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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Cuihua Xuebao / Chinese Journal of Catalysis|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1 2008|
- Catalyst synthesis
- Confinement effect
- Enzyme analogs
ASJC Scopus subject areas