Special Issue "Catalytic Processes for The Valorisation of Biomass Derived Molecules"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francesco Mauriello

DICEAM Department, Università degli Studi "Mediterranea" di Reggio Calabria, Italy
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Interests: His research activity lies in the field of green chemistry with particular emphasis on the valorization of biomass derived molecules through the catalytic C-O and C-C bond breaking, via hydrogenolysis and transfer hydrogenolysis reactions, promoted by heterogeneous Pd-based catalysts. Another part of his research is focused in the synthesis and the physico-chemical characterization of bimetallic heterogeneous catalysts
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Signorino Galvagno

Department of Engineering, University of Messina
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Interests: His research activity carried out in both industrial and academic research laboratories is mainly addressed to the heterogeneous catalysis and in particular to noble metals supported on high surface area oxides catalytic systems. A significant part of its interest is focused on the development of selective catalysts for low environmental impact processes and new materials and technologies in the energy sector
Guest Editor
Dr. Claudia Espro

Department of Engineering, University of Messina
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Interests: Her scientific activity deals with heterogeneous catalysis and development of novel catalytic green processes . The main topic of her scientific activity lies in the catalytic conversion of natural gas and light alkanes into intermediates, fuels and chemicals of higher added value. Her scientific activity is also devoted to other research subjects related to the conversion of renewable biomass for the production of bulk chemicals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades, industrial chemistry is changing its fossil nature into a new green and sustainable identity by using renewable resources for the sustainable production of building blocks and materials. To this regard, inedible lignocellulosic biomasses have attracted a lot of attention being abundand resources that are not in competition with agricultural land and food production and, therefore, can be used as starting renewable material for the production of a wide variety of platform chemicals. The three main components of lignocellulosic biomasses are cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, complex biopolymers that can be converted into a pool of platform molecules including sugars, polyols, alchols, ketons, ethers, acids and aromatics. A lot of technologies have been explored for their one-pot conversion into chemicals, fuels and materials. However, in order to develop new catalytic processes for the selective production of desired products, a complete understanding of the molecular aspects of the basic chemistry and reactivity of biomass derived molecules is still crucial. This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and advances in both reductive and oxidative valorization of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin model molecules promoted by novel heterogeneous catalysts. In this framework, theoretical and computational models on reaction pawtways leading to a target product and the interactions between reactants and catalyst surface will be important subjects for this Special Issue.

Dr. Francesco Mauriello
Prof. Dr. Signorino Galvagno
Dr. Claudia Espro
Guest Editors

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  • Lignocellulosic biomasses
  • model molecules
  • hydrogenation
  • hydrodeoxygenation
  • hydrogenolysis and transfer hydrogenolysis
  • aqueous-phase reforming
  • oxidation
  • computational models

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