Catalysis with two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures

Publish Date:2016-08-30Scan Num:27

Prof. Zhongqun,Tian and Nanfeng,Zheng and his team published paper of “Catalysis with two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures” in the Nature Nanotechnology,demonstrates the new advance in two-dimensional materials.

Graphene and other 2D atomic crystals are of considerable interest in catalysis because of their unique structural and electronic properties. Over the past decade, the materials have been used in a variety of reactions, including the oxygen reduction reaction, water splitting and CO2activation, and have been shown to exhibit a range of catalytic mechanisms. Here, Zhongqun,Tian and his team review recent advances in the use of graphene and other 2D materials in catalytic applications, focusing in particular on the catalytic activity of heterogeneous systems such as van der Waals heterostructures (stacks of several 2D crystals). The paper discuss the advantages of these materials for catalysis and the different routes available to tune their electronic states and active sites. It also explore the future opportunities of these catalytic materials and the challenges they face in terms of both fundamental understanding and the development of industrial applications.