Chemical Synthesis of Nanoscale Heterogeneous Catalysts

Jianbo Wu, Hong Yang

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Heterogeneous catalysts play a pivotal role in the conversion of hydrocarbons, such as natural gas, liquid petroleum and coal, into various value-added chemicals. Catalyst performance can be enhanced through the control of synergistic effect generated by the different surface components, that is, the multifunctional nanostructures including the supports. This chapter discusses a few selected synthetic approaches aiming at the control of such structural parameters relevant to the preparation of heterogeneous catalysts. Organic capping agents play important roles in shape control of colloidal nanocystals. Metal core-shell nanostructures can be obtained when two precursors are mixed from the onset. This strategy is usually used for reaction mixtures with mild reducing agents, as the sequential reduction of two metal precursors depends on the difference in reduction potentials of the metal ions. Underpotential deposition (UPD) is one useful way for the fabrication of metal monolayer on metal nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeterogeneous Catalysis at Nanoscale for Energy Applications
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781118843468
ISBN (Print)9780470952603
StatePublished - Apr 18 2015


  • Chemical synthetic approaches
  • Colloidal synthesis
  • Core-shell nanoparticles
  • Nanoscale heterogeneous catalysts
  • Organic capping agents
  • Underpotential deposition (UPD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Energy(all)

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    Wu, J., & Yang, H. (2015). Chemical Synthesis of Nanoscale Heterogeneous Catalysts. In Heterogeneous Catalysis at Nanoscale for Energy Applications (pp. 9-29). Wiley.