Intermetallic Nanoarchitectures for Efficient Electrocatalysis

Ho Young Kim, Minki Jun, Sang Hoon Joo, Kwangyeol Lee

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Intermetallic structures whose regular atomic arrays of constituent elements present unique catalytic properties have attracted considerable attention as efficient electrocatalysts for energy conversion reactions. Further performance enhancement in intermetallic catalysts hinges on constructing catalytic surfaces possessing high activity, durability, and selectivity. In this Perspective, we introduce recent endeavors to boost the performance of intermetallic catalysts by generating nanoarchitectures, which have well-defined size, shape, and dimension. We discuss the beneficial effects of nanoarchitectures compared with simple nanoparticles in catalysis. We highlight that the nanoarchitectures have high intrinsic activity owing to their inherent structural factors, including controlled facets, surface defects, strained surfaces, nanoscale confinement effects, and a high density of active sites. We next present notable examples of intermetallic nanoarchitectures, namely, facet-controlled intermetallic nanocrystals and multidimensional nanomaterials. Finally, we suggest the future research directions of intermetallic nanoarchitectures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nanoscience Au
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Feb 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (NRF-2019R1A6A1A11044070 and NRF-2021M3H4A1A02049916 to K.L.; NRF-2019M3E6A1064521, NRF-2019M3D1A1079306, NRF-2019M1A2A2065614, and NRF-2021R1A2C2007495 to S.H.J.). K.L. also acknowledges the support of Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant (Grant No. 20203020030010). H.Y.K. acknowledges the support of KIST Institutional Program (Project No. 2E32149).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. Published by American Chemical Society.


  • Active sites
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Energy conversion reactions
  • Intermetallics
  • Nanoarchitectures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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