Catalyst design with atomic layer deposition

Brandon J. Oneill, David H.K. Jackson, Jechan Lee, Christian Canlas, Peter C. Stair, Christopher L. Marshall, Jeffrey W. Elam, Thomas F. Kuech, James A. Dumesic, George W. Huber*

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Atomic layer deposition (ALD) has emerged as an interesting tool for the atomically precise design and synthesis of catalytic materials. Herein, we discuss examples in which the atomic precision has been used to elucidate reaction mechanisms and catalyst structure-property relationships by creating materials with a controlled distribution of size, composition, and active site. We highlight ways ALD has been utilized to design catalysts with improved activity, selectivity, and stability under a variety of conditions (e.g., high temperature, gas and liquid phase, and corrosive environments). In addition, due to the flexibility and control of structure and composition, ALD can create myriad catalytic structures (e.g., high surface area oxides, metal nanoparticles, bimetallic nanoparticles, bifunctional catalysts, controlled microenvironments, etc.) that consequently possess applicability for a wide range of chemical reactions (e.g., CO2 conversion, electrocatalysis, photocatalytic and thermal water splitting, methane conversion, ethane and propane dehydrogenation, and biomass conversion). Finally, the outlook for ALD-derived catalytic materials is discussed, with emphasis on the pending challenges as well as areas of significant potential for building scientific insight and achieving practical impacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1804-1825
Number of pages22
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 6 2015


  • ALD
  • atomic layer deposition
  • bimetallic nanoparticles
  • catalyst design
  • catalyst overcoating
  • controlled synthesis
  • mechanism elucidation
  • metal nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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