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The local coordination environment of catalysts has been investigated for an extended period to obtain enhanced catalytic performance. Especially with the advancement of single-atom catalysts (SACs), research on the coordination environment has been advanced to the atomic level. The surrounding coordination atoms of central metal atoms play important roles in their catalytic activity, selectivity and stability. In recent years, remarkable improvements of the catalytic performance of SACs have been achieved by the tailoring of coordination atoms, coordination numbers and second- or higher-coordination shells, which provided new opportunities for the further development of SACs. In this review, the characterization of coordination environment, tailoring of the local coordination environment, and their related adjustable catalytic performance will be discussed. We hope this review will provide new insights on further research of SACs.

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Received: 18 January 2020
Revised: 10 March 2020
Accepted: 11 March 2020
Published: 30 March 2020
Issue date: July 2020

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© Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2020

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This work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (Nos. 2018YFA0702003 and 2016YFA0202801), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51631001, 51872030, 21890383, 21671117, 21871159, 21901135, 51702016, and 51501010), Beijing Institute of Technology Research Fund Program for Young Scholars, and Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission (No. Z191100007219003).

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