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Editorial: Nanocatalysis

Fortunelli, Alessandro and Vajda, Stefan (2016) Editorial: Nanocatalysis. Catalysis Science and Technology, 6 (18). pp. 6763-6765. ISSN 2044-4753. doi:10.1039/c6cy90085b.

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Catalysis by metal and metal oxide nano-sized (and smaller, sub-nanometer) structures such as clusters and nanoparticles represents a consolidated field in chemistry. Shaping metals into the (sub)nano regime allows one to modulate both quantitatively (surface-to-volume ratio) and qualitatively (types of facets and surface atom coordination) the catalytically active regions with respect to extended systems. This increased freedom has been widely exploited in the past to improve/maximize the efficiency and selectivity of many catalytic processes of fundamental interest and industrial relevance. Major challenges however exist in the field, which are not yet fully addressed. The transition from carbon-based to green energy production, storage, and use and the environmental implications in fact requires the development of efficient and selective catalytic processes at lower temperature and less extreme conditions than those currently known e.g. in the conversion of petroleum and biomass, electrochemical and/or photochemical water splitting and fuel cells, CO_2 reduction to fuels, NH_3 synthesis etc.

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Additional Information:© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 25 Aug 2016, Accepted 25 Aug 2016, First published online 05 Sep 2016. We would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this themed issue, and the editorial team of Catalysis Science & Technology for their kind and punctual assistance. AF acknowledges support by the European Community for the ERC-AdG SEPON project. SV acknowledges support by the U.S. Department of Energy, BES Materials Sciences, under Contract DE-AC-02-06CH11357, with U Chicago Argonne, LLC, the operator of Argonne National Laboratory.
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