Single-atom catalysis for a sustainable and greener future

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The fact that supported single metal atoms can do catalysis provides unparalleled opportunities to develop innovative technologies for a sustainable and greener chemical industry. Single-atom catalysts not only maximize the utilization efficiency of expensive metals of rare resources but also have a great potential to significantly improve selectivity of the targeted catalytic reactions and lower the operation cost. This short review highlights the recent progress of understanding the nature of single-atom catalysts and their applications with a focus on major challenges encountered in heterogeneous catalysis such as carbon dioxide conversion, production of hydrogen, ammonia synthesis, and methane valorization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-64
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
StatePublished - Apr 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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