Special Issue "Bifunctional Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenation and Oxidation, 2nd Edition"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 January 2024 | Viewed by 269

Special Issue Editors

Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: tandem reactions; bifunctional catalysts; oxidation; hydrogenation; dehydration; biofuels; production of platform chemicals
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Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 8, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
Interests: carbon materials for catalysis; from biomass to green catalysts; acid- and base-type modification of carbons; glycerol valorisation; fuel additives; fine chemicals
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Faculté des Sciences Fondamentales et Appliquées (UFR SFA), Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers (IC2MP, CNRS), University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France
Interests: sonochemistry; power ultrasound; ultrasonic application; green chemistry; eco-efficiency; clean processes; synthesis; catalysis; material preparation; polymers; biomass conversion; extraction; mechanisms
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is a continuation of the previous Special Issue, ‘Bifunctional Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenation and Oxidation’. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/bifunctional_catal.

The depletion of fossil fuels and the potential risks related to climate change have driven enormous efforts towards replacing petroleum with more sustainable lignocellulosic biomass to produce fuels and chemicals. In this framework, developing potential cascade chemical processes using heterogeneous catalysts with ample amounts of acid, base or redox-active sites is essential. Appropriately tailored catalysts can perform multiple reaction steps in a one-pot regime or with integrated reactors, diminishing the need for separation steps, lowering the overall cost, and limiting waste production.

On the other hand, due to constantly emerging portable devices, developing ways to store high-density energy is another important research area requiring multifunctional materials. For example, among energy storage and conversion technologies, regenerative fuel cells (RFCs) are recognized as potential high-energy-density devices. In RFCs, the oxygen evolution reaction (OER, charge process) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR, discharge process) occur at the same electrode, and this is known as "bifunctional". However, the lack of suitable multifunctional materials for electrodes hinders the full commercialization of these devices.

The main purpose of the present Special Issue is to show the current progress in the development of bifunctional catalysts for a variety of reactions. These include, but are not limited to, hydrogenation, oxidation, hydrolysis, fast pyrolysis, hydroprocessing, oxidation, (trans) esterification, amination, dehydration, and isomerization. This Special Issue also welcomes original submissions dealing with bifunctional materials for energy production and energy storage devices, including material preparation, characterization, and application.

Dr. Katarzyna Morawa Eblagon
Dr. Anna Malaika
Dr. Prince Nana Amaniampong
Guest Editors

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  • bifunctional catalysts for biomass conversion
  • cascade reactions for production of chemicals and fuels
  • fractionalization and upgrading of biomass
  • biomass-derived multifunctional catalysts
  • novel materials for chemistry in the transition to bio-refinery
  • preparation and characterization of bifunctional catalysts
  • novel multifunctional electrodes for energy production and storage

Published Papers

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