Electrocatalysis on shape-controlled metal nanoparticles: Progress in surface cleaning methodologies

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Title: Electrocatalysis on shape-controlled metal nanoparticles: Progress in surface cleaning methodologies
Authors: Montiel López, Miguel Ángel | Vidal-Iglesias, Francisco J. | Montiel, Vicente | Solla-Gullón, José
Research Group/s: Electroquímica Aplicada y Electrocatálisis | Electroquímica de Superficies
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Química Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Electroquímica
Keywords: Metal nanoparticles | Shape | Controlled | Surface cleaning | Electrocatalysis
Knowledge Area: Química Física
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Current Opinion in Electrochemistry. 2017, 1(1): 34-39. doi:10.1016/j.coelec.2016.12.007
Abstract: The use of shape-controlled metal nanoparticles has produced not only a clear enhancement in the electrocatalytic activity of different reactions of interest but also a better understanding of the effect of the surface structure on nanoscaled materials. However, it is well-accepted that a correct understanding of the correlations between shape/surface structure and electrochemical reactivity indispensably requires the use of clean surfaces. In this regard, and considering that most of the synthetic methodologies available in the literature for the preparation of these shaped metal nanoparticles employ capping agents, the development of effective surface cleaning methodologies able to remove such capping agents from the surface of the corresponding nanoparticles, becomes an extremely important prerequisite to subsequently evaluate their electrocatalytic properties for any reaction of interest. Consequently, in this contribution, we summarize the most relevant advances about surface cleaning procedures applied to different shaped metal nanoparticles for electrocatalytic purposes. It is worth mentioning that this work will only include contributions in which the surface cleanness of the samples is specifically evaluated using well-established electrochemical tools.
Sponsor: This work has been financially supported by the MINECO of Spain through project CTQ2013-48280-C3-3-R. JSG acknowledges financial support from VITC (Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Transferencia de Conocimiento) of the University of Alicante.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/61747
ISSN: 2451-9103
DOI: 10.1016/j.coelec.2016.12.007
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coelec.2016.12.007
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