Intermetallic alloy

Intermetallic alloy

Diagram showing the precise atom arrangement of an intermetallic on the left, and the random atom arrangement of the alloy on the right.

Atoms in an intermetallic are precisely arranged, as opposed to a metal alloy's random arrangement of atoms. This enables researchers to arrange the intermetallic's atoms to create custom catalysts that match specific reactions. 

IMAGE: Michael Janik/Jamie Oberdick