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Shaping non-noble metal nanocrystals via colloidal chemistry

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Abstract

Non-noble metal nanocrystals with well-defined shapes have been attracting increasingly more attention in the last decade as potential alternatives to noble metals, by virtue of their earth abundance combined with intriguing physical and chemical properties relevant for both fundamental studies and technological applications. Nevertheless, their synthesis is still primitive when compared to noble metals. In this contribution, we focus on third row transition metals Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu that are recently gaining interest because of their catalytic properties. Along with providing an overview on the state-of-the-art, we discuss current synthetic strategies and challenges. Finally, we propose future directions to advance the synthetic development of shape-controlled non-noble metal nanocrystals in the upcoming years.

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Submitted
03 Jul 2020
Accepted
02 Oct 2020
First published
05 Oct 2020

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Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article
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Shaping non-noble metal nanocrystals via colloidal chemistry

V. Mantella, L. Castilla-Amorós and R. Buonsanti, Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0SC03663C

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