Advances in Supported Nanoparticle Catalysts (Volume II)

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalysis Enhanced Processes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 July 2024 | Viewed by 1210

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Dear Colleagues,

Research on nanoparticle-based catalysts is currently experiencing a fast growth. We are not just dealing with noble metal nanoparticles but also non-noble metals, each type of which has its own special features and particular applications. The improvements achieved in catalytic activity with such nanocatalysts are of great importance, ranging from several environmental to industrially important reactions. However, there are still challenges to overcome in the use of such systems.

The aim of this Special Issue on “Advances in Supported Nanoparticle Catalysts (Volume II)” is to attract leading researchers in supported nanoparticle research in an effort to highlight the latest exciting developments in the field and to promote practical applications. Accepted contributions will include the design, synthesis, and fundamental properties of nanoparticle-based catalysts and their applications to several types of chemical reactions.

Dr. Sónia Carabineiro
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Keywords

  • nanoparticles
  • nanocatalysts
  • metals
  • oxides
  • carbon

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CuFe2O4 Magnetic Nanoparticles as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Synthesis of Dihydropyrimidinones as Inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 Surface Proteins—Insights from Molecular Docking Studies
Processes 2023, 11(8), 2294; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr11082294 - 31 Jul 2023
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Abstract
In this study, we present the highly efficient and rapid synthesis of substituted dihydropyrimidinone derivatives through an ultrasound-accelerated approach. We utilize copper ferrite (CuFe2O4) magnetic nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalysts, employing the well-known Biginelli reaction, under solvent-free conditions. The impact [...] Read more.
In this study, we present the highly efficient and rapid synthesis of substituted dihydropyrimidinone derivatives through an ultrasound-accelerated approach. We utilize copper ferrite (CuFe2O4) magnetic nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalysts, employing the well-known Biginelli reaction, under solvent-free conditions. The impact of the solvent, catalyst amount, and catalyst type on the reaction performance is thoroughly investigated. Our method offers several notable advantages, including facile catalyst separation, catalyst reusability for up to three cycles with the minimal loss of activity, a straightforward procedure, mild reaction conditions, and impressive yields, ranging from 79% to 95%, within short reaction times of 20 to 40 min. Furthermore, in the context of fighting COVID-19, we explore the potential of substituted dihydropyrimidinone derivatives as inhibitors of three crucial SARS-CoV-2 proteins. These proteins, glycoproteins, and proteases play pivotal roles in the entry, replication, and spread of the virus. Peptides and antiviral drugs targeting these proteins hold great promise in the development of effective treatments. Through theoretical molecular docking studies, we compare the binding properties of the synthesized dihydropyrimidinone derivatives with the widely used hydroxychloroquine molecule as a reference. Our findings reveal that some of the tested molecules exhibit superior binding characteristics compared to hydroxychloroquine, while others demonstrate comparable results. These results highlight the potential of our synthesized derivatives as effective inhibitors in the fight against SARS-CoV-2. Full article
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