Journal of Materials Chemistry A: themed issue on single-atom catalysis

We are delighted to present this Journal of Materials Chemistry A themed issue on single-atom catalysis, guest edited by Zhiqun Lin (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Maria Escudero Escribano (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Jun Li (Tsinghua University, China).

Single-atom catalysts (SACs) with isolated metal atoms dispersed on solid supports have emerged as a new frontier in catalysis science owing to their great potential to bridge the gap between heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. The active centers of this new class of materials possess unique electronic structure and unsaturated coordination environments, which have been proven to improve catalytic activity in a variety of reactions. Moreover, the homogeneity in the active sites and geometric structure of SACs, which show similarities to their homogeneous catalyst analogs, afford them a great potential to enhance selectivity because of similar spatial and electronic interactions to substrates.

To this end, this themed collection of Journal of Materials Chemistry A aims to provide a platform for recent developments in this rapidly evolving field of SACs including synthetic strategies, selectivity regulation, theoretical understanding of the catalytic activity and stability, single-atom alloy, support effect, and novel applications in electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, selective hydrogenation, and other fields. We hope that readers find this themed collection informative and useful.

All of the articles in the collection are free to access until 18 April 2022. A selection of articles from the issue is provided below.



Recent progress and perspectives on single-atom catalysis

Zhiqun Lin, María Escudero-Escribano and Jun Li

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 5670-5672 DOI: 10.1039/D2TA90050E




Support-based modulation strategies in single-atom catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction: graphene and conjugated macrocyclic complexes
Zhanzhao Fu, Mingliang Wu, Yipeng Zhou, Zhiyang Lyu, Yixin Ouyang, Qiang Li and Jinlan Wang
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 5699-5716 DOI: 10.1039/D1TA09069K


Synergistically enhanced single-atomic site catalysts for clean energy conversion

Fa Yang and Weilin Xu

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 5673-5698 DOI: 10.1039/D1TA08561A




Metal coordination in C2N-like materials towards dual atom catalysts for oxygen reduction
Jesús Barrio, Angus Pedersen, Jingyu Feng, Saurav Ch. Sarma, Mengnan Wang, Alain Y. Li, Hossein Yadegari, Hui Luo, Mary P. Ryan, Maria-Magdalena Titirici and Ifan. E. L. Stephens
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 6023-6030 DOI: 10.1039/D1TA09560A

Multiscale porous single-atom Co catalysts for epoxidation with O2
Xiao Chen, Yong Zou, Mingkai Zhang, Wangyan Gou, Sai Zhang and Yongquan Qu
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 6016-6022 DOI: 10.1039/D1TA09227H

Zinc/graphitic carbon nitride co-mediated dual-template synthesis of densely populated Fe–Nx-embedded 2D carbon nanosheets towards oxygen reduction reactions for Zn–air batteries
Xiao-Fei Gong, Yun-Long Zhang, Lei Zhao, Yun-Kun Dai, Jia-Jun Cai, Bing Liu, Pan Guo, Qing-Yan Zhou, Ichizo Yagi and Zhen-Bo Wang
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 5971-5980 DOI: 10.1039/D1TA08007E


We hope you enjoy reading this collection of papers in Journal of Materials Chemistry A on single atom catalysis and guest edited by Zhiqun Lin, Maria Escudero Escribano and Jun Li.

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