Special Issue "Rare Earth Catalysis: From Synthesis to Sustainable Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2024 | Viewed by 123

Special Issue Editors

School of Environment, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210098, China
Interests: environmental catalysis; rare earth-based catalysts; porous materials
Prof. Dr. Qiulin Zhang
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500, China
Interests: environmental catalysis; rare earth absorbent; design and construction of catalytic materials
Dr. Wenxiang Tang
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Guest Editor
School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
Interests: nanomaterials science and engineering for energy and environment applications: hierarchical low-dimensional nanostructures and porous materials synthesis; manufacturing of nanomaterials; environmental catalysis; industrial waste gas purification; indoor air purification; composite functional films; catalytic reactor design; nanoscale chemical sensors; bacteria-killing nanomaterials
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
Interests: diesel exhaust denitrification; ultra-deep desulfurization and resource utilization of fuel oil
Institute of New Energy and Low-Carbon Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; functional materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catalysis plays an essential role in achieving the fascinating goal of sustainable development of our society. Rare earth oxides, one kind of the most famous heterogeneous catalysts, have found wide application in many industrial important processes ranging from water-gas-shift (WGS) to fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) to three-way catalysis (TWC). In addition to the production of industrial chemicals and abatement of environment pollutants, rare earth catalysis also holds great promise in fulfilling the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. It is well known that the catalytic efficiency of rare earth catalysts relies heavily on their preparation. With the rapid development of catalyst preparation technology and the upgrading of advanced characterization technology, recent years have witnessed a tremendous progress in the preparation, characterization, and application of rare earth catalysts.

Under this background, this Special Issue is devoted to the synthesis of rare earth catalysts and their applications in such sustainable fields as environment protection, energy generation, and the production of chemicals. The main attention will be focused on comprehensive experimental studies of synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of catalyst performance in areas such as, but not limited to, CO oxidation, NO reduction, N2O decomposition, NH3 partial oxidation, NH3 synthesis, NH3 decomposition, water–gas–shift (WGS), CH4 conversion, CO2 reduction, hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The proposed topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Preparation of rare earth catalysts;
  • Characterization of rare earth catalysts;
  • Rare earth catalysis in environment protection (CO oxidation, NO reduction, VOCs elimination and et al.);
  • Rare earth catalysis in energy generation (CO2 reduction, H2 generation);
  • Rare earth catalysis for chemicals production.

Prof. Dr. Changjin Tang
Prof. Dr. Qiulin Zhang
Dr. Wenxiang Tang
Dr. Jixing Liu
Dr. Haidi Xu
Guest Editors

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  • rare earth catalysts
  • environment protection
  • energy generation
  • chemicals production
  • porous materials
  • interface control
  • synergistic effect

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