Size- and shape-dependent catalytic performances of oxidation and reduction reactions on nanocatalysts

Shaowen Cao, Franklin (Feng) Tao, Yu Tang, Yuting Li, Jiaguo Yu

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Heterogeneous catalysis is one of the most important chemical processes of various industries performed on catalyst nanoparticles with different sizes or/and shapes. In the past two decades, the catalytic performances of different catalytic reactions on nanoparticles of metals and oxides with well controlled sizes or shapes have been extensively studied thanks to the spectacular advances in syntheses of nanomaterials of metals and oxides. This review discussed the size and shape effects of catalyst particles on catalytic activity and selectivity of reactions performed at solid–gas or solid–liquid interfaces with a purpose of establishing correlations of size- and shape-dependent chemical and structural factors of surface of a catalyst with the corresponding catalytic performances toward understanding of catalysis at a molecular level.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4747-4765
Number of pages19
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number17
StatePublished - Jun 8 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-05-26
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OCRF-2014-CRG3-62140393
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the NSF Career Award NSF-CHE-1462121, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-SC0014561 and National Science Foundation under the grants NSF-CBET-1264798 and NSF-OIA-1539105, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under Award No: OCRF-2014-CRG3-62140393. FT appreciates Bala Subramanian for the valuable discussion of the manuscript when FT was using the concept of density of under-coordinated metal atoms to interpret size- and shape-dependent catalytic performances during FT's preparation of the manuscript.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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  • General Chemistry


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