Morphology-dependent nanocatalysis

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

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One Response to “Morphology-dependent nanocatalysis”

  1. Wenjie Shen says:

    The size-dependent nanocatalysis has been well studied in the past three decades; smaller particles at nanometer often display exceptionally high activities in an increasing number of chemical reaction. On the other hand, the shape of the nanoparticles, which is intimately associated with the exposed crystal planes, is less studied. This article exemplifies how the metal catalysts with an anisotropic shape alter the reaction performance by selectively exposing specific crystal facets and elucidates the chemical nature of morphology-dependent nanocatalysis. This strategy should be workable in designing and preparing efficient nanocatalysts with tunable size and shape.

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