Supported Noble-Metal Single Atoms for Heterogeneous Catalysis

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  • Xuning Li
  • Xiaofeng Yang
  • Yanqiang Huang
  • Tao Zhang
  • Bin Liu


Original languageEnglish
Article number1902031
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials
Issue number50
Online published7 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


Single-atom catalysts (SACs), with atomically distributed active metal sites on supports, serve as a newly advanced material in catalysis, and open broad prospects for a wide variety of catalytic processes owing to their unique catalytic behaviors. To construct SACs with precise structures and high density of accessible single-atom sites, while preventing aggregation to large nanoparticles, various strategies for their chemical synthesis have been recently developed by improving the distribution and chemical bonding of active sites on supports, which results in excellent activity and selectivity in a variety of catalytic reactions. Noble-metal-based SACs are discussed, and their structural properties, chemical synthesis, and catalytic applications are highlighted. The structure–activity relationships and the underlying catalytic mechanisms are addressed, including the influences of surface species and reducibility of supports on the activity and stability, impact of the unique structural and electronic properties of single-atom centers modulated by metal/support interactions on catalytic activity and selectivity, and how the modified catalytic mechanism obtained by inhibiting the multiatoms involves catalytic pathways. Finally, the prospects and challenges for development in this field are highlighted. © 2019 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

Research Area(s)

  • catalytic mechanisms, heterogeneous catalysis, noble metals, single-atom catalysts, structure–activity relationships

Citation Format(s)

Supported Noble-Metal Single Atoms for Heterogeneous Catalysis. / Li, Xuning; Yang, Xiaofeng; Huang, Yanqiang et al.
In: Advanced Materials, Vol. 31, No. 50, 1902031, 13.12.2019.

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