Special Issue "Physical and Applied Chemistry of Novel Materials and Their Applications"
A special issue of ChemEngineering (ISSN 2305-7084).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2017
Dr. Johan Jacquemin
The aim of this Special Issue is to provide an original and unique environment for researchers in academia and industry to share and discuss their cutting-edge results on the physical and applied chemistry of novel materials (such as ionic liquids, MOF, perovskites, ferroelectrics materials, nanomaterials, nanocatalysts, nanocomposite membrane, plasma technology, hybrid organic/inorganic sensors, biodegradable polymers, novel technological membranes, aerogels, novel heat transfer fluids, etc.) covering their characterization, modelling, and/or applications.
These novel materials possess unique properties useful for a wide range of applications in fields as diverse as petrochemicals, energy storage, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, hydrometallurgy, environmental remediation and nuclear sciences. In all these fields, such materials can provide novel research strategies and technologies that enable major contributions towards establishing the sustainable processes required for the future of the process industry.
- Application of advanced materials for
a. Analytical separations
f. Membrane separations
h. Novel separation processes
I. Energy storage
- Applications of advanced materials in
b. Biotechnology and biorefining
c. Chemicals, pharmaceuticals and/or petrochemicals
d. Gas capture and utilization
e. Environmental remediation
g. Surface cleaning
h. Waste treatment
- Process modeling and fundamental studies
a. Equations of state
b. Molecular modeling and simulation
c. Electronic structure calculations
d. Process simulation
e. Group contribution modeling
f. QSPR/QSAR modeling
Dr. Johan Jacquemin
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Novel Materials (For example: ionic liquids, MOF, perovskites, ferroelectrics materials, nanomaterials, nanocatalysts, nanocomposite membrane, plasma technology, hybrid organic/inorganic sensors, biodegradable polymers, novel technological membranes, aerogels, novel heat transfer fluids, etc.)
- Physical Chemistry
- Chemical Chemistry
- Characterization, Chemical Engineering Applications
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Ionic Liquid as Reaction Media for the Production of Cellulose-Derived Polymers from Cellulosic Biomass Byproducts
Authors: Joana M. Lopes, M. Dolores Bermejo *, Ángel Martín, M. José Cocero
Affiliation: High Pressure Process Group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), C/ Doctor Mergelina s/n, 47011, Valladolid, Spain
Abstract：The most abundant natural polymer on Earth is cellulose that is present together with lignin and hemicellulose in vegetal biomass. Cellulose is a promising sustainable source of chemicals, fuels and materials. Nevertheless only 0.3% of cellulose is processed nowadays due to the difficulty in dissolving it, and only a small proportion is used as starting material for the production of synthetic cellulosic fibres especially esters and other cellulose derivatives, normally in extremely polluting processes. The efficient dissolution of cellulose is a long-standing goal in cellulose research and development. Ionic liquids (ILs) are considered "green" solvent due to their negligible vapour pressure that prevents them of passing to the environment. In addition, these molten salts present advantages in process intensification that makes that more than 70 patents in lignocellulosic biomass in ILs had been published since 2005, most of them related with the production of cellulose derived polymers, e.g. acetates, benzoylates, sulfates, fuorates, phthalates, succinates, tritylates or silylates. In this work, the use of ILs for the production of cellulose derived polymers is thoroughly studied. To do so, in first place a brief summary of the state of the art in cellulose derivatives production is presented, as well as the main features of ILs in cellulose processing application. Later the main results in the production of cellulose derivatives using ILs are presented followed by an analysis of the industrial viability of the process considering aspects such as, environmental concerns and ILs recyclability.