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Preface to the Special Issue on Nanostructured Catalysts

Yadong Yin

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-011-0097-x

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 1每2

The advancement in the synthesis, modification, and assembly of nanostructured materials has greatly benefited the progress in the field of catalysis. This special issue highlights the current state in the development of nanostructured catalysts.


Development of Novel Supported Gold Catalysts: A Materials Perspective

Zhen Ma1 () and Sheng Dai2 ()

1 Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
2 Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0025-5

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 3每32

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The development of novel supported gold catalysts has been overviewed from a materials perspective.


Metal@Silica Yolk每Shell Nanostructures as Versatile Bifunctional Nanocatalysts

Ji Chan Park and Hyunjoon Song ()

Department of Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0039-z

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 33每49

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Rational design of bifunctional catalysts with a metal@silica yolk每shell nanostructure gives materials with high activity, excellent thermal stability, and good reusability in various gas- and solutionphase reactions.


Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Application of Highly Ordered Mesoporous Alumina每Carbon Nanocomposites

Jinming Xu1,2, Aiqin Wang1, Xiaodong Wang1, Dangsheng Su3, and Tao Zhang1 ()

1 State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023, China
2 Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3 Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin D-14195, Germany

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0038-0

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 50每60

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Highly ordered mesoporous carbon每alumina nanocomposites have been synthesized by co-assembly of alumina sol, resol phenol每formaldehyde resin (PF resin), and triblock copolymer Pluronic F127. Both alumina and carbon in the nanocomposite are homogeneously distributed in the walls. A Pt catalyst supported on the new nanocomposite exhibited excellent performance for one-pot cellulose conversion into hexitols.


Catalytic Properties of Pt Cluster-Decorated CeO2 Nanostructures

Lin Feng1,2, Dat Tien Hoang1, Chia-Kuang Tsung1,3, Wenyu Huang1, Sylvia Hsiao-Yun Lo1, Jennifer B. Wood1, Hungta Wang1, Jinyao Tang1, and Peidong Yang1 ()

1 Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
2 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3 Department of Chemistry, Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College, 2609 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0042-4

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 61每71

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CeO2 nanooctahedra decorated with a thin Pt layer.


Synthesis and Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction Properties of Truncated Octahedral Pt3Ni Nanoparticles

Jianbo Wu and Hong Yang ()

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester, Gavett Hall 206, Rochester, New York 14627, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0049-x

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 72每82

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Pt3Ni nanoparticles have been obtained by shape-controlled synthesis and employed as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts in alkaline solutions.


Synthesis of Pd Nanocrystals Enclosed by {100} Facets and with Sizes <10 nm for Application in CO Oxidation

Mingshang Jin1,3,∫, Hongyang Liu2,∫, Hui Zhang1, Zhaoxiong Xie3, Jingyue Liu2,4, and Younan Xia1 ()

1 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130, USA
2 Center for Nanoscience, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri 63121, USA
3 State Key Laboratory for Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361005, China
4 Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri 63121, USA

These two authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0051-3

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 83每91

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Pd nanocrystals enclosed by {100} facets with controllable sizes in the range of 6每18 nm were synthesized by manipulating the rate of reduction of the precursor. The size-dependent effect of Pd cubes/bars for CO oxidation was further studied based on these Pd nanocrystals with well-defined {100} facets.


Preparation of Highly Crystalline Graphitic Nanocarbon for the Electro-Oxidation of Methanol

Ji Bong Joo1, Nam Dong Kim1, Hyeong Jin Yun1, Pil Kim2, and Jongheop Yi1 ()

1 World Class University (WCU) program of Chemical Convergence for Energy & Environment (C2E2), School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Shinlim-dong, Kwanak-ku, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea
2 School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Specialized Graduate School of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0053-1

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 92每102

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We have prepared highly graphitic nanocarbon (GNC) via wet-air treatment of hydrothermally derived graphitic porous carbon. GNC-450 which is treated at 450 ∼C showed the highest graphitic degree and electro-catalytic activity in the electro-oxidation of methanol.


Self-Assembly and Photocatalysis of Mesoporous TiO2 Nanocrystal Clusters

Qiao Zhang, Ji-Bong Joo, Zhenda Lu, Michael Dahl, Diana Q. L. Oliveira, Miaomiao Ye, and Yadong Yin ()

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, California 92521, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0058-9

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 103每114

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Mesoporous TiO2 nanocrystal clusters with large surface area and enhanced photocatalytic activity have been fabricated by selfassembling hydrophobic TiO2 nanocrystals into submicron spheres, coating with a silica layer, thermal treatment, and finally removing the silica layer.


Encapsulation of Supported Pt Nanoparticles with Mesoporous Silica for Increased Catalyst Stability

Ilkeun Lee, Qiao Zhang, Jianping Ge, Yadong Yin, and Francisco Zaera ()

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0059-8

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 115每123

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Catalysts consisting of Pt nanoparticles dispersed onto silica supports can be stabilized against sintering by covering them with a thin mesoporous silica layer. Subsequent surface-protected etching is used to re-expose the metal to reaction mixtures.


Preparation, Characterization, and Electrocatalytic Performance of Graphene每Methylene Blue Thin Films

Dan Wang, Yanguang Li, Panitat Hasin, and Yiying Wu ()

Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA
Present address: Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701, USA
Present address: Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0069-6

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 124每130

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Large-area electroactive graphene thin films grafted with methylene blue (MB) have been developed as electrocatalytic electrodes for the oxidation of 汕-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH).


Theoretical Investigations of the Catalytic Role of Water in Propene Epoxidation on Gold Nanoclusters: A Hydroperoxyl-Mediated Pathway

Chun-Ran Chang, Yang-Gang Wang, and Jun Li ()

Department of Chemistry and Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering of Ministry of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0083-8

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 131每142

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Hydroperoxyl (OOH) and hydroxyl (OH) radicals are readily formed on subnanometer gold clusters from co-adsorbed H2O and O2. The propene epoxidation occurs easily through reactions between C3H6 and the weakened O每O bond of the OOH radicals on surfaces of gold clusters.


Patterning Nanoroads and Quantum Dots on Fluorinated Graphene

Morgana A. Ribas1, Abhishek K. Singh1, 2, Pavel B. Sorokin1, and Boris I. Yakobson1 ()


1 Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
2 Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India

DOI 10.1007/s12274-010-0084-7

Nano Res. 2011, 4(1): 143每152

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Ab initio calculations show that a stable insulating ※2D-Teflon§CF phase forms without a nucleation barrier on fluorination of graphene, in contrast to hydrogenation of graphene. The ※2D-Teflon§CF phase is a perfect matrix-host for patterning nanoroads and quantum dots.


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