Sustainable Heterogeneous Catalyst: From Structure to Application

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials for Energy Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2024 | Viewed by 156

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Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials (ISMN)—Italian National Research Council (CNR), via Ugo la Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
Interests: solid oxide cells; structural analysis; electrochemical properties; perovskite oxides; solution combustion synthesis

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Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials (ISMN)—Italian National Research Council (CNR), via Ugo la Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
Interests: biofuels; platform molecules; hybrid catalysts; interesterification; fischer-tropsch; biomass to chemicals conversion; microwave assisted synthesis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure for us to invite you to contribute to the Special Issue on “Sustainable Heterogeneous Catalyst: From Structure to Application”.

Human society is today facing several challenges that must be overcome in order to restore the planet’s well-being through such activities as the clean energy transition, a shift to a circular economy, carbon neutrality and sustainable sourcing of critical raw materials. In this regard, the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are globally considered effective tools. Advanced materials and chemicals are key for the development of sustainable catalysts that can be used in environmentally friendly applications, resulting in green processes. In this Special Issue, we aim to deepen knowledge regarding innovative technologies such as (i) fuel cells producing green energy; (ii) devices based on photo(electro)catalysts, electrocatalysts, photothermal catalysts, etc., for the conversion of CO2 into fuels or value-added chemical products; (iii) systems for green hydrogen production; (iv) multifunctional catalysts for cascade conversion of biomass to value-added products and fuels. To make these technologies, and others, competitive at large scales, several types of catalysts should be explored. We welcome papers concerning inorganic, organic and hybrid materials focusing on correlations between synthesis and structural and functional properties. Original articles or reviews may deal with, but are not limited to, single-crystal or polycrystalline materials, 2D or 3D structures and composite or heterostructure materials. Submitted papers should address correlations between structure and catalytic activity through characterization in terms of structural analysis, surface, microstructural, textural and redox investigations. Moreover, the stability and efficiency of catalysts in their field of application should be taken into account. Special attention will be devoted to sustainable synthesis based on second raw precursors, green solvents or solvent-free reactions as well as mechanosynthesis, encompassing innovative procedures such as microwave-assisted synthesis. In addition, computational modelling studies to predict and design innovative catalysts for cutting-edge applications are also highly sought-after.

Dr. Chiara Aliotta
Dr. Marco Russo
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  • heterogeneous catalyst
  • electrocatalysts
  • photocatalysts
  • thermal catalysts
  • green chemistry
  • structural-activity studies
  • biofuels platform molecules energy CO2 conversion

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