Catalysis Surveys from Asia

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 14–27 | Cite as

Shape-Controlled Nanocrystals for Catalytic Applications

  • Hyunjoo LeeEmail author
  • Cheonghee Kim
  • Sungeun Yang
  • Joung Woo Han
  • Jiyeon Kim


The activity, selectivity, and long-term stability of catalyst nanoparticles can be enhanced by shape modulation. Such shaped catalytic nanocrystals have well-defined surface crystalline structures on which the cleavage and recombination of chemical bonds can be rationally controlled. Metal and metal oxide nanocrystals have been synthesized in various shapes using wet chemistry techniques such as reducing metal precursors in the presence of the surface-capping agents. The surface-capping agents should be removed prior to the catalytic chemical reaction, which necessitates clean catalytically active surface. The removal process should be performed very carefully because this removal often causes shape deformation. A few examples in which the surface-capping agents contribute positively to the chemical reactions have been reported. The examples described in this review include shaped metal, metal composite, and metal oxide nanocrystals that show enhanced catalytic activity, selectivity, and long-term stability for various gas-phase, liquid-phase, or electrocatalytic reactions. Although most of the studies using these shaped nanocrystals for catalytic applications have focused on low-index surfaces, nanocrystals with high-index facets and their catalytic applications have recently been reported. By bridging surface studies with nanoparticle catalysts using shape modulation, catalysts with improved properties can be rationally designed.


Shape-control Nanocrystal Catalysts Platinum Surface-capping agents 



This work was supported by the DAPA/ADD, the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2009-C1AAA001-0092926), the New & Renewable Energy (No. 20093021030021) and the Human Resources Development (No. 20104010100500) programs of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyunjoo Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cheonghee Kim
    • 1
  • Sungeun Yang
    • 1
  • Joung Woo Han
    • 1
  • Jiyeon Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringYonsei UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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