Georgia Tech Physicist Pens Nanocatalysis Book

A Georgia Tech researcher and his colleague have written the first book on nanocatalysis. Appropriately titled "Nanocatalysis," the book explores the properties of catalysts, mainly gold, when they are reduced in size to the nanometer scale. At this size, gold, which is notorious for being inert in its bulk form, becomes highly reactive and able to assist in promoting chemical reactions.

The 500-page book was edited by Uzi Landman, director of the Center for Computational Materials Science, Regents' & Institute professor and Callaway chair of physics at Georgia Tech, and Ueli Heiz, professor of chemistry at the Technical University of Munich.

The work contains five chapters, the first, a 220-page chapter on the properties of gold as a catalyst authored by T.M. Bernhardt, Heiz and Landman. The other five chapters were penned by noteable researchers in the field of nanocatalysis.

"This is important book because nanocatalyis is a field that introduces the uniqueness of nano-sized materials. It's not simply an extension of surface science," said Landman. "It focuses on the effect of dimensionality and size as bringing new and unique chemical properties."