Hollow-Shelled Nanoreactors Endowed with High Catalytic Activity

Moisés Pérez-Lorenzo, Belén Vaz, Verónica Salgueiriño, and Miguel A. Correa-Duarte
Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 1219612211


Hollow-shelled nanoreactors have emerged as efficient structures to maximize the potential of nanoparticles in the field of catalysis. In this Concept article, we underline the importance of both the morphology of the active nanoparticles as well as the composition and porosity of the shell for the catalytic performance of the overall nanocomposite. Different configurations are discussed, with a focus on preparative methods and applications in organic synthesis. Perspectives on future designs that may offer new opportunities to improve the selectivity of the catalyzed transformations and add additional features are also addressed, in order to illustrate the potential of these unique nanostructures.