Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Industrial Catalysis in the UK—towards a Net Zero Carbon Economy"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Industrial Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editors

School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: photo-redox and electro- catalysis; heterogeneous catalysis; electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy; electrochemistry
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Prof. Dr. Duncan Wass
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Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: homogeneous catalysis; organometallic chemistry; advanced biofuels; self-healing materials
Dr. Paul Collier
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Guest Editor
Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NH, UK
Interests: heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis; industrial innovation; collaborative R&D between industry and universities, start-ups, customers; supply chain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catalysis is a fundamental area of the chemical sciences, and it is at the heart of modern manufacturing and the production of liquid fuels. About 80%–90% of all chemical industrial production involves at least one catalytic step. As such, catalysis directly contributes to a large share of the overall UK economy, with a recent output of over GBP 50 billion across the entire United Kingdom, driven—amongst many players—by world-leading companies such as Johnson Matthey, BP, Unilever, Sasol, GSK, Astra Zeneca, and Pfizer. Catalysis is also expected to play a major role in the transition to a net zero carbon and circular economy by making current industrial processes more efficient and less energy- and materials-demanding; enabling the production of sustainable fuels such as green hydrogen from water; converting waste and pollutants into useful products; as well as enabling water and surface disinfection without the stoichiometric use of oxidising and/or bactericidal agents leaving residues in soil and water streams.

For the UK to sustain its leading position, allowing the economy to flourish over the next decade and beyond whilst meeting its net zero targets, it is essential that innovation in catalysis is promoted and maintained. One way to ensure this is by bringing together prominent academic groups in the UK with leading industrial partners in consortia and research clusters to ensure that transformative discoveries are quickly translated into real-world applications.

In this Special Issue of Catalysts we explore the current state-of-the-art of industrial catalysis in the UK, focussing specifically on topics such as catalyst design; catalysis for energy; catalytic reactivity and catalytic transformations; as well as environmental catalysis.

Dr. Andrea Folli
Prof. Dr. Duncan Wass
Dr. Paul Collier
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • catalysis for net zero
  • sustainability
  • circular economy
  • green catalysis and green chemistry
  • innovation

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