Special Issue "Catalytic Conversion of Renewable Biomass Platform Molecules"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 345

Special Issue Editors

National & Local Joint Engineering Laboratory for New Petro-chemical Materials and Fine Utilization of Resources, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081, China
Interests: biomass conversion; biomass-based chemicals; green chemistry; heterogeneous catalysis; non-precious metal catalyst
Dr. Cen Zhang
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Institute of Science and Technology, Yueyang 414006, China
Interests: heterogeneous hydrodeoxygenation; lignin conversion into bio-oil; 5-hydroxymethylfurfural conversion; synthesis of γ-valerolactone; metal sulfide catalysts
Dr. Shanhui Zhu
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Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiyuan 030001, China
Interests: biomass catalytic conversion; catalytic hydrogenation of biomass-based platform chemicals; catalytic conversion of levulinic acid; glycerol and furfural

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The catalytic conversion of renewable biomass platform molecules is a rapidly evolving field of research that has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce fuels and chemicals. However, this conversion has molecular diversity in processing and products, and precise conversion to specific chemicals has important scientific value and strategic significance for biomass valorization. In this context, catalytic conversion techniques have garnered significant interest as an efficient and sustainable means of converting biomass platform molecules into valuable chemicals and fuels.

Therefore, this Special Issue of Catalysts focuses on the catalytic conversion of biomass platform molecules (levulinic acid, glycerol, furfural,5-hydroxymethylfurfural, etc.). The Guest Editors welcome submissions of original research and review articles authored by researchers from all disciplines investigating topics relevant to catalytic conversion of renewable biomass platform molecules, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Selective conversion of biomass platform molecules;
  • Catalytic synthesis of biofuels;
  • Furan derivatives production and application;
  • Catalytic production of bio-based alcohols, acids or amines;
  • Hydrodeoxygenation reaction for biomass conversion.

Dr. Xianxiang Liu
Dr. Cen Zhang
Dr. Shanhui Zhu
Guest Editors

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  • biomass conversion
  • biofuels
  • selective conversion
  • catalysis
  • platform molecules
  • furan derivatives
  • biomass-based chemicals

Published Papers

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