Synthesis strategies to design structures for catalytic applications

Harold H. Kung*, Mayfair C. Kung

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Two approaches to synthesize silicon-based catalytic structures that aim at capturing the properties and functionalities of natural enzymes are described in this brief review: unit-by-unit synthesis of macromolecular units and templating/imprinting synthesis of nanocages. The unit-by-unit approach mimics the peptide synthesis method, offers atomic control of the structure, but is inefficient in synthesizing large structures such as nanocages. The templating/imprinting method is more suitable for nanocages at the sacrifice of atomic control, and the nanocages obtained are shown to possess properties exhibited by enzyme cavities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1187-1192
Number of pages6
JournalCuihua Xuebao / Chinese Journal of Catalysis
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Catalyst synthesis
  • Confinement effect
  • Dendrimer
  • Enzyme analogs
  • Imprinting
  • Nanocage
  • Templating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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