Method to Produce High Densities of Isolated Atoms on Support Substrates


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Useful chemicals are widely synthesized by homogeneous transition metal-catalyzed reactions. However, the aggregation and precipitation of atomically dispersed catalysts causes considerable loss of activity. This has spurred interest in the heterogenization of atomically dispersed catalysts to impart stability and facilitate recyclability. The current synthesis methods are not scalable and do not yield a high density of single atoms on the support. Our synthesis method is scalable and yields a very high density of stable single atoms on the support.

Invention Description:

We developed a general scalable synthesis method for a high density of single metal atoms in a supported catalyst. The single atom catalyst has the highest utilization of precious metals in the catalyst. Single atom catalysts are highly active and supported isolated atoms featuring unique reactivity. The support materials determine the stability, electronic properties, and local environment which can be adjusted for targeted heterogeneous catalysis applications.

Potential Applications: 

The market for this technology includes pharmaceutical companies, energy and electrochemical companies, and finally automakers for catalytic converters.

Advantages and Benefits:

Our technology is a general, low cost, simple, scalable and highly efficient synthesis method for catalysts with high densities of stable, isolated atoms.


Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Method to Produce High Densities of Isolated Atoms on Support Substrates Utility United States 17/515,700   11/1/2021     Filed
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Abolfazl Shakouri
Horie Adabi Firouzjaie
J.R. (John) Regalbuto
Christopher Williams
William Mustain
Rational Catalyst Synthesis
Single Atom Catalyst (SAC)
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