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Materials’ Support in Catalysis: Advantages, Synthesis and Applications

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 452

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Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: catalytic hydrogen transfer; coal liquefaction; catalytic selective hydrogenation and oxidation; mechanisms of (super)acid–(super)base catalysis; petrochemical processes; synthesis–characterization–applications of novel nanomaterials; heterogeneous photocatalysis; green chemistry; sonocatalysis; natural products’ synthesis; chemical waste (biomass) valorization; CH4/CO2 chemistry; solar energy; combustion chemistry; fuel cells
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School of Chemistry, Aristolte University of Thessanoliniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: physicochemical properties of nanostructured materials; photo-, sono-, thermo- and electromagnetic catalysis; mechanochemistry; sonophotochemistry; interfacial phenomena in catalysis; detoxification of toxic vapors; biomass valorization; selective oxidation processes; air and water remediation; materials chemistry; MOFs and metal-oxide nanocomposites; activated carbons; graphite/graphite oxide; graphitic carbon nitride polymers; semiconductor nanocatalysts; carbon quantum dots
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Department of Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Mangalore 575025, India
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; nanomaterial synthesis and application; adsorption, advanced oxidation processes; pyrolysis; lignin valorization; bioremediation using enzymes; green chemistry
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Group for Carbon Nanomaterials, Department of Radiation Chemistry and Physics, Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinca”, 11351 Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: material chemistry; photocatalysis; water remediation; flow photochemistry; synthesis and optimization of synthetic routs of carbon nanomaterials; microwave-assisted synthesis and modification of carbon quantum dots; modification of different carbon-based nanomaterials for specific applications; physicochemical properties of graphene; carbon quantum dots; graphene quantum dots; graphene oxide; graphene thin layer synthesis and transfer; antibacterial composite materials; conductive polymeric nanocomposites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of heterogeneous catalysts has been an inseparable part of any chemical industry and has always undergone changes for obtaining a better reaction performance. These changes are linked to catalyst design, synthesis, and modifications with the optimum goal to elevate the yield and selectivity towards the desired products. Similarly, environmental remediation of different pollutants using catalysts has been another area of research that has received an enormous amount of interest. In general, there are two key factors required for a catalyst to be assumed as a potential candidate in real industrial application—having a high activity/selectivity and being easily regenerated and reused. However, the availability and the cost of resources for developing those catalysts are an additional factor to be considered. The utilization of materials known as “catalyst supports” integrated with the catalyst has been a beneficial approach in catalyst development towards the lowering of the cost and elevating catalyst efficiency. The catalyst support is usually a material present in major amount in the supported catalyst and is stated to provide low or negligible catalytic activity, high surface area, thermal and mechanical stability, resistance to reaction medium, while it is also low-cost. The utilization of active catalysts supported inside continuous flow/microflow reactors is another prosperous modern strategy of great industrial interest, since the efficiency per mass of catalyst can reach enormous values. Finally, the catalyst-on-support approach can lead to single atom catalysts towards specific and selective catalytic reactions.

This Special Issue aims to collect research works highlighting the use of “material supports” in various important reactions involved in heterogeneous catalysis. Detailed study of the synthesis and modification of catalyst supports, the mechanism involved in support–catalyst interaction, and the advantages of using supported catalysts over unmodified catalysts are some of the key aspects which this issue shall focus on. Additionally, it shall present green-oriented approaches for the synthesis of supports, such as biopolymer and biomass-derived carbonaceous substrates. Finally, a highlight of the issue will be to compile works involving the use of material supports in various modes of catalysis such as thermocatalysis, electrocatalysis, sonocatalysis, photocatalysis, biocatalysis, etc. In this context, we invite the submission of original research papers, communications, and review articles presenting recent developments and trends in the synthesis, characterization, and applications of materials as catalyst support, with a preferable focus on chemical, biofuel synthesis. and environment-oriented applications, such as water/air remediation and biomass valorization.

Dr. Juan Carlos Colmenares
Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Dr. Vaishakh Nair
Dr. Jovana Prekodravac
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  • catalyst support
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • MOF
  • biochar
  • nanocomposites
  • metal doping
  • carbon material
  • environmental remediation
  • waste biomass valorization
  • biodiesel
  • biofuels
  • value-added chemicals
  • biopolymer
  • biomass-derived substrates
  • single atom catalyst

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