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Issue 16, 2017
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Two-dimensional nanosheets for electrocatalysis in energy generation and conversion

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Abstract

The 2D structures and tunable properties of nanosheets make them intriguing catalytic materials. This research area is being driven by a need to replace scarce noble metal-based catalysts in energy technologies. We describe recent advances in nanosheet electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction, oxygen evolution, hydrogen evolution, and CO2 reduction reactions. We find at this early stage of development that nanosheet catalysis has surpassed classical noble metal catalysts in several of these applications and is showing high potential in others. CO2 reduction to methane is now catalyzed best by metal-free carbon nanosheets. These trends will likely transform heterogeneous catalysis.

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Submitted
04 Jan 2017
Accepted
15 Mar 2017
First published
15 Mar 2017

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 7257-7284
Article type
Review Article

Two-dimensional nanosheets for electrocatalysis in energy generation and conversion

H. Tao, Y. Gao, N. Talreja, F. Guo, J. Texter, C. Yan and Z. Sun, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 7257
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00075H

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