Dr. Yu Lei, a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering, is the primary author of a paper on nanoparticle catalyst fabrication chosen as a 2014 Science Highlight of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory.
The paper was selected from approximately 1,500 scientific research papers published so far in 2014 that are fully or partially based on the experiments conducted at the APS. Only 30-40 research papers annually are selected as Science Highlights by APS.
The experiments measured atomic spacing relative to the size of nanoparticles and the effects of gas particles on the spacing. The new data could result in better catalysts, substances that increase the rate of chemical reactions without themselves being changed.