Rare-Earth Incorporated Alloy Catalysts: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

Shuai Zhang, Sandra Elizabeth Saji, Zongyou Yin*, Hongbo Zhang, Yaping Du*, Chun Hua Yan

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    To improve the performance of metallic catalysts, alloying provides an efficient methodology to design state-of-the-art materials. As emerging functional materials, rare-earth metal compounds can integrate the unique orbital structure and catalytic behavior of rare earth elements into metallic materials. Such rare-earth containing alloy catalysts proffer an opportunity to tailor electronic properties, tune charged carrier transport, and synergize surface reactivity, which are expected to significantly improve the performance and stability of catalysis. Despite its significance, there are only few reviews on rare earth containing alloys or related topics. This review summarizes the composition, synthesis, and applications of rare earth containing alloys in the field of catalysis. Subsequent to comprehensively summarizing and constructively discussing the existing work, the challenges and possibilities of future research on rare-earth metal compound materials are evaluated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2005988
    JournalAdvanced Materials
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021


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