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Template electrodeposition of catalytic nanomotors

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The combination of nanomaterials with electrode materials has opened new horizons in electroanalytical chemistry, and in electrochemistry in general. Over the past two decades we have witnessed an enormous activity aimed at designing new electrochemical devices based on nanoparticles, nanotubes or nanowires, and towards the use of electrochemical routes – particularly template-assisted electrodeposition – for preparing nanostructured materials. The power of template-assisted electrochemical synthesis is demonstrated in this article towards the preparation and the realization of self-propelled catalytic nanomotors, ranging from Pt–Au nanowire motors to polymer/Pt microtube engines. Design considerations affecting the propulsion behavior of such catalytic nanomotors are discussed along with recent bioanalytical and environmental applications. Despite recent major advances, artificial nanomotors have a low efficiency compared to their natural counterparts. Hopefully, the present Faraday Discussion will stimulate other electrochemistry teams to contribute to the fascinating area of artificial nanomachines.

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The article was received on 30 Jul 2013, accepted on 31 Jul 2013 and first published on 31 Jul 2013

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00105A
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2013,164, 9-18
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    Template electrodeposition of catalytic nanomotors

    J. Wang, Faraday Discuss., 2013, 164, 9
    DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00105A

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