The emergence of Heusler alloy catalysts

Takayuki Kojima, Satoshi Kameoka, An Pang Tsai

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For over a century, Heusler alloys (X2YZ; X, Y: transition metals, Z: typical metals) have attracted attention as magnetic materials. Nowadays, they are also popular as thermoelectric and shape memory materials. However, until very recently, Heusler alloys had been almost unknown as catalysts. We conceived that they could be ideal candidates for catalysts because (1) they have so many elemental sets and (2) they can be partially substituted with other elements (e.g. X2YZ1–xZ’x) in many cases. We first investigated a variety of Heusler alloys as catalysts and then discovered effective catalysts without precious metals for the selective hydrogenation of alkynes based on the aforementioned feature (1) and demonstrated a systematic tuning of catalytic properties by applying the feature (2). Heusler alloy catalysts have also recently been studied by other groups; hence, this traditional alloy group is becoming a new stream in terms of catalysis. In this article, we review the current progress on Heusler alloy catalysts and describe their future prospects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-455
Number of pages11
JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 31


  • 106 Metallic materials
  • 205 Catalyst / Photocatalyst / Photosynthesis
  • 60 New topics / Others
  • Heusler alloy catalysts
  • Heusler catalysts
  • Heusler compound catalysts
  • intermetallic catalysts
  • intermetallic compound catalysts
  • noble metal free catalysts
  • partial hydrogenation
  • selective hydrogenation
  • semi hydrogenation
  • tuning of catalytic


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