in an an extreme reduction of precious metal usage in automotive exhaust catalysts and/or fuel cells, said Dr. Yoshihide Watanabe, program manager of the Quantum Controlled Catalysis Program at the FRC. Metal cluster chemistry (a cluster is a group of atoms or molecules formed by interactions varying in strength from very weak to strong) has been developing rapidly since the mid-20th century. Some naturally occurring clusters are known to be involved in catalytic reactions, and there is great interest in the potential use of synthetic clusters in industrial ap...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2015/02/20150217-watanabe...

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