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Recent progress on metal core@semiconductor shell nanocomposites as a promising type of photocatalyst

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Abstract

The creation of core–shell nanocomposites (CSNs) has attracted considerable attention and developed into an increasingly important research area at the frontier of advanced materials chemistry. CSNs, which are nanoscaled assemblies with a chemical composition that is different on the surface compared to the core region, have found versatile applications in many fields, such as electrooptics, quantum dots, microscopy labels, drug delivery, chemical sensors, nanoreactors and catalysis. This review is primarily focused on the applications of metal core@semiconductor shell nanocomposites in heterogeneous photocatalysis, including photocatalytic nonselective processes for environmental remediation, selective organic transformations to fine chemicals and water splitting to clean hydrogen energy. It is hoped that this minireview can inspire multidisciplinary research interest in the precisely morphology-controlled synthesis of a variety of metal core@semiconductor shell nanoassemblies and their wide applications in the realm of heterogeneous photocatalysis.

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The article was received on 02 Jan 2012, accepted on 02 Feb 2012 and first published on 03 Feb 2012


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR00009A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 2227-2238
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    Recent progress on metal core@semiconductor shell nanocomposites as a promising type of photocatalyst

    N. Zhang, S. Liu and Y. Xu, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 2227
    DOI: 10.1039/C2NR00009A

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