Recent Developments in Nanochemistry for Heterogeneous Catalysis Advancements (2nd Edition)

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2024 | Viewed by 670

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REQUIMTE, Chemistry Department, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; sulfur compound oxidation; desulfurization processes; polyoxometalate (POM); functionalized silica materials; glycerol oxidation
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Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group, ESCET, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Interests: metal–organic catalysts (MOFs); chemical engineering; heterogeneous catalysis; fine chemistry

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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is a continuation of a previous Special Issue, “Advances in Heterogeneous Catalysis in Nanochemistry”.

Heterogeneous catalysis has played an important role in the development of more sustainable chemistry for many research areas, as well as for the chemical industry, where many processes involve catalysts. Hence, any single advance in the field of catalysis, including the development of novel catalytic materials, catalyst synthesis strategies, and sustainable catalytic processes, may have a considerable impact on societal progress and will ensure a greener environment for forthcoming generations, addressing global energy and environmental challenges.

The unique synergy between surface chemistry and nanostructure has led to many exciting developments in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, gradually becoming the hotspot of materials science and promising to revolutionize chemical manufacturing. The aim of this Special Issue is to cover promising recent research and novel trends in heterogeneous catalysis employing various nanostructured materials for extensive applications in the fields of thermal catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, biocatalysis, etc., in research areas ranging from environmental remediation to organic transformations and renewable energy. Submissions are welcome in the form of original research manuscripts or critical review papers that represent the scientific field.

Dr. Fátima Mirante
Dr. Pedro Leo
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  • nanostructured materials
  • heterocatalysts
  • biocatalysts
  • conventional catalysts
  • renewable energy
  • environmental remediation

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Heteropolyacids@Silica Heterogeneous Catalysts to Produce Solketal from Glycerol Acetalization
by Catarina N. Dias, Isabel C. M. S. Santos-Vieira, Carlos R. Gomes, Fátima Mirante and Salete S. Balula
Nanomaterials 2024, 14(9), 733; - 23 Apr 2024
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The composites of heteropolyacids (H3PW12, H3PMo12) incorporated into amine-functionalized silica materials were used for the first time as heterogeneous catalysts in the valorization of glycerol (a major waste from the biodiesel industry) through acetalization reaction [...] Read more.
The composites of heteropolyacids (H3PW12, H3PMo12) incorporated into amine-functionalized silica materials were used for the first time as heterogeneous catalysts in the valorization of glycerol (a major waste from the biodiesel industry) through acetalization reaction with acetone. The polyoxotungstate catalyst H3PW12@AptesSBA-15 exhibited higher catalytic efficiency than the phosphomolybdate, achieving 97% conversion and 97% of solketal selectivity, after 60 min at 25 °C, or 91% glycerol conversion and the same selectivity, after 5 min, performing the reaction at 60 °C. A correlation between catalytic performance and catalyst acidity is presented here. Furthermore, the stability of the solid catalyst was investigated and discussed. Full article
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