Catalysts speed up chemical reactions and finding the most efficient has implications for a wide range of applications.
Now they've shown a catalyst called graphitic oxide – a compound that is a pre-cursor to the ‘wonder material’ graphene could be even better and cheaper.
It could be used in reactions to produce a whole host of everyday materials, from electronics and cosmetics to sanitisation and pharmaceuticals.
And Welsh scientists have come up with a way of making it more reliably.
Their study has been published in the journal Nature Communications