Single-Atom Catalysis: An Analogy between Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysts

Simuck F. Yuk, Greg Collinge, Manh Thuong Nguyen, Mal Soon Lee, Vassiliki Alexandra Glezakou, Roger Rousseau

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In recent years, enormous efforts have been devoted to improving the atom efficiency of metal catalysts by decreasing the size of metal particles to the limit of isolated atoms in heterogeneous catalysis, termed single-atom catalysts (SACs). In addition to being atom-efficient, these SACs are increasingly gaining attention because of the unique reactivity and selectivity they exhibit in industrially relevant reactions, including both oxidation and hydrogenation reactions. Clear parallels can be drawn between heterogeneous SACs and their analogous homogeneous catalysts. In this chapter, we highlight SACs that demonstrate this relationship and report on relevant, recent developments in the field of single-atom catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACS Symposium Series
EditorsPutla Sudarsanam, Lakhveer Singh
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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