Love to see excitement for an application with practical consequences. A report out of the University of Notre Dame on the one-pot synthesis of Pt-Ni nanoalloys has a dramatic effect on water treatment. Great to see microwave power for materials and catalysts: this should push the usage more and more as we see these approaches yield real world products.

Highlights

Pt/Ni nanoalloys are synthesized using microwave-assisted polyol reduction

The surface composition of nanoalloys is varied from Pt-rich to Ni-rich.•

The reactivity-composition relationship of nanoalloys shows a volcano curve.

The highest reactivity in p-nitrophenol reduction is found with Pt:Ni ≈ 1:1.

The service life of nanoalloys is extended by affixing them on graphene sheets.

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