Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2016, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (1): 75-84.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201512153

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Liquid-Phase Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions by Metal-Free Graphene-Based Catalysts

Jing-He YANG1,Duo YANG1,Pei TANG2,Ding MA2,*()   

  1. 1 Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, Henan Province, P. R. China
    2 Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
  • Received:2015-10-30 Published:2016-01-13
  • Contact: Ding MA
  • Supported by:
    the National Natural Science Foundation of China(21403053);Joint Funds of the National Natural ScienceFoundation of China(U1404503)


Metal-free carbon catalysts have been receiving increasing attention in the fields of nanomaterials and catalysis. Compared with conventional metal catalysts, there are many advantages for metal-free carbon catalysts, such as simple synthesis, stable structure, large surface area, and diverse applications. Graphene is one layer of carbon atoms and has a periodic structure of aromatic carbon atoms. Graphene oxide is a highly oxidized form of graphene. As a new carbon material, its application in catalysis has emerged over the past 5 years. Graphene-based materials can efficiently catalyze hydrocarbon conversion, organic synthesis, energy conversion, and other heterogeneous catalytic processes. This review highlights the recent progress in the development of metal-free graphene-based catalysts (graphene oxide and graphene) and associated catalytic reactions.

Key words: Graphitic oxide, Graphene, Catalysis, Metal-free, Carbon


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