Many thanks go out to Jacob Barrett, from UCSB’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for contributing some recent powder X-ray Diffraction patterns.
Heterogeneous catalysts have continued to be one of the most applicable and diverse areas of materials science at an industrial scale. From hydrocarbon cracking using zeolites to noble metal catalysts in your car’s exhaust system, the development of more effective catalysts continues to be an active are of research. Often times, earth-abundant minerals serve as the inspiration for heterogeneous catalysts given their relative abundance and low cost. This week’s data highlight shows a great example of a hydrotalcite and doped hydrotalcite heterogeneous catalyst synthesized in the Ford Group at UCSB for use in biomass conversion to valuable chemical feedstocks.