Chinese Journal of Applied Chemistry ›› 2022, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (11): 1652-1664.DOI: 10.19894/j.issn.1000-0518.220119

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Researsh Progress of Photocatalytic Applications of Atomically Precise Coinage Metal Nanoclusters

Hui LU1,3, Jiang LI1,2, Li-Hua WANG1,2, Ying ZHU1,2, Jing CHEN1,2()   

  1. 1.Division of Physical Biology,CAS Key Laboratory of Interfacial Physics and Technology,Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Shanghai 201800,China
    2.Zhangjiang Laboratory,Shanghai Advanced Research Institute,Chinese Academy of Sciences,the Interdisciplinary Research Center,Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility,Shanghai 201210,China
    3.University of Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100049,China
  • Received:2022-04-10 Accepted:2022-07-05 Published:2022-11-01 Online:2022-11-09
  • Contact: Jing CHEN
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    the National Natural Science Foundation of China(62065012);the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of CAS(2016236)


Photocatalysis has shown a great potential as a low-cost, environmentally friendly and sustainable treatment technology. However, limitations in incident light utilization and charge separation are major drawbacks that restrict the activity of current semiconductors. Coinage metal nanoclusters have been increasingly explored recently as photocatalytic material due to ultra-small size (<2 nm), separated energy level and tunable electronic structures. Meanwhile, it is an ideal model for exploring the photocatalytic mechanism at the atomic level because of its atomically precise structure. This review provides an overview of photocatalytic reactions based on coinage metal nanoclusters, including water splitting for hydrogen production, organic pollutant degradation, and aerobic oxidation of amines to imines. By discussing strategies to tailor the photocatalytic properties of coinage metal nanoclusters, the development potential of coinage metal nanocluster photocatalysts are prospected.

Key words: Nanocluster, Photocatalysis, Coinage metal

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