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Atomically Monodisperse Gold Nanoclusters Catalysts with Precise Core-Shell Structure
Low Carbon Conversion Center, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy Sciences, Shanghai 201203, China
Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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Received: 26 July 2011; in revised form: 26 August 2011 / Accepted: 29 August 2011 / Published: 7 September 2011
Abstract: The emphasis of this review is atomically monodisperse Aun nanoclusters catalysts (n = number of metal atom in cluster) that are ideally composed of an exact number of metal atoms. Aun which range in size from a dozen to a few hundred atoms are particularly promising for nanocatalysis due to their unique core-shell structure and non-metallic electronic properties. Aun nanoclusters catalysts have been demonstrated to exhibit excellent catalytic activity in hydrogenation and oxidation processes. Such unique properties of Aun significantly promote molecule activation by enhancing adsorption energy of reactant molecules on catalyst surface. The structural determination of Aun nanoclusters allows for a precise correlation of particle structure with catalytic properties and also permits the identification of catalytically active sites on the gold particle at an atomic level. By learning these fundamental principles, one would ultimately be able to design new types of highly active and highly selective gold nanocluster catalysts for a variety of catalytic processes.
Keywords: Aun nanoclusters; core-shell; atomically monodisperse; structure-catalysis
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Zhu, Y.; Jin, R.; Sun, Y. Atomically Monodisperse Gold Nanoclusters Catalysts with Precise Core-Shell Structure. Catalysts 2011, 1, 3-17.
Zhu Y, Jin R, Sun Y. Atomically Monodisperse Gold Nanoclusters Catalysts with Precise Core-Shell Structure. Catalysts. 2011; 1(1):3-17.
Zhu, Yan; Jin, Rongchao; Sun, Yuhan. 2011. "Atomically Monodisperse Gold Nanoclusters Catalysts with Precise Core-Shell Structure." Catalysts 1, no. 1: 3-17.