Architecture and Preparation of Hollow Catalytic Devices


Li, Bowen
Zeng, Hua Chun


Since pioneering work done in the late 1990s, synthesis of functional hollow materials has experienced a rapid growth over the past two decades while their applications have been proven to be advantageous across many technological fields. In the field of heterogeneous catalysis, the development of micro- and nanoscale hollow materials as catalytic devices has also yielded promising results, because of their higher activity, stability, and selectivity. Herein, the architecture and preparation of these catalysts with tailorable composition and morphology are reviewed. First, synthesis of hollow materials is introduced according to the classification of template mediated, template free, and combined approaches. Second, different architectural designs of hollow catalytic devices, such as those without functionalization, with active components supported onto hollow materials, with active components incorporated within porous shells, and with active components confined within interior cavities, are evaluated respectively. The observed catalytic performances of this new class of catalysts are correlated to structural merits of individual configuration. Examples that demonstrate synthetic approaches and architected configurations are provided. Lastly, possible future directions are proposed to advance this type of hollow catalytic devices on the basis of our personal perspectives.

Li B, Zeng HC (2018) Architecture and Preparation of Hollow Catalytic Devices. Advanced Materials: 1801104. Available:

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial supports provided by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), Singapore, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, and GSK Singapore. This research is also partially funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office, Singapore, under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) program.


Advanced Materials


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