Electrospun nanofibers for catalysts

Ping Lu, Simone Murray, Min Zhu

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Electrospun nanofibers have been extensively studied in recent years for use as catalysts. These nanofibers are made from a variety of polymers, metals, oxides, and salts, among others, through electrospinning, sometimes followed by postelectrospinning treatment (e.g., calcination and chemical reduction). Although some of these nanofibers by themselves are quite effective catalysts for chemical reactions, many are used as supporting materials for active catalysts, including enzymes, metal nanoparticles, and oxide nanostructures. The active catalysts are confined in or incorporated on to nanofibers by encapsulation during electrospinning and various postelectrospinning deposition methods. The large surface area and optimal surface chemistry of electrospun nanofibers greatly enhance the catalyst-support interaction and improve their activity, selectivity, stability, and reusability in catalysis. As a result, electrospun nanofiber-based catalysts have demonstrated great potential in a variety of important chemical processes in energy and the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationElectrospinning
Subtitle of host publicationNanofabrication and Applications
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780323512701
ISBN (Print)9780128134412
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Engineering


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