Single-atom alloy catalysts designed by first-principles calculations and artificial intelligence

Zhong Kang Han, Debalaya Sarker, Runhai Ouyang, Aliaksei Mazheika, Yi Gao, Sergey V. Levchenko

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Single-atom-alloy catalysts (SAACs) have recently become a frontier in catalysis research. Simultaneous optimization of reactants’ facile dissociation and a balanced strength of intermediates’ binding make them highly efficient catalysts for several industrially important reactions. However, discovery of new SAACs is hindered by lack of fast yet reliable prediction of catalytic properties of the large number of candidates. We address this problem by applying a compressed-sensing data-analytics approach parameterized with density-functional inputs. Besides consistently predicting efficiency of the experimentally studied SAACs, we identify more than 200 yet unreported promising candidates. Some of these candidates are more stable and efficient than the reported ones. We have also introduced a novel approach to a qualitative analysis of complex symbolic regression models based on the data-mining method subgroup discovery. Our study demonstrates the importance of data analytics for avoiding bias in catalysis design, and provides a recipe for finding best SAACs for various applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1833
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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