Bulk phase charge transfer in focus – And in sequential along with surface steps

Zhengze Pan, Yongdan Li*, Yicheng Zhao, Cuijuan Zhang, Hong Chen

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In recent decades, catalysis has witnessed increasing interests in many catalytic reactions with bulk phase and interface charge transfer steps as a distinguished feature. Here, the charge can be cations, anions, electrons or holes. Research into both bulk phase and interface charge transfer has changed our understanding and in-focus design of catalysts and reactors, due to the clear difference in kinetics from those classical catalytic reactions, where only surface steps are concerned. This perspective selects several types of representative reactions and discusses the challenges and opportunities to innovations in catalytic technologies from the viewpoint of recognizing and accelerating the key step of the charge transfer at interface or in the catalyst bulk phase, as well as incorporating the surface steps into the overall kinetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Today
Early online date16 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Bulk phase charge transfer
  • Catalytic reactions
  • Interfaces
  • Kinetics
  • Rate limiting step


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