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A new structural scaffold for supporting palladium catalysts allows them to fulfill the "remain unchanged" at the end of a reaction part of the definition of a catalyst more successfully than their predecessors. This means longer-lasting catalysts and more efficient industrial chemical processes, according to work published by a team from Yale University. Nilay Hazari and colleagues have developed a system that is less prone to deactivation, which could boost synthetic efficiency of pharmaceuticals, plastics, agrochemicals and other chemicals.