publication . Article . Other literature type . 2015

Catalysis by clusters with precise numbers of atoms

Stefan Vajda; Eric C. Tyo;
Open Access
  • Published: 03 Jul 2015
Clusters that contain only a small number of atoms can exhibit unique and often unexpected properties. The clusters are of particular interest in catalysis because they can act as individual active sites, and minor changes in size and composition — such as the addition or removal of a single atom — can have a substantial influence on the activity and selectivity of a reaction. Here, we review recent progress in the synthesis and characterization of well-defined subnanometre clusters, and the understanding and exploitation of their catalytic properties. We examine work on size-selected supported clusters in ultrahigh-vacuum environments and under realistic reacti...
free text keywords: Cluster (physics), Catalysis, Chemical physics, Atom, Nanoparticle, Materials science
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