Volcano plots used for first time in homogeneous catalysis

For the first time ever, MARVEL researchers in the group of Clémence Corminboeuf at EPFL used volcano plots – normally used in heterogeneous catalysis research – to study homogeneous catalysis.

Based on their location on a volcano plot, it is possible to identify promising catalyst materials. Using simple descriptors, this allows scientists to efficiently screen for new materials with computers, as for example is the focus of NCCR MARVEL.

The full news on EPFL site.


Michael Busch, Matthew D. Wodrich, and Clémence Corminboeuf, Linear Scaling Relationships and Volcano Plots in Homogeneous Catalysis – Revisiting the Suzuki Reaction, Chemical Science (2015), doi: 10.1039/c5sc02910d.

This article has been highlighted as a hot article on the Chemical Science blog for October 2015.