Engineering metallic nanoparticles for enhancing and probing catalytic reactions

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Collins, Gillian
Holmes, Justin D.
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Recent developments in tailoring the structural and chemical properties of colloidal metal nanoparticles (NPs) have led to significant enhancements in catalyst performance. Controllable colloidal synthesis has also allowed tailor-made NPs to serve as mechanistic probes for catalytic processes. The innovative use of colloidal NPs to gain fundamental insights into catalytic function will be highlighted across a variety of catalytic and electrocatalytic applications. The engineering of future heterogenous catalysts is also moving beyond size, shape and composition considerations. Advancements in understanding structure-property relationships have enabled incorporation of complex features such as tuning surface strain to influence the behavior of catalytic NPs. Exploiting plasmonic properties and altering colloidal surface chemistry through functionalization are also emerging as important areas for rational design of catalytic NPs. This news article will highlight the key developments and challenges to the future design of catalytic NPs.
Capping ligands , Colloidal nanoparticles , Heterogeneous catalysis , Plasmonic nanoparticles , Shape control
Collins, G. and Holmes, J. D. (2016) ‘Engineering metallic nanoparticles for enhancing and probing catalytic reactions’, Advanced Materials, 28, pp. 5689-5695. doi:10.1002/adma.201503970
© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Collins, G. & Holmes J. D. (2016), ‘Engineering metallic nanoparticles for enhancing and probing catalytic reactions’, Adv. Mater., 28, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.