Design of metal and metal-semiconductor nanostructures as high performance photo- and electro- catalysts for energy conversion = 에너지 변환을 위한 고기능 광, 전기 촉매용 금속 및 금속-반도체 나노구조 설계

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Over the last decades, there have been numerous studies in catalysts converting solar and electrical energy into chemical energy. Since most of the chemical reactions take place on the catalyst surface, nanoparticles have been employed as efficient catalysts due to their large surface area. In particular, chemical and catalytic properties of the nanoparticles are dramatically changed by their morphology,structural design suitable for the wanted catalytic reaction is essential for improving catalytic performancesIn this study, we figured out the design principle suitable for photo- and electrocatalytic reactions and developed synthetic methods by combining various synthetic strategies. In Chapter I, we introduced background knowledges and synthetic methods of structurally well-defined nanoparticles suitable for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution and electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction. In chapter II, we synthesized a double-shell hollow metal-semiconductor nanostructure, which showed high stability. The resulting double-shell hollow nanostructure was employed as photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reactions and exhibited high stability and efficiency superior to those of commercial catalysts. In Chapter III, metal nanoparticles were used as electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction reactions. The Au nanostars with high index surface facets were successfully synthesized by a simple overgrowth process. The resulting nanostars exhibited high CO selectivity and efficiency. Similarly, the branched CuO nanoparticles, which were synthesized through the oxidation of the $Cu_2O$ nanocubes, showed enormous ethylene selectivity and stability higher than those of any other catalysts reported thus far. The correlation between the nanostructures and their catalytic properties is expected to contribute the improvement and commercialization of energy conversion processes using nanocatalysts in the near future.
Song, Hyunjoonresearcher송현준researcher
한국과학기술원 :화학과,
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학위논문(박사) - 한국과학기술원 : 화학과, 2018.8,[xiii, 133 p. :]


Nanoparticle▼ametal-semiconductor hybrid▼ananocatalyst▼aphotocatalyst▼aelectrocatalyst▼a$H_2$ evolution reaction▼a$CO_2$ reduction reaction; 나노입자▼a금속-반도체 혼성구조▼a나노촉매▼a광촉매▼a전기촉매▼a수소생성반응▼a이산화탄소 환원 반응

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