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Advanced Materials and Methods for Heterogeneous Catalysis

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalytic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2024 | Viewed by 767

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Department of Chemistry, Technical Univerisity of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
Interests: photocatalysis; surface functionalization; photo-electrocatalysis
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Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., bl. 11, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Interests: heterogeneous catalysts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heterogeneous catalysis is among the most dynamic fields in materials and surface science that encompasses both the fundamentals of chemistry and physics perspective and the practical side of applied research. The quest for improving the performance of heterogeneous catalysts and enhancing their selectivity or even sustainability, through advanced methods for their functionalization of established catalysts, or lower-cost alternatives, based on novel materials, has kept a constant influx of research activity in the literature. Thus, the aim of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for the popularization of the latest ideas and propositions for advanced functionalization methods and novel materials with an application for heterogeneous catalysis. The Special Issue is open for original submissions of research articles and review papers that are focused on, but not strictly limited to, topics such as:

  • Materials with a tunable structure for catalytic application, e.g., metal organic frameworks (MOFs), zeolites, self-organized anodic oxide layers, 2D-nanomaterials, etc.
  • Materials for photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis, e.g., photocatalysts, plasmonic nanocatalysts, heterogeneous Fenton catalysts, etc.
  • Materials and methods for surface functionalization of catalysts and catalyst supports, e.g., co-catalyst functionalization, heterojunction formation, single-atom catalysts, etc.
  • Methods for the characterization of heterogeneous catalysts and surface chemical transformations—in situ and operando approaches and micro-kinetic modelling of catalyzed reactions.
  • Novel in silico methods for the purposeful design of functional heterogeneous catalysts, e.g., based on quantum-chemical calculations, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Bozhidar Stefanov
Dr. Hristo Kolev
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • advanced materials for heterogeneous catalysis
  • functionalization and modification methods in catalysis
  • methods for screening of catalytic activity and selectivity
  • surface chemistry in catalysis
  • computational methods in catalysis

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The Effect P Additive on the CeZrAl Support Properties and the Activity of the Pd Catalysts in Propane Oxidation
Materials 2024, 17(5), 1003; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma17051003 - 22 Feb 2024
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The properties of a catalyst support are closely related to the catalyst activity, yet the focus is often placed on the active species, with little attention given to the support properties. In this work, we specifically investigated the changes in support properties after [...] Read more.
The properties of a catalyst support are closely related to the catalyst activity, yet the focus is often placed on the active species, with little attention given to the support properties. In this work, we specifically investigated the changes in support properties after the addition of P, as well as their impact on catalyst activity when used for catalyst preparation. We prepared the CeO2-ZrO2-P2O5-Al2O3 (CeZrPAl) composite oxides using the sol–gel, impregnation, and mechanical mixing methods, and characterized the support properties using techniques such as XRD, XPS, SEM-EDS, N2 adsorption–desorption, and Raman spectra. The results showed that the support prepared using the sol–gel method can exhibit a more stable phase structure, larger surface area, higher adsorption capacity for oxygen species, and greater oxygen storage capacity. The addition of an appropriate amount of P is necessary. On the one hand, the crystallization and growth of CePO4 can lead to a decrease in the Ce content in the cubic phase ceria–zirconia solid solution, resulting in a phase separation of the ceria–zirconia solid solution. On the other hand, CePO4 can lock some of the Ce3+/Ce4+ redox pairs, leading to a reduction in the adsorption of oxygen species and a decrease in the oxygen storage capacity of the CeZrPAl composite oxides. The research results indicated that the optimal P addition is 6 wt.% in the support. Therefore, we prepared a Pd/CeZrPAl catalyst using CeZrAl with 6 wt.% P2O5 as the support and conducted the catalytic oxidation of C3H8. Compared with the support without P added, the catalyst activity of the support loaded with P was significantly improved. The fresh and aged (1000 °C/5 h) catalysts decreased by 20 °C and 5 °C in T50 (C3H8 conversion temperature of 50%), and by 81 °C and 15 °C in T90 (C3H8 conversion temperature of 90%), respectively. Full article
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Construction of a ZnO Heterogeneous Structure Using Co3O4 as a Co-Catalyst to Enhance Photoelectrochemical Performance
Materials 2024, 17(1), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma17010146 - 27 Dec 2023
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Recently, heterostructured photocatalysts have gained significant attention in the field of photocatalysis due to their superior properties compared to single photocatalysts. One of the key advantages of heterostructured photocatalysts is their ability to enhance charge separation and broaden the absorption spectrum, thereby improving [...] Read more.
Recently, heterostructured photocatalysts have gained significant attention in the field of photocatalysis due to their superior properties compared to single photocatalysts. One of the key advantages of heterostructured photocatalysts is their ability to enhance charge separation and broaden the absorption spectrum, thereby improving photocatalytic efficiency. Zinc oxide is a widely used n-type semiconductor with a proper photoelectrochemical activity. In this study, zinc oxide nanorod arrays were synthesized, and then the surfaces of ZnO nanorods were modified with the p-type semiconductor Co3O4 to create a p–n junction heterostructure. A significant increase in the photocurrent for the ZnO/Co3O4 composite, of 4.3 times, was found compared to pure ZnO. The dependence of the photocurrent on the morphology of the ZnO/Co3O4 composite allows for optimization of the morphology of the ZnO nanorod array to achieve improved photoelectrochemical performance. The results showed that the ZnO/Co3O4 heterostructure exhibited a photocurrent density of 3.46 mA/cm2, while bare ZnO demonstrated a photocurrent density of 0.8 mA/cm2 at 1.23 V. The results of this study provide a better understanding of the mechanism of charge separation and transfer in the heterostructural ZnO/Co3O4 photocatalytic system. Furthermore, the results will be useful for the design and optimization of photocatalytic systems for water splitting and other applications. Full article
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