Stabilization of noble metal nanostructures for catalysis and sensing
Noble metal nanocrystals have been widely used as active components in catalysis and chemical/bio-sensing. The sizes, structures, and shapes of noble metal nanocrystals are crucial to their electronic, optical, and catalytic properties. However, metal nanocrystals tend to lose their structural and morphological properties when they are subjected to thermal and chemical treatment. Therefore, stabilization of noble metal nanostructures remains a challenge. In this feature article, we present our recent efforts on the stabilization of noble metal nanocrystals, i.e., using inorganic and non-metal solids as supports and physical barriers, protecting the nanocrystal surface by a metal coating, and forming alloys with other metals. At the end of this review, we provide our perspectives on the future development of effective methods for nanocrystal stabilization.
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