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Engineering ultrasmall metal nanoclusters for photocatalytic and electrocatalytic applications

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Abstract

In view of many of the fundamental properties of ultrasmall noble metal nanoclusters progressively being uncovered, it has become increasingly clear that this class of materials has enormous potential for photocatalytic and electrocatalytic applications due to their unique electronic and optical properties. In this Minireview, we highlight the key electronic and optical properties of metal nanoclusters which are essential to photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. We further use these properties as the basis for our discussion to map out directions or principles for the rational design of high performance photocatalysts and electrocatalysts, highlighting several successful attempts along this direction.

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Submitted
23 Aug 2019
Accepted
19 Sep 2019
First published
03 Oct 2019

Nanoscale, 2019,11, 20437-20448
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Minireview

Engineering ultrasmall metal nanoclusters for photocatalytic and electrocatalytic applications

O. J. H. Chai, Z. Liu, T. Chen and J. Xie, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 20437
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR07272A

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