Synthesis strategies to design structures for catalytic applications

Harold H. Kung, Mayfair C. Kung

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Two approaches to synthesize silicon-based catalytic structures that aim at capturing the properties and functionalities of natural enzymes are described in this brief review: unit-by-unit synthesis of macromolecular units and templating/imprinting synthesis of nanocages. The unit-by-unit approach mimics the peptide synthesis method, offers atomic control of the structure, but is inefficient in synthesizing large structures such as nanocages. The templating/imprinting method is more suitable for nanocages at the sacrifice of atomic control, and the nanocages obtained are shown to possess properties exhibited by enzyme cavities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1192
Number of pages6
JournalCuihua Xuebao / Chinese Journal of Catalysis
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • Catalyst synthesis
  • Confinement effect
  • Dendrimer
  • Enzyme analogs
  • Imprinting
  • Nanocage
  • Templating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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