The rapid development of materials science now enables tailoring of metal and metal oxide particles with tunable size and shape at the nanometre level. As a result, nanocatalysis is undergoing an explosive growth, and it has been seen that the size and shape of a catalyst particle tremendously affects the reaction performance.
Wenjie Shen and colleagues recently surveyed the recent progress on morphology-dependent nanocatalysis of precious metal particles to emphasise the chemical nature of the morphology effect. Get up to speed fast on this rapidly growing field now by reading their Perspective article!
Morphology-dependent nanocatalysis: metal particles
Yong Li, Qiying Liu and Wenjie Shen
Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 5811-5826 DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01404D