Compared to NPs, Ligand-protected NCs with atomically precise structures and monodispersity have become an ideal candidate for understanding the well-defined correlations between structure and catalytic property at an atomic level. Tuning the kernel structure of NCs to improve catalytic activity and selectivity by tailoring the number, types, and positions of metal atoms is a novel strategy.
The unclear structures and polydispersity of metal nanoparticles (NPs) seriously hamper the identification of the active sites and the construction of structure-reactivity relationships. Fortunately, ligand-protected metal nanoclusters (NCs) with atomically precise structures and monodispersity have become an ideal candidate for understanding the well-defined correlations between structure and catalytic property at an atomic level. The programmable kernel structures of atomically precise metal NCs provide a fantastic chance to modulate their size, shape, atomic arrangement, and electron state by the precise modulating of the number, type, and location of metal atoms. Thus, the special focus of this review highlights the most recent process in tailoring the catalytic activity and selectivity over metal NCs by precisely controlling their kernel structures. This review is expected to shed light on the in-depth understanding of metal NCs’ kernel structures and reactivity relationships.
Ya-Hui Li, Shu-Na Zhao*, Shuang-Quan Zang*
How to cite:
Y.-H. Li, S.-N. Zhao, S.-Q. Zang, Exploration 2023, 3, 20220005.